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If you’re after a good value flashpacker to midrange Ko Samui bungalow on a stretch of quiet beach, with sunset views and walking distance to restaurants and bars — then you can’t go wrong with Hacienda Beach Hotel.
Located right in the heart of Mae Nam village, near the Chinese temple and walking street market, Hacienda Beach Hotel — sister to L’Hacienda in Fisherman’s Village — consists of just 13 bungalows, including two beachfront ones, plus sea and garden view options and a two-bedroom villa, all set in well-maintained tropical gardens.
Each bungalow is raised off the ground and has its own veranda with patio furniture, and the two-bedroom villa has a private pool – there’s no pool for the other guests, but the sea here is good for swimming and the beach is swept clean by the resort staff. Plenty of sun loungers with bright cushions and umbrellas are positioned in front of the resort, and here you’ll get great views to neighbouring Ko Pha Ngan and enjoy good sunsets.
The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only – as it’s near the bungalows, they don’t want to disturb guests in the evening – but you’ll find plenty of dining options both budget and upmarket within walking distance. Explore along the beach or the loop road near the Chinese temple for a choice of beach bars and restaurants. During the day, the restaurant services the sun loungers on the beach, and this is a great place to while away the day as Mae Nam beach is one of our favourites — it’s good for long walks, the sea is great for swimming, it’s lined with quaint beach bars and it’s far less crowded than Chaweng and Lamai. The restaurant serves Thai favourites as well as Western food with a French flair – yes, the owners are French, so you’ll meet a few French locals hanging about too.
Rooms are newly renovated (the resort was previously Maenam Buri) and brightened up with splashes of orange and gold in the way of artwork, scatters and bedside lamps. Room features include both fans and air-con, safes, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers, LCD TVs with DVD and a minibar. If you feel like spending a night indoors, you’ll find a book and DVD library next to the restaurant, and there’s good free WiFi throughout. Our only criticism is the bathrooms, which although adequate, are not up to par with the rest of the furnishings and fittings.
We were quoted 1,300/1,500 baht for the garden view bungalows during low/high season, 2,300/3,000 baht for the sea view ones, and for the two-bedroom bungalow, 3,000/4,000 baht per night — a good deal for the quality on offer.
Hacienda Beach Hotel is located near Hutcha Resort and The Hammock Resort, both also being good flashpacker to midrange options. If your stay spans a Thursday night, walk just 50 metres to get to the Mae Nam walking street market for a festive atmosphere as well as cheap street food and cocktails, and plenty of clothing and other goods for sale.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.