Apr 15 2013
A funky resort opened its doors on Mae Nam beach — one of our favourite Ko Samui beaches — at the end of 2012. The look is fresh, the rooms are small yet stylish, and the prices are reasonable at this flashpacker to midrange option.
The Hammock is well-positioned, located directly on the beach, and with many good restaurants within walking distance. The popular Mae Nam walking street market, held every Thursday evening from around 17:30 to 22:30, is only about 300 metres away, and is a great spot to enjoy local festivities, street food and cheap cocktails.
The Hammock offers four types of rooms: standards are upstairs and offer sea and ‘sky’ views. Superior, deluxe and beachfront bungalows are on ground level, and are quite similar to each other, with the beachfront being a little larger, and, well, on the beach. Deluxe bungalows flank the small swimming pool, and the superior are a row or two behind these. ‘Bungalow’ is probably not the best name for these rooms, as they are actually attached to each other in rows and not freestanding.
Rooms are fresh and bright, rendered a beach sand colour on the outside and crete-stone on the inside, with polished concrete floors. Concrete and wooden shelves are built into the walks, and the look would be Grecian if the rooms were whitewashed. Adding to the effect are roofs clad in palm thatch and stepping stone pathways leading to the rooms, which each have little balconies or patios, complete with outdoor furniture.
In-room features include TVs with DVD players – and DVDs can be borrowed from reception free of charge, safes, hairdryers, air-con, minibar, two bottles of water daily and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Although the resort has WiFi throughout, there is a small charge to use it. A nice extra touch are the woven beach bags hanging in the rooms.There’s a massage room above the restaurant, overlooking the beach, but along the beach within walking distance, you’ll find several beach massage salas too.
There’s a small swimming pool, including a small kids paddling pool, and it’s surrounded by bright red beanbags – not hammocks as one would think. In fact, not a single hammock is in sight at The Hammock Samui Resort.
The cafe-style restaurant is alongside the beach, and offers run-of-the-mill Thai food and Western basics such as sandwiches and a few pastas, and of course, breakfasts. Wooden tables and chairs are dotted with a few turquoise and lemon yellow chairs, the bar counter is concrete and wood and highlighted with ‘chandeliers’ made of aluminium buckets. The restaurant is open from 07:00 until 22:00.
Literally metres away on the beach you’ll find the Chill Out Cafe, perfect for sundowners, and Cafe Talay, only about 100 metres away, is popular for its Thai food. It’s about a 400 metre walk up to the main road where you can easily flag down a songthaew, and here you’ll find several cheap roadside cafes and street vendors too. The loop road where the Mae Nam walking street market is held, is home to many bars and restaurants, many frequented by expats.
The beach in front of The Hammock is kept clean by the resort, and plenty of sun-loungers and umbrellas are scattered about too. With the restaurant and bar only metres away, it’s a great place to spend the day in the sun. Mae Nam beach is long and walking further west will take you to a quieter section with cheaper resorts and a few backpacker spots. Sunsets are good from here, and there’re views to Ko Pha Ngan island too.
Although the rooms, excepting the beachfront bungalows, are small, they are well-designed and offer good value for money. Standards range between 1,674 to 1,984 baht per night including breakfast, and the most expensive beachfront bungalows range from 2,754 to 3,264 per night. Only three of the rooms are big enough to add a roll-out bed for children.
If you’re after something cheaper, try nearby Silent Bungalows or Moonhut Bungalows. Also, there’s only space for motorcycle parking, so if you have a car, you’ll need to park around 100 metres away on the street.
The Hammock Samui
82/13 Moo 1, Mae Nam (next to Hutcha Resort – turn down at the Mae Nam traffic lights, and The Hammock is located 50 metres past the Chinese temple.)
T: (077) 247 198/9
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