One of the larger resorts on the island, Samet Ville’s rooms dot the length of Ao Wai along with the bay’s southern headland, the forested hill that backs the bay and a neighbouring rocky bay called Ao Hin Kleang.
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With 14 types of white concrete rooms advertised and more being built at research time, the quality of your stay could come down to which room you choose.
Our favourites are the few 2,300-baht standalone cottages accessed by a flower-and-bamboo gate at the quiet southern corner of the bay. These are more simply furnished than pricier rooms, but we loved the semi-private setting, hardwood floors and large sea-view terraces -- great for couples on a romantic getaway. Most other rooms, including the priciest beachfront versions, come two to a building and have brick walls painted white that are about as elegant as a bunker. They’re spacious and equipped with day beds and wide glass windows, though traffic along the footpath might leave you feeling like you’re on display. The old suites set in a converted boat were boarded up when we last passed through, but you will find a deluxe honeymoon villa with classy four-poster bed on glossy hardwood floors. Several family options include a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that sleeps seven.
In March ’16, workers were building the cinderblock frame for what appears to be a new multi-floor stack of rooms. In addition to firm beds, all but the crusty fan rooms come with old TVs and furnishings, fridges, air-con, tiny safes, attached terraces and basic hot-water bathrooms. We checked out a few of the 69 rooms and found that cheaper editions received less attention from the cleaning staff.
The polite staffers were preparing for an apparently huge group of Thai tourists to check in but still found time to show us some rooms. Buddhist statues, abundant trees and more types of tropical flowers than we could count make for a real tropical getaway vibe. The resort also offers a large swimming pool, huge restaurant specialising in Thai seafood, beach bar, conference room, billiards table, Thai massage, ATM and a full range of tour and transport bookings.
Be careful not to mix up Ao Wai’s Samet Ville Resort with Samed Villa Resort on Ao Phai.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,400 baht, high season 1,400 baht. Notes: Fan. Air-con: 2,000 baht.
Room: Superior double room, low season: 2,300 baht, high season 2,300 baht. Notes: Up to 3,400 baht for beachfront.
Room: Family room, low season: 4,000 baht, high season 4,000 baht. Notes: Several family options available, up to 6,500 for three-bedroom house.
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: 4,000 baht, high season 4,000 baht. Notes:
Ao Wai, Ko Samet
T: (038) 651 681-2
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B