Mooban Talay Resort
Still one of the best
Far west end of the road, Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet T: (081) 838 8682 F: (038) 644 251
With a name that translates as “Sea Village,” Mooban Talay was one of the first upscale resorts to appear back when Samet was still mainly a backpacker island.
Arriving early to the party allowed it to snag one of the best locations on Samet: a wide expanse of tree-lined land fronting a beautiful beach with views to Khao Laem Ya and the mainland.
The resort made the most of the property by building 21 detached wood-and-concrete villas under towering trees and padded by tropical foliage; roofs and decks were adjusted in places to preserve the trees. Beachfront and second-row villas come with wide furnished wood decks, while the cheaper “garden” villas have smaller terraces facing inland towards rain collection pools and forest. All rooms come with firm beds on raised platforms, vaulted ceilings, rattan touches, Thai-style cushions and several windows. Bathrooms in the pricier villas feature outdoor rain showers with bamboo walls. Mod-cons like fridge, TV, WiFi and safe are also included. Though some show wear and tear, the rooms were refurbished a few years back and looked well kept when we last passed through in 2016.
With loungers, hammocks, a Thai massage pavilion, a swimming pool and bar placed directly over a beach that feels almost completely private, Mooban Talay has a very romantic atmosphere. Buffet breakfast is served in a large seaside restaurant, and the staff offer kayak rental and tour bookings. Given the setting, we feel that Mooban Talay offers better value than other mid- to upper-end resorts in Ao Noi Na, like Bar and Bed, Samed Club, Samed Cliff and Baan Ploy Sea, though any of these will also provide a comfortable stay.
Mooban Talaly does not advertise low-season rates but discounts can be expected in the rainy months. Expect rates to jump by 2,000 baht from mid December to mid January.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 3,800 baht, high season 3,800 baht. Notes: Garden villa. 4,500 for second row; 5,500 for beachfront.
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Aquamarine sea meets secluded coves and busy beaches on Ko Samet
, one of Thailand’s most popular islands and a handy getaway from Bangkok. The island offers no fewer than 16 beaches with a variety of different scenes, often with white sand so fine that it’s like stepping on silk-feather pillows.