Funky cottages on a hill
The funkiest and most affordable of the Samed Resorts group’s eight offerings on the island, Baan Supparod rose from the demise of an old budget joint that closed in 2014.
Though certainly not cheap, it’s worth considering for a quiet cottage within a five-minute walk of Haad Sai Kaew.
White wood-and-concrete cottages are spread fairly far apart over a leafy hill leading down to a rocky coastline, where lounge chairs and hammocks beckon. The name means “Pineapple House", though we didn’t notice any pineapple trees among the abundant greenery. The peaceful location affords views to a cluster of small islands and you can swim off the rocks. Haad Sai Kaew and Samet Village can be easily reached on foot from here.
The new owners kept the charming wood panel walls on all of the cottages, adding thatch atop the old metal ceilings. About a third of the interior space in all rooms is dedicated to incongruous three-part bathrooms with hot-water shower rooms on one side, toilet rooms on the other, and sinks in the middle. Curtains, rather than proper doors, close the bathrooms off from the beds. Lime-green swirling paintjobs adorn the concrete bathroom walls, while bright orange lampshades and pink-and-purple pillows add to the youthful feel. All rooms include soft beds, TVs, fridges, several windows and porches with a couple of wooden chairs. Apart from a family room and an extremely pricey family villa with a private plunge pool, all of the cottages are identical and priced based on proximity to the coast.
The staffer who showed us around was one of the friendlier people we met on Samet and even the cleaning crew and security guard flashed us smiles. The restaurant/bar features brightly coloured chairs and tables spread over a wide seaside deck protruded by trees. The value is questionable if judging by the rooms alone, but staying at a Samed Resorts property gets you free breakfast, solid security, free use of Sai Kaew Beach Resort’s swimming pool and free transfer to/from the mainland.
Rates fluctuate often and deals can be scored online. If you don’t require a seaside location, the nearby Lima Bella Resort has comparable rooms and a swimming pool for similar rates.
Address: Laem Yai, Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet
T: (038) 644 371-3;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º28'1.71" E, 12º34'16.2" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Plus 850 baht for seaside.
|3,040 baht||3,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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