32/35 Moo 5, Bang Po, Ko Samui (After the Four Seasons Hotel, before Bang Po enters Nathon) T: (077) 485 373, (081) 555 1230 F: (077) 485376
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Le Beach Club, located along the 4169 Ring Road, just before Bang Po enters Nathon, has added a fresh breath to an area of Samui that was looking a little neglected. Several little beach bars have recently popped up along this road, so it’s worth heading this way, particularly at sunset hour.
We weren’t quite sure what Le Beach Club was, but driving past its cheerful nautical theme was reason to stop and have a poke around, and we were pleasantly surprised. Is it a boat yard? Is it a bar? Is it a guesthouse? Well, all of the above really. None of these elements seem to take centre stage, but the sailing theme ties it all together well, whatever it is.
Kayaks, hobie cats and windsurfers are available to rent, and half- and full-day catamaran charters are on offer. At low tide, the sea is shallow for a few hundred metres, making this a great location for novice sailors to learn.
Le Beach Club has two rooms for rent. We were quoted 3,000 baht per night including breakfast, but for a stay of a week or longer, they were prepared to go as low as 2,000 baht per night. The rooms are spacious, with a distinct blue and white seafaring theme continuing throughout. The room we viewed featured a king-size bed, whitewashed wooden floors, large mirrors, air-con, maritime scatter cushions and wooden sailboats. The room leads to a lawned area and swimming pool that overlooks their fleet of sailing vessels and the bay, with views of ferries coming and going. Rooms do back onto the main road, but there was no noticeable noise from within the room. Free WiFi is available in the rooms and lounge area. We noticed there is no TV, but hey, with a view like this, who needs one?
The bar area — Le Beach Bar — consists of a comfy lounge area with flop-in couches, a small inside restaurant area, and an outside bar, perfect for catching the breeze. All that is missing are seagulls, but we’ll have to make do with the squawks of myna birds, as Samui has no seagulls.
The restaurant menu is varied, with a good breakfast selection, and prices range from 120 baht for scrambled eggs on toast, French toast or an omelette with toast, to 220 baht for a full English breakfast including tea or coffee and orange juice.
Their lunch menu offers both Thai and international options, but leans towards pricey. Starters include a seafood salad for 280 baht and a vegetable and prawn soup for 200 baht. Mains include an Indian-style salmon curry for 350 baht, grilled tuna steak with mash potatoes for 380 baht and chicken massaman curry with brown rice for 250 baht. Not many Samui restaurants serve brown rice, so it’s good to see this as an option on the menu.
We visited Le Beach Club early morning, and the place was empty, however the staff were happy to show us around and the place looked inviting. The bar makes a great place to chill for the day with a nice shallow section of beach and sea for kids to play and perhaps explore the area by kayak or sailboat. Renting both rooms would make a good midrange family suite option, as the pool would be private for much of the day, other than lunch patrons or those popping in for sundowners. Bang Po is far from the main tourist areas and nightlife, so not suitable for those wanting to be in the swing of things. It is however on the Ring Road, so songthaews do come past.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.