Stay for the views
A good flashpacker option overlooking the beach in Fisherman’s Village, Enjoy Beach Hotel serves up huge and well-equipped rooms with sea views located above the restaurant of the same name.
Narrow stairs lead up to six rooms spread over the upper three floors of a modern concrete building. They all boast shiny tile floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with broad views of the sea and Ko Pha Ngan, complete with sections that can be opened to let in the sea breeze. Even without the views, these rooms would be solid value for the high level of comfort and space. Each is equipped with cushioned chairs or sofas, LCD TVs, soft queen beds, coffee/tea facilities and fridges that are one step smaller than the full-size fridges found in most Asian homes. Good-size bathrooms are clean and come with rain showers, and abstract prints add some colour above the beds. Balconies are narrow, but we doubt you’ll mind when pulling up a chair to those enormous windows.
On the ground floor, the Enjoy Beach Restaurant has equally impressive views from tables set up along an open-sided terrace, where you can order Thai or Western food and peruse a selection of wines. Breakfast is available, WiFi is free and both the European and Thai staffers had good attitudes, quickly leading us upstairs to check out the rooms.
Enjoy Beach is one of several small hotels and guesthouses found in Fisherman’s Village. Across the street, Greenhouse Samui Apartments is located above an Indian restaurant and has comfortable rooms with potted plants on balconies overlooking the street. You could also consider The Lodge for a similar setup with sea-view rooms, or head down a side lane to Home Boutique Hotel, situated above the terrific Fisherman’s House Cafe. Otherwise you might head to the quieter east end of the village to check out a pricier option, like Baan Bophut or Elysia Boutique Hotel, both of which have swimming pools.
Address: Fisherman’s village, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (085) 791 6577;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'52.39" E, 9º33'35.01" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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