Intimate and quiet
A great choice for a beachfront stay that won’t break the bank, Sans Souci is one of the last resorts that you pass in the far southern corner of Chaweng before the beach road curves inland on the way down to Chaweng Noi and Lamai.
It’s quiet down here and the beach is lovely.
Brushing up against palms and flowers, most rooms are set in attached white concrete buildings with the front of each smartly turned at a 45-degree angle, towards the sea, to allow for optimal privacy in the close quarters. Dividers are placed between furnished terraces accessed through tinted glass doors. With terracotta tiles, fretted wood walls and desks, the well-kept interiors stack up to many of the pricier resorts.
Firm mattresses are placed on heavy wood frames near soft lanterns and gorgeous wood bureaus, with framed Thai shadow puppets or Japanese floral prints to finish things off. Deluxe rooms are larger and placed closer to the steps leading down to the beach, while the priciest sea-view rooms are in circular bungalows with vaulted ceilings and loads of windows. All rooms come with TV, air-con, fridge, WiFi and modern hot-water bathroom.
Sans Souci does not have a pool, but you will find Thai massage and a small restaurant run by staffers who were welcoming to us. Sans Souci is a good alternative if you can’t afford pricier resorts, like Poppies, but want to stay right on the beach. We also like the location that puts you a couple of kilometres south of the nightlife craziness, but still with plenty of restaurants in the immediate vicinity. For a bit more cash you might like the similarly intimate Kirikayan Boutique Resort, which has a swimming pool and is a little more expensive.
Address: 4/4 Moo 3, South Chaweng, Ko Samui
T: (077) 422 044; F: (077) 422 045
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'20.65" E, 9º30'48.53" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,200 baht||2,700 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,800 baht||3,300 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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