This was definitely my favorite hotel in Thailand.
Towards the end of a week-long stay in a Samui vacation rental, I started thinking about options for where to stay the last 4 nights. While visiting Lamai Beach, at the very end of the beach I noticed this modern looking boutique hotel. I decided to go in to inquire with the staff about a room, and a friendly (French?) man greeted me. He told me about the special rate and gave me his card (he was the CEO).
I gave it a day of thought and booked the hotel on Agoda, despite the price being a little higher than I wanted to pay. I didn't regret it for one second.
On arrival, a bit early for check in, ice cream was provided, a delicious mint chocolate chip, as well as drinking water. This type of service was continued throughout the stay.
The room was checked by the same man who I'd met two days before, and following the ice cream, I went inside.
The room itself is a little small, filled about halfway with a huge king size bed. Personally, I don't care because I only really used it to shower and sleep anyhow. The bathroom was very large and each day the maids left a candle and scented oil burning which smelled wonderful.
The basic amenities were provided, towels, cable TV, safe, refrigerator (which ran a little warm), and closet. The room design was nice and clean, though the towel rack in the bathroom was a little loose (it didn't however manage to break during my stay so that is of no consequence).
Having stayed on a few tropical islands, I have come to accept that almost no room is free of insects. Spiders, ants, flies, and mosquitoes are generally a fact outside of large, impersonal tower hotels. This hotel was the exception to that rule. I didn't see a single ant, mosquito, fly, spider, or lizard inside my room for the entire duration of my stay. I'd think that for many people reading, this is a priceless feature.
The view from even the basic seaview room that I stayed in was at an angle, but still beautiful. The glass of the door during the daytime is very opaque, but at night when your room light is on, people can see inside so if you want privacy you should close the curtain.
The bed was very firm, which some people probably prefer. It did take a night or two to get used to.
I found the staff to be very friendly, genuinely. While most staff that I encountered in other establishments in Thailand seemed to range from faux friendly to mildly angry, the staff at this hotel seemed to actually like their jobs, despite the long hot days in which they worked. Another priceless feature.
I also noticed that the two CEOs were on site every day that I stayed there, managing and supervising, serving, and even bartending. The one who seemed to have the most interaction with guests was very friendly and seemed a bit of a perfectionist, which is a wonderful quality for any hotel manager.
I found the menu to be a bit on the expensive side by Thai standards, but after eating many of the choices, I soon understood why. The view from any table is perfect, and the food is prepared carefully and properly. When the CEO took our order, he made recommendations on the menu and even suggested things that the Chef (yes a real chef not simply a cook) could prepare. He was always careful to make sure everything went well and we wondered aloud if he had run a restaurant before. He was careful to inform us of the preparation time for meals, which I think is a great feature of service, so that you are never wondering why you are waiting for the food to come. I highly recommend the mushroom risotto, which melts in your mouth, and the Italian style pizza which rivals pizza in any restaurant in Italy.
The drinks from the bar are expensive, again by Thai standards, but as water is served free, nobody is holding a gun to your head and making you order drinks. We did anyways, and most of the drinks were delicious. Even the overpriced coconut (about double what you would pay elsewhere) was the best coconut in Thailand. They seem to pick good sized coconuts and they always serve them chilled.
Overall for all that I mention about the prices of food and drinks there, it was well worth it. We ate and drank in the comfort of the hotel for most of our stay, with the best view and atmosphere and still paid much less than we would in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, or New York for the same quality of food.
Speaking of atmosphere, for anyone who starts feeling nauseous when they hear the same top40 music or Justin Bieber on the radio, you'll hear none of that here (sorry Bieber fans). The music ranged from opera to trance, and never did my ears feel polluted. This was nice and perhaps another priceless feature, as anyone knows that 95% of the bars you visit in the world are playing the same 40 songs. If you want to hear that, you can easily take a 10 minute walk down the beach to any one of dozens of bars and restaurants. If I could suggest anything to the owners it would be to perhaps include a bit more native-sounding music to the playlist, but it's really not something to fuss over.
The entire hotel was adorned with rechargeable, cordless, color changing lights, which made for a great ambiance at night to help calm your mood over dinner while listening to the waves crash against the dinky rock.
The free included breakfast was served until around 10:30, and was served with toast, croissants, other breads, cheese, ham, eggs cooked your way, fried potatoes, juice, tea or coffee, fresh fruit, butter, and jam. I couldn't have asked for more, although I must admit on the last day I asked for only one egg instead of two, because I found myself often being almost full by the time it came. Can't complain about that.
The hotel ordered a private car for airport transfer who showed up on time and for 600 baht.
We relaxed at the hotel and had lunch and dinner after checkout, finishing with a few cocktails before departing. The staff all said goodbye and we left knowing that we would certainly stay at this hotel again if we ever had the chance.
Note: Although this hotel is located at the end of Lamai beach, access via road is through Hin Ta Hin Yai. (Grandfather and Grandmother rock). It is not accessed via Lamai Town, to get there you go as if you are going to Hin Ta Hin Yai. The front door is at Hin Ta Hin Yai and the rooms face Lamai Beach, so basically on foot you access via Lamai beach, but by Car, Bus, or Motorbike, you must drive past Lamai towards Waterfall 2, and turn left at Hin Ta Hin Yai (there is a huge sign just past Family Mart). The entrance is on the left. If you rent a car or motorbike let the hotel know because they have organized free parking for guests through the nearest parking lot.
- Also Known As:
- Beluga Boutique Hotel Koh Samui/Lamai Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a cocoon, Beluga Boutique Hotel enjoys an exceptional situation almost unique on the island.This is an hotel without kids , ideal for those who live their holidays to the fullest, alone, with their beloved or with friends. Secluded white sand beach, huge rocks, rooms with luxury & refinement "à la française" face the sunrise, Lounge Bar, Restaurant, Massages, mineral water swimming pool, evening events, and much, much more... ... more less
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