We arrived to Koh Samui in the evening and were able to share a taxi with another traveler, which saved us some money. We quickly realized that this island was a lot more expensive than northern Thailand, and even Koh Tao. We also noticed that the taxi drivers had a collection of signs with completely different rates depending on the season or time of day. Your best bet to get somewhere cheap is to hail one of the songethiews similar to the ones in Chiang Mai.
When we arrived at The Amari Resort, we were greeted by the friendly staff and welcome drinks. The resort is on the modern side with a great beach vibe and a clear attention to detail. We were escorted across the road to our room. There are two parts to the resort. The eastern part had one pool, some guest rooms, the lobby, restaurant and beachfront. The western part across the road, where we stayed, had another pool as well as villa style accommodations.
Our room was gorgeous. We were on the second floor and had a high peaked wood ceiling. This part of the resort was fairly newer than the other side. The large king bed was amazingly comfortable. The living area was very spacious and had a relaxed and open feel. We had a large shower and standard bathroom with amenities. We were welcomed to our room with a fruit platter, macaroons, and a coconut jelly dessert. We were able to relax during the day, in between rain storms, on our balcony overlooking the garden and pool.
That evening we went to the Fishermans Village to the walking street. We enjoyed breakfast by the pool and overlooking the beach both mornings we were there. The breakfast buffet was incredible. There was a great selection of western and Asian cuisine. We enjoyed pad Thai, pad see eiw, congee, some Indian cuisine, eggs and pastries. The selection of breads and fruit were very good. There was also a juicer with fruits and vegetables to create your own fresh juices. Both mornings we had great breakfasts that fueled us for the day.
The Amari is located on Chewang Beach, one of the best beaches on Koh Samui. The sand is a perfect powder white and soft. The water was very calm when we were there and warm. We were able to relax by the beach most of the day, until some rain showers rolled it. Our second evening we enjoyed dinner at Stacked, one of the companies new restaurants. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner and recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Koh Samui. Overall, we had a wonderful stay at The Amari and would love to be able to visit again in the future.
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
May 20-22, 2016