Paradise Beach Resort
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
It was a lovely get away from it all hot...
"It was a lovely get away from it all hotel. The room was however disappointing. It was in desperate need of updating. The weather was also dissappointing as it rained just about every day, even only for short bursts on some days and all day on a couple of days. This made the snorkelling impossible as the sea was churned up.Having said that we had a good time, food was good, plenty of variety. Staff very friendly. Shuttle bus to Chaweng worked very well.Grounds and gardens, beach and pool were immaculate. Shame about the room."
- Travel date: 9th March 2008
Paradise Beach is an excellent hotel set...
"Paradise Beach is an excellent hotel set in beautiful surroundings. We come back here every year for our holiday. In total we have had seven great vacations here. The hotel is very well run and the staff are both friendly and efficient. The breakfast buffet is superb and the views from the dining area make for a great experience. There are two excellent restaurants and a great beach bar where you can sit and watch the sun go down over cocktails. The hotel is suitable for couples and families alike. The accommodation is of a high standard and beach towels etc.supplied daily. There is an hourly hotel bus service into Chaweng if you want to explore the area. If you are looking for a hotel in a peaceful setting with friendly staff to cater for your every need then the Paradise Beach is for you. We will definitely be returning to Paradise at Paradise Beach hotel. "
- Travel date: 27th October 2007
Does what It says on the tin.
"General Details:- Stayed in ground floor deluxe room 9th to 21st April 2006. Age 42, married with 9 year old son. Been around a bit and usually stay in 4 star accommodation. Summary:- In my opinion, by South East Asia standards this is a very good 3 star hotel. It is good for families and is competently run. Detail:- The hotel is something between a boutique hotel and a club hotel. The grounds are packed with tropical foliage and frogs. The two swimming pools are maintained to an adequate standard and have a relaxing ambiance about them. There is a small play area for younger children. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk away from the main road. There is not much going on the main road (apart from Songkran Festival April 13th which is a two day event and tremendous fun) with few places to eat and not many shops. My recommendations are, turn right at the main road and walk for 5 minutes to get to Angelaâs Bakery or walk for 20+ minutes to get to Twins Restaurant. The hotel does operate an excellent shuttle bus to Chaweng where there are many restaurants shops etc and it is relatively easy to avoid the lewder establishments. We originally tried to reserve one of the bungalows however they were all fully booked and we had to settle for a ground floor deluxe room. This turned out to be a bonus as we inspected one of the bungalows and found that in comparison to our room it was dark and a little smaller. The bungalows are quite nice and have a better location but they are better suited to a couple rather than a family. Our room was a moderate size with a tiled floor and a separate shower room and separate wc. There was no bath and the room very much reminded me of the Mediterranean style of hotel room. (except the plumbing was significantly better). Towels, beach towels, TV, mini bar and complimentary water are provided. The rooms are clean and the emphasis is on comfort rather than luxury. The beach is covered in 3 star sand (clean, but a bit gritty) and there is no problem with endless rows of sun loungers because there arenât any on the actual beach. This leaves a picturesque view and aids the natural tranquillity of the area. The sea is somewhat of a disappointment. During our stay the water was very warm but cloudy and walking out to deeper felt slightly unpleasant as the sea bed felt like mud. This is no fault of the hotel and you could pay a lot more for the same experience if you stayed in one of the other hotels. By far the worst bit of the beach was the indeterminately aged lady staying in the hotel next door, parading up and down the beach in her thong and silicon. Yet again this is no fault of the hotel and I do wish that it was better known that this behaviour is offensive to the locals. Shade and sunloungers are provided by the hotel within the hotel grounds and the hotel has a very admirable policy which advises its clients not to reserve sunloungers with towels. This policy is printed in a number of languages so it was a little disappointing that one particular nation appeared to be illiterate, which inevitably starts the âif you canât beat them join them mentalityâ, sound familiar? The bar staff are excellent, the restaurant service and food is very good and whilst somewhat limited breakfast is also good. The onsite tailor is as good as any of the tailors and it is quite nice to pop in for a fitting or take some time in choosing what you want. There is a dive shop and a gift shop. All in all this is a good hotel, it does nothing spectacularly well and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Enjoy! Things not related to the hotel. Independently of the hotel we booked a couple of trips, one kayaking in the marine park and one snorkelling at Koh Tao and found both to be overcrowded and a bit of a rip off. We hired a Jeep which would have died laughing if I had threatened it with an MOT. We then drove around the island chasing the thunderstorms. (or maybe they were chasing us). Without doubt the highlight was the Songkran Festival. This is the Thai new year and boils down to a very big water fight. My son was most impressed when we bartered for a couple of large water pistols the night before the festival. The following day we emerged on the main street suitably tooled up and ready for action. Within minutes we were all soaked from water thrown at us from passing vehicles. We made our first base outside of Nooty Bobâs Bar where there was a convenient barrel from which to reload the water pistols. The bar girls were having fun throwing water at almost anything that moved and invited us to join in. I cannot stress enough how this was all done in the best possible humour and with due regard to those who should not get wet. (eg. Mothers with babies etc). The local police were not so lucky. Two policemen on a motorbike were stopped in the middle of the road, the girls asked for permission to soak them, (a good idea seeing as they carry guns), permission was duly given and they got drenched and covered in flour for good luck."
- Travel date: 7th July 2006
"We stayed at the Paradise Beach Resort in July 2005 a party of 4 adults and 2 children, we requested rooms on the first floor but on arrival we were told that the hotel had a policy that children were not allowed on the first floor. We reluctantly took ground floor rooms. We discovered later that another family had a first floor room which were slightly smaller than ground floor rooms but they had been told it was an upgrade. The Garden pool was very nice and had some shady areas which we enjoyed but the pool near the beach was dirty the tile grouting was black/brown in places. The views from the restaurant out to the beach are lovely and the food reasonably priced. The staff were not as friendly as they were in the hotel we stayed in Bangkok prior to The Paradise Beach. There are many frogs in the ground which can be very noisy at night. Check that your minibar is full and that all items have stickers on them as the hotel tried to charge us for items that did not have stickers on them that we had not consumed or replaced. I enjoyed the stay but would not go back or recommend it. I have stayed in many hotels in Thailand and Malaysia and feel it was not one of the best."
- Travel date: 27th March 2006
Fabulous Family Run
"We have stayed at the Maenam resort several times and have always had a great experience. My parents also stayed here for two weeks and loved it. The bungalows are very simple, but clean and quiet, and a great price. Maenam beach is not for those looking for wild night life, bars and constant activity. But if you are looking for quiet beaches, few people and a laid back pace, this is the spot for you. You will have to travel to Chewang or Lamai beach for water sport rentals and hawkers on the beach who harrass you to purchase their wares, for they are not plentiful on Maenam. The family who run the hotel and resturant are great - they take you in like one of their own. It is a great place for an extended stay as you really do feel like you are "at home" in this holdiay paradise. We only wish they had a pool, but then I suppose the price would be higher. We really love it here!"
- Travel date: 14th October 2005
Great Place - Super Vacation
"It was our first visit to Ko Samui. We had a wonderful suite and the room of our children was also very nice. We especially enjoyed the great food and the wonderful service. The water was clean and we were swimming every day long distances. But there is also a great pool for those who prefer not to swim in the sea. Very ideal is the location if one plays golf. The hotel offers a shuttle to the near by golf course. The golf course is simply incredible. A wonderful view and the course itself is one of the best I ever played."
- Travel date: 15th September 2005
"I really cannot recommend this hotel enough. The setting was beautiful - the gardens were amazing. The staff were friendly and always there to help. The shuttle bus was good as Maenam is very quiet and it was nice to go into Chaweng some evenings. Found a fantastic Thai restaurant but cannot remember the name of it! It was at the bottom of Chaweng main street opposit the Amari. If you stay at Paradise Beach walk up to Angela's Bakery - the food was very good. I'm not sure if it was open at night though. We went in November/December and the weather definately got better in december. Next year we are going back in May I can't wait!!!"
- Travel date: 4th September 2005
Good value for money !
"Stayed there for 2 weeks in february 2005. Location at Chaweng beach is very good, with a perfect beach very close to the bungalows. Excellent smiling staff and a good reception/tourdesk. Restaurant and the bar are nice, and breakfast is very good. We stayed in both "standard" and "superior" bungalows. The "Standard" bungalows clearly need maintenance, we dont liked them too much. But the "Superior" bungalows are in very good shape and conditions, really nice, good standard and a big new bathroom. All in all this is very good value for money at Samui."
- Travel date: 4th June 2005
we've been twice
"We went in 2003 and have just been again. I was hoping we did not make a mistake as often when going back it is not what it used to be. The hotel is away from all the hustle and bustle and a 5 minute bus ride from Fisherman's Village where there are good restaurants and a couple of pubs. It is about 20 mins from Chaweng which we don't like. The second time (2 yr gap) the hotel was as good as before with many of the same staff still there. They are absolutely lovely. My husband injured his knee and needed daily hospital visits with the staff doing all the running back and forwards with transport. They even gave us crutches! As for the room we upgraded to a bungalow both times, these are spacious and have a large balcony (make sure your bungalow is not at the back of the restaurant - I was on my own for 3 days before my husband came and was woken up by the staff arriving for work and deliveries - I complained and was moved immediately). The food is delicious, we are thai food enthusiasts, and had our lunch brought to the pool every day. For a 4 star restaurant the food is cheap which is a nice bonus. Drinks are the usual UK price. I stayed for 17 days and loved every minute. We will go back, sometimes it is nice when you know where everything is and there are no surprises."
- Travel date: 27th January 2005
"June 2004 - This was our first trip to Thailand and soon as we arrived in Koh Samui airport, which has an amazing resemblence to a beach bar, we knew that this would be a fantastic holiday. The Paradise beach resort is a fabulous out of the way resort about 20 mins outside of Chaweng. If you are looking for a resort which is a little quieter that the norm then this resort is great - for those who want something a little livelier, shuttle buses run every hour in and out of Chaweng and taxi's are cheap. The resort was always exceptionally clean and the staff extremely friendly. The pool bar can get very busy at night but it is a great place to meet and chat to other guests - there was normally a stop there at the end of the night for most guests! Koh Samui is an island has something for everybody and I have heard it is the best Thai island to visit. Lots of people don't visit Samui in June / July because these months are deemed wet season - don't let this put you off as it may rain once a day for 20 mins but the weather clears just as quickly. We were told that September / October are the really wet months and that Koh Samui is on a different weather front than the rest of Thailand. As June is typically a quiet month, you can get some fantastic deals at hotels and resorts - most resorts do a stay one week, get a week free deal. You can get upgrades included in these deals also. Although this a beach resort there is plenty to do. We did a couple of day trips snorkelling boat trips to other islands. There is great couple of hour trip where you can aerial slide down through the forest which was fantastic - the walk up to the first run is a bit steep though. Kickboxing matches are held on the island 2 nights a week and it is definately worth a visit. The fights seem to be a little rigged so don't bet with any of the locals but good to see. Hiring a car going to see different places on the Island is great and for those animal lovers out there, stop in and see the Koh Samui Dog Centre and give some money, no matter how small. It will break your heart when you see some of the anilmals but the Dog centre is fully reliant on donations and receives no money from the Thai government. All I can really say is that this was a holiday of a lifetime for us and we can't wait to go back. I can not recommend this island or resort enough!"
- Travel date: 26th January 2005
A great hotel
"This hotel was a great find. Somehow managed to find a brilliant deal on ebookers (Â£150 for eight nights) in this four star. The usual 'what's the hotel going to be like angst' was exacerbated by the fact that it was so cheap, but when we got there it was just perfect. The hotel is in a beautiful setting on peaceful Maenam beach in the north of the island. The sea here is shallow until quite a way out and crystal clear. It also has two swimming pools, neither of which are ever very busy, a good buffet breakfast (sitting looking out to sea - just beautiful!), a good dive school and Thai massage on site. The rooms were clean and spacious and the shuttle bus (mostly into Chaweng but you could book it to take you where ever you wanted) was really useful - the driver did have a bit of a habit of leaving early if he didn't see people at the stop in Chaweng before the last one at night - around 11pm (you have to book your return time but even then it's no guarentee). Still, taxis are pretty easy to come by in Chaweng and are reasonable. I'd definitely recommend Paradise Beach!"
- Travel date: 12th July 2004
Paradise Beach Resort is also called
- Paradise Beach Hotel
- paradise beach koh samui