Found along Bang Rak Beach and close to the famous Big Buddha in the northeastern part of Thailand’s popular island of Koh Samui, Punnpreeda Beach Resort (also referred to on some signage and literature by the former name of Punnpreeda Hip Resort) is a good option if you want to give yourself a little treat without splashing out too much. Close to the beach and a variety of attractions and amenities, it makes for a great base whilst exploring this part of the island.
Guests can choose between the regular Deluxe Rooms within the main building, Deluxe Villas within the lovely gardens, and Grand Deluxe Rooms with a private Jacuzzi. There are also Ocean Front Deluxe Villas that sit close to the seafront. Access to the narrow strip of beach is possible from the resort.
The white-washed walls will provide an almost Mediterranean vibe to your large and airy room. Full length windows let the light really flood in during the daytime. The rooms have mood lighting. This can be pretty romantic in the right company. Or, it can be quite dim as darkness falls… girls, doing your makeup can be a little problematic!
You can look forward to a soft and comfortable double bed; a welcome change for travellers who have spent one too many nights on the typically hard Thai mattresses! The crisp white bed linen makes sinking your head onto the fluffy pillows even more enticing!
The spacious bathroom provides a hot water shower and a cute selection of complimentary toiletries. The plumbing wasn’t designed for paper waste, however, so be prepared to put your used toilet roll in the bin. Bins are emptied daily.
Air conditioning and a large TV are standard, as well as an electronic safety deposit box tucked into the large teak wardrobe, a mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water for each day of your stay, along with a kettle, and free tea and coffee.
Robust block wood flooring and dark wooden furniture promise a welcoming feeling. There is ample storage space, including a wardrobe, drawers, a bedside cabinet, and a kitchen-type unit with cupboards above and below.
Free Wi-Fi is technically available in the rooms, but, it can be slow in the room.
The large private balcony is perfect for enjoying an evening drink at the wooden table and chairs. There is so much space that it would be possible to place a few towels and sunbathe out there if you want to. Even better – the outside air conditioning unit was on the other side of the room, meaning that there will not be noises from that to spoil the ambience.
The hotel has a decent-sized outdoor swimming pool towards the rear, right next to the beach. A few sun beds at the edge are the ideal way to let the warm Samui sun caress your skin whilst lapping up the ocean views and avoiding getting covered in sand. The hotel also has about ten sun beds on the beach for guests to use without any charge. This is a beautiful place to chill out and watch the sun set over the sparkling waters of the Thai Gulf.
Restaurant and inclusive breakfast
A large and filling complimentary breakfast is included each morning in the restaurant that overlooks the beach. Guests can choose one menu item, which includes dishes like omelet, boiled eggs, scrambled egg with ham, sausage and bacon, pancakes with syrup, and the traditional Thai Khao Tom – rice soup.
There is also a buffet section that guests can return to as many times as they like. Buffet items include hot tea and coffee, orange and pineapple juice, bread for toasting, a diverse array of interesting flavours of jam (e.g. strawberry, mango, coconut, and banana), salad, fruit, cereal, and plain yoghurt. There is certainly no need to start the day hungry! Breakfast runs until 10am too, making it great for late risers!
Meals and drinks are served at the restaurant all throughout the day, with a wide selection of traditional Thai fare and Western favourites available.
Out and about nearby
The resort backs right onto the beach – a couple of steps down and you can be walking next to the glittering sea, enjoying the feel of deliciously soft sand between your toes. This is not the best spot on the island for sunbathing and swimming, but it is definitely pleasant to have great views and lovely walks right on your doorstep!
The famous Big Buddha takes around 30 minutes to walk to from the resort. With just one road to walk along from the hotel entrance to the small road leading to the Big Buddha complex, it is very easy to find. Taxis and songthaews (pick-up trucks that have been converted to transport passengers on two benches in the back) are abundant, but should you decide to walk there, just turn left as you leave the hotel from the main lobby exit.
The Fisherman’s Village in Bophut is around a 50-minute walk along the main road, heading to the right of the hotel, although the hot sun and lack of shade can make flagging down transportation really appealing! You’ll find a swanky assortment of shops and restaurants, many of which are housed in charming renovated traditional Chinese shop houses.
Top location and hospitality
If you want to stay in a charming resort away from the main busy centres with their pumping music long into the wee small hours of the morning, yet without feeling like you’ve stumbled upon a ghost town as soon as darkness falls, Punpreeda Beach Hotel is a terrific option. Staff members speak excellent English and will treat you to the warm and welcoming hospitality that Thailand is so well-known for. Book your stay at Punnpreeda Beach Hotel and have a fantastic stay on Koh Samui.
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