Chaweng Cove Resotel: Smiles and Savings in Samui

Koh Samui February 29, 2012 11:32 am

Andrew and I got married last week in Koh Samui (YAY) and were lucky enough to be joined by 50 of our family and friends for a week of cocktails, sunburn and all round good times.

We researched a lot to find the perfect spot for everyone to stay for the wedding week and had the following conditions:

1) Needed to be close to the “fun stuff” i.e. beach, restaurant, shops.

2) Despite #1 it still needed to give off an island-ey vibe for the all-important relaxed feel one would expect when holidaying in Thailand.

3) It needed to suit all budgets (especially the smaller ones) as everyone had already trekked so far.

We settled on Chaweng Cove Resotel after much bride-related angst (and hours of Google searching). The price was great, the location couldn’t be more central and the reviews seemed to be 90-95% positive across most of the travel sites. While I knew it would be fine, my hopes weren’t overly high and the pressure of 50 guests liking the resort definitely weighed on my shoulders.

Come Feb 19th as we all checked in though my worries vanished. The staff handled the mania of our two families (post 5am flight and 2.5 hour journey) checking in with ease and huge smiles and we all were led to our rooms.

Here are some of the things we thought would be most helpful to know:

– The resort is right on the beach and yet still right on the main Chaweng road… The ability to float the day away in the ocean or get a massage on the beach and still having 30+ restaurants  and all the shops you could want within 5 mins walk proved to be a hit with the whole group.

– The buffet breakfast was extensive and FREE daily… Breakfast was served 7am-10am daily and included cereal, pastries, fresh fruit, fresh salads, curries, rice, hot dogs, bacon, potatoes and then an “egg station” where you could have an omelette/scrambled or fried eggs made up for you on the spot.

– The staff were amazingly friendly and eager to help. Everybody commented on how friendly each of the staff in the resort were with them during the stay and they went the extra mile with us several times including helping us arrange for a bus to take all 50 of our wedding guests to the wedding at 10pm the night before (whoops).

– There were enough room types that everyone got to pick what they were willing to spend and what sort of stay they wanted. Part of the reason we selected Chaweng Cove after all my Googling was because there were 7 different room types (starting from $65/night) so everyone could find something that suited their budget. We had guests in the hotel rooms (spacious, clean and perfectly fine for the price as long as you don’t mind stairs), garden bungalows (lovely furnishings, private deck/balcony, close to pool/restaurant, and quiet – albeit slightly dark) and the beachfront pool villas (spacious, beachfront view, private plunge pool – although not sure I’d pay $200/night for it personally) and everyone was 100% happy with their selection.

– Wifi isn’t free and while it wasn’t really expensive it was a slight nuisance to have to duck up and purchase the cards every time you needed them (major first world problem, please don’t gag). The internet speed was great and you had the option of using the modern computers in the “internet room” near the lobby or your own computer in the room with wifi.  I didn’t record all the pricing but I remember the 3 hour card being about 350 baht and it doesn’t have to be used all in one go – just remember to log off!

– The restaurant food was actually really delicious, I had several great experiences even through my bride diet and the prices weren’t bad either with most dishes ranging from 100-350 baht). Also, the room service was fast and matched the restaurant quality – which is often not the case.

– The resort pool was slightly smaller than what the photos on the website indicated but especially for the kids it was perfect. My 3 y.o nephew had an absolute ball jumping in and out of the kiddies’ pool and his parents felt comfortable supervising from the sidelines which was a welcome break. There were plenty of toys on hand too – possibly from families who had left them behind – so there was no shortage of entertainment.

Overall the feeling was overwhelmingly positive for all 50 of our guests. Everyone loved the relaxed vibe of the hotel, the beautiful view and proximity to the beach plus the closeness to all the fun restaurants/shops that Chaweng has to offer.

And most importantly, everyone had great experiences with the friendly staff who had their hands full with our bunch. My Mum may have even dropped into the lobby before checkout to show off wedding photos “because they asked” although I’m still doubting the legitimacy of that story 😉 Thank you to the front desk for humoring my very proud mother-of-the-bride AND for our towel swans we found the next morning.

We’re really happy to recommend Chaweng Cove to anyone looking for a fun stay, close to the action of Chaweng and for a very wallet-friendly price. Thanks to all the staff there for helping create an amazing week of memories for us!

Due to the extremely hectic wedding week schedule we had I took abysmally few photos but below is a snapshot of the beach in front of the resort via my phone. You’ll see why we were plenty ok about staying there 😉

1 Comment

  • Dear Andrew & Elysia,

    Once again, congratulations on your wedding!!

    Thanks for your feedback. I was delighted to read that all of you had a pleasant stay, enjoyed our beach resort location and received amazing friendly service from our staff.

    We certainly appreciate your feedback in this area as it helps us to continually review our services and facilities.

    Thanks for providing a positive review of your stay on your travel blog. We very glad for being a part of your amazing memories at Chaweng Cove Resotel. Please pass on my best wishes to your family and friends.

    We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

    Best regards,

    Ms. Ananya Thongmook (Thom)
    Rooms Division Manager

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