On Review: Coco Palm Beach Resort

I stayed at Coco Palm Beach Resort on Koh Samui with my mother on our Thailand trip.  The quiet island escape was exactly what we needed to forget the stresses of every day life – if only temporarily.

Location
Approximately 30 minutes from the airport, Coco Palm is situated on a quiet part of the island, looking out towards Koh Pha Ngan.  When booking our holiday, I specifically chose a location that was going to be a bit more secluded.  Although the hustle and bustle of Chaweng would make for a good time, it wasn’t what I needed this time around.

Although the resort is a little removed, there is a good variety of restaurants within a 3-5 minute walk, meaning you aren’t stuck eating at the resort or paying for a taxi into town.

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Getting There
The hotel will happily arrange an airport pick-up for you at a cost of 500B (approx. $14US).  A taxi will cost you about the same price, so why not allow yourself the luxury of being met after baggage claim and escorted to the Resort?

Accommodation
The room was a decent size and well cleaned.  This in not a 5-star hotel, so our expectations were not set incredibly high, but we were not disappointed.  Being the least expensive accommodation, the villa was a little far from the beach (maybe a 3-minute walk), but the short amount of exercise was quite honestly welcomed.

Cost: 2,300B per night including breakfast (Approx. $65US)
Room: Standard Bungalo with 2 beds

Food & Beverage
There is one beach-side restaurant that serves all meals, including a fairly extensive buffet breakfast with a live egg station.  Overall, the food was good, but at a high price (in comparison to what you can find off-property).

Just outside of the Resort is a strip of different restaurants, massage parlours and a convenience store.  There is some good variety at reasonable prices.

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The Pool & Beach
I’m admittedly a pool person.  I don’t love the thought of picking sand off of my body for the rest of my holiday.  The view from the beach at Coco Palm, however, is irresistible and we ultimately spent some time at both the pool and the beach.

Your beach towels are provided on arrival and changed daily by Housekeeping.  It’s a nice service, but a little inconvenient if you’re heading to the beach before Housekeeping passes by.

Pros:
* Nice, clean facilities.
* Easy to get a lounger.
* A fair amount of shade (if you’re not looking to get burnt)
* Bar next to the pool.

Cons:
* There is no separate children’s pool (not great if you’re only travelling with adults).
* No lounge-side service.  Again, I know it’s not at a luxury resort, but it would still be nice to not have to get up for your beverages.

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The Spa
The Resort has a small spa (which I admittedly did not step into), as well as a location on the beach.  I decided to indulge a little on our final day with a massage on the beach.

Admittedly, this was the best massage I had in Thailand, but there was certainly room for improvement.  The massage beds are amongst the beach loungers, leaving you very exposed.  Additionally, you lose any beach view.

Cost: 300B (Approx. $8.70US) for a one-hour massage.

Staff and Service
Overall, everyone was really friendly and helpful.  In general, I found the service in Thailand to be below my expectations, but the team at Coco Palm Beach Resort know what they’re doing.

A special mention to Nok at the restaurant/pool bar, whose exceptional service was much appreciated.

Thoughts
For me, the serene setting of Coco Palm was exactly what I was looking for on this Thailand adventure.

That being said, there are so many hotel options in Koh Samui, I am sure there will be something to suit your preferences.  For a luxury stay, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.  If you want something more centrally located, look towards the Chaweng area.

Overall, I am so happy to have spent a short four nights at Coco Palm Beach Resort and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Take a look here for more information, advise and sample Thailand itineraries.  Let me know what magic you find on your next Thailand trip.

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