We have arrived back home today (Bangkok) after a four night stay at Cabana Resort on Koh Samet. We are a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children - and stayed in a little beachfront bungalow. My first impressions were that it is massively over-priced. We had a big double for myself, my husband and my youngest daughter and a small day bed for my eldest. Surprisingly, I slept very well. The mornings were peaceful and the sound of the sea kept me dozing on every morning.
The bungalow was very small and very basic. Admittedly, the view is beautiful but for £100 a night, I’d expect a little more space, a cleaner and generally a smarter and tidier room. I think these rooms should be half the price. I agree with a previous review that a seaview bungalow is sufficient. They are set behind and are still very close to the beach but with better privacy.
The staff worked very hard to tidy the beach, serve food, carry luggage and clean rooms to the many many tourists flocking on boats to the beach every day. This hard work does seem to be taking its toll on their motivation and enthusiasm. I felt the breakfast at the resort was poor. The flies were awful. The bread was stale. I think the restaurant needs a different plan for catering breakfast and perhaps should offer guests freshly prepared food selected off a menu - to avoid the fly infestation. We ate there for lunch and dinner and the food that we ordered off the menu is great. There was one time that there was a muddle over our order and we had to chase it up but generally they worked hard to get the order right. That being said, staff could have been a little more welcoming.
The beach loungers were plentiful but needed a good wipe down with a wet cloth. The beach was surprisingly clean, despite the quantity of tourists. The resort advertise it as a “Private Beach” but it’s public but the loungers are for the guests of Cabana or random beach goers who pay a daily fee. The pool was very nice and clean and exclusively for guests of Cabana. The poolside rooms seemed newer, smarter and a little bigger.
So, worth a stay if you can get a better deal. Four days is enough. Bring plenty of insect repellent and big beach towels.
Came here 5 years ago and fell in love with Ao Wang duan and the Samed cabana. Sadly though nothing seems to have changed in those 5 years and the bungalows are looking dated and tired and much in need of a refresh.
We had stayed twice before so sort of knew what to expect but as we arrived late at night we came in the road entrance rather than the beach on the boat and were in total shock to to be honest. Our taxi dropped as at the back of the resort (road entrance) to what can only be described as a rubbish dump which was not at all pleasent. Difficault to walk and carry bags through and smelt of rubbish. Not a great first impression (baring in mind this is the ENTRANCE to the resort) could easily be improved by putting up some fencing around the "dump area" and improving pathways.
We had a Seaview bungalow (approx 3000thb (£75-80gbp) per night booked online) which was well located with a view of the sea as promised and 10m walk to the beach but very basic and dated with a bed that wasn't particularly comfortable. Shower was OK and a couple of English TV channels. Wifi was OK considering it's an island. I wouldnt bother paying for a seafront room as Seaview are just behind the first row and give you the Seaview and more privacy.
I didn't really enjoy my breakfast here as it was nothing inspiring and my memory of it from previous stays had been better so I was a bit dissapointed. Typical Thai rice/noodle dishes with cereals/fruit/toast/salad etc. Obviously being outside there were a lot of bugs and flies around the food and there didn't seem to be any effort to prevent this with citronella/incense which would be so easy to do.
That said the omelette made to order from the charming omelette man was really nice. They appeared to be refurbishing the decking area to the
estaurant/reception so it didn't look so nice at the time but good to see improvements being made.
The pool area was really nice and seemed to be clean and tidy. Nice to sit and chill when it's not too busy and there are 12 poolside appartments which seem to be newer and perhaps a little more up together than the seafront and Seaview bungalows.
Despite the resort being in much need of improvement the location is fab right on the beach. However much busier than 5 years ago and with a lot of hotels expanding and developing and large tour groups coming to the area which is sadly starting to spoil a once quite an
serene beach resort. If Samed cabana wants to keep up with the competition it needs to make some serious improvements or reduce its prices to match the level of accommodation offered.
Arrival via hotel boat is an adventure, but you end up in a beautiful place. The beach is awesome, nice white sand, blue water,... our kids loved it from day 1 until day 4.
We have stayed in the family house (F2) with partial view on the sea. The cabine was clean and a good size.
The restaurant was 1 of the best in the area for both lunch and dinner with very friendly staff.
pool was nice to have, but there was a bad smell from next door.
could be better if they would focus more on the details in the rooms and the area of the hotel. 3 star plus for us.
The resort is well placed on a great beach Ao Wong Duern. Overall beach is excellent for swimming and not as crowded as the main white sands beach in koh samed. We stayed in a superior room, which was the same condition as the other rooms (except for pool area rooms which are a bit newer.) Ours was in the 3rd row - from the beach and although it's not beach front or seaview room, we could still partially see the sea. So I am glad we didn't pay extra for same type room which is just 10m away. Also I found superior rooms have a bit more privacy as u don't get so many guests and non guests walking past. Each room has those large glass doors, which is nice but if u don't use the curtains(which makes it too dark inside during the day of u use them)...then you can be easily seen inside. The room is just Ok...on the old side, but still OK. The thing I did not like was the water pressure in the shower - really low. The hotel has many beach chairs for use which are nicely placed under shady trees on the beach (most of them), so it is great to relax there while day - and if u need a tan can easily move the chairs. The pool was small but great for a change from the sea. Kids loved swimming there from time to time. Breakfast was fine (for thai style) Overall resort and beach are great, I would like to return there.
We’ve been an annual visitor to Koh Samui for many years, but this year we thought we’d try something different so we ended up at Koh Samed instead for our first time. We rented a car and drove from Bangkok ourselves, parked the car at Ban Phe pier for 200 baht per night undercover and with a total group of 8 people we rented our own speedboat for 3,700 baht (return) that took us directly to the beach right outside Samed Cabana Resort that we’d prebooked a few weeks prior. Was all very easy & hassle free and as soon as our boat arrived there were staff waiting to assist us with our baggage all the way to reception to check-in and then to our rooms.
The room itself was very comfortable and spacious enough for 2. A comfortable king sized bed with good quality linen (but not very good pillows, so lucky we’d brought our own!), a small fridge, TV with mostly Thai channels and a couple of English channels (we hardly turned it on though), and a small ensuite bathroom with a great shower and plenty of hot water which was hardly necessary as it was relatively warm most of the time so a cold shower was often quite refreshing. A room safe is available and a small area to hang up any clothes. There’s also a handy little hose right outside your door to wash all the sand off your feet so you don’t end up with it inside the room, plus a small terrace if you like to sit outside your room and enjoy the view of the beautiful clean beach. Our room was a seaview, not beachfront but our view was excellent with nothing blocking our view of the water or the beach so we were glad we’d saved a bit of money not paying for a beachfront. The seaview & beachfront rooms are the same anyway.
Breakfast was simple but sufficient with your typical cereals/breads, and fruit/yoghurt/juice etc, an egg station for omelettes or fried/poached eggs and a few different Thai dishes each day. There’s a few comments on here about uncovered food with flies everywhere, but we didn’t find it an issue at all, certainly no different to anywhere else in Thailand and everything was clean enough for us and fresh & tasty! We also had lunch in the restaurant a couple of times and the food was very reasonably priced and of decent quality. There’s plenty of other places next door or just a short walk along the beach to eat if you’d like to try somewhere else.
The staff were also very helpful, and easy to communicate with if you speak clear English or Thai or course, even though a lot of them seemed to be Cambodian. We noticed them cleaning the beach on a very regular basis, even as early as 6am in the morning, and then again very late at night after we’d been sitting on the beach after dinner drinking and listening to music. When we finished and went back to our room the staff were there within 2 minutes with torches checking to make sure we hadn’t left any rubbish or broken glass behind, which we hadn’t as we always tidy up after ourselves but it was quite impressive how attentive they were.
Another reviewer on here mentioned the staff cleaned their room even though they’d left the sign on their door to not clean the room. This happened to us both days as well. There’s a little sign on the front of the rooms that says “Sleep” on one side or “wake up” on the other and both times we’d left Sleep displayed but the staff still went inside and cleaned our room. First day wasn’t really an issue as we were at the restaurant having breakfast, but lucky we hadn’t left any valuables laying around, but the 2nd day I was actually in the bathroom with the bathroom door open, just shaving at that stage fortunately, but about to shower, and all of a sudden the door from outside opened and I heard “hello, clean room?”. The curtains were also closed, and they just came in without even knocking first. They were very nice & friendly though, and were in & out within about 10 minutes, and did a pretty good job so it wasn’t a massive problem. Good idea to be aware of this though. We wonder what would have been the case if we’d have still been in bed and .. well, I think you know what I’m referring to!
The pool is clean and quite a decent size, but there were no staff supervising so make sure you keep a close eye on your children. There were also no towels available to use around the pool area, not that we could find anyway. When we finished swimming we just jumped out of the pool and dried off as we walked back to our room as it was quite warm & sunny.
We went there on a Thursday and it was very quiet for our first 2 nights, until Saturday when a few other groups arrived but it was still okay and nobody really bothered us. The location of Samed Cabana is almost at the end of the Ao Wong Duen beach so it was much busier at other places a few hundred metres away.
We rented a motorbike right outside the resort entrance for 350 baht, including fuel, for 24 hours so we could have a look around the island. This was completely against our normal routine as we’ve seen way too much carnage on the roads in Thailand over the years, mostly from motorbikes (and 99% of the time due to not having a helmet) but we just putted around at 20-25km/h, without helmets, as there was hardly anyone else on the roads which were mostly paved or concrete and in decent condition except where you turn off the main road into the resorts & hotels that are located on the beach. We were very careful and didn’t have any issues, and it was lots of fun. We would never even consider doing this on Koh Samui or Phuket, or even Koh Phangan as the roads are much busier on those islands and it can be very dangerous if you’re not experienced.
We quite enjoyed ourselves here for our first visit to Koh Samed, and wouldn’t hesitate to come back to Samed Cabana again.