The Landmark Hotel (138 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand)
The Landmark Hotel is right next door to Nana plaza which is on the list of many Bangkok visits, even if you are not into that kind of thing, you should still go there just for the experience and to say you have been there and seen it. This is one of the reasons why we stayed there.
We stayed on the 54th floor and had the skyline view, which was scenic. Rooms are normal size and a little dated, with a shower and a small bath; it does the job if you are only staying there for one night, but I wouldn’t personally go back there as we still paid around £80-£90 for one night without breakfast and paid Wi-Fi.
I am aware that there are nicer rooms which are more expensive and are based on lower grounds than the one we stayed in, so if you like more modernised rooms and more space I would suggest you spend more money and get a nicer room.
At breakfast, I ordered the French Toast and this was to die for. The bread was thick and perfectly cut and coated in cinnamon and sugar. Finger licking good. The highlight of my stay at The Landmark.
We didn’t explore any of the facilities it had, so I can’t comment on those, but the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable.
I wouldn’t stay there again as there are many much nicer hotels around, with great prices.
The Saraan ( 95-96 Moo 3, Chaweng Noi Beach, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand)
The Saraan is an affordable luxury hotel which is more catered to couples than families, I would say. You can get a villa with ocean view and a private pool for under £200 per night with a separate living room, sun lounges with an unobstructed view of the ocean and it is close to a big, beautiful sandy beach with lots of different restaurants and bars nearby. We didn’t have breakfast included in our prices, but Wi-Fi is free and absolutely everywhere!
The hotel is located in a more quite part of the Chewang beach, which is perfect for romantic or just relaxing stays.
I really enjoyed their spa facilities, as the standards are very high and the prices are reasonable yet probably more expensive if you compare them to massages you can get done on the high street or on the beach, but they are totally worth every penny! Accommodation is scented with beautiful jasmine oil burners and the rooms are modern and have character, you don’t feel like you are in a hotel – it feels like a home away from home – apart from this one having an ocean view, unlike the home I have in London.
The restaurant is great to order snacks and light meals for when you are around the pool, depending on your standards of food that you consider nice you might have few dinners there, although for me personally I enjoyed going out for dinner in many beautiful, different restaurants every night; but that’s because I don’t like to stay in a hotel for the whole duration of my holiday. I love trying out new things and seeing new places, hence why I travel a lot.
I would recommend this hotel for couples more than anybody else, as the villas are as seductive as the suites with private outdoor Jacuzzis, and don’t get me started on the infinite private pools. The Saraan itself is not in the middle of the party district or particularly cater for family holidays with lots of entertainment for the kids, so I wouldn’t recommend staying there if you are in Koh Samui to have a wild one with your friends or come with a bunch of kids for a family. I would happily stay there again.
The Four Seasons (219 Moo 5, Angthong Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140)
The best experience staying at a hotel I have ever had. I don’t know if this is just what you sign up for when you book yourself into a Four Seasons resort, or maybe it’s the exceptional management with the ethics and values they have, but everything about my stay here was simply outstanding. We were welcomed by the assistant manager as well as other staff members on our arrival, I must mention we requested an early check in which was granted to us without a problem, which meant a lot to us as we were treating ourselves to such a luxury for one day and night and wanted to maximise our stay there.
Our one bedroom villa had breathtaking views without any coconut trees getting in the way, which made for postcard perfect pictures. It is very ethical of them to have a policy in place not to cut any of their coconut trees, and they have just over 800 of them all planted around the villas. You get complimentary Wi-Fi everywhere. The hotel management are very thoughtful: even when we had been sunbathing and relaxing by the pool all day and then got ready for the cocktail party and dinner in the evening, we had the house keepers come round whilst we were out to tidy everything up, lay down towels by the bed and the sinks, change our used towels and put water by the side of the bed all ready for bed time. These small things are worth paying the premium, in my eyes!
The restaurants are top class, the food is top quality and the service from ALL of the staff members was second to none. I would certainly stay there again, and again… and again. And again.
Haadtien Beach Resort (19/9 Moo 3, Koh Tao, Ao Thian Og, 84360 Ko Tao)
We booked the Geteaway Villa, which is mid-range, but not quite the Castaway villa, I would have upgraded to that, but they didn’t have the availability. The first villa we got was right opposite the pool and it was not private at all, it being right by the pathway too; when the blinds were opened, you could see straight into our villa, which is not cool. Like, at all. The villa itself is round and has panoramic windows all at the front and at the sides too. There is a small shower, toilet and a sink behind the king-size bed, which is draped with white mosquito net. The sleep there was very good… after having wrapped your bed in the said mosquito net. Lovely big pool with a pool bar, but can’t comment on any other facilities. Breakfast was nothing special.
I would stay here again but would book the Gastaway Villa, and it is supposed to be the nicest hotel in Koa Tao.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel (222 Rajprarop Rd | Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand)
Baiyoke Sky Hotel is supposed to be the tallest hotel in Bangkok.
I booked the Space Level room with breakfast, Wi-Fi (which you only get in your room, free for 2 hours) and many other freebies that are advertised when you booked it through their website, but don’t believe the hype!
When we checked in we were told that there were no non-smoking Space Level rooms available. There was one non-smoking with panoramic views but on the 68th floor, so we went for that. The views were stunning, but it was kind of hard to see through the dirty windows. The room itself was pretty spacious and so was the bathroom with a small bath, shower and one sink; however, all of it was very dated and needed some revamping, big time.
We took our free cocktail vouchers and went up to the Space Bar, which was totally empty with only bored waiters and waitresses dressed as space women and men. The décor is very dated and feels like you are on a set of a cheap blockbuster movie, which never really made it due to the poor Thai actors and very stale storyline. Needless to say, we didn’t even finish our super sweet cocktails and went to check out the swimming pool.
You can tell a lot about the establishment by their swimming pool, and you guessed it – it wasn’t fabulous. It was nearly empty with one older slightly meaty guy toasting his pasty skin in the 40 degrees that it was, and an enthusiastic Russian family swimming in the pool like it was their first swim in years. The pool area just looked plain dirty, with cheap empty plastic lounges circling it.
The breakfast was a feast. The buffet goes round and round and round the building on one floor with pretty much everything you could possibly want there… apart from what I wanted, which was FRENCH TOAST, and although they did have an egg station, nobody could make me one. The staff clearly thought I was a nuisance by asking for French toast, or maybe couldn’t understand what I was saying.
The service overall was appalling, with us having bought Wi-Fi to use in our room and it didn’t work. We went downstairs to use their computer but were met by unhelpful staff who rolled their eyes at us, like they had better things to do than help us log into their ancient computers with passwords only they knew. Not to mention when I cut my foot and asked one of the staff members at the reception for a plaster, they told me to go to the Family Mart based inside the hotel and buy one – at this point, I was insanely glad we were checking out and never ever EVER coming back.
Would never stay there again, or recommend it. Ever.