Mr.D and I recently returned to one of our favourite destinations in the world, Koh Samui, for a short break. While we definitely have our firm favourites, we are always keen to try out new hotels. Our newbie this trip was Rocky’s Boutique Resort. Situated near Lamai Beach and only a 20 minute drive from Koh Samui’s International Airport this hotel did not disappoint in terms of location.
Pre-Arrival: I booked using a third party booking site so my interaction with the hotel prior to arrival was limited. However, I always request a high level room and in this case we were given a ground floor room – so fair to say my requests were not met.
First Impressions: Rocky’s Boutique is situated on the main road that circles Koh Samui. Yes, this doesn’t sound that glamorous, but once you travel past the wall that encloses the property and down the single lane driveway that leads to reception you wouldn’t even know the road was there. In fact, I found that the traditional thai style of the hotel and the gardens actually created a feeling of privacy and isolation from the rest of the world.
The reception itself is an open thai-styled bungalow, a style that is adopted throughout the resort and is totally in keeping with the garden feel that the landscapers have so obviously tried to create. I personally love this more traditional feel but if you are looking for some form of grand entrance then this definitely isn’t the place for you! Instead, the resort has a more homely natural feel to it.
Check-In: Despite not arriving at the Resort until gone 11.00pm, after clearing immigration and collecting our hire car, we were welcomed warmly by the staff. The check-in itself was seamless and the staff took the time to let us know about the upcoming events and dinners in the resort. To be honest it was a bit disappointing not to be offered welcome drinks and cold towels (usually a standard in this part of the world), but this could be down to the time of our arrival.
Wi-fi: All guests are entitled to free wi-fi during their stay. We had an initial problem with the username and password provided but this was quickly sorted and the alternative log-in details we were provided worked fine and we had no further issues.
The hotel also has a library where guests can select books and use communal computers.
Room: Rocky’s has 10 different room categories ranging from Garden Deluxe (our room choice) to a deluxe two-bedroom pool villa. All the rooms are decorated in the traditional thai style that permeates throughout the resort.
The air-con and fan keep the room lovely and cool, while the dimming lights are a great feature. The bed was on the hard side, although I cannot complain about my nights sleep – which was lovely.
Each room also has a traditional thai day bed, large cabinet including DVD (with free DVDs available from reception) and dressing table.
The resort also provides complimentary robes, flip-flops and a beach bag for use during your stay.
There is also a small outside seating area although I felt that this really wasn’t private enough to enjoy sitting out on and actually was quite overlooked by the room opposite, with only a couple of trees/bushes obscuring their view.
Bathroom: I personally loved the decoration in the bathroom. I thought the hanging lights either side of the sink were a great touch.
The shower itself was good, although not great, and there were plenty of own brand cosmetics provided.
Beach/Pool: Located on its own secluded cove Rocky’s has an enviable private breach complete with large rocks, as the name suggests.
There are also two large pools – one by the beach and one by the garden. We found that the loungers around the pool by the beach did not get a great amount of sun so actually preferred to sit on the beach itself.
The resort also provides complimentary non-motorised water sports in the form of kayaks and we thoroughly enjoyed going out for a quick explore on one of these.
Dining: The resort has two restaurants – the Bistro and the Dining Room. I have to admit the only meal we managed to eat in the resort was breakfast as we were out in the afternoons and I had made a reservation at Dr. Frogs for our one free night.
So turning to breakfast…Breakfast is served in the Dining Room which has a wonderful view overlooking the sea and guests can actually sit out on one of the large boulders to get right up close to the ocean. I have to say this is definitely one of the best locations for breakfast I have experienced.
The selection at breakfast was plentiful and the resort offers an a la carte selection of breakfast options (although you can select as many as you like), as well as a fruit, cereal and pastry buffet.
Would I recommend the hotel? Yes, the service we received during our stay was great and the rooms are comfortable and well appointed. I also love the traditional thai style and lush greenery of the resort, as well as the laid back family atmosphere!
Would I stay again? Yes – although it still doesn’t beat some of our favourites.
Prices for a Deluxe Garden View Room start at THB 10,717.95 ++ per night.