14 July 2015

Koh Samui Jan 2015 Part I - Fenix Beach Resort at Lamai Beach

Finally I got down to write about my getaway to Samui back in January! As usual, so many things to share, so there will be four parts:

Samui is hubby's and my favourite island in Thailand, mainly because of the two restaurants (Krao Chao Ban and Saebienglae) which I have shared in all my previous posts. And like I mentioned before, if not for the super expensive airfare (both Bangkok Airways and Silkair, relative to other places), we would have visited the island more often, like at least 2-3 times a year. We didn't manage any trip at all in 2014, so had missed the place/food terribly. Luckily, hubby managed to snag a good airfare deal (which was still expensive) for Jan 2015!

This time, our main focus was our favourite restaurants located at Lamai Beach area, so in order to save travelling time, we opted to stay at Lamai Beach area, instead of Bophut or Chaweng. After reading many reviews and much deliberation, we selected Fenix Beach Resort, which is 5 min walk to Sabienglae Restaurant (to the right), and about 10-15 mins walk to Krao Chao Ban Restaurant (to the left).

Our flight touched down Samui Airport in the morning and by the time we reached the resort, it was only 11+am. As it was still early for check-in, we thought we had to jalan jalan before returning later. But to our pleasant surprise, we were offered an early check-in! Hooray!

The reception/lobby area looked spacious and airy. Staff were very friendly as well. We were invited to take a seat at one of the cozy sofas and offered cold towel and cold juice, while the staff went about the check-in procedures.

Soon we were ushered to our Superior Sea View Room located at level 2, and this lovely view greeted us upon entering the room.

The room was very spacious and I must say the super King-size bed is the largest we have ever seen in all our trips these years.

Cute towel art on the bed.

Cozy lounge sofa. Check.

Simple and pleasant furnishings, with all essential amenities provided. Good!

Bathroom is clean and well-maintained as well. Good!

The balcony is very big with cozy lounge sofa as well. But I didn't hang around here as much as I did with the other resorts, because it was too hot. Realised there isn't any shade for rooms on this level. Next time must request for level 3 rooms.

View from the balcony, the free-form pool and the sea!

A tour around the resort grounds. This was taken near the beach looking inwards. Our room was on level 2 in the middle building.

This is the shallow pool, for the kids.

The adult pool, can't remember the exact depth. I think the sides are 1.5m and 1.6m or 1.8m in the middle?

Besides the deck chairs, there are a few of these super-size beach beds. Very popular among the resort guests, for suntanning.

Deck chairs looking out to the sea.

And some deck chairs just next to the beach.

There's actually a breakwater built along the shore, probably the tide comes in very high (not sure, didn't check during high tide).

nest Restaurant is where the buffet breakfast and all-day dining is served.

The dining area.

The buffet breakfast here was nothing fancy, reasonable spread, allowing us to have just a regular breakfast without over-indulging, which was good coz we could save our tummy for all the delicious thai food out there!

As usual, the egg station, with some stir-fries like noodles and rice, vegetable, tomato etc.

Salad, fruit, ham/cheese, pastry.
Bread station and usual favourites like pancake, sausage, bacon etc.

I think the Beach bar is only opened late afternoon or evening.

Didn't get to visit the gym as we preferred swimming due to the heat. Both of us did a massage though at a makeshift little pavilion next to the beach.

All in all, I would say that this resort is ok/reasonable, not as fancy as some of the resorts we stayed previously but for the price and location, it met our needs and expectations.

Stay tune for next post on the Lamai Sunday Night Market.

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