I stayed at the Dreams Villa Resort in Bophut Koh Samui in February 2011 & would not hesitate to go back. It is a two storey villa with living area, kitchen, patio (two; facing the garden and the pool), bathroom downstairs, and two bedrooms; as well as two bathrooms upstairs. The interior is fresh, and the furniture is very comfortable. It was more than enough space for two people, the apartment way much bigger than our apartment back home in Oslo. The heated pool was not overlooked! I wish there would have been a better road leading down to the main road, but the distance itself wasn’t a problem as it only takes 7 minutes to walk.
My expectation about staying somewhere ‘private’ was partially met, with only 10 villas around the property stayed quiet. However we traveled in the high season and there were other people staying in the other villas. The patio was facing the pool. There was a small patio on the back as well, but without chairs. I would have appreciated a somewhat more ‘private’ seating arrangement outdoors.
The resort has both a lunch and dinner menu, and if you’re like me (and love Thai cuisine) you will be satisfied. None the less, it’s not like going to an interesting or great restaurant, so we did eat out the most of the time.
Staff did everything they could to make our stay pleasant, but they did let a lot of lizards in when they were cleaning… don’t know if this was on purpose, but chasing lizards around in that villa was not easy!
See, I was happy :-)
My rating: ♥♥♥/♥
List of other hotels/resorts we considered, and reason for exclusion:
Baan Kao Hua Jook Villas / 10 minutes from the beach in Chaweng. Looked perfect, but couldn’t find many trustworthy reviews.
Banburee Resort and Spa / Read a lot of complaints of the resort lacking a beach. We drove by this place and it is remote. You don’t have any many (any?) choices for restaurants in the area either. Only if you have a car.
Coconut Villa Resort & Spa Samui / Beach seemed great, but villas seemed too small and no sitting area.
Kanok Buri Resort & Spa / This place looked interesting. You get a lot for less, supposedly great beach (but I’m not a fan). We wanted a two-bedroom apartment, but everything is in the same room here.
Mantra Samui Resort / Cozy hotelroom, but too expensive.
Samui Cliff View Resort & Spa / No beach. Only rocks. Beach 10 minutes away. Remote, no restaurants nearby, only the highway. Needs an upgrade 2.
Sea Valley Hotel and Spa / Couldn’t find any reviews.
If you have stayed at any of these places and have a blog post about it, please comment with your link!