Ban Laem Sor Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
6.8
Reviewed:
09-Sep-2013

Ban Laem Sor is one of the more modest villas we've seen on Koh Samui, but what it lacks in extravagant amenities it makes up for with privacy and tropical ambiance. After all, not everyone needs a flat-screen TV in their bedroom or a private jacuzzi tub in the ensuite. In fact, removing such distractions meant we spent more time exploring and appreciating the beach and natural surroundings. Walks from this villa are very therapeutic, either along the sand or through the coastal lanes (best undertaken in the cooler parts of the day).

If you choose to self-cater it's a good idea to stock up at one of the island's larger supermarkets (Tesco Lotus or Big C) in Chaweng (20km from the villa) at the beginning of your stay. There's not much available locally in terms of provisioning, but having a handful of local restaurants nearby does mean you can take the easy dining option if you feel like a night off.

Adventurous types can plan their stay around some interesting trips: it's a short drive to waterfalls, elephant rides or a little local village culture. You can even rent a long-tail boat from Tong Krut (3km) to explore the offshore islands. This is not really a base for night owls though: Lamai is a little too far away for late-night driving and once you leave the main ring road there's not much in the way of street lighting. Relaxed, home-based entertainment was our preference, with some soothing music on the stereo (bring your favourite CDs) and a nice bottle of wine selected from the in-villa wine list with dinner.

Laem Sor was being spruced up when we returned for a follow-up visit in June 2013. The villa was looking good, with a new lick of paint and varnish, and more garden lighting being installed.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:7 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:6 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:5
Kitchen:7 Facilities:7 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

The beachside location and quiet surroundings give Ban Laem Sor a very private, secluded feel. This part of the island is particularly undeveloped, but with a handful of dining choices within walking distance and easy road access to other beaches, you don't feel completely cut off.

Surprises

Decor and furnishings are a little sparse and dated, especially in the rear guest bedrooms. The inner courtyard also seems rather spartan, but provides additional outdoor space for children or private parties. The plastic sunbeds on the beach are not the greatest, but those at the poolside – along with the bright beanbags – offer a fun and comfortable alternative.

Guest Reviews (2)

Aija A, Latvia checked out on 05-Mar-2014
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
10-Mar-2014
Brilliant! Everything was just perfect! I highly suggest this villa for families with kids looking for harmonious vacations. Enjoying every single second there!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Gemma Puig, Hong Kong checked out on 13-Jan-2013
Overall Rating:
8.1
Reviewed:
31-Jan-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:7 Staff:10
Value:7
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based on 3 user reviews. Ban Laem Sor is one of the more modest villas we've seen on Koh Samui, but what it lacks in extravagant amenities it makes up for with privacy and tropical ambiance. After all, not everyone needs a flat-screen TV in their bedroom or a private jacuzzi tub in the ensuite. In fact, removing such distractions meant we spent more time exploring and appreciating the beach and natural surroundings. Walks from this villa are very therapeutic, either along the sand or through the coastal lanes (best undertaken in the cooler parts of the day).

If you choose to self-cater it's a good idea to stock up at one of the island's larger supermarkets (Tesco Lotus or Big C) in Chaweng (20km from the villa) at the beginning of your stay. There's not much available locally in terms of provisioning, but having a handful of local restaurants nearby does mean you can take the easy dining option if you feel like a night off.

Adventurous types can plan their stay around some interesting trips: it's a short drive to waterfalls, elephant rides or a little local village culture. You can even rent a long-tail boat from Tong Krut (3km) to explore the offshore islands. This is not really a base for night owls though: Lamai is a little too far away for late-night driving and once you leave the main ring road there's not much in the way of street lighting. Relaxed, home-based entertainment was our preference, with some soothing music on the stereo (bring your favourite CDs) and a nice bottle of wine selected from the in-villa wine list with dinner.

Laem Sor was being spruced up when we returned for a follow-up visit in June 2013. The villa was looking good, with a new lick of paint and varnish, and more garden lighting being installed.

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