VANA BELLE KOH SAMUI – A REVIEW BY LUXURY TRAVEL PUBLISHER.
VANA BELLE KOH SAMUI is part of ‘the luxury collection’ by Starwood Hotels (SPG) and is located in Chaweng Noi, directly on the beach front. The luxury 5 star resort features more than 80 suites and villas with private plunge pools.
Vana Belle is more than a destination. It’s more than a place to put your head down, and it’s more than a hotel.
The experience with Vana Belle Koh Samui started when we collected by the chauffeur in a silver Mercedes S Class.
As you can imagine, this is one of the finest limo transfers I have ever experienced. The driver, accompanied by a member of the concierge we extremely friendly, polite and professional. Providing details of the local area, Koh Samui island, and relevant things relating to our soon-to-arrive stay at Vana Belle Koh Samui.
The S Class limo features massaging rear seats, large amounts of space, water, on board wifi and a selection of music / climate control. Although the driver said we’d arrive shortly, to be honest, I was happy to spend quite a bit of time reading in style in the car.
Upon arrival at Vana Belle Koh Samui, the guard at the gate kindly saluted us as the car rolled past.
We approach the main reception area and are greeted by an entourage off staff. The open air lobby area has some fantastic views of the Gulf Of Thailand, and you already being to feel you’ve arrived at a place of paradise.
The check in process is an absolute experience. I will do my best to describe it. Forget all about the standing at the reception signing paperwork business, this is the real deal.
You are gracefully escorted to an open plan area near to the lobby with views of the ocean, and instructed to take a seat on the lazy-boy type reclining chairs. This becomes the 15 minute check-in massage service.
To receive a massage upon check in, is perfect. Whilst the staff are fiddling around with your ID, and making final preparations before handing you the keys, you are ever-so-gratefully being seduced by the hands of a masseuse to receive the stresses and aches of the flight.
This experience in itself was one that I have not experienced before, it would absolutely suggest anyone to opt for the Limo Transfer service – as the massage check in comes with this!
We were staying on level 3 with views of the gulf. Aside from a large and well appointed room, there is a plunge pool on the balcony which is perfect for..well, perfect for any time of the day really.
The room is open plan with frosted glass separate WC and shower rooms, and a stand alone bathtub.
The room is minimal but tasteful and the bed large and comfortable. Each room is also afforded a Nespresso machine, and large TV & sofa to the end of the bed.
Vana Belle Koh Samui is set on a hillside ocean facing plot, amongst luscious tropical foliage and plants, palm trees and meticulate gardens. The beach in which Vana Belle Koh Samui is graced with, is a very nice strip, on one of Koh Samui’s finest beaches – Chaweng Noi beach.
Aside from the ocean to be your delight, you are graced with a large deep blue pool, and poolside bar and restaurant with a large menu or Thai and international cuisine. I’d highly recommend the food here, and the cocktails are sensational too!
Up the top, which is easy to get to thanks to the golf buggy’s ready to take you anywhere, is the main lobby, lounge and bar. Sunset is the perfect place to spend time at the bar, sipping martinis whilst slipping in to the evening. I’ve also heard that this is the perfect place to watch the sunrise; I was so tempted but just couldn’t get myself out of bed at that hour. Well worth a look if you’re an early riser however!
The other restaurant here is the Italian restaurant, Kiree. In fact, Kiree is the signature restaurant of Vana Belle Koh Samui, and rightly so, the food is fantastic. A rustic, yet modern approach on Italian that will definitely leave your mouth watering for more.
The breakfast is also served at Kiree, and offers a large buffet style selection. Impressive in taste and variety, thumbs up!
One last thing to mention is the spa at Vana Belle Koh Samui. If you can find the time, and I sure you could, then treat yourself to a treatment. You’ll thank yourself after. The spa has a variety of treatments for men and women, and the staff are extremely well trained in providing a luxurious and promising experience. Following the massage treatment, I had a milk bath. The experience was highly rated, and I would certainly re-visit the spa when in Koh Samui again.
Vana Belle Koh Samui, being 5 star, provide the services levels that you’d expect. In fact, in some areas I feel that these standards we even excelled. The attention to detail, the ‘extra things’, professionalism and friendliness of the staff is recognised and well received. I am confident that the service level at Vana Belle Koh Samui will not disappoint. Whether it’s the check in staff, the waiters, the bell boy, or bar staff, I found all to be equally well trained and on par with delivering satisfaction.
As mentioned, Vana Belle Koh Samui is located on one of Koh Samui’s finest beaches. Although a bit far to walk into town, you’ll be glad that you’re not within walking distance, to be able to be afforded the peace and tranquility that Vana Bell Koh Samui casts.
If you’d like to get into town however, quick ride with the schedule transfer will get you there in no time.