I just spent five nights at this new property at the far south end of Lamai Beach. I prefer the softer sand of Chaweng Beach but Lamai town is definitely nicer for me - enough people to be interesting but without the crowds, traffic and noise of Chaweng. The Dinky Rock has an ideal location overlooking the rocks and the bay, at the end of a quiet road which means you wake up to birdsong instead of traffic noise.
The hotel itself is lovely. There are more luxurious (and much more expensive) properties in Lamai like Rocky's and the Banyan Tree, as well as many very affordable but quite run-down places. The Dinky Rock seems to be in its own category of affordable, boutique luxury without being over-the-top.
With 14 rooms, it is quite intimate. It is stylish and contemporary while still being comfortable. Most of the rooms have some kind of sea view. The swimming pool is too small for serious lap-swimming but it is attractive and comfortable enough for a cooling dip while sunbathing. Breakfast is prepared to order, with a choice of western or Thai, fresh squeezed orange juice and the kind of croissants and bread that only the French seem to be able to produce (the hotel is managed by a French couple).
A special thanks to the friendly, efficient and hard-working staff: Pon-Pon, Bahn, Jack and the others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a cocoon, The Dinky Rock Lounge Beach Club & Spa Hotel enjoys an exceptional situation almost unique on the island.This is an hotel without kids , ideal for those who live their holidays to the fullest, alone, with their beloved or with friends. Secluded white sand beach, huge rocks, rooms with luxury & refinement "à la française" face the sunrise, Lounge Bar, Restaurant, Massages, mineral water swimming pool, evening events, and much, much more... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beluga Boutique Hotel Ko Samui/Lamai Beach