Anyone visiting Samui should take time out to stay on the west of the Island to experience the 'Real Samui'. Panalee offers a great little place to do just that being close to the municipal capital of the Island Nathon where you will find life much more laid back and gentle on the ears and pocket that the party resorts of Chaweng and Lamai.
We opted for a 1bed garden villa with small garden view veranda, bedroom, lounge area and shower/toilet room. The exterior and interior are finished to a nice standard, no wow factor but clean and comfortable.
The lounge area is really not of much use with no TV and a basic concrete bench seat with foam cushion, however it does provide some breathing space and somewhere to dump the bags.
The resort pool looks dirty but is in fact filtered and treated well water, nice touch as Samui has constant water supply problems for its poorer residents and every drop saved from a pool helps them. Gardens are lovely with the constant sound of birds a welcome chorus.
Highly recommended for a couple of days chilling and fantastic seafood restaurants right on the beach opposite the resort should not be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Panalee, a spacious villa resort on tropical Koh Samui. Set in lush, tropical surroundings Panalee overlooks the azure waters of the Thai Gulf. The resort offers five different villa styles and all the rooms are located just a few paces from idyllic Bang Po beach. A free form swimming pool, full service restaurant, tour desk and wireless internet access, combined with genuine Thai hospitality, make Panalee Resort the perfect choice for a relaxing break in paradise. Escape to Panalee — your sweet beachside retreat. ... more less
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