Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and is well known for coconut trees and sunny beaches. Small and unique, the island is a stunning place for a luxury holiday. The island is green and lush and filled with tropical waterfalls, forest, Buddhist temples, street food and small shops. It is about a 50 minute flight from Bangkok.
The ultimate in romantic seclusion, this is a truly Thai hideaway exclusive to Kuoni in the UK. Designed with privacy and seclusion in mind, this family-owned hotel is set over three powder soft beaches with tranquil views of the Gulf of Thailand, where traditional long-tailed fishing boats sail in the distance.
Source: Kuoni’s website.
At Rocky’s, you’re family…
Source: Rocky’s website 2016 Trip advisor – Travellers choice award.
My Rating: ∗∗∗∗∗
The resort is situated directly on the beach in a secluded cove. It is private and romantic, with no resorts directly on either side of it, which gives the resort a feeling of privacy and isolation. However, it is only a short cab ride to the centre of Lamai for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
This is a pretty big statement to make but Rocky’s boutique resort is by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in and I would rate it 5/5 confidently.
General overview: The staff were amazing the whole time we were there, the resort is intimate and felt more like an oasis with all the gorgeous multi level plants and trees. The little extra touches made this hotel really stand out. The food was delicious and there was a huge variety to chose from. The location was great too.
Upon arrival the staff were amazing they made us a traditional Thai tea, took our bags to our room and provided us with all the information we would need for our stay.
Jr Suite ocean view.
What makes Rocky’s stand out are all the carefully considered extras. Our room had incense, fresh Orchids, free Wi-Fi, Dvd player and TV, free bottled water everyday (as much as you want), bathrobes, slippers, flip flops, oil burners, a beach bag, 2 x straw hats (one male & one female) a hairdryer, a safe, a minibar which was stocked really well, lots of gorgeous smellies and it was all free to use except for the minibar. The resort had its own long tail boat called the Josphine which you could book for snorkelling trips or sunset cruises, a spa, a games room several bars/ restaurants and kayaks which you could use free of charge on the beach. They also provide a free shuttle service several times a day to/from Lamai and Chaweng beaches and complimentary yoga classes weekly.
Each evening if you were in the room the staff would knock with a small food gift, local cookies or cakes etc. If you happened to be out for the evening they would pop in, close the blinds, light the oil burner, turn up the bed ready for when you get home and leave a present on the bed for you.
Rocky’s has it’s own beach and two pools equipped with sun loungers, all of which were very clean and looked after. Towels are left rolled up on the sunbeds for you each morning and a water boy will bring you free glasses of water all day long. They were so quick that sometimes we didn’t even finish the one we were drinking and they were already topping us up. The pools were surrounded by beautiful plants and trees and it made it feel much more intimate then your average hotel. There was a bar at each pool and they have happy hour everyday! 🙂
The Restaurants & food:
Rocky’s has two main restaurants and a snack menu at the pool bar.
The Dining room:
Multi award winning restaurant featuring the exceptional cuisine of chef Pamon Phengnoo. Dining is available in the open air restaurant, or outside on the rocks overlooking the sea. Perfect for a romantic sunset meal.
The menu is contemporary Mediterranean and Thai, including char-grilled Salmon, Cajun Tiger Prawns, Australian Lamb cutlet, and all of the Thai favourites, presented with an graceful touch. The restaurant is elegant and casual and features a modern Thai ambience. Seating is available inside or poolside.
I would say the food and alcohol was a little pricey compared to anywhere outside of the resort but we expected that and you have to assume that will be the case when booking a boutique resort. There were also some lovely places to eat along the beach on the walk down to Lamai where you can enjoy mountains of fresh food for a fraction of what we pay in England.
Special events at the hotel included live entertainment, Jazz singers, fireworks and romantic meals.
On Valentines day couples could book to be seated on the beach to enjoy a romantic meal while the sun sets. At the end of their meal they let off Chinese lanterns. It was a magical sight.We also witnessed several spectacular weddings ending in expensive looking firework displays.
Our favourite meal was the BBQ on the beach with the fire show which I believe they do weekly. This cost quite a bit extra however we feel it was worth every penny. The atmosphere was so relaxing, the food was amazing, the wine was delicious and the fire show was the best I have ever seen. It was the perfect ending to our stay at Rocky’s.
Scenery at Rocky’s
I would definitely recommend Rocky’s Boutique Resort. It felt like we stayed in paradise for two weeks. Here is the link to the Rocky website.
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