Pandora Lifestyle hotel looked like my kind of place. Even Darren said that. A quirky looking boutique hotel, which served fruit and veg juices for breakfast. It certainly appealed to my healthy side.
We arrived just after lunch time, having caught the early Seatrans ferry from Koh Tao. The hotel was easy to find, on the main road into Chaweng. Being brightly painted in orange and purple probably helped, too. On arrival, reception was unmanned, and after waiting a while for a staff member to book us in, we set off to find one. We should have guessed. She was eating.
After the passport photocopying formalities, in which I spent the time browsing the natural products for sale, we were shown to our room, (number 8), a very clean space, which could be lit up in any colour of our choosing. The remote control was explained to us in depth.
Along with multicoloured lighting system, the room was equipped with very uncomfortable bed, sofa, plenty of storage, in room safe and mini bar. Bathroom, lit up with nearly as many lights as the bedroom, provided a warm, almost hot shower, with complimentary shower gel and shampoo via dispenser, with soap, cotton buds and shower caps provided, too. For the first time this trip, I noticed the toilet had bleach and it smelled nice and clean, too
Our room rate included breakfast. There was a substantial menu, with offerings both from a buffet, and from the kitchen. I have to admit to ordering the French crepes each morning, but they were delicious. As were the jam selection which I used to top my breakfast. To the person who invented coconut jam. I salute you! Darren was equally impressed with him bircher muesli. We enjoyed proper coffee with our breakfast, cappuccino even. The fresh fruit smoothies had been crossed off the menu, sadly. And I also couldn’t get an iced green tea.
Apart from the daily breakfast, the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but it does serve a set snack menu, which includes a daily salad, sandwich, fruit platter and pastry trio, for 250 bhat (approx. £5) There was a menu of fresh juices, too.
The hotel has some pretty gardens, a concrete jungle with pretty plants and ornaments. It also has a pool, more of a pond, with no sun beds, but rarely busy.
The staff deserve a special mention. A friendly and very caring bunch, they certainly had time for a chat, including the French owner and his wife, who made us feel very welcomed. Unfortunately, our trip to Samui was more eventful than we had planned, with a trip to the International Hospital after a moped accident (which luckily, wasn’t our fault!) On arrival back to the hotel, the lady on reception came in to our room after just a few minutes to check we were OK. Darren asked for something antiseptic to help wipe my back with. She came back with supplies (from the reception sales it looked like on a quick glance) and a steady womanly hand, taking Darren’s place to wash my back, legs (and bum cheeks) gently to make sure I didn’t get an infection. Less than half hour later, the hotel owner knocked the door to check we were OK, too. Throughout our stay, they continually checked we were feeling alright.
We had four nights in Koh Samui, but sadly we could only stay three nights at Pandora as it was fully booked, and duly deserved, too. (We were later made aware to the ‘upstairs’ rooms a little cheaper than we had paid for Pandora Lifestyle, but had already booked our next accommodation, the beachfront Muang Kualypan Hotel, which sadly doesn’t live up to its 4* 4.5/5 ratings)
Pandora Lifestyle Hotel currently charges the following for their room reservations: (correct at time of writing in February, 2015)
GOOD ROOM: 3250 THB
BETTER ROOM: (3 Persons) 4540 THB
BEST ROOM: 4950 THB
ON TOP ROOM: 3840 THB
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The whole resort can be booked by request, and special room price is also available via pre booking and email. Stays of 3 nights and more include complimentary pick up from the airport. We arrived just down the road at the pier, and so pick up was not included. Instead, we paid the taxi cost of 400 bhat. (Samui is a stupidly expensive Thai destination!)
I doubt we will return to Koh Samui again, having only visited this overpriced tourist destination to visit a friend during our trip, however, should we return to the Island, we would be sure to book in to Pandora Lifestyle Hotel.
Why not have a read of some of our other hotel reviews? If you like Thai islands, why not have a look at
Koh Kood Resort – an island in the Trat provence of the Gulf of Thailand
Chintakiri Resort – a peaceful hotel in Koh Tao
or, if your looking for a posh hotel in Bangkok Why not try Royal Orchid Sheraton Resort and Towers