The Sarann, Koh Samui
The Sarann occupies a stretch of land along the ocean with a beautiful view of one of the beaches for which Koh Samui is so well known. The main town is about 20 minutes away and a complimentary shuttle is available at certain times to take you there. We immediately noticed the uniform of the staff – their striped tshirts, khaki board shorts and white tennis shoes were reminiscent of yacht attire and were much more laid back than the traditional outfits worn at other five star accommodations in Thailand. They fit the atmosphere which was inviting and upscale.
Our Jacuzzi Villa was very comfortable and private. The huge bathroom had a spacious rain shower, round tub and separate water closet. The small courtyard area was equipped with lounge chairs and the jacuzzi tub. Our king bed was really comfortable as were the chairs and benches in the room. The large desk as a headboard is a clever use of space, keeping it hidden from those who won’t use it and easily accessible for those who will.
The villas are arranged in rows, so to get a view of the ocean and to be furthest from the road, stay in the ocean view pool villas. Each has a separate living room and private infinity pool. If you can, avoid a room on the row closest to the road where you’ll hear the traffic.
The grounds are small, but beautiful and the restaurant and infinity pool have spectacular views. The area is quiet secluded. The villas are fairly close together separated by sidewalks, so there isn’t much area to truly explore, but if you are looking to lounge on the beach or venture into town, it is a wonderful location.
Wild Ginger, the resort’s restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on two levels of outdoor patio. The lower level sits right on the seawall. The tables are lit up with candles and lanterns at night accompanied by the soothing sound of the waves crashing over the rocks below.
Unfortunately, the food doesn’t live up to the spectacular setting. The tuna on my Nicoise salad was painfully overdone, as was the grilled salmon at dinner. The rack of lamb (also overcooked) was served with the same boring potatoes available at the buffet breakfast. There just wasn’t much going on in any of the dishes and it seemed the only spice the chef had to work with was salt. The best thing we tried was the chicken burger and fries.
Breakfast was a typical buffet with healthy options, meats and cheeses, an egg station and boiled rice soup station. There was also a large selection of pastries to choose from. The service was best at breakfast and we enjoyed eating in the shade with the morning breeze.
For similar menus at about the same price and to eat at a table in the sand, walk through the restaurant onto the beach. There are four or five restaurants along there that seemed to be open all day. We tried the one next door, Buco, and were much more pleased.
The spa is located in the last row next between guest villas. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the waiting area was relaxing and calm. The building itself was not the most breathtaking spa we’ve ever seen, but the treatment, which is what really matters, was great. Our post-session tea was taken right next to the check-in desk, which wasn’t the most serene set up, but overall we greatly enjoyed our visit.
Stay here for amazing sunsets, a small but beautiful infinity pool and access to a quiet stretch of beach with a few dining options nearby. The convenience of this location was a major plus, especially with the shuttle that takes you right into town. To get the best experience at The Sarann, book a villa with a view of the ocean.
- Easy access to a quiet, clean beach
- Dining options on site are ok, but several more options are just a short walk down the beach
- A regular shuttle takes guests into town
- Don’t miss the sunset by the infinity pool or a candlelit dinner on the lower deck of the restaurant!
- For more information and to book your villa, visit The Sarann online
Poplar Travels was a guest of The Sarann. Our opinion is always our own.