Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Ampha Place Hotel

I was going to write about this place for a while, from the day when I discovered it in Maenam during my daily drive around Samui.

I rarely get impressed with small hotels/guesthouses. I have a few personal long-time favourites, but have hardly seen any nice newcomers... Just "clean and tidy and free WI-FI" is not enough for me...The place should have its charm.  So, I was really pleasantly surprised, when a couple of months ago, while driving through small alleyways in Maenam, we came across this small but absolutely brilliant place.

Ampha Place is a family owned small hotel located 150 meters from Maenam Beach and a 10 minutes walk to the centre of Maenam Village. 
 Maenam has small bars, restaurants, and cafes, but besides that it is extremely low key and quiet. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle in Koh Samui, nightclubs and shopping then Maenam probably isn't the place for you. However, if you are looking for a quiet retreat away from the crowds then Maenam is where you want to be.

The hotel seemed new, and it is pretty new - about 1,5 years old. The owners were outside by the reception/bar when we walked it, and they introduced themselves as Ampha and Eric. She is Thai, he is Swiss.  Ampha offered me to do a hotel inspection, so I immediately agreed as I was curious.

From what I saw there, I can honestly say - all 12 hotel rooms are very nice and extremely clean, the pool is also very clean and big enough, and it is literally a minute walk to the beach. All rooms are equipped with airconditioning, hot water, shower, TV with international channel, minibar, safe deposit box,  and free WI-FI.  Double (king-sized bed) twin and family rooms available. Family room is a double connected with a twin room.
And the main reason why I really liked the place - not the good rooms or the pool, but Ampha  and Eric, who are lovely people and very very friendly hosts who ensure that their guests' stay is as pleasant as possible.

The prices are ridiculously low for this quality and location so close to the beach -1100 THB for a double in high season, and 950 THB in low season. Family room costs 2000 THB in high season, and 1700 THB in low season. And additional bed 350 THB.

So, now a few pictures from there....