CODE HOTEL INFORMATION
We Stayed 9 Days Nov 23 2014 – Dec 2 2014 at $88 CDN Per Night.
As many of you probably do, we used trip advisor to find this hotel. At the time Code was rated #3 of all hotels on the island, and I can tell you, they did NOT disappoint. At $88 CND a night (hotels.com), normally $300+ in high season, staying here was a no brainer for us. In fact, we ended up extending our stay by a few days, which allowed us extra time to sort out where we were heading next.
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the serenity that Koh Samui has to offer, look no further than Code. This place has everything you need in order to have a nice relaxing vacation. Located in Mae Nam on the northwestern part of the island, Code is removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy parts of the island.
The hotel is about 45 minutes from the airport, and you can either book the hotel transport, or take a shared minibus for around 250 THB, $9 CDN per person.
Code is nestled in the mountains and offers an incredible view of the ocean from all of their rooms. The best view, of course, is from the top floor. We spent many an evening watching the sunset, and you can’t beat waking up to that view everyday.
Some of the other features of the hotel include an infinity pool with a great view, a restaurant, spa, gym, car, bike and moped rentals, as well as a tuk tuk to take you to the 7-Eleven when you need supplies, or just want to go into town for a night out. They even give you a cell phone to call them in case you need anything. This includes any help anytime, anywhere on the island, and it can be very handy if you find yourself in a situation were you might need a translator.
For those of you who love the beach and sand don’t worry; starting in December 2014, Code has a tuk tuk that will take you to Vela, a brand new beach club just down the hill. They have day beds, drinks, food and shade, not to mention a fantastic staff ready to take care of you. The owners name is Ben and he is from the UK – tell him we sent you and say hi from us. The beach is great and the view amazing, and even if the tide is high, they have cleverly built up on a retaining wall so you still are surrounded by perfect white sand. We had the privilege of trying out some of the tapas they were planning on serving and they were delish.
When traveling abroad, often your experience is directly influenced by the service you receive. Code was in all ways top notch. Everyone from reception, the wait staff, and the maids were absolutely wonderful. Always smiling, and always willing to help. Everyone went above and beyond to make our stay great. Excellent service is not something that just happens; it is always driven by the people in charge. I can honestly tell you that Georgina, the hotel manager, was beyond awesome. She took care of us and made us feel like family. When we arrived at the hotel, they were celebrating a mock Christmas and had a great turkey dinner. We were invited to enjoy the festivities, and we had a blast. We met a lot of wonderful expats that night, and this helped us to enjoy our time even more.
All in all our time at Code – Ko Samui was very enjoyable, and we would highly recommend staying there, especially if you can get a good deal. Have a look at our suggestions and pros/ cons below for a little more insight.
We hope this helps, and as always we welcome your feedback.
Taxis on the island can be expensive, so we suggest you rent a moped (300 TBH per day or less) or a car (1300 TBH per day or less) to help you get around the island. Doing this will increase your mobility, and allow you to see more things. (NOTE: although the mopeds are automatic, don’t drive one if you have no experience riding a motorcycle, and DON’T drive at night as the island can be very dangerous if you don’t know the roads.)
- Quiet, secluded and beautiful
- Huge rooms with a complete kitchen, including utensils, pots and pans, the works
- Amazing view
- Superb service – the staff can take care of everything you might want, including booking your tours and bike and car rentals
- High speed wifi included
- Personal cell phone that you can use to call reception from anywhere on the island
- Very nice toiletries and extras – shampoo, lotion, liquid soaps, toothbrush and paste, robes and slippers, as well as a beach bag to take your towels in, and umbrellas for when it rains
- There is no elevator so if you’re on the top floor and have mobility issues, you will have 87 stairs to deal with
- Far away from the action (I listed this as a con, but it can also be a pro, depending on what you are looking for)
- It’s a long walk down a steep hill to the 7-Eleven and restaurants – (but you can take a tuk tuk)