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The Kala Hotel
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7.8

Very good

730 reviews

730 reviews

View50
Breakfast9
Housekeeping7
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7.6

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - 2.62 kilometers from city center
Parking
Available
Popular landmarks
Chaweng Noi Beach 1.5 km
Lamai Beach 1.9 km
Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks 4.8 km
Na Muang Waterfall 8.3 km
Fisherman's Village 8.5 km
Wat Plai Laem 9.1 km
Big Buddha 9.1 km
Maenam Beach 11.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Royal Samui Golf & Country Club 780 m
Koh Koon 850 m
Ko Samui Viewpoints 1.2 km
Lad Koh View Point 1.2 km
Chaweng Viewpoint 1.2 km
Golf Club Viewpoint 1.3 km
Crystal Bay 1.3 km
Silver Beach 1.3 km
French cheese store 1.4 km
Chaweng Noi Beach 1.5 km

The Kala Hotel

210/8 Moo 4 Chaweng Noi Koh Samui Suratthani, Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand, 84310 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Lamai part of Koh Samui, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Fisherman's Village. Rated with 4.5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and spa on-site.

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Highlights

Check-in [24-hour]

Airport transport

Excellent view

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Currency conversion service

Hygiene Plus
Wellness
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Safety Features
Temperature check for guests and staff
Body thermometer
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Transport to airport

Valet parking

Shuttle service

Spa

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Check-in/out [express]

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Koh Samui every 7 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.9
Distance to city center15 km
Location rating7.6
Nearest airportSamui Airport (USM)
Distance to airport6.6 km

Rooms available at The Kala Hotel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.6

2 Bedroom Pool Villa
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  • Room size: 228 m²/2454 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 king bed and 1 queen bed
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Duplex Pool Villa
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  • Room size: 170 m²/1830 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 double bed
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2 bedroom Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed and 1 single b...
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Deluxe
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Double or Twin Room
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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Presidential Suite
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  • Room size: 208 m²/2239 ft²
  • Shower
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Family Two-Bedroom Suite
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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VILLA Presidential pool villa
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  • Room size: 228 m²/2454 ft²
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Family Two-Bedroom Suite
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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Presidential Suite
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  • Room size: 208 m²/2239 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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Frequently asked questions

Does The Kala Hotel have a hot tub?

The Kala Hotel does not have a hot tub.

What time is check-in and check-out at The Kala Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 600 THB. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at The Kala Hotel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort. For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Kala Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Koh Samui with private transportation, the resort can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at The Kala Hotel?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at The Kala Hotel. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 450 THB if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

What are my dining options at The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel is located in Lamai, famous for good restaurants such as Vikasa Life Cafe, Tarua Samui Seafood and The Cliff Bar and Grill.

What popular shopping places are close to The Kala Hotel?

Shopping options in The Kala Hotel’s Lamai neighborhood include Lamai Sunday Nightmarket, Night market and Lamai Night Plaza.

What are popular attractions near The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel is located in Lamai area, which is famous for attractions such as Guan-Yu Koh Samui Shrine, Wat Sila Ngu Temple and Tamarind Springs Forest Spa.

What popular beaches are close to The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel is located in the Lamai area, which includes Lamai Beach, Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach) and Coral Cove Beach.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to The Kala Hotel?

The Kala Hotel is located within Lamai, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Koh Samui Water Sports by James Jetstar, We Green and Thai Scuba Dive.

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What people love about The Kala Hotel

  • 8.8

    Excellent

    "We had asked by mail when we booked to be well situated and we were just so happy to enjoy a beautiful stay in this hotel."

    Caroline

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    March 3, 2020

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "The spa was fantastic and I spent several days there."

    Brian

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    February 29, 2020

  • 8

    Very good

    "Very good hotel with amazing views."

    ALOISIA

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    February 12, 2020

Property ranking|Compared to 1,304 Koh Samui properties
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Room comfort score
8.6/10
Room size
131 sqm.
Cleanliness score
8.2/10
Service score
8.1/10
Better than
93
%
of Koh Samui properties
Bigger than
93
%
of Koh Samui properties
Better than
80
%
of Koh Samui properties
Better than
77
%
of Koh Samui properties
Overall rating:

7.8

Very good
730 reviews
Cleanliness
8.2
Facilities
7.5
Location
7.6
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What travelers say they love:
The hotel is very beautiful and the view is amazing.
Guillaume from France
Couple
More about The Kala Hotel

More about The Kala Hotel

The Kala Hotel

Make everyday special with all that Koh Samui has to offer with a stay at The Kala Hotel. Are you seeking the true Koh Samui? Experiencing the best of the city's culture is easy with a stay at The Kala Hotel, located merely 8.4 km from Fisherman's Village.
Enjoy all that The Kala Hotel has to offer! Free internet access provided within the resort keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Koh Samui is made even more convenient with the taxi, car hire and shuttle services available at the resort.
For those driving their own car, parking is available for guests. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the resort's ticket service and tours. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the The Kala Hotel. For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the resort. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All guestrooms at The Kala Hotel provide guests with a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. Enjoy your stay even more at the resort, knowing that some selected rooms include air conditioning. Some rooms at The Kala Hotel are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find television, in-room video streaming and cable TV available in some selected rooms.
Don't worry about being thirsty as a refrigerator, bottled water, a coffee or tea maker and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms. Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the resort you'll find a hair dryer, toiletries and bathrobes available in some guest bathrooms. Don't forget to visit the exquisite executive lounge to enjoy the luxury services and atmosphere.


Dining and things to do

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at The Kala Hotel. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the resort assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
Fill your days with the array of activities and facilities offered at The Kala Hotel. A beach that's accessible right from the resort puts you close to the ocean during your stay. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage and spa. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the resort's pool.
Beat the hot weather with cooling water activities like fishing, snorkeling, non-motorized water sports and diving. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the resort's library. Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the souvenir shops.


Around the property

Don't miss out on all that Koh Samui has to offer! Chill out in the beach or just watch the waves on warm days at Chaweng Beach located 4.6 km away. Don't forget to stop by the most iconic landmark in the area, the famous Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks just 4.8 km away.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 82% of all other options in the city.
Compared to the city's accommodation options, this resort scored higher than 91% of them for food and dining.
According to guests who stayed here, this resort's room comfort is rated higher than 93% of other accommodations in Koh Samui.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.5

Most talked about facilities

Swimming Pool

30 mentions

View

26 mentions

Breakfast

24 mentions

Beach

15 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Filipino
  • German
  • Thai

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Garden
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Ticket services
  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Cleanliness and safety

  • Body thermometer
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Currency conversion service
  • Daily cleaning
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Postal service
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Swimming pool [kids]

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service
  • Transport to airport
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • A/C
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Coffee/tea machine
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Desk
  • DVD/CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Lock box in room
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking
  • Phone
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Seating area
  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • Streaming movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi [complimentary]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Asian
  • Continental
  • Halal
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
Location
210/8 Moo 4 Chaweng Noi Koh Samui Suratthani, Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand, 84310
Very good
Location

7.6

Airports

  • Samui Airport (USM)
    6.6 km 20 min drive
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST)
    106.4 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Lamer Samui Healthcare
    2.0 km

Shopping

  • Central Festival Samui
    4.8 km

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    1.7 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    1.5 km
  • Lamai Beach
    1.9 km
  • Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks
    4.8 km
  • Na Muang Waterfall
    8.3 km
  • Fisherman's Village
    8.5 km
  • Wat Plai Laem
    9.1 km
  • Big Buddha
    9.1 km
  • Maenam Beach
    11.4 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Royal Samui Golf & Country Club
    780 m
  • Koh Koon
    850 m
  • Ko Samui Viewpoints
    1.2 km
  • Lad Koh View Point
    1.2 km
  • Chaweng Viewpoint
    1.2 km
  • Golf Club Viewpoint
    1.3 km
  • Crystal Bay
    1.3 km
  • Silver Beach
    1.3 km
  • French cheese store
    1.4 km
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    1.5 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

Minimum age of guests is: 7 year(s).

Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee600 THB
  • Distance from city center15 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)30

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)450 THB

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors3
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 38
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened2008

Reviews of The Kala Hotel from real guests

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7.8
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Cleanliness8.2
Facilities7.5
Location7.6
Room comfort and quality8.6
Service8.1
Value for money7.9
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9.0
Exceptional
Ang from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in June 2009

Wonderful Kala”

Seaview, excellent staff
The numerous steps, the blazing sun, the inroom slippers

We just returned from a 3 night stay from The Kala at Koh Samui. It was a very wonderful, relaxing trip, all thanks to the amazing view and the amazing staff of the Kala, nothing was too much trouble for them, you just had to ask! All the rooms offer a fantastic sea view. On our 3rd day, we decided to change room due to too sunny balcony. We specified the room and got it without problem, The view in the 1st room was good, the view in the 2nd was even more gorgeous! There were a lot of steps, hence it is not really recommended for children nor the elderly. Precisely because of the steps, that is why the view is commanding. During dusk, we managed to go all the way down to the platform on a cliff, the view is just astonishing. And the best part was, there were no other guests around! The Kala is a cozy establishment. Although there are other guests, you do feel like you are the only ones around at times. There are only 3 choices to the breakfast. I'd recommend the Han Chao set (porridge and side dishes), its really delicious! We ordered room service for one of the nights, and the food was good. Contrary to previous reviews, our food came within 5 mins (while at the restaurant), and within 15 mins (for room service). In fact, all our requests were attended to very promptly. Ocassionally when it was not so quick, it is attributed to communication problem (they didn't quite understand us). We tried the Thai massage a few times, it is very relaxing! Much better experience and ambience than those at the beach (the one at Lamai beach was quite good too). Highly recommended. The prices were reasonable, 1200 THB for a Thai massage, and the hotel gave us 500THB voucher to offset, what a good deal! There is also an internet room, going online is a breeze. The Kala also provides transport to the nearby Thong Yang beach (5 mins walk away to your right), as it does not have a beach on its own. You must try the Tom Yum Goong, fried Thai curry with chicken there. It is eve

Reviewed June 26, 2009

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9.0
Exceptional
Adi, from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in October 2008

Charming corner of Samui”

Charming view from every corner of the hotel. Sea view from every room. Five-tier hotel layout. Infinity pool dreamlike in the evening. Beach deck on the rocks. Relaxing breakfast. Exclusive reading room.
Limited food menus. WiFi access poor in room.s Limited English and news channels in room television.

I have been to Samui numerous times since 1994 & Kala's location between Lamai & Chaweng had always been my favourite area of the island, simply due to the higher landscape offering breathtaking view over the Gulf and Chaweng. Kala was thus a fine surprise --- from the moment you enter the hotel to the reception lobby, the restaurant to the rooms, and the bar to the pools, the view alone is worth the stay. It's a stone throw away from the bustling Chaweng and Lamai, yet Kala is well tucked away for those who wants total serenity and privacy. Architecturally the hotel is interestingly laid out being separated into 5 levels on the cliff. Although the hotel doesn't have a beach, but the detailing of the wooden sea front deck around the rocks illustrated how thoughtful the builder had been. Take lots of pictures, as you will be surprise how artistic they'll turn out. Definitely 5 star environment at an affordable price.

Reviewed October 06, 2008

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10.0
Exceptional
ADLI from Singapore
Couple
Duplex Pool Villa
Stayed 1 night in November 2011

Great spot for honeymooners”

Spacious Rooms

located about 30 minutes drive from samui airport, the kala hotel, is a lovely boutique premium hotel best suited for couples and honeymooners. its location on chaweng noi shelters the kala hotel from the hustle and bustle of the busier, bigger beaches of chaweng and lamai. there is free wifi but you can only access it at the main lobby. breakfast menu is sumptous and the grounds are well manicured. the infinity pool is small but this is normal for a boutique hotel. the private villas are beautifully designed and spacious but like most sea-side properties in thailand, mosquitoes are a problem especially at dusk. we find that the villas are located too close to each other and our private pool for example is not so private - guests using the infinity pool can peek into our private pool.

Reviewed December 10, 2011

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9.0
Exceptional
ADLI from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in November 2011

Boutique hotel with spacious rooms”

Quiet location

Located about 30 minutes drive from Samui Airport, the Kala Hotel, is a lovely boutique premium hotel best suited for couples and honeymooners. Its location on Lamai Noi shelters the Kala Hotel from the hustle and bustle of the busier main beaches of Chaweng and Lamai. Our Deluxe room was nicely designed, spacious and comfortable. There is free WiFi but you can only access it at the main lobby. Breakfast is nice so too are the grounds. The infinity pool is small but this is normal for a boutique hotel.

Reviewed December 10, 2011

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10.0
Exceptional
Devin from South Africa
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 6 nights in July 2013

Incredible hotel on the mountain side of Samui”

The all-day breakfast, the very helpful and friendly staff, and the very comfortable rooms and view!

Our stay at the Kala was phenomenal. From getting picked up by Tek (our driver) at the airport, to the superb welcoming by Kuan (the hotel manager) and the friendly staff, our stay was just perfect in Samui. We were slap bang in the middle of Chaweng and Lamai beach, meaning it was a 10min drive either way. Was also great because we were away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded tourist-filled Chaweng. On our request via the Agoda website, the management gave us the best ocean view room we could have hoped for (something we didn't expect), and the rooms were decorated immaculately. Every little detail has been though of in this hotel. The one thing we loved was the fact you could order breakfast anytime between 6.30am and 10.30PM! Meaning if you leave early in the morning for a snorkeling tour, you have a free and amazing meal when you get back to the hotel at night. Scrambled eggs were amazing! Otherwise this hotel covers all your needs, and the friendly staff really make you feel as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a romantic getaway!

Reviewed July 30, 2013

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8.3
Excellent
Jonathan from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Deluxe
Stayed 9 nights in December 2008

A True Step Towards Heaven”

architecturally stunning. the private jetties down to the sea and the rocks. the polite and discreet service.
The food is not as good as it should be. Breakfast is great but the dinner menu is uninspired.

They say that the Kala is 'a place where time stands still' They totally deliver. I arrived there stressed out and tired and - i promise you - as soon as I stepped onto the property and saw how the ocean was framed in the high open entrance hall I knew my detox holiday had begun. The build quality of this hotel is superb. All the right elemental materials make it as luxuriously close to nature as you can get. My room was big and very private. The bed, very comfortable. The swimming pool and private decks are really, really peaceful - you can't help but switch off! As i said, the hotel really does over deliver on everything - except the Lunch and Dinner menu. Generally speaking the food on Koh Samui is awesome and the fact is the current Kala menu is uninspired, over priced and under portioned. I rethink is needed here. Other than that, you really can not go wrong staying at the Kala. I absolutely loved it and I will be back. Just not for dinner.

Reviewed January 05, 2009

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9.7
Exceptional
anneke from New Zealand
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in February 2015

Amazing! ”

Staff, view and bathroom!

We travelled around Thailand for some weeks and this was our last stop, where we just wanted to relax, and the kala was the perfect choice. It was beautiful, the staff went above and beyond and made our stay perfect! It is just about 5mins drive away from both lamai and chaweng, but we hired a scooter thru the hotel and they were great! Was an awesome way to get round! The hotel will also give you a ride to wherever you want on island for price cheaper than taxi fares and in some cases for absolutely nothing. Breakfast was amazing also! Highly reccomend the Kala to anyone! AND TRY THEIR MOJITOS! best I've ever had!

Reviewed February 28, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Shuana from Australia
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 4 nights in May 2019

PURE BLISS! ”

My partner and I stayed at The Kala Hotel for 4 nights and were so blown away by our experience there! The views from our room, the pool and even the lobby were beautiful. The hotel was relaxing, quiet and extremely peaceful. The staff were able to assist with anything you needed which made everything very easy. Location is in between the 2 main areas of the island (Chaweng & Lamai) although it was no more than a 10 minute scooter ride each way. If you don’t plan on hiring a scooter you may not find this location ideal as you would have to get a taxi all the time, however we loved being away from the busy areas as we could easily scooter around. Would 100% recommend this hotel!!! It made our stay :)

Reviewed May 29, 2019

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8.7
Excellent
Cassie from United States
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in March 2014

Romantic getaway from it all!”

Beautiful, comfortable and nice staff

This hotel is nothing short of perfect. It is beautifully decorated and they really thought of everything you could possibly want. You are greeted with a stunning lobby, overlooking the water and welcome drink. The rooms almost all come with breathtaking views and balconies over the water. Additionally the bathrooms are too die for, with a bathtub big enough for two, a rain shower and some very aromatic shampoos and bath soaps! Breakfast is served all day so you can get up whenever you want, or even eat after a day tour. The grounds are beautifully kept and there is plenty of space around the pool and down by the water for lounging. The kala resort is built against a rock so although there is some snorkelling around the hotel it's much better to walk down to Coral Bay beach (5 min) to go snorkelling there. The Thai food is really tasty and they even have a happy hour once a day. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone who really wants an escape to paradise! The price for the deluxe rooms is a total steal and the villas are so stunning you won't care how much they cost. I have lived in Thailand for 7 years and I would definitely call this a 5 star resort here. Just a side note, the hotel is really well isolated, so the food/drink tab adds up very quickly. You are not walking distance to any store or other restaurants so you need to take a taxi everywhere (starting price 300-400 each way). The hotel does provide a shuttle to Lamai at 11am and a shuttle to chaweng at 4pm (both only one way).

Reviewed March 17, 2014

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8.7
Excellent
Kittas from Thailand
Couple
Stayed 1 night in September 2008

A great little boutique hotel with stunning views”

Stunning sea view, Excellent design concept
No beach access

The Kala is a great little boutique hotel with million dollar views. This is not overated as the views from the lobby, from the rooms and from the pool will take your breath away. The overall design concept of the hotel revolves around coconut by-products (The Kala means the coconut shell) and this theme runs consistently throughout. The main materials used for the decoration of this resort are terrazzo, travertine stone, imported balinese lava stone, marble and sandstone. Exterior design look more like a balinese resort, but interior design reveals a very strong southern thai accent, in a chic, stylish way with the liberal use of coconut shells, coconut wood as decoration. (You'll find even coconut shampoo and bathfoam). Not to mention a coconut jam on toast for breakfast. I really applaud the idea of all-day breakfast as you can order set-menu breakfast anytime you like throughout the day. The hotel also have wooden paths leading down to the rocky headland below for great sea views. No beach access, so people who have beach as a priority should stay away. But for those who want a relaxing with stunning sea views and a place to bath in sunlight, this is the place for you. I'll give it a 9 for overall experience (Not the mention a very affordable rates offered by the hotel).

Reviewed September 25, 2008

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8.7
Excellent
Frederika from Netherlands
Group
Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in August 2009

boutique-feeling on cliff”

gorgeous architecture and interior design (many natural materials), friendly staff, good restaurant with great wine list, spectacular views
if I would have to write something here than it would be the road where it's laying on (although the front of the hotel has a high wall with floating water over it (very nice!)

The Kala hotel is a very unique hotel with only seaview rooms, even out of your bathtub! The view from the infinity pool and relaxing area on top of the rocks is very serene. There is no beach in front of the hotel but you can borrow their kayaks to reach in 2 minutes a little sandy beach. It lays between Chaweng and Lamai and is not a touristy place. Unfortunately nearly every hotel lays on the busy road that goes along the sea. Still I can absolutely recommend this hotel to chill out for a couple of days.

Reviewed September 13, 2009

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9.0
Exceptional
Medrikojs from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in December 2008

Fantastic stay at The Kala Hotel”

Views, Spectacular, individualistic design and architichture, Exclusivity (only a limited amount of guests), amazing pool, character, Overall excellent 5* accomodation, the hotel offered a free transfer to the two local beaches
not on a beach location, however this was not a personal drawback, Location was outwith Lamai, therfore there was no alternative choices for food and drink, Food and drink slightly over priced, however the quality was above average

I stayed at the Kala for three nights over Christmas with my girlfriend as a break from travelling. The hotel is set on a cliff with fantastic views from all over the hotel which I feel is the main selling point for this hotel. The hotel had a contemporary feel due to its design, however this did not mean it lacked in character. I particulary liked the baths, sea views and the pool. The food was slightly above average and overpriced for Thailand, however the romantic ambience made up for it. Overall one of the most unique, best value for money and best hotels in Samui.

Reviewed December 27, 2008

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10.0
Exceptional
Dimitar from Bulgaria
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 4 nights in January 2012

Great hotel and view”

nice sea view

we have just returned from koh samui-kala hotel and we are so happy of beying there.the hotel is unique with it's location.if you are looking for a peacefull and unforgettable holiday,this is the place.

Reviewed February 03, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Natalie from United Kingdom
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in June 2015

Amazing value for money and the friendliest staff ”

the staff, the attention to detail, the view

I can't rate the Kala enough, the staff were so lovely the views were incredible, lovely atmosphere, beautiful clean rooms, great breakfast, I could go on... The only negative comment I would have is that the spa is so ridiculously expensive, about 2000 THB for a massage which is near on 10 times what it is if you go into town. I understand that it's a nice spa and it's going to be more expensive to pay UK prices is ridiculous and maybe if they made the prices more affordable they would get more customers. But overall loved the Kala and would definitely go back.

Reviewed June 27, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
You from Australia
Couple
Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in February 2009

A Wonderful Stay at the Kala Hotel”

Best view on the island! Amazing architecture, great staff, lovely food, privacy, quiet.
Only thing would be that the wifi didn't work very well in our room. And it might be a bit difficult to get to if you didn't have a car/scooter. Nothing else really!

We stayed at the Kala for 3 nights in Feburary and it was absolutely wonderful. All the rooms have a sea view and what and it truly is the best view on the island. We booked a standard rooms and were very pleasantly surprised - it was big, with a lovely stone bathroom and huge bathtub for two and a good sized rain shower. The bed was massive and very comfy. We stayed on the top floor and I would definately recommend that rather than the ones below. There were a couple of private pool villas right by the cliff and they looked amazing - they are a definate for honeymooning couples! The staff were wonderful and very attentive to all our needs. And the food was superb - we had dinner there one night and it was certainly one of the best meals we had on the island. The portions are quite generous so if you order right its great value for money as well. The only downside would be getting to and from. We hired a car so it was perfect and we never had any trouble but I think if you didn't have any transport it would slightly difficult to access as it is located away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel is wonderfully private and quiet and it really feels like a sanctuary when you return from the crowds down in Chaweng. Can't recommend this place enough!!

Reviewed March 10, 2009

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9.7
Exceptional
Birgitte from Denmark
Family with teens
Deluxe
Stayed 7 nights in July 2014

Fantastic week on our first trip to Thailand”

The amazing staff, the food, the interior

We had a fantastic week at the Kala Hotel. The staff was amazing, helpfull and kind. We decided to have all our diners at the hotel, because their food is delizious. The hotel is 10 min by taxi away from the fantastic beach , but just 300 m nearby there is a beach with not many people but also with a little bar/restaurant. We will definately recommend this hotel and would love to come back.

Reviewed July 25, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
Kristin from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Duplex Pool Villa
Stayed 1 night in November 2017

Exceptional”

Awesome place although it was only for a night. Duplex villla had an amazing view of the cliff and the sea. Everything else was perfect. Hotel to chaweng only takes 10 mins taxi ride. Will definitely Ensure The Kala resort my next choice of stay again in Samui!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Reviewed December 02, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
Karen from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Stayed 3 nights in May 2010

Lovely little boutique hotel with great view”

Beautiful sea view from hotel room, restaurant and swimming pool; nicely decorated and tranquil surroundings; not too crowded and relaxed atmosphere; off the beaten track.
Staff are friendly and recognise you by face, but English can be better as we sometimes had trouble communicating our needs to them - still overall we enjoyed our stay there.

My friend and I stayed in The Kala for 3 nights and really enjoyed our time there. Great breakfast with homemade coconut jam in the restaurant overlooking the sea. Loved the hotel room amenities (locally produced coconut lotion etc). The hotel was not too crowded, so although the pool is not very big, we had it to ourselves most of the time. The private beach shared by The Kala and two other hotels is either accessible by foot on the road (around 5 minutes) or by kayak (around 2 minutes - free rental from hotel). Kayaking there was much more fun (and less dusty!) and gave us a sense of adventure just getting to the beach. Best if you have a car as taxis are not cheap and The Kala is slightly off the beaten track. Standard of spa acceptable but then not something I would write home about either. Overall, lovely hotel and best for people who are young at heart and who don't expect a lot of pampering from their hotel.

Reviewed May 31, 2010

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9.2
Exceptional
Miguel from United Kingdom
Couple
Duplex Pool Villa
Stayed 10 nights in February 2019

QUIET PARADISE”

What a beautiful place! Never ever felt so relaxed, as soon as you arrive you feel you have arrived in heaven, the walk down to the the room(Pool Villa) down several flights of stairs and stone and wooden walkways set in lush tropical gardens was a surprise! As the photos online mainly show damp concrete and peeling paint? The room was spectacular with 180 degree views of the sea and decorated with a shabby chic colonial feel, with no less than 3 showers(I used all of them :-)) with super high pressure, what a pleasure! I'm a greedy person and the a la carte breakfast and in fact all of the food...restaurant and room service was excellent, so after several disappointing meals outside the Hotel, we appreciated and happy with the Hotel offering....which was always presented with lovely cutlery and unusual plates & dishes. If you want a truly relaxing Holiday in quiet, beautiful surroundings with helpful friendly staff this is the place to be...the photos online just do not do it justice!

Reviewed March 06, 2019

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8.3
Excellent
pamela from Singapore
Couple
2 Bedroom Pool Villa
Stayed 5 nights in December 2014

Truly a retreat”

Coziness, Privacy & Scenery

We had a wonderful stay at The Kala. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. We stayed at the Presidential Villa, which was a beauty on its own. The room was very cozy and truly reflective of nature. There was also a private infinity pool that overlooks the sea, which makes the whole experience even more surreal. There was also an open shower, an outdoor bathtub and a balcony. Breakfast does not come in a buffet but as a set meal. Even so, the food is yummy. Room service, as one would expect, is quite pricey. The downside of The Kala is that it is a little away from the town centre so it takes you about 15-20 minutes in a cab/tuk tuk to get to the town. It is not difficult to get a cab/tuk tuk, but be sure to bargain. Overall, it was a wonderful stay, especially if you are looking for a true retreat and quiet from the bustle of city life. Do be prepared though for temporary power cuts/wind banging on the windows in times of strong winds/heavy rains.

Reviewed December 17, 2014

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