It’s an unexpected pleasure to find a new hotel with the charm and location of The Sunset Beach Resort (which used the be called the Ban Sabai). There is an obvious emphasis on relaxation – with just 21 rooms set in large gardens and on the relatively empty Baan Taling Ngam beach, it can often feel as if you are the only guests. Of course, finding such a gem on Koh Samui does mean that you are slightly further away from Chaweng and the more touristy areas close the airport.
But for blissful sunsets, stunning island views and the seclusion you were seeking anyway, being a 40 minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of touristy Samui is a small and worthy price to pay. Indeed it says everything that Ethos Travel staff are queuing up to book Ban Sabai for their own holidays.