Hotel X2 Resort Hotel 5 star
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442 Moo1, Bann Thanon, Tumbol Maret, Umphur Koh Sa 84310 Koh Samui, Thailand
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Once inside reception at the X2 Resort, you get the feeling of being in another world. You will find yourself in an open structure where design is key and where wood is the dominant feature, with cement flooring and no signs of Thaï architecture. The effect is really pleasant. Spacious, boasting refined and modern lines, the X2 Resort does not go unnoticed. This hotel opened in 2008 but salt has already starting to corrode the building, and it shows.

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    Location 5.62 /10

    Located in the southern part of Koh Samui, passed Lamai, the X2 is quite isolated. It will take about 25 minutes to get to Chaweng Beach and more than 30 minutes to get to the airport.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The X2 has a total of 27 villas, which makes for a very intimate establishment. The accommodation is lined up along a pathway in the middle of the garden, like little pavilions in a small community. The lines are perfect, light colours dominate (wood is a very present element), and the angles are straight, all of it creating a very positive overall impression.

    There are 4 accommodation categories and all of them have a private pool, except for the garden villa (but there are only 4 of these). The deluxe pool villa refers to the 'standard' rooms: spacious and built lengthwise, these include a small interior courtyard with a swimming pool. Of course, it also has a modern design and pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately though, the rooms are not ageing well (worn curtains, faded tiling in the courtyard, exterior walls affected by the humidity, etc.), giving them a somewhat neglected look.

    We particularly liked the outdoor cement bathtub that looks onto the courtyard.
    We also liked the wood and cement courtyard with its recesses adorned with cushions and shutters that open onto the garden. It's just too bad that this is one of the spots that has been most affected by the effects of the salt.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Guests are welcomed into a very stylish reception that occupies a green open space. The X2 Resort, which opened its doors in 2008, has focused on an urban design, creating a pleasant contrast between the usual architecture found on the island and its refined lines reminiscent of a boutique hotel. The hotel has a geometrical set-up: a tree-lined path leads from reception to the sea, with the different lodgings leading the way.

    The swimming pool is in keeping with this contemporary style and marks the end of the path. Nestled between the beach and the accommodation units, it is rectangular in shape and boasts straight lines. Unfortunately, you can make out the wear caused by the incessant wind and effects of the salt. For example, the wooden boards surrounding the pool are faded and some are even damaged. Be careful if you are walking around in bare feet, as you risk getting a splinter or two.

    The resort's fabulous location on the beach in the south of the island has in fact exposed it to the sea salt and air. The effect is taking its toll on the wooden installations, which seem rather worn down.

    This is the only thing we can really fault here though, since the style of the establishment is very well-executed. It's just that the sea water has shown no mercy, making the hotel appear older than it is.

    There is a spa just beside reception, which takes on the same straight and rather aesthetic lines as the rest of the hotel. In this regard also, the X2 hasn't had much luck, since there are plans to build a hotel-restaurant facing it. Thus, the large bay windows, which provide plenty of natural lighting, will have to be covered up, unless guests don't mind being admired during their massages!

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The bar and the restaurant have been set up in a cube-shaped structure which opens onto the beach, following in the same vein as the rest of the hotel, the geometric lines contrasting with the natural essence of the beach. The menu has been created by Fred, the native Thaï chef, which means that you will find that your dish contains authentic Thaï flavours and colours, which is extremely appreciated: sea bass, salmon spring rolls, etc. Plus, originally from the east coast of Thailand, the chef also offers specialties from his region. More traditional international fare is also available, like hamburgers and salads.

    Beach 7.50 /10

    A green meadow acts as a natural border between the swimming pool and the beach, which itself runs lengthwise and is covered in beautiful fine sand. However, there are two things that were regrettable: the low wall lining the meadow and the faded chairs and mattresses. On the other hand, nothing else needs to be said about the wonderful view.

    To know

    Although its isolated location ensures its absolute tranquillity, this also signifies that the lively evenings to be had in Chaweng and Lamaï are far away. Indeed, you'll need to take a taxi to get to either of these. However, the establishment does offer a free shuttle bus once daily for anyone wanting to go.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The rather original and 'modern' atmosphere
    • The beach

    disadvantages

    • The establishment could do with some renovation work
    • The hotel is quite isolated, and is thus more suitable for a relaxing holiday than a nightclubbing atmosphere.

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