Smile House Fishermans Village Koh Samui Review

We spent two weeks staying at Smile House in Fishermans Village, Koh Samui, Thailand as part of a seven week trip to Asia. This trip also included a Mekong River cruise visiting Vietnam and Cambodia and a land tour of Japan too.

In this review we discuss the location, facilities and accommodation this hotel offers so you can see if it would be a good choice for you!

Smile House Location

Smile House is situated in Fishermans Village which can be found on Bophut Beach in the north of Koh Samui. Fishermans Village is a vibrant, busy resort area which has a fabulous night market currently on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Smile House is in the perfect position, with all the bars, restaurants and night market literally steps away from the hotel and the beach is just over the road too!

It takes about 20 minutes to walk the whole length of the Main Street of Fishermans Village making it easy to navigate and the ideal location for a first time visitor.

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map smile house Koh samui
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bophut beach smile house Koh Samui

Smile House Check In and Transfer from the Airport

Smile House is 7.3kms (4.5 mile) from Koh Samui airport and takes approximately 15 minutes. We pre booked our transfer with our travel agent Dan, though Taxi’s are readily available and at this time costs 500 baht approximately £11 or $14 for 4 people. For more information about getting around Koh Samui, check out this post here.

Check in at Smile House was very prompt and efficient and our party of 8 were soon shown to their various types of accommodation – we will show you the accommodation later in this post.

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smile house road and restaurant

Pools and Grounds at Smile House

There are two swimming pools at Smile House one large one right at the front of the resort and one towards the back. The large pool is used predominantly by adults and is a lovely quiet area. The pool is large with a shallow pool and whirl pool, even though the second pool is deeper in some parts it’s actually for families.

Resort Grounds 

The grounds of the resort are like a tropical paradise with trees, plants and flowers lining the pathways that wind around the property, they are all immaculately groomed on a daily basis by the on site gardener who does a fabulous job and always greets you with a smile.

There is a large pagoda by the main pool which doesn’t seem to serve any purpose and would have been an ideal place for maybe a bar or cafe, there is a cafe bar across the street that is part of the complex but we just felt it would of been better served on the same side as the pool.

Bar and Restaurant at Smile House

Bar and Restaurant

As we mentioned above the bar and restaurant is directly across the road from the main pool, the road is a single track and is not busy. There is an outside area to the side of the main restaurant that leads down to the beach where there are sunbeds and tables and chairs should you wish to dine on the beach.

Breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation and there are some pretty good choices available too. Choices include fruit, cereals, salads, meats and cheeses, unlimited tea , coffee, lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, there  is also an excellent egg station that does omelettes, scrambled and fried eggs and the most amazing little fruit pancakes that reminded us of Welsh cake, boiled and poached eggs are made to order. there are usually some asian choices to included fried rice, noodles and other savoury dishes.

We did have an evening meal at Smile House and we have to say the food was excellent but sadly the service didn’t match. It was valentines day and was incredibly busy so maybe this was an isolated incident. Sadly Smile House does include a service charge and a government tax but if you are a resident you get a discount voucher that negates this that can be used as often as you like.

Adjacent to the restaurant is a takeaway pizza kiosk, with prices ranging from 300 to 350 baht, £7 to £8 which compared to the price of local food is quite expensive but western food will always cost you more in Thailand, but we do have to say when we tried it, it was delicious. Across the board all the prices for food and drink were around 25% more expensive than the majority of the places on the main strip but as we said earlier it was all very good.

For food and drink that represented far better value for money we would recommend in no particular order, Eden, Krua Baan Khan, Frog and Gheko, Aroy Dee, Lemon Sports bar, and Positive Vibes and in my (Paul’s) opinion the best Massaman curry, my favourite can be found at Nirvana. All these places can be found by walking out of Smile house and turning right and range between 2 minute and a 10 minute walk away.

Accommodation at Smile House

Accomadation at Smile House comes courtesy of 54 self contained bungalows that are either semi detached or detached and are all on the ground floor. As we mentioned earlier breakfast is included, you also get free wifi that is a good speed, two bottles of water daily, a daily room clean with fresh towels on request.We stayed here as a group of eight friends and family and between us had 3 different categories of rooms, the best way to tell you about each room is to show you so you can view a video tour of all three categories below.

We had a fabulous time in Koh Samui and Smile House worked really well for us and our friends and family.

Plan your holiday to Thailand and book your stay at Smile House here!


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