"My dream wedding day"
by Helen Tandavanitj
WOW! We have just returned from an absolutely GORGEOUS 2 weeks at The Lotus Terraces - we were lucky enough to celebrate our wedding, honeymoon and 2 family 40th birthdays at this idyllic spot. Absolute bliss and 100 % recommended. As a wedding journalist specialising in honeymoon hotels, finding the perfect place to tie the knot and enjoy a honeymoon was always going to be a challenge. After approx 8 months of searching on the internet (the vague brief: a gorgeous beachfront villa on a Thai beach - any Thai beach!) we finally tracked down the beautiful Lotus Terraces - online. It looked like EXACTLY what we'd been searching for... from the very first email contact with Jane, the Reservations Manager, we knew we were onto a winner - efficient, fast, friendly service from the word go...
Once the villa was booked (we opted for the beautiful Lotus Villa - the website pix looked stunning and the ideal place for hosting our special occasion), we had our first email contact with Ton - the Most Amazing Wedding Organiser on The Planet! Ton is a true professional - via email contact, together we planned every single detail of our dream wedding day. Ton patiently persevered with my ever changing ideas and helped us create an amazing wedding - from tracking down the perfect shade of pink orchids to organising a Thai Musician to play the Wagner's Bridal March on a dulcimer (never done before on Samui!!). Ton, hat's off to you, you are an absolute star and our wedding wouldn't have been 'our wedding' without you!
So, the villas are stylish, sleek and up there with your Banyan Trees any day, the wedding planning service was impeccable and the villa location is idyllic.
But, after working for years and years reviewing wedding, honeymoon and hotel/villas worldwide, I know that there is one more vital ingredient that makes a great destination an star destination - and that is the staff... well, I can honestly say, that The Lotus Terraces staff are absolutely five star... Sue, our 'lady who does' did absolutely everything we requested - she was friendly, happy, sociable and super efficient - no request phased her and she organised our entire stay - from elephant riding to a Thai dance show - but at the Lotus Terraces you don't have to go to 'reception' to have things organised - no, Sue is at the end of her mobile pretty much 24/7 to deal with her guests' every need - she visits the villa every few hours to check you're ok and whether you need anything... a personal service in all my years reviewing wedding/honeymoon hotels is very rare. A special mention for Rose: an absolutely amazing lady who looked after us throughout our stay - Rose, you are a gem - you were never cross with us for being possibly the messiest guests EVER and were always there with a smile to assist us through every day of our holiday.
Talking of mess, the main reason for our messiness is that we had 6 young children in our party - ranging from 2 to 10 years old. It's very difficult to find a stylish, contemporary place that welcomes children - well, the Lotus Terraces certainly doesn't have any tacky kid's clubs etc but the 6 children in our party were welcomed with open arms. It's all very low key and there's no singing and dancing kid's stuff - but that is EXACTLY what we wanted... the children were made very welcome and were very well looked after - the staff happily cooked kid's food, let the girls turn the stunning lounge into a dvd room and didn't balk at the general chaos that comes hand in hand with six young children - of course, the villa resort is perfect for romantic couples, but children are welcome, too. A very refreshing viewpoint - couples who still want that contemporary, blissful, tropical beach experience will feel at home here - even if they have 6 children in tow!!
Well, I could write about this place (and my perfect wedding day!) all night, but the point of trip advisor is to give an honest account of a hotel/villa location: so, to sum up, five star all round. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions etc or want to view our wedding photos... and, if you're seeking a five star beach wedding, The Lotus Terraces is it!!!! Absolute five star all round xxxx