Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa
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In February we flew to Koh Samui via Bangkok to celebrate my birthday. Our flight to Bangkok was delayed by three hours so rather than spending three hours perusing the duty free shops at the Suvarnabhumi Airport we sat in the "lounge" at Wattay Airport. Due to the delay our connection in Bangkok was very tight so we were given seats at the front …
I got up at 6am for sunrise. I was the only person on the beach and it was dark still. It was quiet except for the sound of the waves. The sun was behind a set of mountains so the sky was bright but the sun had not come up. About 30 minutes later, the sun peaked from behind the mountain and it was bright orange. There weren't lines in the sky, just …
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Late waking up, we set put for breakfast with our Thailand books to find a new resort. We ate at a hotel restaurant full of old folks laying out and Frank Sinatra on the radio. After a short amount of research and little discussion necessary, we found the Anantara Spa Resort,called them to check availability and they were open! Walked straight back …
About this time of year, most every guidebook says to avoid Thailand like the plague. Tourists will get harassed, nothing is open, and there is horrendous traffic. It's the Thai New Year and they call it Songkran. It isn’t your typical New Years like back home. There is no ball dropping, no tacky sparkly dresses, or kissing some random at …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa
If you want peace and quiet on your holiday then this hotel is not for you. The hotel was originally a middle range hotel that was renovated into a 5-star (we were told by some locals). It is a cramped U shaped block, with a road down one wing and the Gekko bar on the other. The walls are paper thin and you practically live with your neighbours. Housekeeping starts at 7am and if that doesn't wake you up then the staff preparing the Full Moon restaurant will. The road is only a few metres from the front door of the rooms and heaven help you if the Gekko bar decides to have an all night rave.
We are a family of four from Herts, UK, and have just returned from spending Christmas at the Anantara Resort, Koh Samui.
This hotel is part of the small luxury hotels of the world and rightly so...... very comfortable rooms with a huge bed and everything else you need. It's definitely worth going for the ocean view room with a fantastic view onto the sea and the big swimming pool. The hotel has 2 restaurants, the Full Moon with a view onto the swimming pool and ocean (Italian) and the High Tide (Thai food). I would recommend the High Tide restaurant which is good value for the quality of the food. Alternatively I would recommend the Starfish & Coffee which is situated in the Fisherman's village, just a short walking distance from the hotel. They have excellent food. Try the BBQ jumbo tiger prawns and BBQ crab as well as their veg red curry. Very good and excellent value. The beach is clean and everything you need is provided for. Excellent hotel for those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Chaweng. If you're thinking of going to Chaweng one night..... don't.... stay in Bophut as there are also some nice places and a nice bar is the Billabong in Fisherman's village if you fancy live music, beer or nice cocktails!!!
Quite simply, the Anantara is a lovely resort in Bophut. More suited to couples looking for peace and quiet rather than for families. Contrary to the negative comments that another reviewer had regarding the staff, they couldn't have been nicer or done enough to make our holiday more enjoyable. Upon checking us in to our room, they clearly stated what was free of charge and what would be charged to the room. The rooms are of an average size and are spotlessly clean with great views. The price of the hotel food is, as other reviewers have said, higher than the local restaurants but that's to be expected. However it wasn't as much of a difference as some reviewers would make it out to be. The wine is quite expensive but that's always going to the be the case for imported goods! However you can get a decent bottle for £20.
The Anantara is a lovely resort hotel, most likely one of the best on the island from what I saw.
What a lovely property. It is on Bophut beach away from the hustle bustle of Chaweng....We had an ocean view and rooms were also very nice. Lets get to the good points first... Very spacious, great infinity pool, good rooms...as they were totally new...hotel location is also very nice.. absolutely close to fisherman's village... Nothing to complaint about the hotel décor and rooms, spa, pools etc... However, did not find the staff very courteous. The day we landed, it happened to be my Husband's birthday. I mailed them and requested them to provide us an upgrade for a day or maybe a meal, or a bottle of wine or champagne or anything which would not be heavy on the pocket.. (dint want my husband to spend a bomb on his won birthday)..All they agreed was on a sponge cake!!! Oh yeah.. the place is done up totally with lots of plants and flowers etc...so the mosquitoes were such a menace... I had such a tough time... But guess what.. the hotel provides a repellent... and they also charge 350B for it.. And they don't tell you that when you check in.. They even charge you for the bath salt..150 B per sachet... I found them extremely commercialized...I just wanted to use the steam bath for 5 minutes after the spa as we were off for dinner and they refused... they told me if I wanted it, I will have to pay 690B.. which is the rate for using it for 30 minutes... I had a lot of expectations regarding Thai hospitality.. All down the drain... But the property is very lovely....
Fabulous hotel and staff
We recently stayed in Ananatara as part of our Honeymoon which saw us visit a few resorts in Thailand- hotel is fabulous, good location and kept spotlessly clean, we were in a superior room across the road from the beach, the pool on our side of the road was better to relax as most kids spent time at other pool on beach side. Food in Italian restaurant (Prego) very good and compared to other hotels not too expensive(although more pricier than other restaurants) No shortage of hotel staff both very accomodating and helpful. By far and away best resort we visited, and only a 10 min journey to airport(we could actually see runway from our door)
I stayed at the Anantara with my girlfriend in August 2005 and it was a wonderfull experience. It is a new hotel, opened in January 2005. We had a standard (not suite) ocean view room on the first floor just above the pool. The standard rooms are a bit small, this is not a problem, though, as they are very sweet. Service is impeccable, the staff are amazing, and the overall atmosphere is very relaxing and easy-going. Being an expensive hotel, means, of course, that everything in the hotel is very expensive. Food at the Full Moon (Italian) restaurant is acceptable, but much too expensive for what it offers (we paid about 90 euros - 4500 Baht for a dinner for 2). The spa facilities are very good but, again, much too expensive, and none are included in the room rate (the standard 60 min aromatherapy massage costs about 60 euros - 3000 baht including 17% tax+charges (all prices are subject to 10% service & 7% tax charges), when you can get much better massages elswhere for 10 euros). Strangely enough, eating on your private terrace is cheap and GREAT (we paid about 50 euros - 2500 Baht for a full seafood bbq with lobster, prawns, fresh fish, etc, for 2). Dont miss out on the special bbq dinners-on-the-beach organized by the hotel on the beach right in front, every 2-3 days, its one of the most romantic experiences you can imagine. Finally, one thing we found quite annoying was that you get charged for any bath salts you use in your room's bathtub. In an exclusive spa resort like the Anantara, these should be included! Overall, I would DEFINITELY recomend the Anantara, it is a wonderful hotel on a wonderful island!
We stayed a week in the Anantara early April and have had an overall nice stay. The hotel has an amazing landscape architecture with an excellent love for the detail (some of it is on their webpage) Everything from the entrance to the garden aswell as pool and spa are truly an amazing experience and very romantic with a lot of lights. The spa treatments included in their special rate have been top. We have been travelling with a small child and have always experienced a very warm and friendly service in all areas. Our daugther loved the pool with all the gimmicks in it. Food was good to excellent on both restaurants (the Thai and the Italian). If you are staying on one of there Anantara suites you have an amazing view of the ocean and Bophut beach. Standard rooms are quite tiny and less comfortable. Sometimes service needs to pay more attention. Overall its a good choice esp. with children.
The hotel was really beautiful, every aspect, interiors, restaurants, grounds, pool were designed with fantastic attention to detail. I didn't see any other hotels that came close in Koh Samui. We were also really pleased that we had chosen to stay at Bophut rather than Chaweng as it had a villagey feel compared with Chaweng which seemed rather down market by comparison. If you have children, I think you may have to keep an eye on them at the Anantara as at night time they light up the grounds and water features with oil burning lamps (looks stunning) we aren't parents but if we were it may have worried us and the pool was not very child friendly either. Overall it didn't seem like hotel geared towards families. One slightly negative thing was that the restaurants were pretty empty - this is because they operate at UK/European prices which does seem completely out of place in Thailand where eating out is so cheap. You only need to walk up the road into Bophut village to pay around a third of the price. However, the food was better than we had in the local restaurants. One final thing - do be very careful about ordering wine here - £14 for 2 glasses!! We ordered without asking the price first - maybe at a posh London hotel you would expect but here we felt completely caught out.