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 …
... here we found uv paint and got creative with our art work, we also met a group of really nice lads who were staying in the second hostel where we were. There was also a "raffle" in which i won a tshirt and cally one a litre bottle of vodka!! After a few drinks we headed down to the beach which was packed full of people it was an incredible sight! We found ourselves a spot on the sand and happily danced away till the sun started to come up, so we thought it was time for ...
Late yesterday afternoon I had a pretty bad headache which I was given paracetamol for. As the day wore on it seemed to be getting worse.
The food here isn't that appetising and when you have a poor appetite and this not so nice food is brought to you, it churns your stomach. I struggled eat again. Darren was watching a film and I was feeling pretty ill so I laid down and slept. I woke a while later to find my head ...
... the resort due to it being off peak which also added to our time there. Apart from the usual casual cafes for dinner, banana pancakes topped with chocolate sauce and a banana shake for breakfast we did a few day adventures. One day we hired scooters and toured the surrounding towns, a great day on the bikes, another day spent on nearby Railay beach, accessible only by long tail boat and of coarse a day on the water exploring the nearby islands and ...
sooo im burning some pictures onto a cd so i can send them back to the states....hopefully there will be photo evidence of most of my adventure.....some things are better left unphotographed though. the lil british girl im stayin with has stayed on till sunday so that turned out ok since the full moon is on monday. i need to get the hell out of dodge right after that though because my visa is about ready to expire. i THINK im going to cambodia next just cuz a really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa
This is not a 5-Star Hotel!
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.
The pool area is unbelievably cramped. The sunbeds are practically touching each other and there is the same cramped feeling on the beach. To one side of the beach area two large pipes discharge god knows what into the sea. The rubbish from the hotel is also dumped in the vicinity of the pipes on the road down to the village. If you are lucky you will also meet the local drug dealers by the rubbish.
This is a 4-star resort pretending to be 5-star. Yes, the interior design is very good and the staff are courteous and friendly (as the Thai people usually are), but I felt ripped off. I heard nothing but complaints from the other people staying at the resort so I am surprised by the reviews on this page.
The Spa is to be recommended and worth a visit if you are staying at another hotel, but this hotel is nothing like the description in the Anantara brochure.
We are a family of four from Herts, UK, and have just returned from spending Christmas at the Anantara Resort, Koh Samui.
We arrived on the tail end of what the local papers were describing as Samui's Katrina and I must admit that the busy, flooded roads at certain points of our journey from the airport filled us with some trepidation.
However the Anantara is situated a good two hundred yards from the small ring road and traffic noise was negligible as was the noise from the go kart track across the road ( very pricey rates!)
The Anantara staff are exceptional and I speak as a well-travelled production sound mixer who has been lucky enough to stay at some of the best hotels and resorts in South East Asia.
The deluxe rooms we had were perfectly situated (thank you Audley Travel) overlooking the expansive tropical gardens of the Anantara and apart from a bizarre twenty foot Christmas tree made entirely from coconuts and spray-painted in garish green and red, our view was excellent.
The Anantara Spa itself is amazing but extremely expensive plus the hotel adds a ten per cent service charge to treatments which together with a seven per cent government tax adds a almost a fifth to your bill.
However I treated my wife to a two hour Christmas present there and she felt it was worth every penny!
The two Anantara restaurants, High Tide and Full Moon, are both good and the gourmet pizza at the Full Moon went down very well with our teenage sons.
If one walks for ten minutes along the narrow, coarsely-sanded beach at the end of the Resort you will come to the tranquil Bophut fishing village where for a change of scene you can eat at the excellent Happy Elephant Restaurant, have a beer with Isle Of Man Steve at his pub and drop your laundry with the lovely Thai lady at the last shop on your left as you leave the village on your way back to the Resort.
With the weather being so changeable, the sea was too churned up for diving and snorkelling and so the pool and beach area at the Anantara was very busy.
On our last day ( 31st December ) all two hundred plus sun beds were taken despite the Anantara having spare beds in storage.
They just simply didn't have the space available ( apart from packing us in like sardines ) to deal with every guest needing a sunbed!
The house-keeping ( Viali and her team) and room service was exemplary and the courtesy of all staff was second to none.
A good half day trip from the Anantara is Living Thailand's Eco Safari with hotel transfers, elephant trekking,waterfall walk,Thai farming and seafront dinner.
I will be recommending the Anantara to my friends but will ask them to keep a very careful eye on that changeable Samui weather.
Excellent hotel and service
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!!!
A great choice!
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 local restaurants are only a couple of minutes walk and the food is great and very cheap.
Now to the only negative comment - the mosquitos! Having travelled all over the world in the last 20 years, I was proud to be able to say that I had never had a mosquito bite - not any more! I stopped counting the bites after I got to 15 and that was just on my legs! Take plenty of repellent sprays and creams with you.
Anantara's Mozzie Mania
The Anantara is a lovely resort hotel, most likely one of the best on the island from what I saw.
The rooms are of regular size and although I expected something a little more spatious, they were perfectly fine. I would urge caution if they place you in the rooms above the bar or Thai restaurant, it can get quite noisy later at night if there's a crowd there (although most nights it was quiet). Better to get a room closer to the pool/beach.
The pool area is quite small by some 5* standards and the beds are very close together and the umbrellas are a little on the small side (if you like to sit in the shade, you need to constantly adjust the brolly to keep you shaded).
The spa was very nice, if a little pricey. You can get the same massages on the beach or even in the hotel grounds for much less, although the atmosphere and ambience within the spa is very relaxing indeed.
There are 2 restaurants and they are both very nice. I didn't think they were too pricey, but with the competition only a 5 min walk along the beachfront, they cannot charge excessively. I ate in the village almost every night, figure paying around 2000Bht for 2 people for the lobster, and around 1000Bht if you stick with curry etc. This incudes appetiser and 2 soft drinks each. Excellent standard of food in most places I tried, though the menus are fairly similar in all of them.
The hotel staff were always courteous and friendly and when you got chatting to some of the ones who's English was good, they were very entertaining and very helpful.
Finally, the bugbear........the mozzies! Thailand is the only country I have ever visited where the mozzies get me. These ones are particularly vicious and I heartily recommend all potions/methods to protect yourself. My opinion is that the restaurant where breakfast is served (and also the Thai one at night) is a haven for them. Either stay inside or protect yourself - be warned!
In summary, a lovely small-medium sized hotel in a nice location away from the bizz the is Chaweng offering first class services and accomodation in a peaceful if modest surroundings
Great propery but...
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)
A beautifull hotel!
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.
Elegant and sophisticated - child unfriendly - don't drink the wine
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.