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... paradise! And as soon as I got in that sea I felt much better. Luckily my bug was short lived. We did volunteering for 3 mornings here, building a dam to help flooding and visited a nursery. The children are so so gorgeous I am definitely going to get myself a couple. I loved Koh Samui, it was so great so it's set our expectations high for the other two islands. On a night we went to an area of the island where there are lots of bars and clubs near/on the beach. There was ...
... in a picturesque little cove called Mango Bay; at that point in time we were the only boat in sight. We received our snorking instructions and took to the crystal clear waters. I had my underwater camera ready (tried and tested in Malaysia) and as soon as it hit the water, it broke. It refused to turn on or do anything, despite me having fully charged the battery the night before. I was distraught; I had come all this way to take beautiful underwater photos and now my camera ...
... ferry to Bestival. The boat was packed and the ride was bumpy. We were handed flyers from the crew on 'safe drinking'. I'm sure this was necessary for some people to read! On arrival in Koh Pha-ngan, we jumped in a taxi in hope they could help us find our accommodation we'd booked into. It turns out, they had changed the name recently so no one knew where it was. After having a very similar coversation with 3 different taxi drivers and making no progress, we eventually found the ...
... overpriced meals. In fact, everything here was grossly overpriced because almost no guests actually rent a car. They taxi from the airport and then are "stuck" at this gorgeous resort until they leave. Therefore, everything is priced accordingly. Harmony and I had the car so we chose to leave the resort every night to sample the local cuisine. We had amazing meals in the most breathtaking locations with most of the meals averaging ...
... I managed to boil water for instant coffee. Lisa preferred tea which she liked to drink with milk and sugar, but as we had no milk, her husband took off for a walk to rustle some up at one of the little family owned stores downhill. Jeri, the owner, had mentioned these places for small purchases, describing the establishments as "a couple of refrigerators in someone's living room." Lanny was gone for some time, and on his return was pretty sweaty, having descended all ...
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A great place to relax
We stayed in the Bo Phut Resort & Spa for a week in Early Febuary 06. It is an excellent hotel, the staff friendly and service is impeccable.
Our tour company had cancelled our booking but the hotel front desk manager could not been more helpful and took it on himself to sort out the problem. Because of this, we experienced both a villa and an hotel ocean view room.
The villas are well laid out so that, except for beach front villas, you are not on show to people passing by as you sit on the terrace.
The ocean view rooms on the top floor of the hotel(Note - no lift!) have a superb view through trees to the sea and an island beyond and unlike the ocean front villas, our jacuzzi on the balcony was private. The jacuzzi was not very good compared with others I have had but that is the only fault.
It is true that you can get a lot cheaper meal by walking up or down the beach but the Bo Phut Resort restaurants are significantly better than any of the others we tried for both dinners and breakfasts.
The location is good too. Most hotels seem to be in a highly built up strip along Chaweng beach. Bo Phut is much quieter but you are still able to walk to other restaurants and shops. It is a great place to be.
The best experience!
Excellent! Service, food, room,... everything! I really recommend it!
The Beautiful Bo Phut Resort and Spa
After reading all of the positive reviews on tripadvisor my partner and I decided that we would stay at the Bo Phut Resort and Spa for 10 days in Dec 2005 - we were not disappointed, the hotel is beautiful and the staff are wonderful and so helpful. On arrival we were told that the room we were meant to be staying in had been damaged (we assumed by the rain as a couple of weeks earlier there had been some flooding on Samui due to really heavy rain fall - the island was fine when we were there apart from some big puddles on the roads!!!) and we had been upgraded to an ocean view room with a jacuzzi on the balcony. The room was spotless and looked wonderful - the bathroom had a great power shower and the jacuzzi on the balcony doubles as a bath - lovely just as the sun is setting over the sea. The pool is wonderful - overlooking the sandy beach and the staff are on hand to serve cocktails and bar snacks all day whilst you take in the view. The hotel also has a wonderful spa (we made use of it one afternoon when it was raining) and complimentary internet usage. The hotel is located 5 minutes walk down the beach from the fishing village where you will find the local restaurants and bars - the food and drinks here are much cheaper than in the hotel. We did eat in the Thai restaurant at the hotel which was wonderful, however I would not recommend that you eat breakfast at the hotel as it is very expensive, and just a short walk into the fishermans village and you will find Coffee Junction, which does excellent coffee (both Thai and Italian) and a great selection of food. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to get away from it all and totally relax.
My friend and I spent 7 nights in November at this beautiful hotel. We chose it being a new property, discounted and Bo Phut is a quieter resort than some of the others in Ko Samui.
When we arrived it rained non stop for 2 days but we went on long walks with the huge umbrellas provided. Had some lovely spa treatments and took advantage of the vast, free, DVD collection.
Once the sun came out we spent most of our time by the pool and beach. Please try out the free Sea Kayaking it's really good fun. We didn't eat much at the hotel as it is half the price in the village, though good selection of drinks at the bar. There is a cool bar called Gheckos 1 minute from the hotel on the beach.
The staff at the Bo Phut can't do enough for you and are very sweet.I love the rooms, comftable and beautifully decorated.
A little Gem in Bophut
We have just returned from the Bophut resort. It is a fantastic little boutique resort. The restaurants were very good and suprisingly well priced considering the standard of the hotel. The rooms are of a very high standard.
There is not to much to do but that is the beauty of it, it does have a little gym, but the pool and pool lounge is about it for the day - that makes it even more relaxing and enjoyable. If you are the type that needs to get up and do something all day, you can always find something on the island or further down the beach. Fishermans village is so close as well that you really do not feel like you are isolated at all but enclosed in a deluxe retreat of old Thailand. Pool/bar staff were excellent, although sometimes seemed slow, when later finding out everything was cooked from scratch this made sense. We went with our 6 year old son and were worried that he would get bored - not at all there were other children and the pool staffed were great with kids and would play with them when given the chance!!
There are some great little restaurants down the beach and 10 mins walk you are in fishermans village, and places like the Shack and the Starfish (highly recomended.
There was supposed to be a partnering agreement with the Santiburi, but a change in management has left lots of confusion with the Staff.
This is our 3rd trip to Thailand and our 2nd to Koh Samui. The weather in Oct is changeable, but it didnt ruin our holiday. If we come back to Koh Samui we would definately stay here again.
Relaxing holiday in plush surroundings
My partner and I just returned from 10 nights staying in a garden villa at the Bo Phut Resort and Spa. If you are a couple looking for a stylish, quiet, relaxing, chilled out holiday then this is the place. The poolside service was second to none and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
The villa was amazing; from the quality of furnishing to the facilities (5 disc CD/DVD player and large television). It was also very private and hidden away amongst the tropical plants and bushes - perfect location! Reception also loan out CDs and DVDs to guests for free and internet is free and available 24 hours.
Food at the hotel is out of this world and after having read some reviews we were slightly apprehensive about the prices. We discovered, however, considering the quality and ambience, the price is reasonable and much cheaper than in the UK - the room service is also 24 hour and at no extra cost.
The fisherman's village can be accessed by walking along the roadside (there are some small cafes on the way and 24 hour convenience store with international calling) or along the beach (v romantic). Here you can get great food and drink in a good atmosphere - the prices in the village being slightly cheaper than at the hotel. Would recommend the tandoori restaurant in the village, especially the chicken tikka masala for those of you who can't wait until you get home.
We visited Chaweng once for the nightlife and shopping - it was certainly lively and a stark contrast from quiet little Bo Phut. The Big Buddha is only a five minute taxi ride away and is worth a visit (if not for the statue then for the amazing views and quaint little cafes and shops).
I would return to the Bo Phut resort and would even consider staying in one of their private pool villas. It was certainly a relaxing holiday in beautiful, plush surroundings with second-to-none service.
(Note - if you are invited to a cocktail evening check out whether it will cost you anything before attending!!!).
Bophut resort & spa
Great hotel! the best I've ever stayed at.
We stayed in a deluxe room with outdoor jacuzzi,a beautyful designed clean room with a very nice bed,spacious shower and cd and dvd player.
This hotel offers the best service you could ever wish, and the staff is truly friendly.
The food in the restaurants and the breakfast is also very good.
My husband and I have just returned from 7 wonderful days at this hotel.
We have stayed in numerous 5 star hotels across Thailand and this boutique resort is now among one of our favourites.
The service and attention to detail was fantastic. The room was wonderful. We had an ocean view villa. The villas are large and spacious with contempory thai interiors and equipped to a very high standard. Our villa had a four poster bed, a huge bathroom with double sinks, separate shower and bath. Our villa overlooked the pool and ocean, one minor downside is that being so close to the pool you did feel a little bit more exposed than the garden villas behind.
The grounds and hotels public areas are very nice but not in the same league as the Anantara resort(next door but one). We have stayed at Anantara hotels before and their style is truly amazing, you must go and look. However it is the extra touches and attention to detail which makes the Bophut resort and spa stand out. Every evening our turn down service was wonderful. Slippers by the bed, fresh water at the bedside, orchids on the pillows, nightdress artistically draped, tv swivelled ready to be watched, clean flannels, aromatherapy oil burner lit with the smell of lemongrass beautifully fragrancing the room. Pure luxury.
The beach infront of the hotel is lovely and very clean, the ambience overlooking the ocean at night when the fairy lights are twinkling and the torches lit is truly wonderful.
We walked along the beach most evenings to the fishermans village, where we had some great food, particularly enjoyed the Happy elephant and Starfish. We did not eat in the hotel as we felt the menu was too expensive, we found the drinks very pricey also.
Along the beach, turning left out of the hotel is coconuts, popular with backpackers and great for cheap pad thai noodles and a relaxing massage. 1 hour massage for 200baht. To the right out of the hotel along the beach is the Gecko, another cheap massage place.
We visited Chaweng a few times, we were not impressed, far too loud, brash and commercialised. Avoid the main strip for anything resembling real thai food, although this can be found round the back streets.
Bophut is far more quaint but still with pleny going on. The Bophut resort and spa is a gem of a hotel, oozing with luxury and class.
We had the pleasure of staying in a Garden Villa in Feb 2005.
The hotel had recently opened and the standard of accommodation was excellent. The staff were friendly, but sometimes seemed to lack the usual customer service you get in the far east, I suppose over time they will gain experience.
The restaurants looked lovely, unfortunately there were rarely any guests in them. I think they need to advertise a bit more to get people up from the beach.
If I were to return to Bo Phut I would stay at the resort again,
Just returned from a beautiful break at the Bophut Resort & Spa, Bophut, Koh Samui. We looked long and hard at brochures and websites before booking this one but looking back, we made a great choice! I am a 16 year veteran of Samui and don't worry when people say 'Samui's changed; it's not what it was' etc. Of course it's changed, things move on, it's called progress and some of it is for the better.....
The reason for that comment is that it kinda explains our choice of Bophut rather than Chaewang or Lamai. These have grown amazingly since my last visit (1998) but Bophut retains a lot of its original charm and style. The Fisherman's Village doesn't really allow the mass expansion of the other two and you won't find the rows of Girlie Bars that proliferate the 6km neon lit strip that is Chaewang. Quieter place? Definitely, but still plenty of evening entertainment!
Anyway, back to the hotel..... Bophut Resort & Spa is owned by Santiburi Group, one of the best in Thailand. This is what you get here, pure quality throughout! You arrive at a beautiful open reception area with the usual water features and ceiling fans. You are greeted with a garland of flowers and a welcome drink and a chat with Suzanne, the reservations manager (apologies if the job title is wrong...). You are then escorted to your room, in our case a Garden Vila, through lush tropical greenery and past a small lake. There a some rooms in 2 main 3 story buildings, the rest are individual Vila's, some with private pools and the 2 at the beach front with Jacuzzi's (same for top floor of the main buildings, apparently!). The Vila we had was gorgeous, very spacious and extremely well finished. We were second row back from the pool so very close but also secluded. The whole area is very well planned and despite a good number of Vila's (61 rooms including those in the main buildings) the use of heaps of vegetation gives you an air of privacy whilst still being 20 seconds from the pool! So, back to the Vila..... Very spacious with marble floors and a large seating area and king size bed. Bathroom has shower, bath, 2 basins and doors opening to the (small) walled in back area so you can have that true feel of the tropics! The Vila was superbly equipped with a large Sony TV, CD/DVD player and a well stocked (but expensive, aren't they all????) mini bar! Many a happy early evening was spent sipping G & T's on the terrace listening to new CD's bagged in the village for a mere 100 Bhat each (about a quid 30 each!).
There is a recently completed spa area which is tranquility its self. A range of treatments such as aromatherapy and Thai massage are available in beautiful surroundings. Girlfriend had some aromatherapy treatment and raved about it! Not being one for that kind of thing, I headed up to the Golf Course (also owned by Santiburi) for a 20% discount and one of the most magnificent rounds of golf I have ever played. Sadly I don't refer to my own game but to the surroundings! You snake down the mountainside, through coconut plantations and see some of the most amazing views you will ever find on a golf course! Highly recommended, but not for the complete novice (I count myself only marginally above that), a very tough, tight course and you have no idea what you're going to find in the deep rough. If it goes OB, leave it.....
There is a large free-form pool with Jacuzzi area, perfect for cooling off from the baking Samui sun. This opens to large deck area in front of the pool which then steps down to a lovely beach which isn't too busy. Watch out for getting your feet burned on the way down to the sea though..... So, you can while away your days doing next to nothing and laying in the sun, trading chatter with the beach peddlers pushing everything from table cloths to Tattoo's! Don't be put off, there aren't many off them and they are pretty laid back troop, nice to share a bit of banter with even if you don't buy anything. The hotel staff are top, and regularly wander round with ice water, cold towels and fresh fruit for the weary sun bather. Thanks to Toy and all the staff for that.
So now we come to eating, and I guess my only criticism of the Bophut Resort & Spa. As I said, the place is pure quality and I guess that comes at a price..... The food was pretty expensive and it lacked a bar snack/pool side menu for those hungry mid day moments. The restraints looked great (one Thai, one Mediteranean) but sadly we never used them. The beach is lined with terrific eating establishments ranging from 5* to Backpacker style so you can't really go wrong! Most evenings (OK, every evening) we took the 10 minute walk up the beach to the Fisherman's Village for drinks, dinner and fun! There are a range of places for all tastes and budgets and special note to the Frog & Gecko (Bill & Sue, top fun pub quiz), The Billabong Surf Club (great live music), Happy Elephant (GREAT Thai food and atmosphere for very little money, thanks Su) and when you get all riced-out, head for The Shack (aka Larry's) for a superb steak and BBQ with added banter.....
So, that just about completes my rambling review. Bophut Resort & Spa is a terrific place, total quality, lovely people and quite reasonably priced. The food was a bit pricey but as I say, there are a range of ways of solving that particular problem. The only other (minor) criticism was that there were sunset cruises on an old Chinese junk run by the resort. These were not publicised at all and when we did find out about them, we discovered that all the places were booked by our higher-paying cousins at the Santiburi sister resort!
Thanks to Suzanne, Tim, Toy and all the staff for an excellent holiday, all in all, highly recommended!!!!!