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... and as we are being bussed to arrivals we notice our cases being unloaded. Sigh, breath and smile.
We arrive at Rocky's Resort (starting to get the pun now ?) and its very nice, set into some slight cliffs and buried under lush tropical vegetation, our balcony overlooks the sea. I choose the lobster stir fried in yellow curry sauce which is on special in the restaurant, and it has to rank as one of my top 10 ...
... delicious! We even got given a recipe book too and will continue to cook Thai dishes from scratch when we return home if anyone wants to have a taste :) Again the beaches, sea and views were so good, not as amazing views as Koh Tao but still better than the beaches we get in Coventry! Ha ha. While in Koh Phangan we decided to see what the Full Moon Party beach Haad Rin was like so we hired a scooter and took a drive to the south of the island. The sand ...
... Magee rounded the corner. We each gave him manly embrace before making our way back to the taxi which happened to be another pick up truck. Will and I jumped in the back and talked for the twenty minute drive back to Hostel. His hair, which had become very long, morphed into various different shapes as the truck picked up speed. I found it very amusing. Once back at the Hostel we got Matt settled, introduced him to Megan and just watched a film on the sofas in the common ...
... of the other beaches, browsing shops and visiting Wat Phra Yai, a spectacular temple on the north of the island with another huge gold Buddha. Before long though a storm blew over and the island views disappeared amongst a blanket of rain. Cutting our sightseeing day a little short we headed back to the hammock and watched the storm pass before heading out for dinner and planned our next island ...
... ve had.
I'm full of a maddddddd amount of alcohol and love at this point. This trip has been an incredible experience and I can’t think of any group of people I’d rather have shared it with. I've shared smiles, laughs, and tears with the people I’ll never forget. No matter where life takes in a year from now, in 5 years from now, and in 20 years from now, I'll always remember this summer as the one where we lived ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Muang Samui Spa Resort Bophut
Excellent resort with superb rooms
This is an excellent resort hotel with superb rooms. Here are my pros and cons and some suggestions:
Pros: The Rooms!! They are masssive with great double Jaccuzi baths. Ask for a first floor room as they have excellent private balconies
The resorts cleanliness - you never see any bugs as they pest control and the resort always has that 'new' feel about it.
American style breakfast - all you could need to set you up for the day and fresh waffles to boot
Staff - always very polite and helpful - booked trips and a hire car for us with little fuss
Rai Ra Spa and beach massages
Pool - excellent waterfall and jacuzzi
Room service - the food is excellent and it was great to eat on your private balcony with the complementary robes and slippers on
Cons: Make sure you confirm airport pick up with them. They forgot to pick us up but did compensate us with a free Thai set dinner and massage at the Spa
Noisy? - we were well down towards the beach and you could not hear the Chewang hustle and bustle (thus ask to be as far towards the beach as possible)
Beach - the sand and setting are amazing but don't expect to have a nice private strip of beach. Although this is north/central Chaweng the resorts are packed in tightly here and the muang is a on a relatively narrow plot
Poolside loungers - the hotel was full when we left and you had to get a lounger early if you wanted to be situated pool side as the number here is limited
Overall we had an excellent stay and would recommend this hotel to family and friends.
Wonderful Hotel Experience
My husband and I stayed at the Muang Samui for almost two weeks. We had a fabulous time from the moment we arrived where we were met with pinapple juice and refreshing, scented hand towels; to check out, where we were once again treated to refreshments.
We stayed in the least expensive room available, the junior suite, and it was absolutely fabulous. There was a huge shower with a jacuzzi bath tub, which was filled with flower petals on arrival. The room includes a large dressing area, so that the guests can keep their clothing seperate from the bedroom, which helps to keep the room more romantic and homey. Everything was very nicely decorated. There is also a roomey and comfortable balconey.
Other reviewers have complained about the noise from the street, but we were in the rooms closest to the street and as soon as we closed our doors, we could not hear the girlie bars anymore. Our only complaint was that there was construction happening next door that woke us up every morning at 8am. We talked to other guests, and they said they could not hear it from their rooms. We suggested to management that they not rent out that room until the construction is finished, especially not to honeymooners like us. If you are booking soon, I would recommend asking to be placed away from the construction if you sleep late.
The staff was very friendly and did their best to fill your every need. Our room was always kept very clean and they even put our clothes in a better order than we had. The only thing is they do not always understand English requests. We asked for two wakeup calls and never got them. I would recommend bringing your own alarm clock.
Everyone should try both the day spa and the massages on the beach. Everything was reasonably priced and well done.
Beautiful rooms but not so well situated
Muang Samui is located in north - central Chaweng, but way too close to the action to our taste. That means as as soon as you get out of the hotel, you find a girlie bar on your right - this is not what my boy-friend and I expected ! The hotel has only a not very wide strip of land between the beach road and the beach, so there is only a medium size swimming-pool (with only 16 sundecks for 53 rooms) and no real garden (though they made the place as leafy and lush as possible). The beach is rather ugly just in front of the hotel, with shallow waters and a strip of rock just in front. And a hawker every 30 seconds.
I don't like the "guest visitors" policy, which means a guest can get a hooker visiting in his or her room if paying extra 2000 bahts for so-called "safety reasons". Considering the price of a room (6600 bahts, that is approximately 132 euros) I would expect a "no guest visitors" policy. I don't think that honeymooners, couples or families with children want to see ugly overweight old Westerners fooling around with pretty underaged Thai girls. I did not like either the fact that we had to pay extra 500 bahts to extend our check-out hour to 4 pm - either it was possible at no inconvenience, and should be free, or it was not. But I suppose that explains why we had to wait one hour when checking-in to get our room ready. Do not use the internet in the hotel : it is 4 times the price you would pay in an internet café.
The only advantage of the hotel is that it offers huge and exquisite rooms. We stayed in a Junior suite (the less expensive rooms) and really liked the teack wood, white and sand and crimson bedsheets and curtains, and the bathroom was gorgeous, complete with shower and jacuzzi. The spa is expensive but pleasant. Breakfast was excellent, with fresh pastries (try the croissant), fruit, smoked fish... The restaurant is extremely good, and not that expensive (try the pad thai, for instance the si iew ones).
All considered, I would certainly not stay again at this place, since there are far better hotels for this rate (and even lower - if you don't mind being a 5-minutes taxi ride from central Chaweng try Nora Beach resort) and this one gave me the feeling they wanted to extract as much money as possible from each guest. I would only come back for a romantic dinner at the beach restaurant !!!
Luxury on the beach
This resort hotel is simply gorgeous. Modern Thai design, influnced by colonial style building with lots of attention to detail and comfort. The rooms are large and well appointed, with guilded timber paneling, stone benchtops with ceramic basin, and private sala-balcony looking out into the garden. A small army of gardeners keep the grounds looking superb. The maid will let you sleep-in and change your room whenever it suits you. The pool is good, large with spa jets and strong waterfall, and separate children's pool. There is massage on the beach; have at least one, Thai massage is just the best. We didnt try the day Spa, but it did look inviting.
The beachside restaurant serves an excellent breakfast buffet each morning, and at night tables are set up on the beach itself. We ate superb Thai food here, and International dishes are also available. There is a big and very flash seafood restaurant on the other side of Chaweng Road also run by this hotel.
The staff are friendly and attentive; I was reading the newspapers in the impressive open entrance lobby and ice water just appeared at my side. They were happy to collect us from the airport and drop us back at the end of our eight day stay.
OK, it's on Chaweng Road so there is a bit of traffic, and there are more hotels and restaurants around it so yes, people are having a good time late into the warm night. But this place is a delightful haven close to the action. It is not the most expensive place to stay on Chaweng Beach but it hard to think of how it could possibly be better.
We stayed at Muang Samui Spa Resort for 8 nights this July. It was an excellent resort - the rooms are large with jacuzzi and shower and exceedingly clean. Direct access to the beach from the lovely pool area, good restaurant and walking distance to all the bars. We would definately stay there again - hopefully soon!!
Based on some very good site reveiws we booked a week at the Muang Samui (Self Rated 5 star) from the 4th to 11th July 2005, but lasted two days only before having to change hotels. We booked one of their Royal Suite which was elegantly furnished and spacious (106 square meters). Unfortunately for us Suite 3002 on the 3rd floor left hand side of the building near to Chaweng Road was ununhabitable from early evening to around 3 am in the morning due to the music and noise from 2 girlie bars directly adjacent to the hotel. On advising the front desk they offered to move us futher down the building on the opposite side of the Hotel, to an equivilent suite, but on the following day as nothing else was available.We accepted and based on this we spent a further sleepless night, only to find the following morning the offer withdrawn for the alternative suite. We found out someone else had been more forceful than us wth a similar problem. we asked to speak with the Hotel Manager but was advised there was no one in this position at this time. We did manage to speak eventually to a visiting Deputy Managing Director of the Hotel,s owning company, who could not help. It was an attitude of take it or leave it. A very unprofessional attitude in our opinion. We were to find out from the front desk that the noise has been an ongoing problem since the Hotel opened and there is nothing they can do about it. They advised that many clients complain. Our recommendation if you want a quiet night don,t stay here unless your travel agent can guarantee you a room near the beach, definately avoid the left hand side of the hotel near Chaweng Road. It is a great shame as the hotel has a very good restuarant (excellent Thai food) a great pool and general hotel staff, pity about the management. In this case it must be "Caveat Emptor" (Buyer Beware)
Fab - great even with 2 year old
This is a truly fantastic hotel. we stayed for 4 nights and are about to go back for 3 more and try out the presidential suites. this hotel really pays attention to detail and they made us very welcome - if you are travelling with young children they have great cots and the pool is great for any age - it is a lovely adult feel hotel - would be great for honeymoon too but Children are also very welcome. I would recommend this hotel to everyone I know who is coming to Thailand. Nice Dressing gowns and slippers, spa bath with flowers in on arrival a complementry box with shampoo, etc in for you to take home plus restocked in your room every day - even room service was cheap and delic. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. I'll be trying the spa when I get back there,
Absolutely the best hotel in Koh Samui
Everything about this hotel is perfect from beginning to end! Our rooms were the best i've stayed at while in Thailand (and i stayed at 5 different hotels!)
You can walk to the semi-private beach without leaving the hotel! You get a giant jacuzzi bath as well as the most relaxing shower ever. The staff were absolutely fantastic and the whole ambience is great.
It is a bit on the expensive side but you get a lot more than what you pay for.
It is a great place to relax and is only about a 5 minute walk from all the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach Road.
I wish i stayed here forever!
Absoluetly fantastic accomodations - very pretty, beautiful decor, comfortable, luxurious.
Muang samui is a resort that consists of bungalows. As soon as you arrive at the resort, you are greated by someone who shows you around the resort. At recption, you are treated to coconut juice and a cold towel, which is so neccesary given how hot it is in Koh samui.
The bungalows are fantastic and the bathroomis to die for. Its consists of a shower area and a bath area that has a jacuzzi. additionally, the bungalows consist of DVD - yoou can rent or buy DVDS at the hotel for a very small price. There is a private swiming pool and the rsort leads out directly to the beach.
They have a very small gym, consists of a treadmill, bicycle, stepper and the skiing machine, but it is very well air conditioned and there is a water cooler in there.
This Resort just opeded in Nov 2004, so everyting looks new.
I loved this place and will endeavour to stay here every time I go to Koh Samui. Excellent value for money. I had to force myself to leave the Resort, else I would have spent my holiday in the Resort. I would definitely recommend that yu stay here if it is within your budget.
Perfect resort - Muang Samui Spa Resort!
This gorgeous boutique resort on the beach in Chaweng is a delight to stay in. Stylish rooms, beautiful landscaping, a heavenly day spa and pool all combine to make it a slice of heaven in busy Chaweng. The bathroom is spacious and fabulous - it's like your very own day spa! Do yourself a favour and stay here for a touch of Thai hospitality and style.