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Historical Traveler Reviews Imperial Boat House Beach Resort Choeng Mon
Are the boats the best idea ?
We stayed at The Boat House in Set 2004 and thought I would just share our view of staying on one of the rice barges.
The barges are without a doubt a unique experience and thoroughly interesting, they are actual rice transportation barges made of teak that were used for that job prior to being "beached" in Ko Samui.
The upper level is the lounge & sun-deck with fridge, teamaking stuff & bar etc and the lower level is the bedroom, dressing room & bathroom.
If you like to watch tv or listen to the radio in bed - you can't, they are upstairs. So maybe take your radio / mp3 with you.
The lower deck is also very dark because everything is teak - floor, ceiling, walls, fittings, and the windows are quite small with vegetation growing outside so not much natural sunlight comes in.
Don't be too put-off by my comments, it's a lovely place, but forewarned is forearmed.
Very Nice & Relaxing
A lovely hotel on a quiet beach. We stayed in a standard room rather than the Boat House suites, but it was extremely clean, and quite large with enough room for a table & 2 chairs. A large balcony overlooking the gardens and one of the two swimming pools.
The breakfast was a huge buffet which was very plesant but got quite busy. We didn't eat in the resturants at night preferring to sample the beach resturants which had some excellent seafood and great value.
The main pool and sectioned beach got very busy as our week progressed but the service in the hotel never dipped.
Overall a good stay, although I booked the hotel through a UK travel agent and paid UK prices which whilst cheap, the same or simlar standards on the same beach could have been bought directly with the nearby hotels for a lot less.
Love this hot
Yes the the restaurant is expensive but you don't have to eat there! There are plenty of cheap places along the beach to eat at. I came back from my second stay at The Boathouse last week-unfortunately my hubby was ill (not from food at the hotel) and was in hospital for 4 days. My children had to fly home unacompannied whilst I stayed at the hotel alone.The staff at the hotel, especially Celine, were extemely helpful and understanding, helping me with lifts to the hospital, faxes to insurance companies etc. I am going back next month with my sister and can't wait to stay there again.
You're in the right place because Choeng Mon is without a doubt the nicest beach near Chaweng. But this place is a big rip-off compared to other places on Choeng Mon beach. Run, don't walk, from the thai buffet that they serve by the beach. There are 3 restaraunts right next door that will serve you a nice traditional dinner on the beach in candle-light for about $5(US) per person.
A better place to stay is Samui Honey, which is on the beach about 100 yards down from Boat House. I found a two bedroom, two bathroom suite with outdoor bath for less than $100(US), including breakfast. I had a hard time leaving.
Great and relaxing place
Stayed here in Jan 2004 (12 days + 3 days in Bangkok).
You can expect:
- great service
- clean rooms (we stayed in Poolside Terrace Room - new furniture, nice terrace and view on the park) - recommend it!
- average food
- two very nice pools
- average beach (hotel does not have own beach, it's shared with few hotels in the bay)
Otherwise we loved Koh Samui, it's peaceful, safe, cheap and very nice place to spend week or two.
- Rent a bike and travel around the island, cost is 5-7$ per day
- Try Zicos (Brazilian restaurant) in Chaweng
Just arrived back from Koh samui where we stayed at the Imperial Boat House. Had a Premier room which overlooked the gorgeous gardens and boat suites. I can definately recommend upgrading the standard room type to a Premier room-they're decorated in thai contemporary design with lots of dark wood and the space is utilised with unusual furniture. Theres a deep bathtub beside an internal window which looks out into the room (so you can watch tv as you soak!) plus a good power shower in a separate cubicle. the balcony on this room type has sunloungers (though theres no sun on your balcony!) so its nice to relax with a drink as the sun goes down.
Two beautiful swimming pools-a nice shady one in the gardens in the style of a typical Thai colonial house pool with monkeys holding pots which gush out water on either side. Dark blue tiles make it look deeper than it actually is (about 5 feet at the deepest) so don't go diving in this one! Boat pool near the beach is in the shape of a boat with lovely grassed areas and water cannons. Again not very deep.
Beach is nice here but not the best. Pale sand but water quite rough at times. You can often walk out the the tiny island just off shore when the tide is out and water calm. Hotel provides free Kayaks if you want to boat over instead. On a clear day you can see Koh Pha Ngan from the beach.
Beach side restaurant is very expensive-we were talked into going on our first night as we were tired from our long journey and were told that it would be 550 baht pp for an extravagant Thai buffet with entertainment. Well, we turned up at 9.45pm to find the entertainment was finished and the only food left was cold chicken and potato curry, a bit of salad and some fruit. We ordered two large beers and were charged 1,950 baht!! We were really disapointed but decided to try it again the following week when the Italian buffet was on. We went very early-7.30pm and the choice was better this time though pizza very scarce and only in two flavours-vegetable and seafood which none of us like! Bring out a Margarita! Still, very expensive for what it is. Chef very nice though-when he discoved I would be spending my 25th birthday there he had a cake made for me and delivered to my room!
Good restaurants nearby: Bongoes on the beach is lovely and very cheap. Has free pool table and free salad bar at night. Crystal is nice and cheap for lunch but a bit run down-lovely staff though and great food. The beachside restaurant at the White House hotel is also very nice and very reputable locally.
Chaweng hectic and a bit dirty but a good experience. Take a leaf out of my book and don't dress up-no need!
Cool place..loved it
great place to stay, we went in nov probably not the best time to go as it rains a bit. the staff our great, excellent massages on the beach. would definetly go again if the world wasnt such a big place. excellent nightlife in the centre (clubs and bars).
Stayed in one of the boat suites in October. It was a novelty. Chaweng was pretty chaotic at times and it was nice to come back to the Imperial for some peace and quite. Only complaint was that there was no courtesy bus down to Chaweng at night unless you ate dinner at the hotel which was quite expensive. So taxis to and fro every night
Highly recommeded. Check out the lady boys club in Chaweng, it was a great night
Stayed here Sept 2004 - Grrrreat
Stayed here in Sept of 2004 for a week after searching for hotels and booking this as a last resort, so was a little worried when arriving.
What a place, like paradise - rooms are nice, clean, air conned and be warned full of mozzies - but don't let that spoil the trip to paridise.
Glad we ended up here after wintessing the madness of Chaw-eng beach. Must be getting old, but was great to get away at the end of each day and relax in the calm and peace that is Imperial Boat House.
Great pool (x2) one sea water and one fresh water - and of course the sea, warmer than the pools ?? Rent a car and see some of the island, but this is Thailand so remeber, don't expect atractions in the style of USA !! Bells and whisltles you will not get, sun, sea, sand and extreemly caring and respectful service you will !!
We have a lot to learn from the caring and thoughtfull way this nation conducts itself. Go see for yourself.
Can't wait to go back for some more, what a breath of fresh air.
Sadly didn't bump into Kylie though, maybe next time.
Stayed here three years a go so this may be a bit out of date. Superb hotel, staff, food and rooms all excellent. Set on a relatively quiet beach with access direct from the hotel grounds. The madness of chaweng beach is only 5-10 minutes down the road by tuk-tuk if you want bars, clubs etc. Had dinner at Poppies hotel (where Kylie eats apparantly) and that was a real treat. Boathouse definetly feels more exclusive than a lot of other hotels and when dropped off in a shared tuk-tuk you certainly got envious looks from your fellow passengers. In contrast stayed in Phuket this year and was very disappointed.
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