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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Waterfront Bophut
My boyfriend and chose this hotel at the last minute as we were travelling around Thailand. We arrived at the airport around 9pm and we were picked up by the hotel owners son, Michael. He offered to drive us through The Fisherman's Village and pointed out good places to eat and shop. When we arrived at the hotel the owner, Robin, offered us both a drink and a place to sit and rest for a minute before heading to our room. We were staying in one of their bungalow's and loved it. The service was amazing and the food is to die for. Their cook is amazing and they have a ton of breakfast options with fresh fruit, cereal, and juice every morning. Orr was our favourite employee at the hotel. He made everyday light and happy and he was always there to greet you and make your day special. He also makes a mean mai tai! He is the night desk watch, he picks up people at the airport and he is the bartender. He definitely made our trip and I suggest he get a raise! =) All in all our stay was amazing we even added on two extra nights because we loved it so much. Our last night was made special by Orr as he let us light lucky lanterns to release into the night sky. I will definitely stay here again!
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This has undoubtably been one of the best hotels we've stayed in. The service was superb and included a complementary pick up/drop off service, a tour around Fishermans' Village and welcome drinks. The view from our room and the outside dinning area was fantastic; the food was good value-for-money and delcious; the location was perfect. If we ever return to Ko Samui, we would definitely book at The Waterfront again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Waterfront Bophut
Unser Urlaub im Waterfront übertraf unsere Erwartungen. Die Lage ist in idealer Nähe von Läden, Restaurants aller Preisgruppen und jetzt auch noch dem neuen Yogastudio um die Ecke. Wir sind schon viel in Thailand gereist und wenn wir wieder in Samui sind, wird die Waterfront unser Hauptquartier sein. Wir bevorzugen kleine Urlaubsorte im Boutiquestil, und Waterfront ist eine weitere Bestätigung dafür. Dank an Robin und Sue für ihre warme Gastfreundlichkeit und dass sie den Lieblingshut meiner Frau wiedergefunden haben.
The perfect retreat!
What a hotel! The easiest way to express my feelings is to say that I booked my next stay at the waterfront less that half way through the holiday. The staff and acommodations are friendly and superb and all the little extras really made the difference. PERFECT!
We stayed at The Waterfront for 6 nights in January 2007 and loved it!
We booked directly with the hotel via email and it seems to work the best. The owner, Robin, checks and replies to his emails regularly.
The hotel is a property on the outskirts of the BoPhut village-- close enough to walk to shopping and dining (less than quarter of a mile) but far enough to feel alone on the beach.
The Waterfront has two kinds of rooms-- bungalows (free-standing little villas) and hotel rooms in the main building. The hotel rooms are slightly bigger and more expensive. Unless a king-size bed is important to you, save a few bucks and stay in a bungalow-- other than the size, they have the same level of comfort and service as the hotel rooms. The rooms have air conditioning, hot water, fresh towels every day, a TV and a DVD player, mini-fridge. Two bottles of drinking water are complementary and replenished every day. The hotel has a free book and DVD library that you can use while staying at the property. We also rented two scooters from them-- much more comforting that giving your passports as a collateral to the rental agencies in town!
Included in the price of the room is a pick-up from the airport-- just let them know what flight you're on. Also, you get a free breakfast every day. On the property, there is a small bar and a snack-type restaurant (no services during dinner hours)-- you can charge it on the room and pay at the end. The beach doesn't have as smooth of sand as other parts of the island and can get quite shallow during dry season. However, that means no annoying merchants and crowds of tourists, People staying at the resort are the only ones at the beach. They also have a pool, a massage station right by the beach (350 THB an hour as of January 2007), and a couple of hammocks. The staff is really friendly and the atmosphere really relaxed. If we go back to Samui, we will definitely pick the Waterfront!
Pros; location, price, service
Cons: not much. The bed in the bungalow was really hard but USA is notorious for the softest beds in the world, so we're probably bad judges...
Great Place To Stay
There are so many good things you can say about this hotel. The owners Robin and Sue treat you as if you are one of the family. They meet you at the airport (we arrived three hours early but they were there in no time to pick us up) and made us feel at home straight away. Our room was excellent and very clean as was the rest of the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for Sue and Robin or for that matter any of the staff, whatever your rquest was if they could sort it out, it was done in no time. They attempted to make your stay as nice as possible. On arrival they would introduce other guests to you and knew everyone by name. Everything about our stay was brilliant and unbelieveable for the price. We will be going again and would recommend it to anyone wanting an enjoyable stay in the nicest part of the island. Situated right on the beach at Bo Phut.
Choose this hotel(I have 5 times) AR Scotland
For those of you who want to know about The Waterfront's ample facilities I'll let you read some other reviews. I would like to tell you about its wonderful staff and relaxed atmosphere. The hotel is owned by Robin and Sue, the latter being a former British Airways hostess who makes the service feel like that of a BA 747 1st class cabin. Her attention to detail is second to none and all the Thai staff are so happy and welcoming it makes The Waterfront a joyful place to stay. If you are thinking of spending 1,500 baht a night spend the extra to stay there, likewise if you are thinking of spending 7,000 a night don't bother you will get everything you want at The Waterfront including fresh orchids on your bed in the morning and egg soldiers for breakfast too.
Wonderful Hotel and Location
What a lovely welcoming family run hotel! We stayed here for 7 nights in late October,and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Comfortable,clean rooms which were serviced daily by the very friendly and charming cleaning ladies.In the rooms are a dvd player (with a large selection of all the latest dvd's free of charge in reception),t.v,well stocked fridge,lovely shower room,and also a room safe.There is also a very nice pool area with plenty of sun loungers of very good quality,a pool bar (open 24 hrs) at very reasonable prices,hammocks in which to laze away the day,and a small private beach to relax on.
The breakfast menu is extensive and can be taken as late as 11 a.m. which comes in handy after a night out at one of many lovely bars and restaurants in the fishermans village just a 5 minute stroll away.Add to all this the very friendly and helpful staff and owners,and you have a recipe for the perfect relaxing carefree holiday
Great small family run Hotel
Have just come back from 11 nights here and recommend this Hotel. The Hotel is run by Robin, Sue and their son Michael, who speaks fluent Thai. They employ 13 Thai staff who will pamper you almost as much as they pamper Leo, the owner's miniature Yorkshire terrier. Michael picked us up at the airport and took us for a familiarisation tour round the village. The rooms are of reasonable size and immaculate with a good sized shower room. The A.C. was effective and the room had a well stocked fridge. Beach towels are provided, so are umbrellas and adapters. The 15 rooms are set in a horseshoe configuration all facing the pool, the well kept gardens and the sea. There are plenty of beach and pool loungers and these are of luxury quality. A good breakfast was provided with plenty of choice. The pool bar is available 24 hours and drink prices are reasonable. There is a wide selection of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. The Beach here is very scenic and we swam safely from outside the Hotel. However Bo Phut, also known as Fishermans village, is not the best beach on the Island and for spending the day on the beach we chose to hop on a bus, Choeng Mon beach being our favourite. We also hired a jeep from reception at 800 Baht (£12) per day. This is a very peaceful location. There is no music played at the bar and usually in the evening there were only one or two people at the bar.
Brilliant location, beauitful accomodation, gorgeous pool
Stayed here originally for 2 nights and after the second we asked for one more and then just before we checked out we asked for one more night, thats how much we enjoyed staying here,it was so accessible to the rest of the island and while you can enjoy the wild nightlife in Chaweng or lamai, or simply a walk around big buddha, this is a great place to base yourself, the proprietors Robin and Sue are so welcoming, it was like going to a relations house on holiday. They are so friendly and knowledgeable about the area and are always willing to give advice on travel or areas, one thing i really liked about the service was that there was basically a village review of places to eat or drink or even good clothes shops in the area in a booklet in the room and they even mention them by the shop owners first name, this gives a real village feel to it ,its ironic as the word "BO PHUT" translates from thai to "FISHERMANS VILLAGE" .Excellent resort and cheap for the standard of accomodation, definetely will be back. Best restaurant around is "THE SHACK" 2 minutes from this place.
The Waterfront is lovely - fantastic setting, wondeful hosts, all the touches of a 5 star resort minus the costs ! Sad to recommend - as I may not be able to stay there next time as it may be booked out already !!! Close to the nightlife/shopping of Chaweng if you really want it . Very highly recommended.
Superb boutique resort
I stayed here last August and was absolutely thrilled with the choice I made.
The resort is right on the beach and all bungalows/rooms have a beach view.
Robin, the owner, picked me up from the airport (which is a really quaint little airport, more of an airhut really!). Then took me on a guided tour of Bophut (fisherman's village).
The village itself is lovely - it has a really continental feel to it, with little boutiques, a coffee shop, and a range of restaurants from traditional thai to French restaurants. There are some gorgeous places to eat - and one restaurant where you can sit on the beach. It is a quiet resort, very suited to couples. Billabongs surf bar has some great live music.
Back to the waterfront. As soon as I arrived I was in paradise. The bungalows are immaculate and decked with everything you need - mini bar, robes, dvd, soaps etc and they are decorated to a very high standard.
The pool is small, but very nice. The sun loungers are incredible comfortable - perfect for a lazy afternoon nap - although the hammock is good for that too.
Every morning I went down and ate my breakfast by the sea, which was pure bliss.
There are plenty of things to do in Koh Samui - of you can bare to drag yourself away from the beach - I went elephant trekking and swam in a waterfall. Go to some of the small tour reps and see what they have available. If you are thinking about going to the waterfront then you must!!
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Så har vi forladt Chiang Mai. Vi boede midt i den gamle bydel og hotellet var som en fredelig oase midt i al larmen fra knallerter og tuktuk'er. Vi brugte mest tid i pagoden ved poolen, hvor børnene legede og badede. Vi nåede dog både at komme i zoo, se templet på toppen af bjerget, et lille vandfald og være på natmarked flere gange. Og Tommy var …
... finishing dinner it started raining which rapidly turned to a storm so remembering our washing was hanging on the balcony, we ran back to the hotel just in time to save most of our clothes.
Sadly my super new trousers were not amongst the saved clothes so I shall have to find a replacement pair ASAP!!
The storm continued so we had a little lie down while we were waiting for it to stop but when we woke at 7am we realised we had taken more than a little nap! ...
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... to our room and having a read. Then came the 'disaaaaaster' (in Kate's words). I spotted a lizard in the room that dashed behind my rucksack. Kate had a MAJOR panic, was in such a state and could barely sleep all night. She even wrapped herself in the duvet like a mummy so the lizard wouldn't touch her - oh dear! However, we never saw our friend again.