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“Modern retreat away from madness” 4 of 5 stars
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Hansar Samui Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   101 / 28 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #9 of 175 Hotels in Bophut
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“Modern retreat away from madness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Located at the start of the Friday street market at Fisherman's Village, Hansar is centrally located yet not noisy. (A characteristic of Bophut too). It is architecturally interesting, with some nice details, the infinity pool and cabanas to laze around in.

Buffet breakfast comes with a great selection of eggs and waffles made to order, and a good selection of coffee and tea. Happy hour happens 3 times a day, which make the prices for drinks very competitive with the bars along the Village. Perfect for a lazy trip.

One thing to note is the openness of the bath room. It is awkward for ordinary friends sharing twin rooms as the bath with the wonderful rainshower has no doors/curtains. Also to note, make sure your roomie doesn't open the door when you are bathing or the person at the door will see you. The frosted glass of the bath facing the bed and also the WC makes all actions semi-visible as well. In the double room, the glass is clear.... Not sure about the room with the bath tub.

There was a security lapse on the last day that made me minus points for the rating. A self-proclaimed 'friend of a guest' ran out from the gym to ask for my WiFi password, and I had to reject him multiple times. Suspecting he was not a guest, I reported the situation to the reception but there was no reaction/action. Higher alertness to guest reports will certainly make this a better place to chill out in....

Overall, still recommended. But the spa next door is better.

Room Tip: Double rooms mostly face the water directly. Twins are on the side wings. (Refer to bathroom comment...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Good Points Perfect location - 2 minutes walk to Fishermans Village with shops, bars & restaurants but no unwanted noise. We ate in excellent & varied places, both local & also aimed at tourists all within a 10 minute walk, in fact we were spoilt for choice.
Lovely views over the pool & out to sea. We had a Sea View XL on the first floor, wouldn't have wanted to be on the ground floor as views not as good & straight onto pool, so a bit noisier. Room clean, light, airy & spacious
Breakfast was fine, ate dinner only 1 night, it was okay, but a bit pricey for what it was.
Bad points – Beds around pool were too regimental & far too close together, it was difficult to get your choice of sun or shade as they were so close it was usually your neighbour's umbrella dictating the sun/shade –also they were mostly all taken pretty early in the day with the towels on beds brigade. For most of our stay beds were available on the beach, which was better, but would have been nice to have had the choice
In the room – the chairs were very uncomfortable. The shower had a lovely ‘waterfall’ shower head, but using this soaked the floor in the room & the mats which we put there got saturated, so ended up mainly having to use the handheld shower head. the shower is totally open and there are large glass panels in the loo area too, so if you need ‘bathroom’ privacy it would be a problem. The bathroom had dreadful lighting, insufficient for make up or shaving. We asked what they could do & we were quickly given 2 plug in lamps, which whilst a vast improvement were still not adequate. Air conditioning was very noisy, my Husband had to sleep with ear plugs in.
We were there 10 days, so had plenty of time to look around, We had dinner at the neighboring Anantara, which looked beautiful and the staff were so attentive making sure we had everything we needed, even though we were not guests - but don't think many rooms have sea views & they are generally smaller & a little older. We also ate at Zarzen, which was amazing, but it has such a tiny beach area. Depending on what you are looking for & whats important to you, I'd say these are the best 3 hotels in this area. For more luxury & more seclusion W resort is close, but there isn't much to walk out to close by

Room Tip: Go for the XL Seaview if you can and ask for 1st or 2nd floor in the middle
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Hansar is in a brilliant location, right on the beach and a two minute walk from Bophut village. The layout of the hotel is modern with an amazing pool area and the XL room(s) we stayed in was a decent size with a large balcony. We ate dinner in the restaurant on two evenings and found the food and service to be good and reasonably priced for the quality. There were, however, some aspects of our stay which were a little bit disappointing, especially considering the cost of the room.
Firstly, we booked back in April for a stay in January and emailed reservations to request a room on the second or third floor only to discover when we checked in that we were in a ground floor corner room which had water leaking out of one of the ceiling light fittings and the air conditioning wasn’t working properly. This room also didn’t appear to have been serviced properly as when we checked in there were chocolate wrappers near the bin and missing slippers.
The hotel was full during the first few days however we were moved to a room on the second floor on our fourth night which had a better view and functioning air con. The room also had some nice little extra touches, such as the pot of citrus scented mosquito repellent moisturising lotion, lots of bottles of water which were replenished twice a day and a handy beach bag.
As stated in other reviews, there is little privacy in the toilet and shower area and the large bath in the middle of the room surrounded by pebbles looks nice but isn’t especially practical.
The pool area is fantastic but it was very busy when we stayed and there was a sunbed saving culture which meant we had to get on the bandwagon and get up early to reserve a lounger otherwise miss out. This seemed to peter out toward the end of our stay when there were less people so it wasn’t a fight to get a spot which meant we could get up when we wanted and wander down to breakfast without fear of finding ourselves stranded without a bed which was much more relaxing!
All in all we had a nice stay, and found the staff warm and helpful (particularly the pool bar staff). It’s an exceptional location and the pool area where we spent the majority of our time is lovely. Rating wise I would say that the Hansar is better than average but not quite deserving of a very good for the price we paid. We would probably stay there again if returning to Bophut, just not during peak season when the prices are inflated.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I`m impress from everything, the reception, the rooms, services, the location is great and I stay in wow rooms with great views. They also offer you freewifi and the breakfast was good. The pool was amazing and good staff they do the best servise for you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had a wonderful stay in Koh Samui and the Hansar had a lot to do with it.
Firstly the staff are great. Little things like repairing clothes (free of charge), getting us a DVD player, extra towels even the guy that drops you off at the airport stopped at Starbucks and waited for us to get a coffee. Nothing was too much for these people.
The location is great, really close to the restaurants but far enough away for peace and quiet.
The pool is good and the gym also especially for a resort where you don't expect much in the way of a gym.
Rooms are large, comfy and with a very nice relaxing balcony.
Ask for a room in the middle of 2nd or 3rd floor.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the middle of the 2nd or 3rd floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This resort is beautiful, you won’t regret staying here. It’s a lovely boutique hotel with stunning views from pretty much every room. The infinity pool is gorgeous and overlooks the ocean. The bar also overlooks the ocean and has three happy hours per day. The hotel is in a great spot as it’s practically next door to fisherman’s village. You just walk out to the beachfront and take the path up to Fisherman’s village on the right. The Fisherman’s village has several beach front restaurants, markets and shops, so you never need to leave the area unless you want to! We much preferred staying in Bophut to Chawing, as it’s more relaxing and beautiful. We had an XL Seaview room and requested the top floor and the views were amazing. Breakfast is a small buffet and a la carte for eggs / pancakes etc. Breakfast was lovely as was the view from the second floor restaurant. The beach is nice and swimmable and there are water sports on offer nearby. The beds in the rooms were also super comfy. My only two downfalls were that the shower/toilet area was not very private in the room and the reception staff could have been a bit friendlier... however overall I loved this hotel and would definitely recommend it!

Room Tip: Higher rooms have better views... however there isnt an elevator!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

hotel hansar in koh samui is in fisherman village which is a quite area we arrive 10 o clock at night and met pon which was very kind served us cold drinks and went with us to the room we booked the xl room which was big with nice and big balkony but we did not use the bath in the middle of the room it is not a jacusi it is a big bath in the middle the light in the room is very dark becouse the lamps are black something clourful is missing in the room but on the other hand we recieved every night one rose flower with chocolate very romantic
at the reception we met marketa she is realy great very profesional very kind she helped us alot to orgenuse our tours ib koh samui
the hotel is not pair that he takes 3 times and more for a taxi from or to the airport
or touring the island we booked alone a very nice driver
that was sitting in the taxi area at the beginning of the willage
and went for a whole day tour to the mountains and villages
alaso i must say good words of the barman koff dayan
he is making great drinks in a moment
he knows his work very good so dear manger you have a great staff pon marketa koff
keep them happy and also the staff in breakfest room
even the breakfest is very very poor to compere other hotels everyday the same
nothing is change
also why not to give the guiests some music un the evenungs
some entertaiment also the road from main street to hotel is very very dark

this is 5 star hotel but no more then 4 stars i will be happy to hear that somethings as giving good service for taxi and breakfest iteams all in all i felt good becouse i was in a holiday and i wanted to enjoy more

Room Tip: you dont have to take the el room it is waste of your money ask for a high floor in the middle
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 101 / 28 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bophut
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#4 Business Hotel in Bophut
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#6 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hansar Samui Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just 10 minutes from the Island's International airport, Bophut Beach's newest 5 Star Resort features 74 luxuriously appointed rooms with unobstructed ocean views, free wireless internet access and oversize balconies. A leisurely stroll down the quaint cobblestone 'walking street' adjacent to the resort, is the vibrant Fisherman's Village, with its antique wooden shop fronts, chic cafes and atmospheric seaside bars. The name Hansar is taken from the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to mean happiness and joy. The concept and philosophy of Hansar Samui is to deliver an experience to each guest that is happy, memorable and enjoyable. Hansar Samui is about living life in full colour and finding joy in every moment. Hansar Samui offers luxurious, beachfront, spacious accommodation with unobstructed sea views from every room, and supersize private balconies and oversize daybeds for outdoor living and entertaining. Open plan yet intimate, each room has been artfully finished with teak floors, terrazzo bathrooms and local textiles to provide a sense of place. Chic custom furnishings, large flat screen TVs balance the design's natural touches with a modern flair. ... more   less 
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