Just returned from 8 nights at the Bo Phut following a 3 night stay in Bangkok. What a complete contrast to the noise and smog of Bangkok, the Bo Phut is a peacefuul haven set in the most beautiful gardens.
We found the Bo Phut to be a small but very charming hotel, with the most genuinely friendly and helpful staff. Wondering through the resort you get hellos and welcoming smiles from all the staff, any of whom would go out of their way to help you. Our room was a garden view room rather than one of the villas/bungalows, but we found it to be of good size with good amenities. I loved the fresh flowers in the room and the special touches such as the fruit which is replenished daily (you can request pariticular types of fruit if you have favourites) and the evening turn down with the oil burner lit and more fresh orchids. Free newspaper everyday was also a nice touch, as was the shoe shine.
Everywhere you go in the Bo Phut there are lovely fresh flowers and although the grounds are not large they are immaculately kept and were a pleasure to walk through to reach the pool or beach. The beach is a little coarse under foot, but has lovely views of the islands and although there are a few beach vendors we found them to be polite and friendly unlike some of the hawkers you get in places such as Spain and Turkey.
The breakfasts are really good, with a great selection and quality of food. So lovely to sit overlooking the sea eating such gorgeous food in the morning sun. Missing it lots already!!
We had a few good meals at the hotel, in particular enjoying the Thai night on the beach. Fisherman's Village has some good restaurants to give you extra choice. We really liked the Shack which does great steak and burgers. Also ventured over to Chaweng Beach, but found it to be far too busy and loved coming back to the peace of Bo Phut (although the restaurants and bars did seem a little cheaper than Fisherman's Village, which was one plus point). Agree with some of the other reviews that Fisherman's Village is a little scruffy and is not quite as charming as I had hoped, however it does have some nice shops and good bars. Great pancake vendor as you walk out of Fisherman's Village back towards the hotel and the Coconut icecream is really good in the beach bar near Shades Restaurant (our Rep told us to avoid Shades itself though). Had lunch at Coco Calm Beach to the left of Bo Phut, but wouldn't recommed it.
Would recommend the laundry on the opposite side of the road to the Bo Phut £1 per kg for wash and iron. Hotel gift shop has a nice range of items and found it to be really competitive in price, which is a refreshing change from other hotels I have stayed at. Fitness Centre good, although on the small side it is quiet. Free internet room, book, CD and DVD library all really good touches.
Overall we rated the Bo Phut very, very highly. If you are looking for a large ultra trendy hotel then this might not be for you, but as a tranquil resort with first class service, then you will love it. We are really fussy, but could find no fault with the hotel or service other than finding a couple of dead flower heads on a path one morning!!! Would definately return one day.
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- Also Known As:
- Bo Phut Resort And Spa
- Bo Phut Hotel Bophut
- Hotel Bo Phut
- Bo Phut Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut