We choose Bandara resort and spa for our honeymoon destination in October 2011, and were very pleased with our choice! The resort itself was absolutely beautiful! We stayed in a pool villa, which was extremely spacious, very clean, and had everything you could hope for including a private garden area with deck, sun loungers and a plunge pool. The villa was towards the back of the resort near the beach and hence took us no longer then a 60 second walk straight onto the beach!
The thing that really made our stay special was the staff at the resort. They were so friendly and helpful, and really cared about and catered for all our needs. There was a security guard 24/7 on the beach which made us feel comfortable enough to leave our belongings in our bags and sleep! Irina, the Guest Relations manager was the star of the show! She was so hands on. Whatever we needed we just asked her, and no matter how impossible, somehow she made it possible. She also arranged a fruit carving session for us at the hotel in which she took some amazing photos of us, which made it into our photo album. Fruit carving is a lot harder than it looks but it was lots of fun! Irina also organised a surprise candle lit dinner on the beach that I organised for my wife. It was amazing so romantic and the service/food was perfect. I organised this for our last evening at the resort. Wow is all I can say.
Breakfast was fantastic! So many choices, and again the staff at breakfast were great, we were always welcomed with a smile and not to mention “Swaadeeka/p”. In particular the staff at the hot food counter was really helpful. My husband and I cannot eat meat, and so each morning Po (staff member) would use clean pans and cutlery to prepare our food to avoid any contamination from meat products. This was really special for us as without this we would have not gone for the fried eggs or omelettes, which happens to us alot at other hotels.
Location wise, Bandara was far enough for us to get the quiet relaxation we were after, but also close enough for us to visit Chaweng Beach (Bandara also provide free transport to and back from the Chaweng twice aday). We hired out a scooter for around £5 a day from Mike (Time to travel) who has a travel company a few doors down. We also booked a Jungle safari, quad biking and national marine park excursions with Mike and his wife Pam who were so friendly and helpful! Out of the three, the only one my wife didn’t really enjoy was the quad biking. We hired a small scooter for a week but after one day Mike swapped our bike for a bigger one which had more holding space so we could travel with our bags in the trunk. He also spent some time with my husband showing him how to ride the bike! The bookings were cheap and very easy to make.
Overall our stay in Koh Samui was unforgettable and we cant wait to go back!!
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- Also Known As:
- Bandara Hotel Bophut
- Bandara Resort And Spa
- Bandara Resort Koh Samui
- Bandara Hotel Koh Samui
- Bandara Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut