We stayed at this lovely hotel for the second week of our holiday having stayed in Chaweng for the first week. We wanted to upgrade to a pool villa however were not prepared to pay £500 to £700 so we tried to negotiate and were really pleased with the deal we had for the highest quality pool villa which was absolutely stunning. We were also given a free meal in the hotel restaurant, bottle of champagne and breakfast brought to our room on the first morning. Having our own villa with a large pool and secluded garden area really made our holiday and we used it such a lot even after returning after our nights out we would usually go in the pool to cool off. The inside of the villa was also stunning, spotlessly clean with lovely scented oil burners, the most comfortable bed and pillows meant we slept soundly, the square bath would have been big enough to fit a whole family. The breakfast offered a lot of choice although it was very busy on some occasions so was not the most relaxing environment. The grounds of the hotel are absolutely lovely and the design of the main pool was stunning offering seating and lying areas in the pool around the edge. It was a large pool and we always managed to get a sun bed and there was a bar offering snacks and a large choice of drinks. The other pool is near the beach although this was smaller and busier so we did not use it. The beach is lovely to sit on with a choice of sunbeds or bean bags which were so comfortable and relaxing. The only problem with the beach was that the water although clean is very murky due to sludgy mud under the sand. This means that you cannot see any creatures which may be around you in the water which made me a little uncomfortable especially as we saw a large jelly fish washed up on the sand one day. The hotel allows guests free use of the kayaks which was nice. There are many beach sellers but they were in general very friendly and not pushy and some liked to have a chat with you which was nice. The man selling the Billabong t shirts was the only one we found to be a problem. The location was stunning - just 5 minutes walk along the beach to the Fisherman Village which offered a large choice of lovely restaurants and a few nice but quiet bars. We saw some really good live music in the Billabong Bar and Coco Tam's was a lovely chilled beach bar with bean bags on the sand and lovely swing chairs. The best meal we had was in Café 69 on the main road opposite Anantara Hotel. The flavour and presentation of the food was absolutely amazing and it was probably the best meal I have ever had and it was very reasonable - we were lucky to get in but would advise to book as several people were turned away while we were there as it was full. The staff in the hotel were so friendly and polite and a special mention has to go to the security man at the front of the hotel who took great delight in helping you cross the busy road always with a big smile. There are some really nice beaches on the island and we visited Silver Beach and Choeng Mon by taxi both were lovely beaches for £8.00 to £10.00 each way. To summarise this is a lovely hotel which I would recommend but if you're after clear water for snorkelling there are much nicer beaches on the island and the nightlife is nice but very chilled so no good for party animals but the lovely staff and pool villas are amazing.
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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