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“Perfect Relaxation Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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The Waterfront
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   71/2 Moo1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #21 of 172 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Glasgow
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4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect Relaxation Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2007

We stayed here for the first week of our honeymoon. It was the perfect way to relax and unwind, especially with the fantastic massages that were available at a great price.

The location for us was perfect, sitting on the beach with lots of nice restaurants and shops just a few seconds stroll along the road.

Our room was immaculately presented with a welcoming flower display in our names which was a lovely gesture.

We felt that the pool was more than adequate for us, lovely to refresh in after one of our scenic runs along the beach.

The friendly ambience was set from the very beginning, when we were kindly picked up from the airport and given a tour of Bophut. Robin and Sue ensured that the atmosphere was welcoming from the outset by introducing everyone at the bar so that people could easily mingle and were made to feel welcome.

The staff were very attentive and friendly (they would go out their way to help you) and this coupled with the excellent facilities and food made us have the trip of a lifetime. It was sad to leave such a lovely place, but as with everything all good things must come to an end eventually.

Hopefully we will be back again some day!

  • Liked — Comfort levels
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2007

Myself and my girlfriend stayed at the Waterfront late Sept 2007 for 3 nights...couldnt have asked for more from a hotel.

We were picked up on time and were greeted and looked after warmly by both Sue and Robyn for our stay. The hotel was very comfortable and the staff looked after us well. All possible help was given to ensure our stay was comfortable.

The Scenary was magnificent from the hotel onto both the beach and the fishing village were great....almost picture post card.

There were a few oddities e.g. the bamboo containers used in the bathroom are actually used to carry rice in some far eastern cultures therefore was strange to find them where there were in the bathroom but overall nothing to spoil a quite excellent experience.

I would like to thank both Sue, Robyn and the staff for looking after us during our stay and we will be returning in future holidays there.

  • Liked — Friendly and Relaxing atmosphere
  • Disliked — Toilet Roll holders were inappropriate
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2007

We stayed here in July and thought this place was great for relaxing. Service was amazing, we arrived very late at night and were greeted with complimentary drinks.

Rooms were clean and a lot of thought was put into what foreign travellers would want in their rooms (DVDs plug adapters, etc.).

The main drawbacks were the lack of a good swimming beach (which they freely admit on their website) and a small pool to compensate for this. We also experiences some noise in the mornings from traffic in the street right behind the bungalow we were staying in.

The hotel was located close to a lot of restaurants and this made going out at night easy and relaxing (although Bophut beach is pretty quiet and not the place to go for nightlife). There was also a great massage place across the street which we would highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2007

My husband and I have been home for a week and missing The Waterfront already.

Our thanks to Robin & Sue who made us feel very welcome. Robin picked us up from the airport and gave us a guided tour of Bophut before taking us to The Waterfront hotel. Their son Michael took us back to the airport when it was time for us to leave.

We stayed there for 10 days in September and wished we had booked for a longer stay.

The rooms were clean and comfortable. You are spoilt for choice for breakfast as there is so much to choose from. The food was lovely.

Our thanks also to all the staff who are all very friendly and helpful. There is always someone around if you need anything.

The beach is very close.

The hotel pool is a nice size for cooling off and having a swim at any time of day and night. The bar is right by the pool for you to sit round and enjoy a quiet drink or just sit, drink and chat with the other guests as it is so cosy.

The night security man Banjon will also serve you drinks at the bar and is a good laugh.

The bars and restaurants are just a walk away once you leave the hotel. The shops and stalls are open till late. There is a quiz night every Wednesday at the Frog & Gecko pub where 10 of us mixed from all over the world to make a team for The Waterfront and we won.

This is just the right place for a nice relaxing holiday which is what my husband & I wanted.

Go there yourself and experience it, you won't be disappointed.

Would we return? YES.

Many thanks to Sue, Robin and all the staff at The Waterfront for a great and enjoyable holiday.

Sue & Laurie Burris

From Norfolk

  • Liked — The helpful staff and the pool,bar & beach which were only a few yards away. Also the scenery.
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2007

We stayed here for 6 nights and could not fault the place-one of the nicest, friendliest places we have ever stayed in. Robin and Sue personally welcome you when you arrrive with a complimentary drink. You have access to free broadband in your room, use of 2 bikes, free DVDs (DVD player in room) and about 5 bookcases of books to read while you are there!! The setting is just paradise-right on the beach and altho you cannot swim in the sea right infront of hotel cos of coral it doesnt matter cos the pool is nice and refreshing. Room is first class-bright, spotlessly clean and fresh flowers put on your bed every day!! Bophut is a really nice location on island and one I would recommend if you are looking for peace and quiet, excellent restaurants and bars and a great place to stay. Definitely better than the touristy tack of Chaweng Beach!!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2007

We would just like to say what a fantastic time we had staying at The WaterFront Hotel!!

We have been coming to Thailand for the last 5 years and have always either stayed in Bophut or Choeng Mon when on Samui

The Hotel is small (boutique) rather than some sprawling sterile complex and that just adds to its charm!!! The owners Sue and Robin (as well as all the staff) we're the perfect hosts, including picking my wife and I from the ferry for free as well as making us welcome with 15 minutes or so of conversation and very much needed drink!!!

The bar is a fantastic centre point to hotel and makes all the guests mingle together in a way which I have never seen before. Sue once recounted every guests name who were at the bar, whilst the night barman Banjon made us all laugh.

This hotel is a gem and more than made up for any errant weather that Samui seemed to throw our way.

Breakfast is late (8-11), and of course the rooms are great.

I will be staying there next year on my annual Thailand trip and I urge you all to do the same.

Stephen Holt

  • Liked — The free wifi and sky tv
  • Disliked — my bathroom was two big!! it had two sinks and two showers!!!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Melbourne
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2007

We have recently returned from a 10 day holiday at the Waterfont Hotel in Bophut. What a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for a property that is small, provides personnel service has well kept and clean rooms and affordable prices for drinks and food from the pool bar.

Our views about our stay were confirmed from the time that Robin, one of the owners, collected us from the airport and gave us a quick “cooks” tour of the little Bophut Fishing village before we checked in. At check-in the welcoming drink was greatly appreciated and the transfer to out room effortless.

From then on you felt more at home than in a hotel or resort. Sue, Robins wife, would introduce you to other guests and the staff loved our young 18mth old son. In fact he loved the attention from the staff and Sue that it got to a point where he was more interested, at times, to see them than his own parents!

We appreciated the tranquillity of the location, the hotel facilities (great hammocks and sun lounges) and the fact that you could walk out the door and within a 5 minute walk, be faced with a great variety of eating and drinking options.

It is true that the hotel has a small pool but we were aware of this and had no problems with it. The beach in front of the hotel is difficult to swim in due to rocks but having said that, each afternoon, the tide would come in and you could safely take a dip.

Finally, if you are more interested in 5 star resort style accommodations with large pools, gyms and in house hotel restaurants then this property probably won’t suit you. For us it was ideal

Thank you Robin, Sue, Michael and all the staff at the Waterfront for providing a truly relaxing and wonderful holiday. We will return!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 71/2 Moo1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Bophut
#13 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run, small, select and peaceful, yet only steps away from excellent restaurants, bars and boutiques.All rooms are beachfront and the view of the sea and outlying islands is spectacular. Many guests extend their stay, recommend us to others or return themselves, often to meet other guests who have now become friends. Its like coming home, they say. Lots of little touches to make you feel welcome including free pick-up and free internet. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Waterfront Hotel Bophut
Waterfront Hotel Bophut
Waterfront Bophut
The Waterfront Ko Samui/Bophut

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