Well we have finally got round to writing a review and am really glad to as this is definitely the best hotel we have ever stayed at!
It is everything that all the ‘nice,honest’ reviewers have already said!
Friendly, welcomed by Michael at the airport, by Sue on arrival and then by all the staff , all the time you are there. Nothing is too much trouble for them, whether it is helping you book day trips, to making the bed more comfortable for someone who likes a ‘softee’ mattress!
The staff are as they say , really friendly and this helped make our holiday even more special, whether chatting with Carol about the worry of her son going off to Uni or learning Thai with Pla!.
We had picked The Waterfront based on the reviews we had seen. Please note these reviews only get written like that because the guests really have a great time at the Waterfront, this is a one off place in paradise, and any negative comments made should be viewed in that light i.e. the persons writing those kind of negative comments are simply impossible to please and would be unhappy wherever they stayed or they are actually just small minded vindictive idiots who shouldn’t have the privilege of being able to stay at such a wonderful place as The Waterfront. The comment about the alleged theft made by ToreGluppenhavna is particularly irksome because not only would this not have happened at the Waterfront but I know we left money , jewellery and other valuables out and nothing went missing – everything just got tidied up- Im sure their comments will have upset the staff and that is unforgiveable as Im sure that any ‘missing’ money is likely down to their own kids and no one else!
Enough about them and back to this wonderful place. We met up with our son who has been in Australia for the last 8 months and meeting him here made it all just perfect!
The pool is small , but certainly big enough for toddlers to learn to swim in which many do it seems , and just right for cooling off. But also being small means its ideal opportunity to talk with other guests and many friendships are started here before moving onto the cosy beach bar – that never closes (Joe will keep pouring all the time you want to keep drinking!) You can keep yourself to yourself if you wish, but it is great to get chatting to other guests and Sue and Robin have certainly created a place where this can happen very easily, and most often does, with Sue ensuring that all new guests are introduced to those already there so everyone feels welcome, and I like many others before me wonder how she manages to remember everyones name! This does , as other reviewers have said before, make you feel more like a house guest then a hotel guest.
Our youngest son, Cameron, enjoyed playing table tennis with Michael (and beating him!) and working for the railway I realised that Michael knows far more about railways then I do!
The beach is rocky , particularly as it is at its lowest at the moment, but then you could happily sunbathe on this part of the beach without getting constantly interrupted by beach sellers which occurs often further along the beach as we found out.
It is these little touches that make the place special, like the complimentary cool towels and pineapple on sticks that the staff bring out to everyone at the hotel around lunchtime, or the free mineral water in the rooms, or the very reasonably priced drinks and massages which are available. There is never the need to go out early morning and ‘reserve’ your sunbed as often happens in larger hotels as there are more than enough to go around and lots of choices of where they are, from the pool, to the beach, to under the palm trees or even hammocks!
All the so called ‘negatives’ are made abundantly clear from their website and so why anyone should even comment on them is beyond me as in reality they aren’t ‘negatives’ anyway as I have pointed out they just help add to the ambiance of the hotel and ensure that everyone has a peaceful and friendly time.
We spent 9 days at the Waterfront and cant wait to go back, which we are planning to next year, maybe even spending Christmas and New Year there as I cant think of a hotel in the world that would make you more welcome for the festivities!
We miss the lovely view with our lovely breakfast, beautifully cooked by ‘cooking’ and Carols dulcet tones as she asked’ More coffee for madam, more coffeeeee’
Well done to Robin and Sue for creating a little bit of heaven on earth and well done to all the staff (and Michael) for making it happen everyday for everyone!
To misquote Arnie
‘We’ll be back!’
Justin, Dorothy Will and Cameron
- 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