Small and quiet resort perfect for families or couples. Away from the bustle of the local towns. Quiet beach with no vendors. Excellent service. English spoken by most staff. We found the restaurants adequate, serving a range of menu choices from West to East.
Tips: ask for a room near the beach. It is a long walk to the far end of the resort.
There is a lovely little Thai restaurant next door on the beach called Thong Son Bay Restaurant not associated with the resort. It's a great laid back place perfect for lunch of dinner. Prices are reasonable and service is always with a smile.
Having coral shoes might have been nice for swimming off the beach. Free kayaks were a nice touch. Waves at our beach are generally small. Don't expect to do any body surfing.
Bring your own insect repellent in the evenings or after a rain. The insect repellent available in the bathrooms near the pool caused my girls a great deal of burning. We had to wash it off immediately. They were both in tears.
Massage poolside is half the price of a massage in the Spa. You can ask for a 30 minute massage for a child. Fitness center was great.
The mixed drinks at happy hour (buy one get one free) are watered down and the glasses half full. Stick to the beer. The local beers in the mini bar were half the price of the same beer at the pool bar. Go figure.
They have a special menu for half board customers. It excludes some higher priced menu items. Prices on the ala carte menu are Western prices. We used the half board (breakfast and dinner). We found this to be perfect for our family. You can use the half board for lunch or dinner. It can not be used for room service. The kids menu could use more healthy choices and vegetables. I think my kids ate french fries at every meal for a week. Breakfasts are good with a lovely selection of western and eastern foods, fresh juices, and egg chef.
We arrived in the morning and our rooms were not ready. The staff let us change into our bathing suits in the baths and showers next to the spa. They then stored our luggage and we swam until our rooms were ready.
The excursions are not run by the resort. Prices for excursions are pretty much the same how ever you book. We did the snorkeling and kayaking at the Ang Thong National Marine Park. The coral reef was a bit beat up, but for my kids, it was like swimming in a fish tank. The Marine Park itself was stunning.
I took a taxi to the Friday Night Market in the local fishing village. If you are non-Thai, expect tourist prices from the vendors. Haggle for the best price possible and good luck. Taxi to the villages runs about 400 baht (or 10 euros). The market was large and impressive. A great place for photographs.
There is very little night life in this place. They organized a beach barbecue with fire juggling one night, which was fantastic. The pool bar is very quiet after dark despite happy hour from 10 to 11 pm. If you are looking for a hopping night spot, this is not your place. If you have small children, like we do, this works out well. It's very quiet there at night.
In an effort toward full disclosure, the resort upgraded our room from adjoining rooms to a family villa about 3 days into our stay. We have no idea why, but I can tell you a villa was much nicer than the adjoining rooms. The private pool was a luxury. One bathroom for five people was a bit of a stretch, but we made it work.
The mattresses were firm, which my husband loved, but that is a personal preference.
On the whole, I'd recommend this resort to any of my friends. Thanks, Melati, for a relaxing week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melati’s 79 Villas & Suites are a minimum of seventy seven square meters of indoor-outdoor living space with more than seventy percent of all accommodation featuring personal swimming pools. The Resort is embraced by an expansive and lush tropical landscape, featuring a magnificent seven level waterfall accented by Melati’s exclusive seven tier service plan making Melati Beach Resort the ideal destination for those seeking indulgent romance and true relaxation. Melati also features not one but two central pool areas. Located beach front is a massive infinity pool known as The See with amazing views of neighboring islands, a swim-up pool bar and adjacent kids club. The See is the perfect place for those young in years or simply young at heart to while away the day in chilled out comfort; a place to be seen and a place to see. And for those seeking peace and quiet the Sanctuary Pool is a sunken oasis of pleasure reserved for adults only.Further accenting the guest experience are two restaurants, pool bar, lounge, full service spa with beauty salon, fitness center, yoga sala, meditation garden, tour & excursion desk and gift shop. Additionally the resort offers daily activities, limited yet complimentary wifi access for those in need, a complimentary Mac Internet Zone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melati Beach Resort And Spa
- Melati Beach Hotel Bophut
- Melati Beach Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut