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“In the heart of it!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ark Bar Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   159/89 Moo 2 | Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #46 of 102 Hotels in Chaweng
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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“In the heart of it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Well, what a perfect base if you are up for a party and appreciate good, well prepared food, clean rooms and excellent service! Loved staying here. Absolutely loved it! We literally arrived at the airport and told the lady to put us in a taxi that will take us to where the party is at!! (too many G&T's on the plane!!). We arrived at about 8am and Chaweng was like a ghost town but this place comes alive at night - but its not full of chavs which is nice! Although Chaweng lacked a little in the spiritual side of backpacking in Thailand, for fun and frolicks it was bang on! Ark bar was safe, relatively quiet apart from the Ibiza beats on the beach that kicked off from about 10am each day. But meet loads of lovely people there.

Room Tip: Not too near the pool. If you are single girls, get ground floor and near the main walkway, near se...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for my gf's bday end of July start of august. Our room was perfect at the back of the hotel away from music we stayed in ark bar 3 a junior suite. We loved the staff an ye vie of the place always some1 there to get u a drink etc. ye beach parties were class with a great vibe throughout the day. Food really gd too and not at all expensive. I will defo be back to the ark bar we enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daegu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

After reading many reviews, I stayed at Ark Bar for a week in late August 2012. There were no problems during our trip. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. It's definitely not a place for people looking for a quiet vacation (go to Fisherman's village); but for travelers that like to soak in the beach, both day and night, this is a great place to be.

The Good:
- Location (right in the middle of Chaweng)
- Rooms (clean, spacious, free water)
- Service (one of the staff ran over to my room with the wifi password that changes everyday)
- Atmosphere (met lots of good people at the Ark Bar pool)
- Free Hotel Pickup (Make sure to send them an email a few days ahead and get confirmation)

The Ok:
- Quality of Pool (that's one dirty pool. But if you can get over that, there are no problems)
- Towels (watch your towels because people take them, thinking that they belong to the pool and not the individual)
- Not Free Hotel Departure (300 THB was a little unreasonable, but the bigger problem was waiting for the van to arrive. If you're in a hurry walk to street and get a taxi)
- Breakfast (It's ok, but there are better options)

Room Tip: Try to stay closer to the lobby.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed in June and arrived just as the Wednesday pool party was starting, so a great introduction to the hotel, very lively with live dj and band and free BBQ. The location in Chaweng was great, but if you want a fun holiday with good music, food and drink then you don't really need to leave the hotel!

Our room was a junior suite and away from the beach so was nice and quiet. Very clean, good size, nicely decorated.

We'll definitely go back!

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the beach if you want a good night's sleep.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The hotel is right at the beach front with nice pools and offers free and fast Internet.

After having booked I asked per email for a room farther away from the noisy bar – never got an answer but they placed me right next to the bar and toilets in the older part of the resort. Probably booking.com customers get the oldest rooms. c
My room / bungalow was small and with old furniture; bathroom absolutely not at standard; toilet dirty; lights and AC not working properly; AC very loud. I made a complaint and asked for an other room. The first person was arrogantly smiling, the second was helpless and the next day the third let me change into an other room after having shown photos of the dirty toilet and the washbasin in my room. The new room was better but certainly not at a 3 star standard: weak light and therefore reading a book was nearly impossible; lights only on the ceiling not even one light at the bed; you can only switch on/off at the door. I didn’t like breakfast (189 Bath) as you get only one cup of tea/coffee and you can choose five items like eggs, bread and butter, sausages, baked beans etc.; not very tasty and every day the same!

Staff in total not very friendly (but few were!). On arrival you have to sign a long contract written in very small letters and hard to read. You also have to pay a deposit of 1000 Baht for the key which you get back the last day – very sensible, especially when flying home the same day; several signs were in my room saying how much you have to pay when losing the different item or making something dirty; very unpleasant atmosphere. There are much better hotels even next door (e.g. Chaweng Garden Beach Resort).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed here for just 2 nights as part of a large wedding party. On arrival late Tuesday evening I was surprised of how lively the resort was in ark bar 3 . We were checked in very quickly & whisked off to our first floor room.

The room was very well presented with large bedroom area & shower facility but sadly the noisy air con ruined it.

Breakfast was very good with a list given to people to tick off what 5 items you wanted & then it was cooked fresh to order. You could eat each morning overlooking the sea pure bliss.

The resort had 3 pools one freshwater which was lovely but I only managed a quick dip. The whole area came alive at night with food & drink being served throughout. The hotel is an ideal cheap base for sunbathing & clubbing

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stayed in a junior deluxe suite, a few blocks from the Beach, we asked for a quite room during check-in. Wednesday's and Friday's The Ark Bar is hosting a Beach party from 2 pm to 2 am, and includes a free BBQ at 4 pm. Our room seemed to be newly renovated, and cleaning was spotless. The Hotel has a very big Restaurant where they offer a good variety of good freshly made food. But if you are not into House and Lounge music, you should find yourself another Hotel, because they only play this types of music. We would for sure go back if we take another trip to Samui. Go and enjoy.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 159/89 Moo 2 | Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#37 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Bar Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"ESCAPE YOUR WORLD AND PLAY IN OURS" We invite you to ARKbar Beach Resort and over 100 metres of spectacular beachfront. Here, at ARKbar, you can enjoy the tropical beaches and climate, meet people from all 4 corners of the world and party or chill in a unique relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere.ARKbar Beach Resort is conveniently located in the centre of Chaweng Beach and boasts over 250 rooms, the largest beach restaurant in Thailand, 3 beach bars, International DJ's, live musicians, fire shows and constant activity. During the afternoon, you have the choice of relaxing or partying at any of the 3 swimming pools or on famous Chaweng Beach, while enjoying a meal, a cold beer or perhaps indulge in a famous ARKbar cocktail. After this experience you will understand why we say "Afternoons at Ark Bar R Compulsory".As the evening sun sets over this tropical paradise, the beach transforms into a stunning and unique venue with a combination of dining, drinking, socialising with spectacular free entertainment every night. It is here that you can be a part of the world famous ARKbar Wednesday and Funky Friday Beach Party's."Escape Your World and Play In Ours" ... more   less 
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Ark Bar Beach Hotel Chaweng
Ark Bar Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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