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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
3.5 of 5 stars 670 Reviews
Colombo
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“What a great hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This place was just great - so many bars, excellent and affordable food. The rooms are just perfect - spacious and also have black out curtains so you can sleep in. The location is walking distance from absolutely everything - shopping, convenience stores, restaurants, more bars, also not too far from the airport. The ocean was also amazing there! The perfect place to stay - wish we could have stayed for longer. They even extended a courteous late check out, which was much appreciated and explained the high occupancy.

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 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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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

I had a great time stayin here for a week! I'm 27 and loved being in the heart of patong beach. Great music and service. Prices are reasonable but not as cheap as out on the street. Although u get to eat and drink where ever you like and enjoy the beach at the same time. Fire shows are great entertainment as well as fireworks on the occasion. Even there beach bbqs are amazing and easy. Our room was good. Bed was a bit hard and the place is a sauna until u have bad the aircon on for over an hour. Good rates for a great place. Not a really family orientated. Music never stops keep this in mind when booking.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

NOT the start we wanted when we got there at first.My wife and i arrived early at about 8am to the hotel and we were told we had to wait since we've booked our rooms at 2pm.All rooms were occupied.Being so tired because we came from two connecting flight to koh samui, we waited at the lounge and slept there while waiting for a room to be available.The lounge area were quite humid as it was a hot day.i would urge them to do something about it.A fan or AC might be a good start.By 10 am our room were ready and had waited for 3 hours.Its better than waiting until 2 pm!.Appreciate the staff effort for that. Eventually, as we stayed there for 3 nights, things were turning for the better.
Location wise is very good ,easy excess to beach and the main street of chaweng.We find it was easy to arrange holiday activities as many travel guide information centre were available all around chaweng.Hotel price were affordable,not a five star hotel so considering the room amenities were ok for a resort style place.Clean,tidy and safe.They do need to do someting about the bed tho as it was quite rough.Got a shock of my life when i dive into the bed for the first time.
Only other concern is the lack information of halal food in chaweng but we manage to find a couple of restaurant.They serve mainly indian style food and it is made fresh.Really delicious.Quite surprising to find good indian food in Thailand!
We weren`t there for the partying so the music being played there were quite loud and annoying.Couldn`t get an early sleep until they finish by 2 am. The Dj was horrible by the way.
All and all i would recommend the place to people, only thing is, if you not there to party, get a room far away from the party area as posible.Safe the eye bags and enjoyed the holiday, i would consider to come back but would think twice if i had children with me.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Ark hotel is part of one of the busiest bars on the beach. It offers clean, modern rooms and has a fantasic pool bar, beach parties and lots of sun loungers on the beach. We stayed for 3 nights and had a great time. If you can stay on a Friday beacuse there's a big beach party.

Downsides - check-in was very unorganised and the service isn't great.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I stayed here over Christmas 2012, walked around looking for accom before I thought stuff it I'll just pay the extra and stay here. Venue was a little noisy from the outside but inside the rooms wasn't an issue. Wi-Fi was reasonably good and the rooms were nice, I stayed in a juinor suite from memory. The bar on the beach is always pumping and the location is right in the heart of the main area, so if you're in Koh Samui to party its definately the right place.

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  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We stayed at Ark Bar for 6 nights. We aren't big 'partiers' but nevertheless enjoyed the experience. Although, if you are a big party-er you will love it! It would also probably be more suitable for younger single guys/girls. Generous cocktails can be drunk while spending a whole day relaxing poolside. Some pools are louder and more vibrant than others.

The rooms were serviceable. Nothing special, but for the rate on offer it was great value. It is also a fairly easy walk into downtown Chaweng, where I spent most of my time at Timmy's Tailors getting suits made up.

All in all, highly recommended! I have recommended many friends to go there while staying in Koh Samui, and I would not hesitate to go there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at Ark bar, a room each for 6 nights. Overall we enjoyed out stay but a few key things.

Firstly. We are both professional musicians in Sydney and we enjoy different styles of music including house. Having said that, the percussionist/drummer was awful. The worst playing of those instruments that I have ever heard with a DJ. This greatly hindered our enjoyment by the pool and on the party nights where it got worse with the drum kit being pulled out. We payed close attention to his appalling playing but also his terrible work ethic: he often took breaks at sporadic moments in the song and even got his friends up to play who somehow were even worse then him. I would stress to the management of Ark bar to employ a more skilled instrumentalist with the DJ that would greatly enhance the often great deep house music that was played.

On a DJ note, it would have been nice to have the music more chilled in style and volume until the early evening for a more relaxed feeling at the pool, at the bar and on the sand. The loud level of the music and incessant '4 on the floor' coupled with the sand merchants and heat is not a winning holiday combination.

The food was mostly good. Great service. Love the sheesh. Good vibes.

On the room front; the beds and toilets need serious addressing. Beds are so tough, even in the better room we were staying in. And only one sheet? The shower was very uninspiring. It was difficult to find the right setting on the air conditioning.

The room cleaning service and laundry is fantastic.

The staff in general were great. Nice feeling.

I would definetley come back but would love to see some changes in the above mentioned.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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