I stayed here in June 2013. My friend and I were seeking a quiet location on a nice beach for a reasonable price and found this gem.
The grounds are excellent for a lazy day: little huts with comfy cushions are a great place to spend the afternoon drinking in the beauty of the ocean from the cool comfort of shade; padded hammocks sway in the breeze underneath sky-high palms. Rocking chairs, swings and plenty of beach loungers face a small and meticulously clean private white sand beach. Our bungalow was literally two steps from the sand; right outside in the garden a lovely Hungarian named Melinda offers private and group yoga classes, SUP lessons and for the truly adventurous, yoga on a SUP (highly recommend!). The pool is rather small but plenty refreshing for a quick dip. Though the beach is situated between two piers and sometimes smells faintly of gasoline from embarking ships, the water is actually cleaner and safer than many other beaches in Koh Samui (no corals/rocks/sea urchins to be wary of!). The rooms are comfortable and clean with crisp white sheets and minimalist decor. The AC units are just enough to keep the room cool, and the sliding doors and windows are dark glass to keep out the sun's heat. Relaxing music plays from 9 am - 9 pm and adds to the already chilled-out vibe of this place (also blocks out the traffic noise, which is only noticeable if you train your ear to listen).
Like many other places in Koh Samui, the plumbing is sub-par and the bathroom sometimes smelled; we fixed this by burning incense, which actually added to the charm :) This isn't the hotel's fault, and was tolerable since we hardly spent any time in the room. The restaurant, although quite tasty, is a bit overpriced, but the friendly and always-smiling owner Shimon will give great recommendations for dining and activities. It's not worth it to take a cab anywhere unless you plan on drinking. We rented a scooter for 200 baht/day instead. Though everything was in good condition, this isn't a place for luxury seekers. Wifi is spotty at times; it's strongest in the restaurant, but I wouldn't recommend drinking there unless you go for happy hour only (all drinks 99 baht). I would have loved for there to be a foot bath at all the beach entrances as I've seen in many other places, but the only station to rinse off the sand is next to the pool on the opposite side of the garden from our bungalow. Another slight downside is the low lighting in the bathroom; brighter overhead lamps or vanity lighting would have made makeup application and sunburn inspection easier :)
Overall we enjoyed ourselves immensely and for a fraction of what we'd have paid at hotel-style resorts. Bring an air freshener and a small lighted mirror and you'll be all set.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a funky and young beachfront resort that is located on the main pier that departs to Koh Phangan and the full moon parties. Our rooms are modern and the resort was completely renovated in October 2008. We offer a wide variety of services for your holiday needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Pier Hotel Bophut
- Samui Pier Resort Ko Samui/Bophut