We were there for honeymoon. We like everything especially the trendy pool and the modern room. Overall, we had our fantastic honeymoon there.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
We were there for honeymoon. We like everything especially the trendy pool and the modern room. Overall, we had our fantastic honeymoon there.
- Location: 5 min walk to the village (a lot of shops and restaurants), you don't feel isolated
- Very modern room with all necessary facilities, nice design
- H-Bistro: very nice restaurant (a bit expensive though). Special thanks for the B-day cake and gourmet dinner at St Valentine's (it was romantic); beautiful view while having a breakfast on the upper floor of H-Bistro
- Spa! It is a must to visit (pls don't compare with the prices on the beach, the quality is not comparable). Thank you for the greetings and the present for my B-day!
- Thai cooking course: nice experience (almost a private lesson how to cook Thai food with the visit to the local market)
- Friendly staff: it was a nice tough to arrange remote check in at the airport for our flight to Bangkok while we were enjoying the last moments at the hotel
- Infinity pool is a gem!
- Free WiFi at the hotel territory (incl. the rooms)
- Free bottles of the water in the room and tea/coffee making facilities in the room
- No privacy in the room (the shower and toilet are not isolated at all)
- Very loud air-conditioning (it was hard to adjust up to the right temperature in the room)
- Some of the staff doesn’t speak proper English; it was hard to communicate sometimes;
- The beach is not impressive; the water is a bit dirty; you have to cross a small road to go to the beach
- I would have a better choice of the fruits at the breakfast (like Thai mango)
- No elevator
Overall impression: the hotel is suitable for the romantic escape (mostly for couples) for the relaxing beach holiday.
For dinner we advise to go to “Happy Elephant” (5-7 min walk from the hotel), try coconut ice cream there.
My partner and I stayed at the Hansar for 10 nights and had chosen this hotel based on the favourable Tripadvisor reviews. The hotel is small but beautiful with a fantastic infinity pool and lovely rooms. We had opted for a Sea View XL room which was very spacious and had a fantastic balcony overlooking the pool and the sea beyond. The bed in the room was very comfortable and there's also a large flat screen TV if that's your thing. The balcony was excellent with a very comfortable day bed on it which was a great place to relax with a couple of drinks late afternoon. The service at the hotel was also excellent and staff were very friendly, helpful and clearly worked very hard. We didn't eat at H-bistro, but enjoyed the breakfast provided every morning. The buffet & menu selection were good and some of the Thai breakfast options we tried were excellent. The beach at Bophut isn't the best as it's very course sand which is difficult to walk on (that's not the hotel's fault though). The only thing that was a bit of a pain was the loungers on the beach - they are obviously good quality and comfortable but are very heavy, so moving them about to suit was a workout in itself! The location of the hotel was also brilliant as it's only a 5 minute walk to Fisherman's village which has a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. This is a relatively quiet resort and most places wind down and close by around 11pm which was fine for us. We ventured to Chaweng once (very loud and tacky) and we were so glad we chose to stay in Bophut. Overall a fantastic hotel in a great location and we would definitely recommend it as a place to stay in Koh Samui.
A great location for a hotel, near the fishermans village. We were greeted late at night due to a very late connection from Bankgok, but still received an excellent welcome with a hot towel and nice cool drink.
We were shown to our room, which we had paid a little extra for, and we were both very pleased with what we saw. The kind lady showed us around the room and where all the amenities were and, although it was pitch black outside, we had a wonderful balcony that overlooked the sea, pretty much in the centre of the hotel on the second floor.
The rooms are very spacious, if a little exposed due to the strange lack of privacy when showering or using the toilet. I honestly think the hotel need to consider screening the toilets off a little more. Even with my wife I felt a little uncomfortable. The rooms a very large, spacious with very good and powerful air conditioning. One problem we found was how to work out all of the light switches. There are so many and all near the front door. It took ages to work out which button worked which light and sometimes you would finally get a light on, and your phone charger would swicth off at the same time. Litle things like that were annoying but did not detract from a lovely room.
Outside of the room to the back can be a bit of a shock, as the walkways are open and overlook what looks like a dump site full of rubbish bags. Again, screening, or a wall would block this out.
The grounds of the hotel are very well kept, beautiful to look at, and easy to get a bed or two during the day. You could get one or two loud chinese families with children but thats not the hotels fault. The infinity pool was lovely and overlooked the beach which was a two second walk from the pool. You do have to cross a road to get to the beach. Not a busy one but regularly used by cars and scooters alike that could sneak up on you if your not careful.
The beach sunbeds were nice, although some days they were fully taken. Service on the beach from the pool bar was hit and miss and you would often have to walk to the bar to order rather than wait for people to come to you. Same goes for around the pool. You very rarely had a waiter walk past you to take a drinks order. Maybe once or twice a day which isnt enough in that heat.
The beach bar is nice to have an evening/daytime drink and snack and is very smart and nice to look at.
The restaurant in the hotel is very nice, and overlooks the sea. The food was delicious but we had difficulty working out which menu you could order from. The all day (until 11pm) room menu was completely different to the restaurant menu. You actually had more choice on the room service menu which was strange. With regards to room service. The food was exceptionally nice and tastey, but only ran until 11pm. After that you could not order any food whatsoever. You may be lucky to find a burger in the fishermans village but a hotel of that standard really needs some sort of 24 hour room service, even if it is a limited menu.
The fishermans village is very nice, and cultural without being too tacky. You only get hassled once or twice as you walk down the beach road (I say road as again the cars and scooters can fly by you without you knowing - Im very surprised I didnt see an accident). The only hassle we kept getting walking from the hotel through the fishermans village was from a suit salesman who persisted every day in grabbing my hand. Im sure every man reading this knows which person Im talking about.
The restaurants in the fishermans village offer beach dining which in my opinion is a better option than the hotels beach dining. The hotel only has 2/3 tables on the beach and it lacks atmosphere. It may sound nice and romantic, but for the price they charge, your only metres from your room and you probably have a better view from your large balcony.
Overall, a very nice hotel in a nice area of Koh Samui. We did venture to Chewang for an hour or two, and boy are we glad we did not stay there.
Tip: use hotel taxis.
We spent 9 days in Hansar, familly of 5 with 3 kids. The hotel is very well located near the fisherman village of Bophut, which means that it's a calm place but very closed to lots of typical restaurants and activities, rooms are great with space, staff is absolutely nice and professional. Nuce swimming pool in front if the beach.
I highly recommand this hotel if you are looking for a nice place to stay from which you can visit all in Koh Samui.
Spent two weeks, myself, husband and 10 yr old daughter. Chose because of location and dislike of Chaweng tack and also because of reviews on this site. Looks as good as it does on it's website, nice and tranquil with grounds well kept. Arrival was quick and easy - cold drinks and towels. Had a standard room as didn't need that extra space - never in room other than to sleep and get ready. Open shower is a great idea especially for families - maybe a little lily-livered in the power side but it done the job. Only one sink, not so great. Bed was fabulously comfortable - we love a soft bed, and so did our daughter. When we asked about a trundle bed for her, they wanted to charge an extra £50 a night - despite the fact that she was clearly stated as a member of our party upon booking direct with the hotel. So we declined the unnecessary trundle bed and our daughter still stayed in our room without the extra bed charge. Strange. They also did this with the breakfast - they said the rate included breakfast for two people only. They wanted to charge us £10 a day for daughter which we suffered for a while and then we managed to get them to waiver the charge so long as I did not eat breakfast (not a problem for me - the pool bar's banana milkshake each morning was just as nice).
So, breakfast - husband said that upon first appearance, it is a little under par. Not enough fruits on display and those that were, were covered in little flies. He ordered from the menu and managed to get some really lovely dishes - Eggs Benedict, all kinds of English variations, in fact, whatever cooked version you wanted, you got. Fruit juices are not freshly squeezed but that may not bother many people - I do prefer a fresh juice.
Lunch and Dinner at H Bistro - Do you know what? It is soooo cheap in Thailand and on her islands that I think people start getting what we call here as the Primark Thing. In Europe/Miami/Maldives you don't think anything of paying over £10 for a dish, even a small dish of Gazpacho. When you get to Thailand, you assume everything should be dirt cheap. So when you stay in a really decent hotel with a really decent restaurant selling food that would be acceptable in a London restaurant, you start to question whether things are over-priced. Daughter enjoyed the mozzarella salad by the beach bar, but because true Italian ingredients probably need importing, the price is a little steep for something that isn't going to fill you up for more than an hour. Still, we are on holiday so she got to enjoy it! Not enough people ate in H Bistro at night, and I think this lead to the lack of ambience. The food was stunning - both the Thai dishes and the international cuisine. We ate in there twice for dinner but had most lunches there - it is so uncomfortable to walk into the village at lunch time so we opted for the dearer but easier choice.
We spent a whole lot of time at the beach/pool bar. Of all the hotels in the world we have visited (and we like a drink and a well made cocktail) this was definitely one of the best. When at its' busiest (unfortunately, usually during Happy Hours), it had a great buzz. The hottest Tom Yum Martini ever - so much better than a Chilli Vodka! The staff are fantastic and we really got to learn so much from them. A massive "shout out" to those who we spent a lot of time with: One (thank you sooooo much for the Jungle Curry recipe xx), Jay (spent a day taking us around the island to see "their" Samui), Bird (best barman ever - really efficient and professional whilst having fun), Pop (if they had Butlins on Samui, he would be the lead Yellowcoat, or whatever they call them - hilarious and full of beans) and finally Pat (what would our daughter have done without you??? I am sure you will never want to play a game of Monopoly again... Thank you). They are what make this hotel. When you look around, you don't really see anyone but the bar staff are there night and day working between the beach bar and the H Bistro and keeping everything super tight. They don't earn enough money for how hard they work so tip them!
As mentioned by others, the location is perfect for walking into the village at night. Of the village restaurants, we enjoyed the Mexican (we can't eat one cuisine for two weeks so this was truly welcomed) and three different Italians - cannot remember their names but the food was fine. It quietens down really early as far as we are concerned - about half nine, ten at night. We were caught out once when we had been at the Hansar beach bar all night and then decided to eat. Room service had finished at 10pm, so we wandered into the dead village.... Nobody open! Thank heavens for the Pancake men! We preferred the older guy who is nearest to Hansar. He has obviously been doing it for years and was astounded when my husband gave him a generous tip - he would then look out for our daughter every night. Fantastic people!
We ate at W hotel - fancied some Sushi. It was lovely to see the hotel and we always try some dearer food options but the portions were huge and with me being vegetarian, their menu was really limited. We decided that it wasn't worth the money.
Beach - not so nice. Shame as it would be the whole package if it were better. The sand is large grains as opposed to soft velvet powder so husband could not do his usual walks up and down the bay. Water was clean but still murky. We swam in it, but it wasn't that enjoyable! Very safe, though not massively shallow and because of the murk, you couldn't see when it dropped a little. Wish that the beach and pool service was a little higher end - a lot of 5 star places will set you up, bring you complimentary iced water etc. but here was more like a "collect your towel and go" place. Not a problem, but the little things make all the difference.
We travelled round the whole island on a moped/motorbike. Very naughty of us, but our daughter loved it! I actually felt very safe, and I suppose you have to trust your driver with your life, but I mentioned to husband that I think its better to be on a bike than in a car - the cars are an annoyance on the road, whereas the bikes can stay out of the way and get on with it!
Our favourite restaurant: Ad Hoc - you could walk there but we had the bike. Right to the very end of FV, when you come to a main looking road that sweeps to the left. Follow to the left and in five mins, you see the Ad Hoc sign. You can walk round the bay on the beach, staying on the wet sand as its' easier to handle on your feet until you get to it and its' white walled terrace. It is mainly Italian but wow - it is spot on! The owner is Japanese, married to an American but they love Italy. You can tell. The owner is a lovely lady who loves her cats too - fantastic. Will review seperately.
Do elephant ride, if only to see the crazy huge spiders above your head in the canopies. See the temples and Big Buddha. Drive through Chaweng holding your nose, park up and have lunch in one of the big resort hotels there - beach is nice, like Miami but we couldn't stay there as its too tacky and full of youngsters - just not for us! Lamai beach is pretty - and by far the place I wanted to sunbathe was in that tiny little cove in between the inappropriately shaped rocks... funny.
I have only given this 4 stars purely because I personally prefer a bigger hotel and a much nicer beach. The hotel does nothing to keep you there, hence I think, the reason people didn't use the restaurant and bar as much as we normally do. Location wise, and being our first visit to Thailand, I think this was a brilliant choice. Not really for our daughter being the only older child around for two weeks. Plenty of babies/toddlers and the staff love them so I reckon it is a must for people looking for a break with their new little family.
Excellent - would recommend and would definitely return. Visited Four Seasons and aside from an absolutely stunning location, it would be too quiet for us - and a lot dearer as you would be eating and drinking in the hotel, with it not being within walking distance to a village.
There is no reason not to choose this as your base on Samui.
TIP: They allowed us to plug our own Apple devices into the pool bar sound system. This is a must unless you want to know the lyrics to every Guns and Roses song being sung by a woman on a permanent "lustful" trip... You will understand when you get there!!!