We recently stayed at Hansar Samui for 5 nights, and spent almost every one of those days luxuriating by the pool. This was our second stay at the resort, our first being for a similar amount of time, 2 years previous. What brought us back to Hansar was not only the comfort and location, but the people. Thailand is full of amazingly friendly people, and this is perfectly demonstrated at Hansar, and will be the reason we return there again and again - well that and the pool!
Firstly, while located on a very beautiful beach, this isn't a very good beach for either swimming or spending much time at. The water is sectioned off as there's lots of charter boats who use the area, and the water here is not clear (I'm not a fan of swimming in unclear water) and goes quite deep near the shore - although there still is enough shallow to play with a toddler etc. The sand is also deep and grainy - which makes it difficult and not particularly comfortable to walk on, whilst when in the water, if you dig your toes in a small amount, it's also muddy beneath - so overall not very pleasant.
The beach however is a superb backdrop for the resort - the calm water alone making you feel relaxed, with the beautiful mountains of Ko-Pha-ngan visible in the background. You'll enjoy this while spending hours upon hours in Hansar's pool. I've been to a lot of great resorts - around Thailand, Bali, Australia etc, but Hansar's pool is up there with the best - if not the best, I've ever enjoyed. It's massive - way bigger than it needs to be for the amount of guests present, is a comfortable chest-height depth, and is of an infinity design that simply looks amazing - particularly towards dusk where it looks like a perfectly still cube of water. I noticed so many people passing the hotel stopping to admire the pool. Because of this awesome pool, you simply dont need the beach. A beach dip is great, but the Hansar pool is absolutely killer.
The quality of rooms is also very comfortable. On our first visit we had a ground floor 'large' room which had a giant bath in the middle - and in this most recent visit we had the smaller room without the bath. Considering each room has a huge rainwater shower - set on a square of tiles, you really dont need the bath. It's also not really the kind of climate for a bath - particularly with such a good pool outside. The bed is comfortable, but the pillows could do with an update as they're like big formless clouds with very little substance. I asked for a firmer pillow which was better, but still left a bit to be desired. There's also a small learning curve in using the rooms 500ish power switches! There's also very little privacy from the shower to the main room (it's mostly open with strips of cloth being the main cover), and the bathroom sliding doors are partially slats - so for a couple this is fine - but if you're travelling with a friend(s), privacy could be an issue. I've noticed this in several hotels around Thailand, so it might just be a Thai thing.
The location is fantastic. Unlike Chaweng which is extremely busy and noisy (particularly with those damned trucks that drive by constantly blaring advertisements), this part of Bophut is peaceful to say the least. The beach as mentioned is still, so there's not even the sound of waves a lot of the time. It's quiet and still, and at night, Hansar lights up in such a stylish way. There's the fisherman's village a mere 5 minutes walk away, with plentiful food options, including several very good Thai food options (and plenty of western food), a great outdoor beanbag beach bar a few minutes away, plentiful massage options, both beach massage outside Hansar, and a ton of massage shops in the fishermans village itself.
It's highly recommended you stay at Hansar including a Friday night, as the fisherman's village becomes a night market, with delicious street food -and in particular, cheap street cocktails!
Hansar has a great bar area at the front of the hotel between the pool and the beach and they make not only cheap cocktails, but some of the best i've had in an Asian resort. Cocktails go hand in hand with hot humid countries and I've been let down many times by various places. Hansar's passionfruit mojito is my favourite by a mile - and it always cracks me up watching my wife eat all the brown sugar off the rim of the cup! There's 3 daily happy hours which provide 2 of the same drink for the price of 1. You can also order lunch and other drinks from this bar area which they will bring out to you by the pool. The prices are very reasonable and the quality consistently good.
Breakfast at Hansar is not bad - but is fairly standard breakfast buffet affair. Here you cant freely get things like eggs and bacon - you order them, but the orders are quite flexible, the coffee is also good. It's not the best breakfast in the world, but it's not bad. Sitting upstairs will also give you a lovely view of the local bay and shoreline while you eat.
As mentioned, the thing i like most about Hansar are the people. They are particularly friendly and nothing is ever a problem. They will often stop for a chat, which is great for local food recommendations, and are only too happy to bring your food and drink orders to you while you laze beside the pool. They also make sure your umbrella is sorted, you're always stocked with water (they bring you cold water bottles almost frequently), and the massage ladies from Hansar's Luxsa spa will pop out from time to time to offer free 10 minute massages. We visited Luxsa spa incidentally and highly reccomend it. There's too many people to mention, from the bubbly girl at breakfast who is always up for a chat, to the very helpful front desk staff - but the people who man the pool area really do go above and beyond to make you feel relaxed. Special shoutout to the likes of Dom, Mhao and Aon for really adding to our trip.
So while I wouldnt reccomend Hansar if the beach is the most important part of your trip, i would hands down reccomend it for practically every other reason. It's a fantastic resort, staffed by fantastic people. Whoever is behind maintaining and growing such a wonderful staff culture, really deserves praise. It's pretty obvious that the hotel thinks it's important that the staff are happy because it reflects in everything they do.
So to the staff at Hansar Samui - thank you so much for making our holidays truly memorable, we'll see you either next year or the year after :) Marcus & Courtney
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated just 10 minutes from the Island's International airport, Bophut Beach's newest 5 Star Resort features 74 luxuriously appointed rooms with unobstructed ocean views, free wireless internet access and oversize balconies. A leisurely stroll down the quaint cobblestone 'walking street' adjacent to the resort, is the vibrant Fisherman's Village, with its antique wooden shop fronts, chic cafes and atmospheric seaside bars. The name Hansar is taken from the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to mean happiness and joy. The concept and philosophy of Hansar Samui is to deliver an experience to each guest that is happy, memorable and enjoyable. Hansar Samui is about living life in full colour and finding joy in every moment. Hansar Samui offers luxurious, beachfront, spacious accommodation with unobstructed sea views from every room, and supersize private balconies and oversize daybeds for outdoor living and entertaining. Open plan yet intimate, each room has been artfully finished with teak floors, terrazzo bathrooms and local textiles to provide a sense of place. Chic custom furnishings, large flat screen TVs balance the design's natural touches with a modern flair. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hansar Samui Hotel Bophut
- Hansar Samui Resort Ko Samui/Bophut