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Mantra Samui Resort
Ranked #17 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Beautiful resort getaway, great views from high on the (steep) hill”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Excellent place to get away from the bustle of Chaweng. Comfortable, clean rooms with great views, especially in the rooms highest up the hill.

Great breakfast selection, phenomenal gym and infinity pool. The only drawback that should be noted for visitors that are elderly or not mobile is the steep pitch of the resort paths going between the rooms and the main restaurant and pool complex. Can get around this if you don't mind waiting a minute or two for golf-cart transport--especially if raining or after dark.

Don't let the odd lobby/ garage style reception area form your opinion of this place--room views, quality of room comforts, in-room streaming movies, and the on-site movie theatre make this the perfect place to escape for a while.

Shuttle bus service into town is being improved with more daily departures, this may limit you to the restaurant for dinners, but we did take-away or dined in-town most nights. Cookware and dishes were brought up quickly when requested.

Restaurant is ok, with somewhat western or fusion versions of Thai dishes, but depends on what you are looking for. Resort pricing for drinks and meals is naturally higher relative to the restaurant pricing in Chaweng.

Above all, service was excellent and memorable!

Room Tip: Try getting a room closer to the restaurant and pool to save the climb to the highest level. Was a b...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

While on our honeymoon we spent 4 nights in this hotel before going to Koh Tao.

Positives:
New and modern hotel
Extremely well maintained
Very helpful & friendly staff
Amazing room with great views- large balcony with jacuzzi bath & day bed
Exceptional guest services including; Free Airport transfer, Free unlimited botteled water, Free guest shuttle to bophut & chaweng, Free WiFi, PC with Internet in the room, Huge selection of free movies and music on the PC, Free unlimited local and international calls!
Fantastic breakfast selection
Restaurant food very good quality

Negatives:
Resort quite a trek from the local village up very steep hilly back road (you would not walk it).
Resort itself very hilly so may not be suitable for anybody who has mobility problems.
Resort provides free complimentary airport transfer however rather than going to the Airport we were getting a boat from the pier which is on the way to the airport but closer to the hotel so it seems illogical they would drive you further for free but would charge you full taxi rates to go half the distance? No valid reason as the shuttle was available and we paid for it to go to the pier. The shuttle was also very late collecting us from the airport upon arrival and we had to call the hotel. If they could improve on this they would get 10 out of 10 for everything in my opinion.

Still overall very good experience and would recommend it to others hopefully the hotel take on board the comments regarding the shuttle/transfer as they seem to make an effort to please their guests.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Is up in the hill which gives a different location to an island resort destination. Don't expect it to be a 5 star with all the bells & whistles. Rooms are really spacious to laze around if the pool gets crowded. Food is good with a fusion twist on some of the items and breakfast is excellent, particularly the coffee! They tried to be too fancy with the dessert but below are expectations.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Kanchanaburi
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

All the positive reviews are so accurate!!
Staff- so friendly & helpful, nothing is too much trouble.
Location- amazing views, just a short complimentary minibus drive away-phone loverly reception staff to pre book your seat.
WOW room 412- 2 roomed mini apartment with long balcony- sun seats outside. AMAZING VIEWS!!
Large king sized bed, huge room with sliding balcony door to AMAZING VIEWS!!
Huge bathroom with a huge bath tub, however being a water conservationist in a tropical climate, we could not justify such extravagance of water---however--the tub wud fit 2 peeps!!!
Huge, walk in power shower with complimentary luxury toiletries. His & hers basins.
Lounge with sliding balcony doors to balcony.
Comfee sofa/plasma TV/complimentary movies/internet/tea/coffee/mini bar--cocktail shaker!!
Added bonus was the discretly drapped off double mattress on the raised area. Our daughter was able to add on to our tariff for 2 nights.
Breakfasts, so loverly, such a feast, from western to traditional Thai, from salads to fruits, daily variation,outstanding pancakes cooked to order!!
Gym- to work off the breakfast- such views!!
Pool- stunning!!
Sauna- staff will switch on for your pleasure 30 mins pre arrival.
Spa- expensive but so nice!!
Private cinema if you can't find a film in your room.
Restaurant- expensive but so nice!! Your on your holidays!!
Ko Samui- soooooo nice!! Hire a jeep & drive the island, you'll do it easilly in a day!! We hired from reception- easy as!! Make sure u ask for insurance!!
Fridays- Fisherman market evening. Outdoor cocktails every 50yrds for 50BHTS!!
Taxis- BARTER!! Agree the price before jumping in- no meters!!
Views- outstanding- located on a hill, but easy as!! Mini bus into reception area, request a golf buggy to your room!!
Book & enjoy!!

Room Tip: WOW 412..Sooooo nice in every way!! Faultless
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We are currently 4 days in to our 7 day stay here at Mantra. We are in Love room 152 which has fantastic views plus a spacious balcony with a double bean bag bed and jacuzzi. I don't think rooms here get much more perfect.

The facilities are all great, 24hr swimming pool and gym but to name a few. The staff are fantastic and can not do enough for you. The food in the restaurant is great but that and the drinks are expensive compared to bars in the village.

The shuttle service provided is seamless and really adds to the experience, it would be a nightmare without it.

Would i stay here again? Absolutely. The team here really have got their own little bit of paradise.

Room Tip: Room 152 is brill. I'd recommend a love room as they make for a great place to sunbathe on the b...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

I was quite worried about the location after reading reviews but it is so worth it. You have panoramic views and peaceful surroundings. Renting a motorbike 300baht per day proved great value to explore the island. Staff were extremely helpful and even one day one I lost a bag of DVDs out at dinner they tracked them down for me! Good breakfast and I loved the coffees made to order. Thanks for a fantastic stay - we will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here during our first visit to Koh Samui. We were absolutely blown away with the level of professionalism, relaxation, and overall feel of the resort. When we arrived, we were immediately upgraded because our room was being renovated. The views were breathtaking from our suite. The whole resort was like a little village in itself because it had so many features including a pool, spa, gym, movie theatre, restaurant and pool bar. A little buggie is available on request to transport you around the resort. We hired scooters for about $9 AU a day and it was such a quick and easy process. The food at the restaurant was absolutely Devine. The staff are so polite and friendly and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and make the most out of your holiday. The room itself was immaculate, the beds are extremely comfortable and the bathrooms are amazing. The overall atmosphere at the mantra was incredible and I will definitely be returning on my next visit to Koh Samui. Every time I look at photos I am so pleased with my stay at the Mantra and will treasure all the memories we shared there. I highly recommend this resort to anyone wishing to stay in Koh Samui.

Room Tip: The "Cosy" is amazing.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mantra Samui Resort
Address: 9/123-124 Moo1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#10 Family Hotel in Bophut
#13 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#20 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mantra Samui Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a hillside in the popular town of Bophut, Mantra Samui Resort offers guests some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Koh Samui's beautiful coastline. Guests can enjoy these views in peace while being only a short distance from countless shops, an array of local restaurants and some of the most stunning beaches you have ever seen. The complimentary shuttle bus service allows ease of travel to all of these local hotspots. The hotel has a wide range of comfortable yet luxurious rooms, most of which have an amazing ocean view. On-site facilities are available for guests to enjoy, including; superb cuisine at the View Restaurant, an infinity pool with wonderful views of the island, a variety of treatments at the ''Jai Spa'',offering complimentary classes daily, and a top of the range fitness center which is open from 6:00 am until 10 pm daily. Mantra Samui Resort also has a 24-hour staff-service for guests. If assistance is required at any time of the day, simply ask and one of the team will be happy to help. ... more   less 
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