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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
Ranked #17 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 10 days in September to celebrate our silver anniversary. Everything about the hotel is perfect - the location, the staff and the rooms. We stayed in 204 which was a suite with 2 balconies with a partial sea view (obscured by foliage) and a view over the full moon restaurant which was nice when a vocalist was entertaining. The only thing lacking was the amount of storage space for our clothes.
We ate in the full moon restaurant on the night of our anniversary and were quite obviously give one of the best tables which they decorated for us. The view was stunning, the food excellent and the staff most professional yet friendly. I will always remember it fondly.
We also attended the beach barbeque which was very romantic and Darika - the restaurant manager asked if we would like photos which she then e mailed to us. They are a lovely and thoughtful souvenier of our trip. Thank you Darika. Darika is an excellent representative for the hotel. We had a small problem one evening and she sorted it out immediately with discretion and professionalism.
The manager Manesh held a cocktail party in the garden and greeted all the residents. He was very interested in customer feedback and we feel appreciated our comments. We noticed him around the grounds a few times during our stay and he was friendly and approachable.
As mentioned in other reviews the breakfast was delicious, varied and plentiful, the hotel communal areas and grounds natural and wll tended, housekeeping immaculate etc etc. The hotel looks and smells seductive with inscense in the air and fire torches burning at dusk.
The pool bar holds a happy hour from 5-6pm and staff deliver drinks etc directly to your sunbed on the beach. The eclipse bar's happy hour was from 10-11pm.
We had a massage in the spa which was equivalent to European prices and the whole experience was one of the best I have had in beautiful surroundings. They even put a lotus flower in a bowl under the treatment bed to look at!
House keeping left little notes wishing us sweet dreams written on leaves every evening, filled the huge bath with foam topped with petals and decorated our extremely comfortable and vast bed with flowers. We were left an Anantara bag thanking us for our stay on the last night tied with twine and I was deeply touched. I have been to some lovely places but this is the only time I didn't want to come home.
All in all a peaceful and enjoyable stay. I would definitely recommend it and hope to return one day.

Room Tip: We didnt see the normal rooms but only paid a little extra for a suite and were very pleased with it...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear valued guests,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your Anantara experience.
Your kind words towards the team and the special mention of Darika, are a great recognition of their hard work. The entire team, from gardeners to chefs, to pool bar, is delighted having left such an impression and is looking forward to welcoming you back!

Warm regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed here for 2 weeks in August 2012. We loved it! We loved everything about it. Great mix of families and couples. Everyone is welcome. We are a same sex married couple and we felt completely comfortable.

The staff is fantastic - friendly and helpful. We stayed in a deluxe room and it was lovely. The huge deep granite tub was so relaxing. The cleaning staff did an excellent job each and every day.

The spa is expensive, so if you don't have Oprah money walk accross the street to get a massage - it is $10(AUS/USD) verses $100 at the resort. The food is delicious - try the burgers from room service which come with some of the BEST coleslaw I've ever had (and I'm fussy about my coleslaw). Breakfast is delicious with a great variety. I loved the mini pancakes, waffles and french toast!

Feel like going out? Walk to the beach and a few steps away you find Fisherman's village (we loved Smile restauarant, great food, great service and good value) some of the restaurants in Fisherman's Village are a rip off - crap food, crap service and expensive. I wish I could remember the name of the french restaurant we went to it was TERRIBLE. It was the first french restaurant beachside past Smile restaurant if you are walking away from the hotel.

Feel like staying in order room service or pick up a Bravo pizza in Fisherman's Village (delicious !) and borrow a DVD from the hotel library.

We loved the pool side snacks. I recommend the satay chicken and crab cakes.

No need to over pack. Cheap laundry shop across the street (next to the cheap massage places) and custom tailoring too. Whatever price they give you at the tailor figure that half that price is a good place to begin bargaining.

We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank NatalieBurge
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Dear valued guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review and share your experience.
We are delighted to read that you have had a great time with us, and we are all looking forward to welcoming you back.
Please do drop us a line when planning your next trip to Samui!

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

My wife and I stayed at The Anantara Bophut for two weeks in September 2012.

It is probably best if I break down this review...

Rooms; We stayed in a standard room which was very pleasant. The rooms are unfussy, but spacious and tastefully decorated, as well as being very clean and comfortable. The bed was extremely comfortable and we slept far too well! You are provided with two bottles of drinking water per day, but if you ever need more just call down to reception and more will be delivered surprisingly quickly.

Dining; We ate almost exclusively at The Eclipse Bar (same menu as High Tide) as the setting was very attractive, especially if you sit outside with all of the greenery around you. The Thai food was excellent and always presented well. Cost is about average for a 4/5 star hotel... as far as I am concerned definitely not over priced. The service here was superb, Janet and Panida in the bar were always delightful. They really made us feel at home!!!

Pool area; Never too busy, with plenty of staff wandering around taking drinks and food orders.Service was always efficient and non-intrusive. The pool itself was gorgeous, if perhaps slightly small.

Spa; I highly recommend trying the spa, the whole experience was a joy from beginning to end. The staff were excellent and the area itself was of outstanding beauty. A real treat. It is fairly expensive, but you get what you pay for and it is well worth it!!!

The little touches are what really made our stay complete at this hotel (forgetting briefly the beautiful rooms, and perfectly decorated communal areas). Every day housekeeping would leave a hand written note which was very sweet and always put a smile on our faces. Sun cream and fruit being offered around the pool was also a nice touch as well as insect repellent offered in the evenings.

All in all, I would definitely recommend the Anantara Bophut, in its own right a wonderful hotel. We were very happy there!!!

There is, however, a drawback. This was my first trip to Koh Samui and I was fully aware that it was likely to be touristy... however I was a little shocked by just how touristy Bophut was. From other reviews, I had expected Bophut to be small, with shops and Thai street food. It definitely was not like this! Full of French and Italian restaurants (which I avoided like the plague - I cannot understand why anyone would go to Thailand and eat pasta when the local food is so incredible!!!) and full of souvenir tat shops.

That said, Bophut is however probably the best beach area in Koh Samui. We visited Chaweng and found that to be a painful experience because it was even more touristy.

My advice is to travel more inland as once you get away from the beaches, there are fantastic local restaurants and shops. Arrange with a taxi a fixed cost for them to take you around to some key areas and ask them where to eat. Just remember to agree a price up front!!!

Room Tip: Go for the standard rooms. The beach view rooms would be less private and noisier, and the garden te...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Tomormrod
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Dear valued guest,

Thank you very much for the detailed review of your stay with us, covering the whole resort, and recommendations!!!
Janet & Panida feel very proud having been mentionned by name: they are definately our "Super-stars"!!
Thank you also for noticing all the small touches spread around the resort to make the stay more comfortable, and unique.
Do not hesitate to contact us at anytime when planning your next holidays in Samui, or any other Anantara properties.

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

hotel was excellent all you could ask for on a tropical island staff /service perfection would definately go back to this hotel couldnt find a fault nice restaurants 2 minutes walk to fishermans village where there are plenty bars restaurants tried several never a bad meal in any

Room Tip: extra for beach view if you want it but all other rooms were perfect
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ron714
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear valued guests,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience at our resort.
Our top priority is our guests satisfaction, and we are delighted to read that you already plan to come back!!!
Please do drop us a mail should you need any assistance in organizing your next trip.
The entire team will ensure that your stay is even more enjoyable & memorable! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is the best place you could ever imagine staying in. We had a beachfront room which was unbelievable. It was spacious, clean, had lovely furniture, was we'll laid out and simply put it was luxury at its best!
The service was impeccable. The staff were always smiling and friendly and keen to please our every whim. We couldn't stress how amazing this place was. The restaurants and facilities are second to none. Fantastic food, large and beautiful pool with swim up bar, daily breakfast was awesome with a huge variety of food. Pool service, a gym and every day a different activity was offered for all. To top it off its in a prime position facing the sea!! I'll be back!!

Room Tip: Beach front room was great with own plunge pool and very private. Any room in this resort has a gr...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carmen J
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear valued guests,

Thank you very much for your great and detailed feedback!
The whole team is delighted having made such an impression on you and we are all looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Reached Koh Samui in morning flight and checked in to hotel at 10 AM. We will be given early check-in and check-in was fast and efficient.

The room is very clean, quite spacious with the unique design of bathroom with the huge bath tub. There is a terrace in front of the room as we stayed on the ground floor.

Having dinner buffet in the hotel with plent of choices of Thai food. Food is delicious, but the chef has customized it to the westerners as it is not so spicy. To us from South East Asia, we prefer spicy food. Breakfast was great, with variety of choics of food and fresh juices. Plenty of choices whether are Thai Local food or Western Breakfast.

The hotel location is near the fisherman village, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. It is a good spot to visit, as there are many restaurants, hawkers, souvenirs shops and also massages.

The hotel is surrounded by tropical garden, with lot of trees which give lot of shade from the sun. The beach is just behind the hotel and water sports are available there.

Just one of the comment of the hotel is that, as there are lot of trees, there are lot of mosquitos in the hotel area. You are advised to bring mosquitoes repellant when staying in this hotel. The rooms are ok, just do not leave the door open during evening time.

Overall the hotel has an excellent services staffs and great surrounding areas.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear Valued guests,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review!
We are very proud of our resort, its facilities and surroundings, and we want all our guests to go back home full of great memories!
On behalf of the team, thank you for your kind words,
We are looking forward to welcoming you back!

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

On arrival the hotel appears a medium sized boutique hotel, which was a nice surprise but nothing like the grandness of the Bangkok Anantara.
We received a warm welcome with drinks and a towel. On arrival to the room, I liked it but my partner feels it was a little tired. There are nice touches to the room such as candle lantern to take on the balcony, oil burner which is lit by the room cleaner every day, mosquiti repellent plug in, shampoo etc in little bottles as opposed to the usual plastic containers, petals and even a fish. We like a nice balcony and unfortunately were a little disappointed with the design. Although roomy with chair, table, clothes dryer and seat which goes out over the side of the balcony, the arrangement was not at all practical for the unpredictable rain you get soaked due to the lack of cover. There were also a lot of Mosquitos therefore we rarely sat on the balcony.
In the centre of the complex there is a lush garden and large water feature which is very tranquil and well kept. Breakfast I thought was good but not the choice of the one offered in Bangkok but then it's a smaller hotel and I'm not complaining.
The pool is lovely with jacuzzis, infinity pool and various places to sit and relax in the pool. The sunbeds are monitored, towels await and items are removed if you disappear for 30 min which I think is a great idea. There's a nice little beach for sunbathing and evening dinner too.
The food we felt was excellent we had a complimentary meal in the high tide restaurant which was divine. Lunch times we spent in full moon or by the pool. There is only the 2 restaurants, they do have BBQs on the beach too.
The hotel is good quality, looked after and has very helpful, friendly staff which were very accommodating.
One thing to mention is you most likely will get approached by a member of staff enticing you with bahts to learn about the vacation club which I remember someone on trip advisor mentioning. We declined as it appears to be a glorified timeshare, but if you want to learn more and get paid go for it, it did sniff of a hard pushy sell.
The hotel is minutes from the fishermans village which is worth a visit, on a Friday evening there is a market too.
We stayed here for 10nights, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GM_AnantaraBophut, General Manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear Valued guests,

Thank you very much for your detailed comments and great recommendation!
Our top priority is to ensure that our guests have a memorable and enjoyable time with us, and great stories to tell to their families and friends!
We are delighted you enjoyed your Anantara experiences both in Bangkok and Samui!
Feel free to contact me at anytime when planning your next Anantara stay (either with us or any Anantara property).

Best regards,
Manish Jha

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Additional Information about Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Address: 99 / 9 Bophut Bay, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa)
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Bophut
#8 Family Hotel in Bophut
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#14 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: $186 - $516 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a tranquil stretch of sand, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa offers guests inimitable luxury comforts coupled with world renowned Thai hospitality. Enjoy water sports on the Gulf of Thailand's placid warm waters whilst residing at our elegant Samui resort. Soak in the sun by Anantara's elegant beachfront pool with stunning sea views or on Bophut's peaceful beach. Unwind with one of our specially developed Anantara spa packages. Dine on fiery Thai curries and handmade Italian pastas overlooking the ocean. Anantara Bophut presents a Koh Samui resort lifestyle that is quite unlike any other, from Bill Bensley designed tropical gardens which complement the charms of Fisherman's Cove on Bophut Beach, to southern Thai architecture which reflects our local cultural heritage, and world class amenities enhanced by Anantara's unique design touches. A wealth of leisure facilities and experiences from windsurfing and sailing to spa, beach yoga, tennis, cooking classes and area excursions help you to make the most of Koh Samui's stunning natural and cultural attractions. While complimentary Wi-Fi Internet at our Lobby and Library, in the Eclipse Bar, High Tide and Full Moon restaurants, as well as poolside, allows you to keep up to date with the world. In short, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa brings you all of the island's riches with Anantara's distinctive gracefulness. ... more   less 
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