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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
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Reviewed April 12, 2009

This is our second trip in Anantara in two years and it didn't disappoint.
Upon arrival you are taken to the library where you are given a cool face towel, tropical juice and coconut jelly while the hotel sort out all your check in arrangements. A lovely touch which puts you straight in the mood to relax.

The hotel is stunning. From the minute you turn into the resort on the driveway thecombination of tranquil water and tiki lamps and lush gardens are beautiful. The rooms are large with huge beds and spacious bathrooms with the biggest bath i've ever seen. You are provided with free bottled water which the hotel will replenish as much as you wish. The balconys are also lovely.

The infinity pool is one of the most spectacular pools i have ever seen and is kept immaculate. It was always a great temperature for swimming. There are high end pool loungers which were very comfortable both at the pool and on the beach which the hotel will place towels on for you. Although word of warning if the hotel is busy and the weather is nice you may struggle to find chairs if you leave it too late. We saved chairs before breakfast and found we never ran into problems. Personally we preferred sitting on the beach. There are lots of beach sellers however they are all very friendly and curious and whilst they love to chat will leave you alone if you say no. We especially recommend the lady who bbq's sweetcorn and cuts fresh cold mango and pineapple all of which are delicious. Some of the dresses and blankets are also gorgeous.

Fishermans village is a short (5min) walk from the hotel which has a whole array of shops and restaurants cafes. For lunch we found the first pub The Frog and Gekko did really delicious sandwhiches very cheaply. The shops have some great souvenirs and rip off merchandise but you must bartar. Go in at less than half they ask and they'll always meet you in the middle. Towards the end of Fishermans village down a side street there is a 7- which was good for buying extra drinks and snacks for during the day if you want to avoid Anantara's prices! There was also a great bakery which did great pastries for breakfast.

The only hotel restaurant we ate in was the Full Moon - the Italian restaurant. This did gorgeous food however it was pricey. If you walk left along the beach (away from Fishermans village) there is also a string of great restaurants most of which are cheaper than the hotel. By the third set of lit up palm trees was a really great little restaurant where you can sit out on the beach and costs next to nothing although the food was delicious. The restaurant next to the Anantara was also great, some of the best food i've ever tasted although not as cheap as food in Thailand is often. They also have a great musical duo, Val and Candi who are two of the nicest men you will ever meet and will play pretty much any song you can think of to request. They have a CD you can buy if you like their music - we highly recommend it although you'll have to ask them they don't push sales.

The hotel offers a free 15 minute head and shoulder massage to all guests which was definitely worth redeeming. They do not try to sell you more spa treatments and its a great way to unwind. For massages we'd recommend the places on the beach as these cost next to nothing (the one to the left of the resort along the beach was particuarly good and they'll bartar with you over prices. Personally i'd recommend a footscrub - you'd never know your feet could be so smooth!

The Anantara also arranged a trip for us to go elephant trekking for the morning. We highly recommend this and although its not cheap, it is well worth it. An incredible experience. There are a variety of trips avaiable so go and talk to the concierge who will talk through options with you (no hard sale and the hotel takes no commission).

The staff are a credit to the hotel, they are all so friendly and welcoming. Our only complaint is that the internet is expensive (although if you buy an hours credit on wifi you do not have to use it all in one go) but prehaps in such paradise you should just forget about internet for a few days and relax!

Overall this resort was wonderful yet again and we would more than happily return.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank Sam S
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Reviewed April 10, 2009

We had my Son's wedding at this magical hotel on Valentines day this year. we cannot praise the Anantara and there staff enough!
It is the best possible hotel to choose for such an occasion with it's beautiful lush gardens, and the stunning wedding set that the staff produce effortlessly and discreetly on the beach for the ceremony. Yes the Anantara has it all, but it has just that extra special something else. There staff are some of the friendliness and most helpful people it has been my pleasure to meet in a very long time. My husband and I are very well travelled and have stayed at many hotels all over the world but this will be in our hearts for a long time and not just because of the special occasion. They made the day and our whole stay very special indeed I would just like to thank Air our wedding planner for all her hard work. She was a sweetheart. Never have I seen someone so dedicated to her work and she really knows what she is doing. The hotel reception Wirote and Chirgluck who we thank so much for actually attended the ceremony to make up the numbers, right down to the staff that keep the gardens so beautiful and work so hard but still have a cheery smile and a good morning for you.
I would definitely recommend anyone to take a holiday or better still arrange that special day at the Anantara Koh Samui.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank DubaiBlue
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Reviewed April 4, 2009

The resort is indeed beautiful and is well located.
The deluxe rooms are a complete rip off though. Spend your 100+ dollars a night somewhere else.
The rooms are worn and hardly have any powerpoints. The worse though is that it is impossible to go to the bathroom without lightning up the whole room!
Indeed, when we pointed that out to the reception, we were told all rooms were like that! Their solution was unscrewing the lightbulbs in the room so we would be able to have light in the bathroom only. Brilliant!
The simply refused to swap rooms -although they were not full at all-. They offered us the option of paying 3000 bath/night! to move to a different room.
Many other beautiful resorts at Samui with friendly service! Take your money elsewhere is my advice.
Unless of course you are a solo traveler or your traveling partner will sleep through anything

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Chinamoon
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

My new Wife and I had an amazing Honeymoon here. After what was the longest journey ever (36 hours in total - 3 flights and an 8 hour stop over on Doha ha ha), we were greeted by wonderfully pleasant, polite and gracious staff with cool towels and a gorgeous refreshing drink and a strange coconut jelly thing to eat.
Everything about this place is top notch, the staff are fantastic and cant do enough for you. We went in November which is the end of the rainy season so we had mixed weather, although not clear skies and sunny everyday, it was always lovely and warm.
Pool is gorgeous, and the beach literally is a step away.
The full moon restaurant on site is fantastic. The food is amazing, and the view over the sea and the gardens of the resort are so romantic.
The nearby Fishermans village is really just a small road with restaurants and shops. Pleasant area though.
If you walk out of the resort onto the main road, its almost like another world! The main road is crazy, traffic everywhere, mopeds flying up and down - its an experience and part of the journey.
Overall this place will not disappoint, you will be blown away by the beauty and peacefulness of this place and definitely wont want to leave - we certainly didn't, and desperately want to go back.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gary_and_Lucy
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Reviewed March 12, 2009

We stayed here in early January 2009.

The arrival at Anantara was the best I have ever experienced. Cool towels, gentle smiles and total tranquility after a three stops flight!!

The hotel manages to fuse contemorary with traditional and the beach restaurant "Tides" was quite the most stunning I have seen. At night the hotel is something else, lit by magical torchlight. The rooms are spacious and the balconies mostly face the gardens. Drawbacks are the bed is on a platform and then sunk down, beautiful to look at but, if you have motility problems it might be tough to get out of bed! Its like getting off a mattress on the floor. The bathroom is supmtuous but is separated by sliding frosted glass from the room itself, no solid doors or walls. How can I put this...if you are in any way shy this might be a problem as not much privacy!! However the aesthetics made the room look lovely and very oriental.

The beach did get a bit seaweedy but the staff did their bit to stop it. Beach hawkers..dont make eye contact and yes...have the full works pedicure and dry skin removal. My feet looked and felt like a baby's bottom afterwards and I still just about had the polish on a month later.

Food at the restarants was fantastic, yes it is FAR pricier than in fisherman's village but very stylish and relaxed. About the same as you would pay in a decent UK Thai restaurant.

We didnt really notice the construction as we were on the right side, to be honest. However it looks like the other side will be starting soon.

The staff were amazing. Kind and gentle, nothing too much trouble. And the spa...breathtaking.

The hotel was very international. I think there were possibly.. nine nations represented one morning.

Overall I thought this was a chi chi stylish hotel, only felt full (it was fully booked) when round the pool and at breakfast when I must admit we did witness some of the worst characteristics and parodies of some nationalties- refusal to queue and on one occasion demanding that we vacated our table as they wanted to sit there!!! Amazing service and fantastic value for the standard.

Even with the drawbacks (the weather wasnt great and the wine was HIDEOUSLY expensive) and the construction I would return and I am Mrs Fussbags!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MrsFussbags
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