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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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“Friendly, couldn't do enough for you and gorgeous rooms and surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Rooms were very nice, clean and had everything you need. Food and drink was great as well as reasonably priced. Breakfast was amazing and included both buffet and cook to order choices. We really liked fishermans village, walked a few nights, but taxi recommended. Was around 200-300 bhat each way. There are places for lunch/drinks/dinner closer too if you dont fancy going to town. Only downside was the number of mossie bites, perhaps due to outdoor bathroom but we still got bitten in another of our koh samui hotels and the hotel did provide repellant so just to help you prepare, not a criticism of the hotel itself. Overall a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and your comments have been shared with the team.

Thank you for choosing Zazen as a place for your holidays and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

The resort was quite lovely. The set out was really good and felt secluded. The rooms (Garden Villa) were really quite lovely. The gardens were excellent. The push bikes available for use were excellent. The wifi crashed for a few days but was great when it worked. The library of DVDs was quite excellent. The open air bathrooms were a bit tough when I got sick towards the end of our stay but in general were pretty nice too. I'd recommend that they were enclosed. The facilities in the room were of a very good standard. The room service was directly from the restaurant and as a result the food was quite excellent.
The pool was lovely but the Europeans tended to claim the limited lounges early on (and then wander off for hours on end) which seemed an odd practice - if you aren't there usiing them for extended periods (1 hour+) remove your stuff.
The restaurant was a bit pricey but the food was excellent at Lunch and dinner. As was the set out and ambience. Breakfast was not really to my tastes but was certainly of a good standard. Pretty much all the staff were fantastic and helpful. The bar produced great drinks and - while not cheap - had a great atmosphere. The Friday night gatherings were a lovely touch.
The massages at the spa werent cheap BUT they were awesome. The spa is relaxing and classy. The staff were great. They aimed to give the full experience and they did.
My only real complaint was that at the very end of our stay I fell quite Ill and was confined to my room. We attempted to get out of the room after two days by emerging on Saturday 13th only to find that the hotel staff and others were having their own Songkran celebration in the pool/bar/restaurant area. The whole area was soaking wet - including all of the pool and bar furniture - and there was blaring party music. The classy and relaxing boutique experience that we paid for was not available in any way at that point and we retreated to our room again, disappointed. When I mentioned this with management - and again on checking out - they didn't seem to understand why I had an issue with the facilities I paid to use being unuseable. While I recognise that Songkran is a holiday of signifigance, I thought this incident was inappropriate and unfortunate. It certainly dampened my impression of the place which had been to that point very positive.
I'd recommend pretty much everything, but don't stay at Zazen during Songkran if you expect a nice, quiet stay.

Room Tip: Garden Villa Rooms were lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear Tim,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and your wonderful comments have been shared with the team.

It is a real pity that you fell ill and could not fully enjoy your holiday, we are sorry about that. In regards to your comment about Songkran we are tremendously sad that you misinterpreted the celebrations. First of all, all of our guests are invited to join our team to celebrate and we do offer cocktails and refreshments around the pool during that day. The feedback is usually excellent, indeed some of our guests specifically book during Songkran every year to enjoy this special day with our team. Celebrations usually start at 12:30 and finishes around 2:30 PM, where a Traditional Thai long drum parade sing and dance to emphasis the celebration.

On the other hand, Songkran is a very special day in Thailand, which is sadly misinterpreted by many foreigners as a meaningless water fight. Songkran is actually the opposite and the water consists into a blessing and a sharing of love amongst people. It is not only an obligation, but a sign of good fortune for any company to organize celebrations for their employees, whom in Zazen are considered as family. We are happy to share that with our guests, who might be interested to discover cultural aspects of Thailand in addition to their relaxing stay. Again we are sincerely sorry that Songkran has in some way affected your experience. We suggest readers to check our facebook page where we shared the pictures of the celebration.

Nevertheless we thank you for your comment and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This hotel is definilty a small Paradise.. I live in Thailand and South East Asia for many years and travel a lot. The ZAZEN team makes everybody feel at home from the first minute you arrive until the last 'goodbye", the atmospher is quiet, completly maching with its name!The Spa is nice and with a lasrge choice of treatments. Wonderful seaside Restaurant an Lounge, with a great French and Thai food which gives you a rich experience of taste and texture. We had the Beachfront room, a real Beach room! when you open your door, you have the sand under your foot..Magik beach view from the bed! Relaxed and warm feeling during the whole journey.

Room Tip: Try the BeachFront Room; they are on the beach, but near the swimming pool and near the restaurant t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Axel,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and your comments have been shared with the team.

Thank you for choosing Zazen as a place for your holidays and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

The Zazen Boutique Hotel is an Oase in Koh Samui. The People are lovely, and the Restaurant amazing. The Villas have more that enough space, and decorated with a beautiful taste. The beach is nice, only the water is not cleaned but the Beauty of Zazen makes you forget this negative point. The garden of Zazen is unforgettable, every corner, you find a nice Statue or decoration : AMAZING ! We will go again . Thank you very much !

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful, we take one in Garden, and i will do the same.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Fresdon,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and your comments have been shared with the team.

Thank you for choosing Zazen as a place for your holidays and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Having stayed here previously, I'm glad to see the place getting better and better. This time I also inspected a few places, I.e the Conrad, intercon, four season and the next door W. conclusion: sassan is still the best for me, it has a much more relaxing, zen environment than all the others. It's the perfect place to chill out and recharge ur batteries..keep up the good work guys!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and your comments have been shared with the team.

Thank you for choosing Zazen as a place for your holidays and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Where do we start?!??

From day 1 Ame the wedding planner was an absolute dream to work with. She is helpful, informative, and timely in her emails back to us regarding the service that could be provided for our wedding. It was because of Ame that we chose Zazen to get married.

We spoke over email for 12 months and she really got to know exactly what I wanted my wedding to be like. When I arrived at zazen it was like meeting an old friend.

We felt special from the moment we walked into reception. We were greated by friendly staff, cold hand towels and cold drinks.

Many of my friends and family also stayed at Zazen and they were all made to feel very welcome as well. It seemed as though all the staff knew so we were and greeted us with smiles every day.

Our wedding was the best day of my life and all our guests have said it was the best wedding they have ever been too. The Thai dancing procession through the garden, the ceremony on the beach, the canapés and cocktails in the bar area and the amazing international buffet ( which people are still commenting on) were amazing!

Johnny the celebrant and Steve bray the DJ were great! They knew exactly how to entertain the guests.

At the end of the night we lit lanterns into the night sky and ended the night in the pool! The staff made sure that everything ran smoothly and everything was just perfect!

I would highly recommend zazen for a wedding. Ame knows exactly what she is doing and ensures a personal service from day one!

Zazen itself has a friendly and chilled out atmosphere and is at the quieter end of Bophut beach which is great. Light chilled out music plays in the pool area through out the day. The spa is reasonably priced.

We stayed in a beach villa which had an outdoor bathroom which was a nice feature. Mozzies were not too bad!

The food at zazen is lovely in general and we had some great lunch meals, specifically I loved the Nicosia salad.

The only thing that could be improved is breakfast. We found the service a little bit disorganized and slow.

All in all we will be back to zazen and will always think of our time there with very fond memories!!!

Thank you Ame and team!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Gemma,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you chose Zazen to host your wedding. Our team was delighted to organize this special moment for you and your husband.

In regards to your feedback about breakfast service, we are aware of the situation and we are taking corrective measures to improve this issue. We hope that we can very soon showcase our improvements.

We look forward to welcoming you again for your anniversary!

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

My now husband and I made the wonderful decision to hold our wedding at Zazen, a decision we will never regret.
It was a truly amazing and beautiful place to bring our family and friends for a day we will never forget. Ame, the wedding planner was an absolute star! From the planning months before hand right up to the day, I never had anything to worry about as Ame was always super-fast in replying to emails and always accommodating in whatever needs and questions we had. Charles, the food and beverage manager was just as helpful in arrangements for the reception and the tasty Thai buffet had our guests talking for days.
As part of the wedding package we were able to experience the exceptional offerings of the Le Spa Zen. Understandably I was a little tense the day before the ‘big day’ and after a full body massage and an Anti-Aging Facial (3 wonderful hours later) I was so relaxed and very refreshed. An absolute must for truly letting go of the ‘real world’ and slipping into holiday mode.
We will never forget the 6 days we spent with our families at Zazen. Not only were we in a location with beautiful surroundings with our loved ones, we were also with the kind and caring staff of Zazen. A big shout out to Natalie and Sulie for all there help during our stay, thank you.
Now, to think up many more excuses in the coming years to return to paradise!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Clarissa,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are glad to read that you chose Zazen to host your wedding. Our team was delighted to organize this special moment for you and your husband.

We look forward to welcoming you again for your anniversary!

With best regards,

Zazen Management
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Property: Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Address: 177 Moo 1, Bophut Beach | Koh Samui, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bophut
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#7 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#10 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zazen is a stylish true Boutique Resort located on the beautiful Bophut Beach. Perfect for a relaxing holiday and a romantic honeymoon. Zazen offers 26 stylish villas, and 2 of the most popular restaurants on the island with traditional Thai cuisine and fine French / Mediterranean dining. Le Spa Zen will help you find the deepest levels of relaxation. Welcome to Zazen! ... more   less 
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