There is a lot of good to be said about Zazen. The grounds are beautifully kept and the pool and beach area are charming. The staff was polite and accommodating, often circulating the pool and beach area with samples of snacks and drinks, even a 5 minute shoulder massage. The resort is located in a quieter part of the island. You could probably spend a few days relaxing here without leaving the grounds, but Fisherman's Village is only a 15 minute walk and convenience stores, pharmacies and restaurants are even closer. It's easy to get a taxi to other parts of the island, or the resort offers a driving service that's comparable in price.
The Zazen restaurant was exceptional. We had a beautiful seafood dinner there one night, and we ended most of our evenings with a drink in the lounge area. We also took advantage of the wonderful complimentary breakfast each morning - which included a buffet, hot made-to-order items (both Thai and western), even bubbles to start your day.
Now for the things I didn't love...
The bed. It's a mattress on the floor without a box spring, which I found to be tremendously uncomfortable. Our mattress also had giant dents in it and was probably due to be replaced. We requested an extra duvet, which we put underneath us to provide an extra layer of cushion. This helped somewhat, but I still had a lot of difficulty sleeping.
The mosquitos. I don't think there's much to be done about this, as Zazen is located in a little tropical haven. A service sprayed the grounds several times while we were there, and Zazen provided us with spray in our room. We spent a lot of time spraying down the inside of our bungalow as well as ourselves, but there were always bugs inside the bungalow and bites all over our bodies. I think that might just be a part of bungalow living, and the semi-enclosed bathroom.
The semi-enclosed bathroom. Just as pretty in person as in the pictures, but I didn't really think through the worst-case-scenario logistics. When I got food poisoning and spent an entire day sick, I hated being exposed to the elements. I could hear people running around poolside and assumed they could also hear me. It was an extra layer of awful on top of a horrible experience.
The children. We went for our delayed honeymoon (just before Christmas) and selected the hotel based on reviews as a romantic getaway. There were SO many (really poorly behaved) children. Again, not Zazen's fault but if you're looking for something more couple-centric, you might want to look elsewhere.
We had a couple's massage at the spa. It was just ok, and fairly expensive compared to other amenities on the island. We were in a tent in the middle of the grounds, and the "quiet area" signs were not enforced. It was difficult to relax with people having an in depth conversation 15 feet away.
At the end of the day, most of this is just personal preference and is not Zazen's fault. I don't think I would stay in another bungalow, period. I prefer a hotel room with a fully indoor bathroom and a traditional bed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Zazen Boutique Hotel Bophut
- Zazen Boutique Resort And Spa
- Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut