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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Chalong, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Simply beautiful”
Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

With no booking made we just stopped in to try and get some accommodation. You can not see the resort from the street and once you drive down the bamboo lined driveway it's simply lovely. We were given a great rate for a beachfront bungalow and it's view was simply beautiful. Everything about this resort is lush, from the gardens to the paths which has little streams on either side. A champagne breakfast with tropical fruits and nuts and a view which started you day with a smile. Dinner was
Delicious and was simply stunning. I would have to say this is simply the best resort I have stayed in . Five stars

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Fiona,

First we would like to thank you for your great feedback about our Resort. It’s a pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to make your journey in Samui pleasant.

We hope we will have the chance to welcome you again to Zazen Boutique Hotel Resort &Spa !

Kind regards,

Claudio
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

Zazen is a fantastic hotel, decorated with lots of elegance and taste, offering great service and quality. The staff was extremely friendly - special thanks to two lovely ladies Fon and Nik! Food was delicious, spa was great, the rooms were spacious. Really a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Laura,

We are happy to see the surrounding, the atmosphere and the involvement of our staff made your journey agreeable and relaxing.

Your nice compliments were transmitted to Fon and Nik. They were glad to help you during your stay and make your experience wonderful !

See you soon in Samui!

Best regards

Claudio
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed only two nights, as our destination was Koh Tao, but we truly loved this place.
From the moment you enter the gate into the lush garden you feel happy. The materials, colors and decorations throughout the resort are gorgeous and the food is very good. We didn't like Koh Samui very much (compared to less crowded places in Thailand with more natural attractions), but we just loved this hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Dear Florina,

Thank you for sharing the feedback of your experience in our Resort.
The team and I are pleased to read you liked the two days you spent in our Resort.

We hope you had a pleasant stay in Koh Tao after staying with us !

Best Regards,

Claudio
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Quite simply, one of the tastiest hotel experiences of our lives. Starting every day beside the waves with an amazing breakfast spread featuring the sweetest mango, other fresh fruits, delightful home-made jams (coconut jam lives long in the memory) and made-to-order cooked breakfasts, it is impossible not to start the day in the finest spirits (or sparkling wine, more precisely).

My wife, two small kids and I booked Zazen well in advance as reward for a heavy year, including moving countries. Right from the friendly airport pick up, service at Zazen was exceptional - genuinely friendly and caring. Our bungalow was only about 10 metres off the beach -- which was actually better than the first line, since the beach-front offers less privacy.

The room was a decent size, with a central platform for the comfortable king size bed. A tv and DVD player was useful to entertain the kids in evenings when a hard day at the beach was simply not enough ;-)
One quirk about the room was the bathroom, which is open air - but actually we came to like the outside feeling, and staff were rigorous in placing mosquito-repelling incense each evening. No bathtub for those who love one, but a good shower.

The pool is perhaps rather small, but we were content to enjoy the beach all day. Water was good for swimming and kayaking. Bophut has much rougher sand than busier Chaweng beach, but even in winter it was comfortable to swim. Zazen staff we also fastidious about cleaning up the seaweed carried ashore by prevailing winter currents, in stark contrast to some other hotels along the beach.

Zazen is a foodies paradise and we learned that people tend to come from all over Samui to enjoy the famous cuisine of the hotel's French chef. Zazen is also noted for its unique underground wine cave, the only one of its kind on Samui. We were a bit alarmed about the cost of the compulsory Christmas and New Year dinners, but in the end the hotel showed admirable flexibility: as it was unlikely our 5yo and 2yo kids would enjoy the nine courses of foam-inspired haute cuisine, the hotel kindly allowed us to cancel the kids prepaid places and credit the down-payment to our bill. We arranged a baby sitter in order to savour the meal (our room was close enough to duck back between courses) and hopefully the hotel was able to sell an extra two places, so a win-win victory for common sense that did a lot to endear us further.

Wi-Fi coverage throughout the hotel and beach zone. 20 mins walk down the beach to shops and restaurants at Fishermans Village -- although you won't find anything better than Zazen's restaurant. A couple of friendly beach bars nearby in which to fuel the EPL addiction. Convenience stores, bars, pharmacies, etc all available within 5 mins walk if you want to breach the serenity out onto the main road.

All in all, Zazen is a heavenly haven for the harried and we will definitely be back. Hats off to the whole team!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Dear Dan,

The team and I would like to thank you for your kind message about our Resort.
We are very happy to read that you had a pleasant stay among us and that you appreciated both our surroundings and the efforts of our staff to help you enjoy your vacation.

We wish we will have the pleasure to welcome you and your lovely family again in Zazen!

Kind Regards,

Claudio
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

The hotel is nicely situated on beautiful Bophut Beach on Ko Samui. The facilities in general were great, from the outdoor reception, to the Spa area, to the beautiful grounds and bungalows.

The rooms were very nice and especially the outdoor bathroom with the great rain shower was a true highlight! Only downside: There were lots of Moskitos in the room and outside on the grounds. However, the hotel provides a mosquito net for the bed so the mosquitos don't bother you while you're sleeping. Also, the room was a bit noisy and we often woke up to hotel personnel talking and pushing carts around in the morning.

The hotel beach is great and there always was an empty beach lounger waiting for us. Bophut beach in general is pretty crowded with lots of hotels and tourists. So if you are looking for a complete, calm hideaway, Ko Samui might actually be too busy for you. The upside was that there were always some food-sellers around from which you could buy fresh fruit, spring rolls, etc. for lunch. Also, there is a nice Fisherman's Village on the other end of the beach (about a 15-20 min walk from the hotel) where we had the best fish dishes of our whole Thailand trip.

If you walk out to the main road, there is a supermarket close by and also pharmacies were within walking distance.

The food in the hotel restaurant was awesome. The breakfast buffet was very good and the dinner menu excellent (although a bit pricy for Thai standards). We really really enjoyed the food there. However, the restaurant service didn't really live up to the food quality as the waitresses just did their routine job without offering smiles. On the last day, all of a sudden, the service seemed much nicer with many talks and smiles. My fiancée was joking that maybe the manager is watching, and indeed when we walked out we noticed the manager observing his personnel. In a hotel of such class you should never notice such a difference in service.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in this hotel, although it wasn't the best one of our Thailand trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for writing a feedback of your experience in our Resort.

The team and I are pleased to see you liked the location and the surroundings of Zazen.
We are taking good notes of your remarks about our service quality but we are happy to read that overall, you enjoyed your experience in our Restaurant.

I hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in the near future,

Kindest Regards,

Claudio
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We chose the Zazen because we wanted a detached room and we weren't disappointed. The accommodation is superb, beautiful and spacious room with everything you need. The grounds are lovely and the spa was excellent. The pool is very pretty, quite small but lovely to dip in to and cool off. The staff were friendly but service was a little slow at times. If I had one criticism, it would be that everything you order, from lunch to a beer, and regardless of whether you go up to the bar to order a beer, has an extra 10% service charge added to the price. I don't agree with this. I think tipping should be at the discretion of the customer and, at times, the service was not good enough to warrant a 10% tip.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

The team and I would like to thank you for the nice feedback you gave of our Resort.
It’s a pleasure to see that you overall enjoyed your stay in Zazen and we hope to welcome you soon again!

Best regards,,

Claudio
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

The grounds and garden at Zazen are stunning. From arriving at the beautiful reception area with Koi pond the winding walk to the room provides a surprise at every turn. Beautiful water features, sculptures and lush tropical planting set this place apart. We stayed in beach front villa 2. Although not huge the room was more than adequate and very tasteful with lovely artwork and sculptures and a very comfortable bed with quality bed linen. The partial outdoor shower did encourage mosquitoes in to the room and made the bathroom very warm and I feel that this could be improved by using fine netting across the open area. I did actually get bitten although sprays were provided and used regularly. There was a lack of hanging space for long dresses in the wardrobe so I had to hang them on the wardrobe door. There was never a shortage of sun loungers and the attendants were very helpful- straightening the towels and dusting off sand. The hotel is convenient and within easy walking distance of the restaurants of Bophut and Fisherman's village. Breakfast at the hotel was varied and very good - the cooked options were lovely and the fresh baked croissants were beautiful. The restaurant has a wonderful view over the beach. Service at breakfast was a little inconsistent considering the high number of servers. We did eat dinner at the restaurant on our first evening but my husband was very disappointed with the chewy beef in the massaman curry and did not eat his meal- the complaint was handled well and the meal was deducted from the bill but we did eat much better food in the town for a lot less money. Overall a good stay and we were very impressed with the design features of this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Dear Katrina Marie,

First we would like to thank you for taking time writing this nice feedback about your experience with us.

The team and I are very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially the surroundings and the atmosphere of our Resort.

I have taken note of your concerns regarding the room and the restaurant. The rooms will undergo refurbishment during the upcoming months and we will be working on the consistency of the breakfast service.

I hope you will keep great memories of your stay in Zazen and I look forward to welcoming you back again to Zazen!

Sunny Regards,

Claudio
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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
#8 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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