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Bo Phut Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We recently spent 6 nights at Bo Phut Resort – myself, husband and 2 children (20, 16). I picked this resort because it is small and intimate. We wanted a bit of peace and quiet and not a large resort filled with people or lines at the breakfast buffet. We were not disappointed.
I booked directly with the hotel and was given a good net rate which included round trip transfers and daily breakfasts. We booked a one bedroom garden villa with pool for ourselves and a garden view room for the kids.
The kids’ room was large and well appointed. We did all spend more time in our villa, which was magnificent (see pictures). My only complaints about the rooms are lack of water pressure in the bathroom and that the abundance of wood can make the room feel a bit dark. Otherwise the rooms were well appointed with lots of lovely amenities - Nespresso machine in our room, TV, CD/DVD player, flip flops etc. A nice touch in all rooms is the basket for carrying to the pool or beach. Bath and pool towels are nice and large.
I loved the large bathroom, with its glass walls giving a feeling of an outdoor shower, and the huge bath - both looking out onto greenery but yet completely private.
We enjoyed the daily breakfasts. As it is a small resort, there is no waiting for a table. Staff remembered our coffee preferences and brought it without needing to ask. Eggs, noodles and rice are made to order. The head chef visits every table each morning to say hello and discuss daily food offerings.
The first morning of our stay was my daughter’s 16th birthday. At breakfast all the staff came out singing happy birthday, with a lovely cake and candles. The chef came to wish her happy birthday and let her know that he had been to temple early that morning to pray for her. I thought this was a lovely gesture. In the evening her bed was adorned with flowers and a birthday message.
One thing I didn’t like was that a lot of the guests seemed to rise very early to book their pool loungers – something we haven’t encountered since we lived in Europe. I noticed that a lot of them would spend only a short time at the pool but not bother to relinquish their loungers for others to use. This is not the Resort’s fault, and indeed the pool attendant did everything in his power to find loungers for everyone. However I have stayed at other hotels where this practice was not allowed. We were there the week before Christmas, and possibly when the Resort is at capacity over the holiday period, this might be an issue.
I liked that the hotel allowed guests to purchase food and drinks from beach vendors and eat at our loungers. There are many vendors passing by during the day selling food, clothing and other bits and pieces. They are friendly but not overbearing or pushy.
The Fisherman’s Village is about a 10-15 minute walk away – along the beach in daylight hours. Walking along the beach afforded us a good look at other hotels’ pools and bars.
We ate a couple of lunches at the hotel and found the food tasty and good value – in particular the pizzas were the best we found in the whole area. For dinner we mostly ventured outside the hotel, although we did eat dinner on our last night at the hotel’s Thai restaurant, which was good.
To sum up – we had a great holiday and would love to return to Bo Phut Resort. Staff were attentive, our pool villa was fabulous, and we were more than happy with our choice.

Room Tip: Private pool villa is the way to go!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

This was the highlight of our entire Thailand trip. The moment you arrive you are sat down and everything is taken care of.

The rooms are spacious and well maintained. Our room had a little porch which was perfect for hanging out with a drink. The grounds are beautiful and a great pool overlooking the ocean.

The breakfast buffet was a welcome surprise. Great food and you can't beet morning coffee at the beach.

The resort is on a quieter part of the island which was perfect for us. It's a quick walk on the beach to a little fishing town with plenty of places for a snack or some drinks along the way.

Its also a quick ride to other beaches with more restaurants, resorts and bars.

The staff was incredibly helpful and some of the most friendly we have come across.

We can't recommend this place more and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank BeanFry
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We have just returned from a two week stay at the Bo Phut Resort & Spa, having stayed there originally 5 years ago. It was fantastic the first time we stayed and are pleased to say that it still is. We booked directly with the hotel through their website and took advantage of the offer of a free upgrade to a Garden Villa. We love these villas and thought the offer to be excellent value.
We like our luxury in the room and hotel but, apart from the breakfasts, don't tend to eat in the hotel as we like to get out and about. We did however eat one night in Sala Thai and the food was beautiful. I think that the hotel has reduced its prices to bring them more into line with other local restaurants and so this was even a 'relatively' good value meal compared with the local restaurants (although not quite as cheap). The breakfasts were OK...personally a cup of tea and some toast is perfect for me and so I found breakfast to be fine, although the 'spread' isn't as good as other hotels we have stayed in. The usual suspects were still available though (freshly cooked eggs, freshly cooked stir fry, fresh fruit, fresh bread and pastries etc etc) and the food that I had was excellent.
We love the pool and beach area at this hotel...lovely, comfortable sunbeds and nice and helpful pool guys. You could even pop onto the beach and get some fresh pineapple or a spring roll etc from the beach sellers which were great.
Hotel is superbly located a short stroll from Fishermans Village, a lovely place with plenty of restaurants (Starfish & Coffee, Happy Elephant etc and when the you just need a rest from the thai food, The Shack with cracking steaks grilled right in front of you)....not as big and as lively as Chaweng (thank goodness) but certainly lively enough for a couple of weeks.
In summary, if you want a beautiful hotel, with really friendly staff, excellent rooms with all the trimmings and close to local restaurants, then this is your place.

Room Tip: Definately book a garden villa as very private and in the beautiful grounds....
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank WolvesDave
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

It is tricky weighing up where to stay in Koh Samui - we like being able to walk to restaurants and not be too stuck at the resort. So we picked Bohput as hopefully having a bit of everything. We were upgraded to a Garden Villa that was superb, the bathroom was massive including an outdoor shower. The attention to detail was great and the staff were lovely, although it did get a little tiresome being greeted by each & every one every time you walked through the foyer.

The beach is lovely for swimming but not good for walking, the sand is very heavy & granetic, tough on your feet & your legs.

We were unlucky to be there during the 4 day power outage so our choices of eating out were very restricted and Fishermans Village was pretty dead. We fared better than most as the resort obviously had powerful generators and we had three lights in our room plus power points but no air con. However many places didn't even have water so our discomfort was minimal. My only dissatisfaction was the lack of information, we had to learn everything off the Internet & the newspaper. A memo or some type of info about what was going on would have been useful. After sweltering through the first night we asked for a fan & while this was forthcoming it would have been much better if had have been provided as soon as the power was lost.

We did go to Chaweng and it is much busier there with lots of shops & restaurants and the sand is much nicer. However the beach and the water are really dirty, lots of rubbish everywhere, certainly didn't feel like swimming amongst in - so the Bohput choice is much better, and if you are looking for some variety head to Chaweng for a trip.

I do agree with other people about the ridiculous sun lounge arrangement we had to be up between 7-7.30 to pick one! They have plenty of room for more so am not sure why they don't provide them.

Having said all that the resort was lovely. I did try to pick somewhere that wasn't family orientated so the pool wasn't overrun with noisy children - there were a couple of families with very young children but overall the noise factor was not too bad.
This is a much longer review than I normally do - but I paid a lot more to stay here than I usually spend so I had high expectations and presume other people coming will have the same.
There were many, many little touches that really made the difference from an average resort to a lovely one.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kamema
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is our last stop in our tour of Thailand, and again we booked it through Escape Worldwide.

This hotel is a taste of paradise, the staff were very friendly and very discreeet and always on hand if you have any queries. The food was excellent and we were lucky enough to be in the hotel for the King's birthday which we were invited to join in the celebration.

The 15 minute complimentary massage was a nice surprise, I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to stay on Bo Phut.

Well done Bo Phut resort and spa, you made our holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Marian R
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Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

The place is quite nice, good service, nice rooms (we had been upgraded to a garden room which was large and comfy). The complimentary 15 min massage was a nice touch, the staff very friendly. There are downsides though ...

1. Food isn't that great. Breakfast - cold dried bacon, the most unappetising sausages I've ever seen, dry croissants, tired looking bread..... . The lunch menu was way too westernised and expensive, you're better off heading across the road or to the village to get food a little cheaper and more authentic.

2. The ridiculous sun lounge system .... You need to get down early and put a towel on a lounge to "reserve" it - by around 9am they're all "booked", we learnt this lesson the hard way. For example, on one day by 10:30am about 4 guests had already been turned away because they were "full" - but there were at least 14 unused beds that hadn't been touched since they were reserved, including a couple that must have been chosen around 7am!!!

Because of the downsides, I actually wouldn't recommend this place, given the price we paid I expected a bit more. I suggest you try some of the other resorts nearby!

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3  Thank SpiralStairs
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed at this beautifull resort during Nov 2012, what a experience !!! From the arrival to our departure was the best experience ever !!! The friendly personnel are always ready to help and their professional attitude are the reason why the standards are so incredibly high at the Bo Phut Resort and Spa. Well Done !!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 12/12, Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#3 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#3 Business Hotel in Bophut
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#6 Family Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: $122 - $457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bo Phut Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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