Stayed in a garden Villa at the Bandara Spa Resort as part of our Honeymoon Package booked with Kuoni. ( the Kuoni Rep for this Resort never got back to us with answers to our questions ).
Villa is beautiful nice and its very private with its own sun area , table and chairs and plunge pool however the day we arrived and checked in, they must have taken 2 mins to clean our room. The mugs were dirty , bathroom floor wasnt clean and the curtains had stain marks/blood/squashed mosquitos . Called Reception and this was hard work communicating . ( no one ever came ) . Waited until we went for dinner to ask reception to send someone.
Please be aware if you decide to take a Villa , you need to expect cochroches pass through under your door, bugs , mosquitos in your room and in your bath tub outside. I would run the bath and wash them all away before I sat in it but if you dont like bugs for your own sake DONT STAY IN A VILLA. I also got bitten by mosquitos every night however my husband only got biten once .
Asked for an ironing board and an Iron and they brought me a board with holes in and an Iron that was just useless !
The Gardens are lovely and well kept. The main pool is also nice clean and well kept . we didnt use the pool by the beach. Plently of sunbeds but you get the ones who put their towels out early in the morning and disapear for hours ! ( find that unfair )
Hotel food was nice however expensive and seriously over priced ! Try the chocolate cononut brownie for a treat was LOVELY ! ( again , over priced )
The restaurant by the beach offers burgers and pizzas. There is a little mart across the road which is good , a pharmacy and more restaurants. If you walk out of the hotel and turn right there is a restaurant called the Garden . about 3mins walk and we were impressed with the food and price . They have everything on the menu from english food chinese thai and american. I personally found places to be so unhygienic so we were very careful where we ate.
Do visit Chaweng its worth going at night to see whats going on, much busier and nightlife there is crazy. We took taxis first 2 days until we realised that we were getting ripped off so we got the 'songtaw' downtown or to Tesco for 50baht before 6pm one way or 100bnaht after 6pm one way person. Just hold on tight and you will be fine. Its very safe just tell the driver where you want to go , agree a price first and jump on! he will then tell you when you arrive . There is a big tesco Lotus not far from hotel if you want to buy souvenirs here ( found things here to be the cheapest in koh samui ) . Chaweng market is good but they all sell the same things every 2/3 shops and they dont bargain much .
There is a Subway , Mc donalds , Pizza Hut > Mexican all in Chaweng . Try Kresens Icecream Parlour its yum !!
We booked our excursions via the Hotel . Any leaflets you see just ask reception to book them for you . We went to the nature reserve ( 40 little islands) i cannot remember what it was called but its an all day trip and it was beautiful. You will be amazed at the difference in water . The beaches are beautiful and water is crystal clear. I would recommend this to all as a must do trip . Also when you book please confirm the price includes your entrance fee as they can try being cheeky and ask for it ontop of what you paid. ( get in in wrtiting on your receipt)
Irina ( russian lady) was all smiles all the time and she was helpful and we always saw her helping others on the hotel grounds.
If you go with the mindset that this hotel is 3 star you will be fine !
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- Also Known As:
- Bandara Hotel Bophut
- Bandara Resort And Spa
- Bandara Resort Koh Samui
- Bandara Hotel Koh Samui
- Bandara Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut