We have just returned from a 10 day holiday staying at the wonderful "Bandara Resort and Spa". This is our third visit to Samui but first time to Bandara. This is by far the BEST resort we have stayed at in Samui. We were overwhelmed by how friendly all the staff were, from the head Chef and his staff all the wait staff in the restaurant (special mention to Phoo from the restaurant who was so kind to our 6 year old, he looked forward to seeing her every morning at breakfast & always made him laugh - what special memories to have) also to all the housekeeping staff and the lovely girls in the day spa.
When we arrived at the resort we were invited (by the guest relations officer) to attend a the charity event "Spark" with dancers and a fire show -which was held in the beautiful grounds of the resort, we were also treated to a buffet dinner. What a spectacular show they put on and a real treat for our two children!
We stayed in a pool villa (715) which was very spacious and private with a fantastic outdoor shower. The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job in keeping the room clean and replenishing all towels and amenities on a daily basis. The turn down service was great also, our two children used to get quite excited when we would return to our room each evening after dinner to find their bed turned down and their teddy bears tucked in with a small treat left on the bed each night.
We were fortunate enough to stay at the resort over two Tuesdays, on these evenings the resort puts on a spectacular sea food buffet dinner on the beach (weather permitting) and a free cocktail party in the garden prior to dinner. During the cocktail party you have the opportunity to mingle with other guests and staff. This is where we meet the lovely Italian couple Marco & Emanuela, who work at the resort as personal trainers/ Mauy Thai boxers, my husband took the opportunity to book in for a one hour boxing session with them early in the morning in the resort grounds and what a wonderful experience this was to learn their Mauy Thai boxing technique. Thank you Marco & Emanuela for the experience!!
The buffet breakfast is of international standard with a wide variety of foods including an egg station ( made to order) our children loved the pancakes and pastries. As a Chef myself I know how much effot Pamon (Head Chef) and his team go to to meet all guests needs. Well done Pamon!!
During our ten day stay we used the laundry across the road operated by a lovely friendly lady and so cheap! The family mart across the road was handy for picking up snacks and drinks. The road at the front of the resort is quite busy the the lovely security men on the front drive always stopped the traffic so we were able to cross.
The resort backs right onto the beach which is spectacular with plenty of beach lounges and bean bags. After taking a stroll down the beach we soon realised how lucky we are to be staying at Bandara- offering a more quality resort with a wide variety of activities including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing all complimentary to hotel guests.
A five minute walk down the beach you reach the lovely Fishermans Village (which is so much cleaner then Chewang) with so many restaurants, bars and shops to choose from. We highly recommend the bar "Coco Tams" fantastic cocktails great music & atmosphere . A visit to the walking markets at Fishermans Village on Friday nights (5pm-10pm) is a must!!! Fantastic street food and cocktails not to mention great shopping.
On a number of occasions during our stay we were fortunate enough to meet the general manager James, what a lovely down to earth man so kind and so friendly! On our last night in the resort he approached us to find out how our stay was then proceeded to escort us to the restaurant then asked Pamon (head chef) to look after us . We were given the VIP treatment on our last night at the sea food buffet.
Thank you to All the staff at Bandara for making our holiday one we will never forget!
We will return :)
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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