Having recently spent 10 nights at the Bandara Resort and Spa in Bophut, Koh Sumui, my wife and I unreservedly recommend this 4 star resort (rating deserved) to those considering Koh Sumui as a holiday destination.
First impressions of this modern, reasonably priced, well-equipped resort were lasting impressions. We found the staff to be genuine, caring and most helpful.
Our unit was on the third floor, overlooking the pool at one end. Pool noise was never an issue, possibly due to the location of our room. The unit was excellent; spacious, modern décor, kingsize bed and effective air conditioning. The balcony was large, complete with daybed, table and chairs and a ceiling fan. Fresh fruit and bottled water and large beach towels were delivered daily to the room free of charge.
Free Internet service with 2 computers was available for guests.
Excellent buffet style breakfast (available until 10.30am) catering for all nationalities was included in the package. We were impressed with the extensive range of foods – a wide variety of cooked breakfasts, cereals and yoghurts, a bread station with various types for toasting or fresh eating, salad bar with a range of cheeses and meats, an array of Asian type foods, various types of fruit juices, teas and coffee. The food was always fresh and plentiful.
Fishermans Village is only 5-10 minutes walk along the beachfront or by road. It contains a large number of reasonably priced restaurants, catering for all nationalities, along with bars and retail shops. We ate there most evenings.
My wife and I lead busy lives; consequently, much of our time was spent relaxing by one of the numerous pools or on the attractive beach fronting the resort. The picture of the main pool on the Internet is a true image. Food and drinks could be ordered from the pools or at the beach, at a reasonable charge. Bandara allowed us an opportunity to relax and get relief from hectic lifestyles, with the only disruption being the local sellers on the beach who were persistent in attempting to sell you items of clothing, sunglasses, foods, manicures and massages. These people were never on the resort’s grounds.
We were at Bandara in October, which is considered 'low season'. Therefore occupancy rate was only moderate. This along with the fact there was little rain contributed to a very pleasant stay. We found the temperature to be 'comfortable' with little difference between air and water temperature.
One of the attractions for us was the resort’s location. Bophut is only 10 to 15 minutes by taxi from the more populated area of Chaweng. This provided for a more restful stay, knowing that a busy populated centre with associated facilities; shopping, restaurants and nightclubs, was just a short drive away. The resort runs a free shuttle service to and from Chaweng twice daily. Taxi service is very good and reasonably priced.
We have unreservedly recommended Bandara Resort and Spa to our travel agent and also have family members staying at the resort later in 2009, on our recommendation. If we should return to Koh Sumui, we would have no hesitation in booking in at Bandara.
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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