My husband and I spent 3 nights here in Jan 2009. We decided to splurge and stayed in one of the villas with a private swimming pool. It was AMAZING! The room was absolutely beautiful, with lots of room, a very comfortable bed, and a gorgeous indoor and outdoor bathroom. The indoor bathroom was huge, with 2 sinks, and separate rooms for the toilet and shower. Outside there was a large stone tub and a shower. It was so wonderful to shower outside in such a gorgeous tropical setting! There was also a large patio with a table and chairs and a small swimming pool. We loved every last detail about the villa.
The resort itself was very lush and tropical. There were 2 swimming pools, the main pool and one overlooking the beach. It was very windy when we were there, so it was too cold to swim in the pool by the beach for very long. The main pool was huge and lovely. My only complaint is that the main pool closes at 7, so you can only swim in the beach pool at night - and it was too cold to do so.
The resort is right on Bophut Beach, which has beautiful views when you are on the beach. The beach itself is rough though - very grainy sand, and the waves are downright scary, at least when we were there. It is quite far and expensive to get to Chaweng, where all the nightlife is. There is a free shuttle (not well advertised though) from the resort, so you can get there one way for free. The last shuttle returns to the resort quite early, so you would have to take a cab or red songthaew to get back.
The Fishermen's Village is really close by, about a 10 min walk either along the beach or the main road. There are many cute restaurants and cafes in this area.
Breakfast was wonderful! There were so many items, and everything was fresh and tasty.
We also booked facials at the spa, but I would not recommend it. The description of the facial included a consultation, facial, and arm and hand massage. There was absolutely no consultation! I was surprised when she just started applying things to my face without inquiring about allergies, sensitivities, etc. They also only cover you with a very thin towel, which made me a bit self-conscious. There is also no respect for your privacy - they watch you get settled before covering you! I couldn't believe that, and was very uncomfortable. Finally, there was no arm or hand massage, which I had been looking forward to. Instead, she made me sit up (and I had to hold on to the thin towel covering me or it would have fallen) and then before I could stop her, started giving me a neck massage. The next morning I had pain in my neck, and then was unable to turn my head to the left for the next 2 weeks!!! I was pretty upset about the whole spa experience, but there were no apologies and nothing was done to compensate us for it, despite me taking the time to write down everything on the feedback card and including multiple suggestions for improving the experience.
Overall I would recommend the hotel but not the spa.
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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