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Bandara Resort & Spa
Ranked #25 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
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“Nice Resort..... Samui a reflection on the planet”
Reviewed May 26, 2010

I booked this basically as it was good value and the pools looked great.

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Great Pools. Next to the main pool are some good little covered areas nice for a relax and the pool is a large size in nice gardens with some little elephants spraying water.
The beach Pool was my fav and when we where in the hotel where me and the lady relaxed. The upper Beach pool is also shaded from about 4pm onwards which if you are as blond as me is a big deal in the hot season.

Rooms: Nice and well fitted. I booked a superior room but requested a top floor room and as it was quite I believe we where upgraded to a deluxe room. A good size with everything you need including a fridge with freezer for the lollies. Word of warning the ground floor rooms looked very exposed to people walking by.

Food and drinks: Average and of course over priced from the hotel. However from 5-7 at the cool beach bar you go 2 cocktails for about 5 quid which was a nice time for me and the lady as we had a few while playing the bar games as the sun went down. Get yourself to the family mart across the street and fill your mini bar for a 5th of the cost. A can of coke is 20p rather than a quid from the hotel.

Staff: Friendly and nice while English okay if not perfect but the saddo’s who complain about that need to book elsewhere other than Thailand.

Beach: In one word awful. This sand is the worst on the island and a real pain to walk on and you sink into it. Also note like many places on Samui they pump their untreated sewage right into the water next to their own bit of beach. This stinks near the beach at midnight and also makes the water dirty and full of crap.

Capacity: We arrived the 14th for 6 nights and the hotel was quiet was relaxing as the week went on, alot more people arrived and the towel wars started. With lots of German’s on the island many beds where towelled up by 6:30am and I can see this hotel being too busy when full.

Location: It’s a real pain to get to the beginning of the path to the fisherman’s village walking on the beach and worse on the way back after a few beers. I would suggest you walk out the main door of the hotel onto the main road and then turn left at the full moon restaurant sign which takes you on a path which runs all the way to the fisherman’s village. Okay and more relaxing than Cheewang, but don’t be taken in by all this lovely little fisherman’s village stuff the place is a tourist trap and full of average over priced restaurants by Thai standards. The south of the island is where you get lovely traditional food at a fair price and don’t be sacred by the local Thai places/or street food some of the best grub found here.

There is however a gem just two hotels down where you can eat and that’s the Hansar restarting which has a real world class chief from Canada and proper quality food.

This part of the island is over developed like cheewang and the worst beaches and sea quality. As for getting round the island a taxis is 5-10 pounds dependant on where you are going or jump on the back of the red trucks (safe and run and its 1-3 quid anywhere). Or if you want some fun jump on the back of motorbike taxis for about 1-2 quid. I suggest getting your own transport either a jeep for 15 quid a day or a bike for a fiver.

Samui:

Okay I came here in 2001 as a young man so it hard for me to remain neutral but the fact was at this time it was the best place I had ever been. A beautiful island which had nightlife and attractions but also remote beach’s with something for backpackers as well. It had the chance of adventure into the mountains or exploring the island on near empty roads on your bike. It was cheap and the samui’s themselves where lovely people. Also if you are that way inclined you could meet a local lady at the Reggie bar which could be innocent or seedy dependant on the way you roll. Also amazing waterfalls where you had to trek up mountains and then could swim in rock pools.

Now very few of these things are true. There are at least 3 Tesco’s on the island! The roads are busy full of big pick up trucks, the population is now mainly Thai from the mainland and they all want your money. Plus there must be 10 times the amount of people on the Island. The ring road is now completely developed and there are no remote beaches left just hotels and restaurants. Also in mainly places the water is dirty and there is plastic ling around all over the place. The attractions are still there however the waterfalls are dry due to a lack of rain? But I would suggest over population.

Thailand is great I love the food, the people and Chang beer but this isn’t progress as if you want to sit in a lovely hotel you can do that anywhere as this Island is on the way to being a crap hole already with water shortages and power cuts and just too many people. Plus it isn’t cheap anymore. Samui reflects how we treat our beautiful planet. If you want paradise look elsewhere but if you are a package holiday victim I guess this place is still great.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

We went here on our honeymoon for 7 nights in mid-April. Our stay was just stunning from start to finish.
We stayed in a pool villa which exceeded all our expectations. The pool was just wonderful, especially as it was so hot while we were there.
Breakfast was great, be sure to try the little dim sum things!
The pool bar happy hour with the 2-for-1 cocktails was great (probably not that fantastic in terms of value, but great tasting and you can't beat the location).
Make sure you use the Family mart across the road. We emptied out our mini bar and restocked it with beers and snacks from here. Super value.
The fishermans village is good for tea, but head up the road in the other direction and there are some amazing value restaurants up that way.

I would come back here in a heartbeat (just hopefully for longer next time!)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

We came to this resort for my mums wedding in April 2010.
The wedding was magical and so beautiful, so well organised and all of us had such a blast, my mum and her new husband had their dream wedding. Chanupong was the wedding coordiantor and helped with all our questions pre wedding and had everything organised perfectly. The staff were wonderful and were into the spirit of the wedding. I would strongly recomend the Traditional Thai Wedding at this resort, the monks blessing was very special and different. The set up including the buffet set up was perfect and beautiful.
Moving onto the resort, staff are very friendly, always greeting you with a big smile, the rooms are lovely and the beds so comfortable! The pool is fantastic.
Buffet breakfast was devine, always so much to choose from, I couldnt help but pack my plate up with food.
Location is nice as its a resort style location and away from the busyness and smells of Chaweng, our group hired scooters so rode around the island and visited Chaweng many times.
Also special note to the resort and Steve the manager, my partners mother broke her leg and was in hospital, the resort brought her flowers and fruit which was a lovely gesture and took care of her husband as they needed to extend their stay.
All in all, I will def be back next year and the resort is A+++++

  • Stayed April 2010
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victoria
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

My new husband and I have just returned from a wedding/honeymoon/holiday all inclusive at the Bandara Resort. Our family and friends also traveled with us to celebrate our Traditional Thai wedding held at the Resort. We were just overwelhmed by the extravagance and splendour of our Thai wedding ceremony. We left it all up to the Bandara Team to organise the wedding and we can not faulter a thing. It was certainly our dream wedding come true and more. We had never attended a Thai wedding but I must say, it is so different to the traditional Western Style. The ceremony was conducted on the beach, monks and all. This was our wish and the Bandara Team made it happen. They went out of their way to grant our every wish. Nothing was ever a problem and everything was perfect. They even celebrated with us making it all more special. Nothing went wrong. OMG I wish everyone could experience what we experienced. We stayed in a Villa room and our guests stayed in both Deluxe and Superior rooms. We were treated like royality and our guests were made very welcome by all staff at Bandara. There is so much to say but of course I cannot brag on forever. If there is anyone out there that wishes to ask any questions about weddings at Bandara, accommodation and even things to do in Koh Samui, please do not hestitate to ask. We loved it so much we tried to go back after our return to Australia but time was not on our side. We will go back for sure there is no doubt.
P.S will hopefully be posting some pics soon once I get around to it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2010

We've just returned from a 10 night stay at the Bandara and couldn't recommend it highly enough. To be fair, we have only 1 resort in Barbados and just normal hotels to compare with but we found the Bandara to be absolutely wonderful.

The grounds are big and spacious with lovely garden areas that you meander through to reach the beachfront. It is evident the grounds are looked after and maintained at a very high standard. The pools are fabulous, with one very long one in the centre nearer to reception area (and a kiddies pool nearby) then the infinity pool on the beachfront with a fabulous view of Bophut Beach and Koh Pgangan. I do agree with other reviews that it's a shame the pool bar is so quiet and virtually empty in the evenings.

We found the reception area to be very spacious with a lovely water feature (rectangular shaped pond). The hotel kindly upgraded us for free to a deluxe room which was lovely. The room had a king size bed which was extremely comfy with luxurious bedding and big pillows (4 pillows were provided). The day beds in the room and on the balcony are a nice touch too. We had a bath separate to the shower which was useful, and also the DVD player came in handy (with all the DVDs you can buy in the village!).

Maid service is great as the room was always made up to a high standard and fresh beach towels always provided which are useful for the sun loungers. There is also free internet access (2 computers) and we never had a problem using them although it was very quiet.

Breakfast was amazing with a huge variety of food available. Ranging from pancakes and syrup, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, sweet pastries through to hot cooked food (eggs, bacon, omlettes etc) and even fried rice, dim sum and other daily Thai treats! The fruit juice is yummy too, especially Guava juice.

Fisherman's village is only a short walk away - the quickest route is taking a right at the beachfront and a 5 min walk along the beach (past the Anantara) where you can then join the paved walkway for a couple more minutes into the village. The village caters for all food needs and we mainly ate Thai but also had steak at The Shack, and a burger at Billabong. We didn't eat dinner at the Bandara mainly based on the reviews we read and also it's nice to head out to the village in the evening.

All in all, we enjoyed the Bandara so much we didn't really do much but unwind by the pool overlooking the beach and making full use of the resort and room (and the A/C which was most important!). We didn't use the spa facilities or gym equipment but it all looked very good!

The only critism (which has already been mentioned in other reviews) is the reception staff speak very little English but they remain very courteous and as helpful as possible. Also we were slightly concerned about construction taking place at the neighbouring hotel but can reassure that you only heard this when by the pool at the beachfront.

All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Although we did get a great deal through an agency but would've been prepared to pay more and stay in the same resort.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

My best girlfriend and I stayed here for 6 nights in late April. We'd just spent a few crazy days in Phuket so were looking for a nice place to relax, get a tan, eat, drink, sleep, read books etc and it was perfect for that.

The rooms were large - we had a room with two queen beds - and ours was only a few steps from the pool. It was about a 200m walk to the sun lounges spread out along the beach.

The day spa was lovely and much more reasonably priced than the other day spas in the area, where you'd pay similar prices to back in Australia.

The staff are very friendly but don't understand English too well, so if you need help booking tours or asking for directions, go up to the main desk and someone should be able to help.

Buffet breakfast was included in our booking. There was lots of food, but it was the same each day. It would've been nice to have some variety, but no big deal. We found it was best to eat a big breakfast, then have a late lunch and not worry about dinner - you'll be too tired from all that sunbaking, swimming and reading :)

Bophut beach looks towards Koh Phangan, on the northern end of Koh Samui. It's a flat beach and gets deep quickly, but roped off so it's private. The sand is very coarse, not soft and white like Chaweng or Lamai beaches, but they were much busier and very tourist-focussed.

The best way to see the local area is to go for a walk along the beach, up towards Fisherman's Village for dinner or lunch at one of the cheap restaurants along the beach.

To explore the island, hire a Jeep. It costs 700BHT for the day and about 500BHT in fuel to get around the island. We stopped at Chaweng for lunch and at a few other spots to go for a swim etc and all up we took about 5 hours.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We spent 10 nights in the Bandara Resort & Spa during April 2010.

First the good points:

1. The Bandara has the best swimming pool I have ever seen in a hotel complex. It is huge, beautifully designed and has a depth (1.2-1.5m) that is ideal for any adult swimmers who are not particularly confident in the water. There are a further 2 pools plus a shallow childrens’ pool. All the surrounding grounds are immaculately kept.

2. During my stay I had 3 massages in the spa which were all fantastic. A 90 minute aromatherapy massage cost around £54 (including the 10% service charge and 7% VAT which is applied to all expenditure throughout the hotel). This was much more expensive than the beach-side massages widely available in Fisherman’s Village (where a Thai massage costs as little as £4) but the quality of the massage was worth every penny in my opinion.

Now the not so good points:

1. We booked a “deluxe” room which is supposed to be more spacious than the standard Bandara rooms. While our balcony was huge, the room itself was not spacious at all. The fixtures and fittings were very cheap-looking with chipped woodwork, minor stains/marks on the cushions, curtains and balcony day-bed and a tiny amount of storage space. Hanging space was very limited and there were only 2 drawers in the room which meant we were unable to unpack all our clothes (and we travel relatively lightly).

2. Other reviewers have mentioned the fact that the hotel supplies beach bags and flip flops in all the rooms. What they don’t mention is that the flip flops supplied are not new for every guest – the ones in our room had been well worn by previous guests, as had the spa-style slippers provided to go with the bathrobes.

3. The only air-conditioned areas in the hotel were the bedrooms and spa. The reception, restaurants and bars were roofed-over with open sides designed to allow a breeze to blow through. In mid-April this resulted in all these areas being uncomfortably hot.

4. Even though the hotel was far from full during our stay, the service level throughput the hotel (with the exception of the spa) was very poor for Thailand and there was no obvious sign of any management around the hotel.

5. On our last morning (just before we were due to check-out), a member of staff knocked on the door and asked to check the minibar contents. Not only did he check the minibar, he also looked in the wardrobe to check that we had not taken any of the coat hangers, golf umbrellas or the aforementioned grotty flip flops and spa slippers. He even checked that the bed runner and canvas laundry bag were not missing! We have been lucky enough to have stayed in a lot of hotels over the years (many of them much nicer than the Bandara) but we have never been treated like potential thieves before now.

I have given the Bandara 2 star solely because of its pool and spa, but overall there are much better places to stay in Koh Samui than this.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bandara Resort & Spa
Address: 178/2 Moo 1 | Tambol Bophut, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#10 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#16 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#17 Family Hotel in Bophut
#18 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#20 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
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Hotel Class:4 star — Bandara Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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