I booked this basically as it was good value and the pools looked great.
Summary of the things you need to know
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.
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.
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- Also Known As:
- Bandara Hotel Bophut
- Bandara Resort And Spa
- Bandara Resort Koh Samui
- Bandara Hotel Koh Samui
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