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The Waterfront
Ranked #21 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2011

I spent a month travelling around Thailand, largely with tour groups, and this was one of the few places that I was able to choose myself after reading up on reviews. My best friend and I stayed here and were really fortunate to get one of the two twin bed rooms on very short notice. It was blissful arriving here after a truly awful place in Lamai.

We were welcomed personally by Robin and our bags were taken to our rooms for us. We were offered our choice of welcome drink and shown around our room by Robin. We had a room perpindicular to the road and it was wonderfully quiet.

The grounds are beautifully landcaped. There are loungers by the pool or on the beach; there is an outdoor dining area overlooking the beach; there are hammocks beneath the palm trees. There's a little lagoon just in front of thr resort as well where we watched birds catching large shrimp for breakfast.

The sea is wonderfully still as it is protected both by the headlands and by Koh Pha Ngan. This does mean it can be a little rocky underfoot so you may want to bring reef shoes. Maenam Beach is a little deeper and sandier and only about a ten minute drive away as an alternative.

The resort restaurant closes at 6.30pm as a nod towards supporting the local community. What's amazing are the pages of write-up included in the room; they are on first name basis with so many within the local community and have stories to share on many of them. I love the fact that one guy liked their resort & Bophut so much that he came back to settle down and open his own shop nearby.

Bophut is definitely a more sedate and boutique kind of area so some of the restaurants nearby are very expensive (1000-1600B set menus for two people). What's great is that there are also a small number of street vendors (eat the sweet roti pancakes while sitting on the wharf) and there are also kitchens further from the water where you can eat for 70-100B. The kitchen opposite the hotel is really lovely and has excellent food. As an added bonus you can bring takeaways back to the resort and they'll set up plates, cutlery, candles etc. for you.

I really loved the fact that at Bophut we saw locals as well as tourists and there were local kids playing on the beach.

We had breakfast in the morning sitting in the beachside dining area. There is cereal and fruit and then you choose one hot plated meal which they cook freshly for you. You can also have tea or real coffee.

We loved the added extras that the resort offered - a large collection of books; DVD library; free wifi and a laptop to borrow if needed; boardgames; toys for kids etc. so there would have been plenty to do if the weather turned bad. It's also in a good location to get a songthaew to Chaeweng if you want to catch a movie or stock up at Tesco Lotus (supermarket/small mall).

We definitely hope to go back!

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Stayed in a lot of hotels in Thailand, but never one with as great a personal touch as this. All the staff are wonderful, give you such an enthusiastic welcome, and can't do enough to make your stay pleasurable.

We upgraded our beachfront room to a larger honeymoon room on arrival, and were extremely happy with it. The place is spottlessly clean and beautifully appointed. I cant recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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1  Thank Adam_N
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We had our second trip to The Waterfront over Easter 2010 (April 2010). We were in Thailand for a wedding and I recommended The Waterfront to several guests who were attending the wedding. The guests that stayed at The Waterfront were really grateful for the recommendation and they all loved their time their. Unfortunately we couldn't stay at The Waterfont during the wedding, as we were booked to stay in villas with my husbands extra-large family. However, after such a lovely stay in 2008 we felt we could not visit Samui without another stay at the Waterfront. We were not disappointed, everything was reliably perfect and with two little boys and another on the way, we were thrilled to get a room upgrade. The food at The Waterfront was great, especially the traditional English breakfast with poached eggs (this is nearly impossible to find anywhere in Thailand). We loved heading out for dinner to the local restaurants, every meal was perfect and accompanied by the usual friendly Thai service. It really is a pity that many cultures aren't as welcoming of children in their restaurants as the Thais. If you are expecting absolute luxury with all the bells and whistles, you might be better to stay at a large resort or villas. However, if you want a beautiful getaway which is reliably clean, has friendly service, tasty British breakfast and in a great location - definitely give The Waterfront a go. I'm sure this won't be our last stay.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

Once again, we had the most perfect of holidays at The Waterfront. This was our 5th time staying at this hotel, and once again it didn't fail to amaze us. From the moment you get picked up from the airport to the time you get dropped back, the fantastic owners Robin and Sue, and the amazing staff go out of their way to make your holiday super special. The rooms all have amazing views over the beach, they are fantastically clean and comfortable (thanks to the lovely Khun Serm and Khun Supee), and have everything you could possibly need in them. Breakfast is fantastic, with fruit, cereals, croissants, pancakes, or a proper fry up among other things, all prepared by the lovely 'Cooking', and the girls who looks after reception and the bar are some of the nicest people we have ever met!!! Big hello to Khun Raine, Khun Lamai, Khun Fon, Khun Carol, Khun Joe. The location of the hotel is perfect for peace, quiet and tranquility, and the village with amazing shops, bars and restaurants is literally only 3 minutes walk from the hotel - perfect!!! I really don't know what more i can say about this hotel, and the people that work there apart from if you are planning a trip to Koh Samui, and want to find a boutique hotel where the owners treat you like a person rather than a customer, then you HAVE to book The Waterfront. There are a lot of 5* hotels on the island, which charge an absolute fortune for meals and drinks, and yes they are lovely (having had (very expensive) drinks in some of them) but with their 200 plus rooms you can't expect that personal service that you get from a smaller hotel....... it might not officially be a 5*, but you definately get 5* service. We wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else on the island, and there are a hell of a lot of guests who go back year after year - so that has to tell you something!!!

We've booked up for our 6th visit already, next Easter, and even though we only got home yesterday, I am counting down the days already!!!!!

Don't think about it - just book it........ you will not be dissappointed in this gem of a hotel, in a magical location on a fabulous island xx

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We were pleased with our stay here for 2 nights. We only booked for 2 nights because I had read previous reviews regarding the beach not being suitable for swimming but wanted to check out Fisherman's Village for its shopping and restaurants. Sue and Michael kindly picked us up from our hotel in Chaweng which was a good start. Sue was very helpful with information about the area. Room was very nice - a good size and a large bathroom. Lots of useful information about local restaurants and bars provided in a folder in room. I thought it had a lovely relaxed atmosphere with lots of nice comfy outdoor loungers both by the pool and out by the beach. Pool was nice enough but small which is a shame because the beach is not really suitable for swimming out in front of the hotel. All of the staff very friendly and helpful. I particularly liked the restaurant area which is lovely to sit out in and look out to sea. Breakfasts were good too. Fisherman's Village is lovely - very relaxed after Chaweng. Lots of good restaurants and bars. Overall, good value for money and a good place to stay as long as swimming is not one of your top priorities.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

We were a couple on our honeymoon touring Thailand for 2 weeks. We struck it lucky by finding the Waterfront, which was the nicest place we stayed in Thailand.

On the way to Samui we had nothing booked, and I picked this hotel after reading the reviews (which were some what mixed). After staying there I am not sure where the bad reviews came from because we had a great stay, and the staff and owners were great. We stayed for 2 nights and then headed off to Koh Tao, after 2 nights in Koh Tao which has fantastic snorkeling we decided to head back to the Waterfront and finish our trip there and stayed 3 more nights.

Location - Walking distance to a nice selection of restaurants and bars. The hotel provides a package describing their fav places which was a nice personal touch and we found it very useful. My favorite was Kama Sutra, and my wife's was the pancake man! The area is relaxed and low key, and doesn't feel too touristy like other parts of Samui. From the hotel you can walk the beach to some places and eat right on the beach.

Hotel Description - Very relaxed feel, the staff are cute and pleasant, the owners are chilled and friendly. We stayed up late with them one night watching a soccer game and chatting about how they ended up in Samui. The room was like a guest house, with a private porch viewing the ocean. The pool is small but prefer the sea for a swim anyways. There were lots of beds to lay on outside, in the shade or in a hammock. My only negative was the sea water on the beach was not clear and stony in parts, however I swam in it a few times.

Food - Only tried the breakfast which was good, the English breakfast had real sausages and bacon, only place in Samui I came across this!

Overall - If you want a relaxed stay in nice surroundings with great food options a stones throw away, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

Right on the beach and close to a variety of beautiful restaurants. Breakfast was lovely, room was small but clean and again right on the beach. Pool area is very small. Staff are all very helpful and friendly. Good all round.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 71/2 Moo1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Bophut
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#16 Best Value Hotel in Bophut
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: $61 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run, small, select and peaceful, yet only steps away from excellent restaurants, bars and boutiques.All rooms are beachfront and the view of the sea and outlying islands is spectacular. Many guests extend their stay, recommend us to others or return themselves, often to meet other guests who have now become friends. Its like coming home, they say. Lots of little touches to make you feel welcome including free pick-up and free internet. ... more   less 
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