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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Waterfront Hotel Bophut
- Waterfront Hotel Bophut
- Waterfront Bophut
- The Waterfront Ko Samui/Bophut