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“A wonderful respite”
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The Waterfront
Ranked #17 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 6, 2013

I wanted a peaceful place to de-stress from my stressful job and a good friend suggested The Waterfront. She was 100% on the mark. Robin and Sue have taken their little piece of heaven on Bohput Beach and made it a beautiful, comfortable, simple but elegant place to shake off the world and renew. I was so happy I only left the property one time during my six day stay, but for the more adventurous there are plenty of things to do in the village or on the island and the staff will gladly help you arrange.

Sitting under the tree, or swinging in a hammock while watching the azure waters off the private and quiet beach was all I could possibly want--but wait, there is more. Interested in a lovely massage beachside? Pa's delicate fingers will relax even the tightest of muscles and when your stomach growls for fine Thai food you need look no further than Cookie's kitchen on the open veranda.

Robin and Sue have created a magical world where life is peaceful and calm. You won't be disappointed. I'm already planning my next visit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed for 12 days in February and had a wonderful holiday, it was our 3rd visit and it was
like returning to old friends. As usual the welcome was warm and sincere, but the whole atmosphere of the Waterfront is wonderful. The staff are so friendly and fun and oh so helpful.
The village itself is such a pleasure, with terrific bars and Restaurants, we so enjoy the Hotel,
we will be returning in Feb. 2014 to catch up with our new friends we have made at the wonderful
Waterfront. Congratulations to Sue and Robin and lovely Staff, for another holiday to remember.

Room Tip: We love our room no.3 looking out onto the gardens with a wonderful view of Kho Phangan, but all ro...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Robin & Sue,

We would like to thank you very much for our wnderful two nights with you at THE WATERFRONT, Fishermans Village, BOPHUT.

Firstly, the warm welcome extended to us from Sue was personal and caring, we loved it. Our Stay at your lovely Boutique Hotel gave us a much different perception of Koh Samui because we previously stayed 6 nights at different locations on Chewang & Lamai. This was the quiet & tranquil pace we were after. With the Beach Views from your tropical garden & pool deck we wish we had come here first, because we would have stayed....

Your Staff were all fantastic and friendly, and i thank your laundry person AGAIN for returning my VISA card that i had left in a shirt pocket. I felt very secure and cared for at THE WATERFRONT. So much so i would like to return with children and let them experience what wonderful hospitality is.

I have selected couples because it was only my wife & I on this trip, but THE WATERFRONT would also be perfect for all Visitors.

Room Tip: ALL rooms are situated that you can see the beach fromt your own balcony. Our room was clean and co...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

When I was coming to Koh Samui I asked a local Thai friend to recommend a hotel in Bophut. She suggested the Waterfront and I'm grateful she did. I spent 10 wonderful weeks there and cannot fault a single thing about it.

My experience began after a 17-hour journey from Sydney, Australia, landing at Samui Airport at 9.00pm. What a relief to emerge from the airport and find a lift waiting for me so that I didn't have to use what little was left of my brain! On arriving at the Waterfront one of the owners, Robin, was there to greet me and offer me a drink. That was my first surprise - I've never actually met the owner of a hotel before.

But Waterfront is no ordinary hotel. It has about 18 rooms, all built around a beautiful garden and swimming pool right on the beach. It feels like a family business, with Robin and Sue there every day chatting to the guests. They have been there for 10 years, but some of the staff (who are all Thai) have been there even longer. As I was also studying the Thai language during my stay, the staff all gave me a hand and we had a lot of fun together.

I noticed the number of guests who were return visitors as well. Many of them were greeted like old family friends, and some come every year. There were families with children of all ages and retired people, from several countries, so there were always great conversations over breakfast or around the bar in the evening.

Although Fisherman's Village can get noisy and busy on occasion (especially during Friday night 'Walking Street' markets!), the Waterfront is down the quiet end, but there are many restaurants an easy stroll away.

I enjoyed my stay so much that I extended it much longer than originally planned, and as it was High Season, I moved rooms a few times to fit in with the existing bookings. This was great as I got to experience quite a lot of the accommodation! The rooms range in size from single to family, all with air conditioning and internet (although be aware that in Samui both the internet and the electricity can drop out during storms!)

Every day I was there I awoke to palm trees and the gentle sound of water lapping on the beach only 50 metres away. I don't think I could ever get sick of it. I was treated with such friendship by everybody there that this will always be a hotel that I will look forward to coming back to.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Spent two nights in this wonderful hotel, in a beach bungalow looking out onto pool and sea beyond. Extremely peaceful location and yet so close to the busy fisherman s village shops and restaurants. Very relaxing either sitting on comfy loungers round pool or on fab beach. Robin and sue the owners made us feel very welcome indeed and we really enjoyed our stay. Would definitely love to go back for longer stay next time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The hotell is nice and clean, and the beds are exelent. No wifi in the room (nr4)
But the beach are not suited for swiming, shalow water and a smelly river running out in front of the hotel.
Bophut village is filled with huge mediterrainian resturants witch are overprised and has charm like and averege Mc Donnald's.
There is alsow a few turkish tailors who screams at you when you walk by. The usual "hellow my friend, where you from. Spesial price for you."
We stayed at the hotel 3 nights, and had dinner two times in mae had, the neigbour town.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from 7 nights at the Waterfront. We have stayed in Bophut before at the Bophut Resort and Spa which is a 5* hotel. However the Waterfront wins hands down.
It is a friendly, small hotel run by Robin and Sue, who have obviously travelled and stayed in many hotels and have used their experience to cover every comfort. The rooms are spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The general ambience is one of calm, quiet comfort with the bustle of Fishermans Wharf just outside the gate. PERFECT !!
My husband and I will certainly return and would not hesitate to recomend this hotel to anyone.

oooo before I forget the staff are amazing, sweet people so congratulations to all for a lovely hotel experience

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Waterfront

Address: 71/2 Moo1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: $60 - $176 (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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