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“Best Location & Amazing Value In Paradise”
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Cocooning Hotel
Ranked #73 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Best Location & Amazing Value In Paradise”
Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

Dave and Therese (the owners of Cocooning) are 2 of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life.

Their child (Harvey) is the happiest baby in the world - Always laughing and clapping and playing even while teething - he should be called Happy Harvey

Upon arrival Dave (English) & Therese (Sweedish with and English accent!) welcomed us like long lost friends. We were shown the room and we were really excited because:

It had Style
It had Air Con
It had a Good TV
It had super fast Wi-Fi
The hotel was right next to the beach
The hotel is right in the fantastic area of Fishermans Village which is 100,000,000 times nicer than Chaweng (the biggest town on the island) The great thing about Fishermans Village is that it's quiet during the week, without being too quiet, and every Friday there is a walking street market. The whole island flocks to Fishermans Village for this market and it's a really great buzz to be a part of. Food, Drink, Clothes, Entertainment, and more all along the street.

When we arrived on Koh Samui we happened to arrive on the night of the Nikki Beach White Party (Once a year event) Dave & Therese told us that they couldn't go & they ave us their VIP tickets saving us about AU$70+. This was all within half an hour of meeting us.

On Sunday they invited us to Beach Republic to eat with them and their friends who instantly became our friends. We were allowed to join "the locals" table which saved us even more money (we weren't flashing the cash on this trip at all)

The rest of the time in Cocooning went similar to the first few days. The owners couldn't do enough for us and told us where and what was worth seeing / doing during our stay on Koh Samui. There was always a great community of friends, family, and travellers downstairs at the bar / pool / restaurant area so we were never bored or lonely. The swimming pool is small, but it is exactly what you need - a little pool to cool off in when it's hot - and the owners told us straight away that the hotel across the road (20 second walk) didn't mind visitors from other hotels using that pool also.

Before we arrived at Cocooning Hotel we stayed in a "4 star" hotel in Phuket which was 3 times more expensive, and it was very disappointing. So my wife and I were really not expecting much from Cocooning. It rates itself as "3 star" accommodation so we were thinking that it would be a step down. We were about to stay in Cocooning for 18 nights and we were trying to brace ourselves for the worst so that we wouldn't get disappointed if it ended up being horrible. We were saying stuff like "Look let's just roll with it and if it's horrible we can always just leave early and find somewhere else". How wrong we were.

By the end of the 18 nights in Cocooning we were again consoling each other about the next part of our trip saying "Look nothing can live up to the time we have spent here in Cocooning, so let's not have expectations for the next place, because it can't live up to our time here."

We weren't even here 3 full weeks, but it felt like home. There wasn't enough hours in the day to do everything we hoped to do here (and that's coming from someone who gets bored easily) I am writing this as we pack our bags to leave and I have to say I am sad to do so. We got in such a good groove here, which was 99% due to the fantastic friendly owners of Cocooning - Dave & Therese. We are already thinking of extending our time in Thailand and coming back.

We recommend this accommodation to everyone!

Backpackers
Couples
Young Travellers
Older Couples
Solo Travellers

Honestly I don't know how Cocooning has any negative reviews at all. For what you pay - it's 5 star in my book.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Cocooning is a small establishment at the quieter end of fishermans village, albeit you are on the walking road in 2 minutes and the beach is less than a minute away. I have stayed in the top ten hots in Bangkok over the past year and they all miss what Dave & Theressa do not, customer service. A lovely couple who are always smiling and have all the information to hand that you may need. For the ridiculously low prices they charge for the rooms I'm afraid you'd have to be a real snob or naturally picky person to have any complaint at all, the beds are comfy, bathrooms more than ample, good television service, air con & fans. I cannot recommend cocooning highly enough if you are wishing to kick back and relax for a few days, Definitely my number 1 destination on Samui and I look forward to many more visits.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Extremely friendly place! I had a late night flight arrival and the hotel arranged for a convenient pick-up which went smoothly. Despite arriving very late at night I was greeted upon arrival by the hotel owner who was enthusiastic and very helpful.
Had one of the best sleeps I've had in SE Asia, followed by a delicious full English breakfast (real sausages & ham!)
I found the hotel to be fantastic value for the price. They were also very helpful in arranging my onward transfer to Koh Tao.
I will stay here again next time I'm in Samui for sure!

Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

The staff are amazingly friendly, welcoming and helpful, and we got a friendly welcome at the airport and the room for a really cheap rate....but somehow we knew it was too good to be true and there must be a catch....
Yup...our room on the lower level was not good at all. It looked out at a patio with rusty furniture and a construction site, and the room itself smelled similar to a high school locker room. There was no mini bar as described on the internet, only water and the bathroom was moldy and needing new grout work and a good scrubbing. The room itself was not particularly clean either. We figure we got a 'special' rate as someone's got to fill this room, and it was the last available this night.
We figure the photos are of the nicer, upper level rooms and that they must be better.
Also to be fair, the owners husband was off sick and she had to leave after we arrived to tend to a young infant leaving no one to try and help rectify things....we were checking out the next morning anyways.
The 'pool' was under repair but wouldn't have used it anyway as it is a tiny thing wedged between two buildings and the construction site that they've tried to hide behind some strategically placed bushes...it would do better to turn the pool into a fish habitat.
The location of the hotel is great, minus the construction site next door, and is across from the beach and a short walk to the heart of the fisherman village.
I suppose if you want a deal, try your luck at getting a nicer room, and the owners are indeed, lovely and hospitable.

Room Tip: Avoid the lower level room which is closest to the 'pool' and reception. Moldy, stinky and...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is the second time i have had the pleasure of staying with Dave and Therese at Cocooning and it just gets better every time . We arrived on the Friday a few hours before walking street , The tapas they serve on the Friday nigh was some of the best i have had and the friendly locals who come to the hotel make you feel very welcome .

The rooms are cleaned every day and nothing is is too much trouble for our hosts, Dave arranged for us to go to the Jungle club up in the hills with fantastic views of Samui .

We had such a great time that we are booking up to go back in July If you want a clean,friendly, well priced,hotel then this is the one i would recomend. Cocooning all the way.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Yes the owners are really nice people, but so were every hotel we stayed at in Thailand. Great customer service is a standard in our 3 week stay, covering 5 hotels throughout Thailand. This is a true budget hotel, ill cut to the chase of the pros and cons and you can decide if you would like to stay at cocooning. Pros: Nice owners, friendly staff, beautiful location - 100 metres to bophut beach, friday night walking street right outside your door. Cons: No shampoo/conditioner/soap in showers - every other hotel we stayed at had provided shampoo/conditioner/body lotion, the balcony door i had to quickly fix myself to get it to open, air condition on max took a while to cool the room ( february, hot season), demolished building next door had workers on their heavy machinery working from 10am, had to ask for towels on the first day of stay, small room, fits double bed with not much room to move around. This is a true review of the hotel in which we stayed for 8 days. Now its your choice, have a wonderful trip. Oh i miss Thailand!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Guernsey Donkeys
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cocooning despite the iffy weather. Owners and staff were very friendly and helpful and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere about the place. We had the 'suite' which was perfect for us and enjoyed the DVD facility. Excellent breakfast cooked to perfection. Loved the Friday night walking street. Plenty of places to eat in BoPhut, definitely one of the nicer resorts in Koh Samui.
Pool our of operation for our visit. No real complaint, but it was noisy of a night and into the early hours from a bar next door ((not expected in this quiet end of the Village, the owner told us this was a new operation and he would monitor).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cocooning Hotel
Address: 6/11 Moo 1 Fisherman Village | Bophut Beach, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Cocooning Hotel & Tapas Bar)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Bophut
#54 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cocooning Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just minutes walk from the beach and perfectly located at the quiet end of the villages many shops and restaurants, Cocooning is a tranquil paradise and a great place to enjoy Samui from. Great value for money, the hotel is very competitively priced for the area and perfect for couples, families and singles of all ages. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome from Dave and Therese, the hotel's owners, who are by far the hotel's biggest asset. The dynamic duo from England and Sweden have lived in Thailand for over 10 years, offering a wealth of experience and local knowledge. They started their journey on Koh Tao where they met and worked in the diving industry, until they set up their first business together running a very successful beachside bar and restaurant. They were later married and looking for a new adventure with the imminent arrival of their first child, set their sights on Cocooning in 2012. They instantly added something special to the hotel and their little personal touches can be seen throughout. Service is most definitely with a smile and guests are made to feel instantly at home. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cocooning Hotel And Tapas Bar
Cocooning Hotel Tapas Bar
Cocooning Hotel Koh Samui
Cocooning Hotel Ko Samui/Bophut

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