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“Great food, brilliant location, ark bar is the place to be in Samuii.”

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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #32 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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“Great food, brilliant location, ark bar is the place to be in Samuii.”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

I stopped at ark bar for one week following my stay in koh phangan and what a place it was. It's in the centre of the action in chaweng so if youre after a sleepy getaway then it's not for you. The food was amazing quality and a reasonable price and the party's and daytime music were exceptional. The rooms were not the biggest and best quality but it was cleaned to a high standard daily. Ark bar is definatley the place to stay in Samuii!

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Stayed at ark bar several times but most recent will be my last. The place has lost it intimate bond between staff and guest. The place is to big and noisy now. The music was louder at breakfast than it was the night before. A couple of the staff were quite rude. Maybe stay down the beach and just walk up to ark bar to party.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The hotel is centrally located, had a deluxe room which was clean, the staff are very helpful, A/C is good, the restaurant serves good meals, 3 pools 1 with swim up bar. It is a party hotel with disco but I had no trouble sleeping. Lots of young people having a good time, free BBQ wed and Friday disco nights 2pm-2am.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We stayed here for 8 days during the back end of our trip.
The rooms are ok but we had ants calling along the head boards at times! The mini bar in the room is extortionate!
Luckily the location is awesome, 7 eleven is right opposite, in the middle of the buzzing strip.
This place is prob the best place to party with the beach party etc but not to stay for the same reason!
It's very loud all day long, to make it worse they pretty much use the same cd over and over again, I could name you the tracks in order it's that bad.
The restaurant is amazing, fresh fish etc, even the western stuff was very good.
I'd say stay here if you intend to get wasted 24/7 but if like us you're rounding up your trip with a couple of big nights along the way this isn't the place to stay.
The music is blaring til about 2am everyday, you won't get much sleep.
Can't fault the service, food, location or the cosmetic stuff but this was like staying at a hotel in the middle of Leicester square!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Turku, Finland
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Take yout ear plugs with you. All arrives and departures flights just over the hotel. There is also none of soundproofing in the rooms... Location is excellent, music is good and staff very helpful. Good range of ciders in the bar.

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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Stayed at Ark bar in March. The hotel pick up was late to get us from the airport. Checked in around noon and the room was ready. I had previously asked for 1st floor and was happy I got it as everyone can see in your ground room floor. Our room was halfway between the road and beach, we could still hear the music on the party nights (Friday and Wednesday 2pm to 2am) but could sleep easily.
Had a few questions about the surroundings however reception didn’t really have a clue.
Breakfast was good. You arrived and could tick 5 items on a large list of foods you could want, they cooked it and brought it to your table. A choice of 3 pools, large restaurant which is very popular at night. Perfect location right near markets and plenty of beach.
Don’t stay here if you don’t want to party with lots of noise and topless girls sunbaking.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Location is fantastic for those who like the beach party scene. Accommodation itself is terrible! House keeping never came despite the signs we left up ALL day. Upon Checkout they charged my friend half of her deposit $15 aud for a towel which had makeup on it- and they had not tried to clean it at all. The 'manager' on the phone hung up on us, and the girl at reception ignored us for half an hour- we had a ferry to catch so she stalled us. They refused to give the money back- this is illegal! I was happy to have the towel dry cleaned for 100baht but she said "no we have already taken your money" do not bother with this place- plenty of nicer places along the beach.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Ark Bar Beach Resort
Address: 159/89 Moo 2 | Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Bar Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"ESCAPE YOUR WORLD AND PLAY IN OURS" We invite you to ARKbar Beach Resort, in the heart of Chaweng, the ideal location to explore and enjoy this tropical paradise. Enjoy your days under the sun on our 100 metres of spectacular beachfront and 3 swimming pools, while listening to the latest tunes being played by our resident DJ's. You will meet people from all 4 corners of the world here to party or chill in our unique, relaxing, yet vibrant atmosphere. ARKbar Beach Resort is within walking distance to the new Central Plaza Shopping Complex, all the major entertainment venues and hundreds of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. You can dine on the beach in our beachfront restaurant and relax at any of the 3 beach bars. From 2pm our main swimming features live music while the other 2 pools are more laid back. As the evening sun sets over this tropical paradise, you will witness the beach transform into a spectacular and unique venue offering a combination of dining, drinking and socialising with free musical entertainment, dancers and fire displays. It is here that you can be a part of the world famous ARKbar Wednesday and Funky Friday Beach Party's."Escape Your World and Play In Ours" ... more   less 
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