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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #29 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
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“A nice place to stay if you like to party”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is definetly the place to stay if you´re looking for party. Close to Chawengs night life and pumping music by the pool all day. The rooms are nice and clean and the food is good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

This hotel is definitely the most fun on the beach. While the others ones are quiet, ark bar is huge and always blasting music. People from other hotels are always hanging around. The food and drinks are good. The room is nothing special but comfortable. You won't spend much time in the room though because there is so much to do. The beach, restaurant, and bars are all right next to you which is so nice because you don't have to take a cab anywhere. I would definitely recommend staying here if you want to have a fun trip. The beach is also the most beautiful ive ever seen. The only annoying thing about the beach is that locals don't leave you alone because they are trying to sell you stuff. I probably got approached by at least 30 people a day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

While visiting Koh Samui we went here many times. It has great food and a great atmosphere right on the beach it's as good during the day as it is at night.

Room Tip: Didn't stay here but wish we did.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

Nice rooms, good location with the beach on one side and the downtown on the other.
Only come if you want to party and don't mind house music echoing through the resort from morning til night.
Not a place to bring the kids or if you're looking to sleep in.

  • Stayed May 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

We were travelling as a large group of 10, they managed to get our rooms right, some of us were staying in the deluxe rooms and others in the superior rooms.
Definitely spend the little extra and go for the deluxe the bathrooms are much better.
I stayed in a deluxe room and we were very comfortable, large bed, (i see some reviewers said there was just a sheet but if you look in the top of the cupboard there was an extra blanket)
the rooms had a great mini bar & you get two bottles of complimentary water everyday.

I would definitely recommend staying on the second or third floor, on the bottom you have people walking past non stop to get to the beach/restaurant etc. We had no complaints on the party noise, never heard music ever at night.....the only noise complaint is the construction that is going on next door, which starts early in the morning and is LOUD.....

we had our rooms with breakfast, i was impressed with the selection and being able to have something different everyday, you get a list that you can choose 5 items from, the restaurants are right on the beach, great views and vibe........................
the pools are great at Ark Bar and great to chill at and grab lunch etc. their food is reasonably priced and very tasty....strong cocktails too :-)

the beach in front of ark bar isn't a great swimming beach but just a short enjoyable walk along the sand you come to the swimming part.............at night in front of the ark bar they set it up for the evening, we spent many nights having chilled sundowners and dinner, nice vibe & very comfortable.

Ark Bar is all about he location, it's right in the center of things...shopping , restaurants, salons, clubs, bars............we had a great time walking around exploring and some big parties went down as well, so nice to just be able to walk home and not have to hassell about taxi's etc.

I would say Ark Bar is not really suited for families, the crowds hanging out are young and there is constant house music playing...........great to stay for young couples and groups of friends.

We stayed in samui for 3 nights to get some shopping, sight seeing and big partying done before moving onto koh toa.

For what we wanted the place was great, affordable and located perfectly. We all enjoyed our stay (the deluxe room people more so) but it's in the center and constant action so if you need some chilled time/vibes stay elsewhere.

Oh and the place is very well staffed, the reception is a little slow, but the restaurant and bar people around the pool are sharp!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Only if you like drunken Europeans coming and going at all times of the night. What a shame it could be a lovely place to stay except for the loud behavior of the guests. Yes I know it's a party island and the bars close at all hrs, but the hotel could have 24 hr roving security to monitor the noise for the guests that do want to sleep
Otherwise it is a great location and the hotel facilities are really good. Again what a shame!
Stay here if you want to party all night! Don't if you want to have a good nites sleep!

Room Tip: All rooms are good, 2nd floor is best though!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

First of all, there are 2 Ark Bar (1 & 2) but I wasn't sure if it's just the better rooms are on one side while the rest are on the other, but they actually have separate receptions. I booked the superior double room on booking.com after reading much recommendations online, but it was not possible to tell which resort (1 or 2) it is at. Ark Bar 2's rooms does look nicer, probably because they are newer. We had told our taxi to drop us at Ark Bar, and got dropped off at Ark Bar 2, but was subsequently told to go to the other reception, which is for Ark Bar 1. This looks to be the cheaper end of the resort, which I guess for 4,800Bht for 3 nights, it is still a pretty good deal on Samui!

We got a room closer to the reception, and did not hear any of the noise which reviewers wrote about. Breakfast starts at 7am, which might gives you some time to grab some toast before you rush off for the 7.30am tours to Ang Thong Marine Park. The breakfast is great, and breakfasting on the beach always make one feels right on holiday!

The staff are very friendly and nice, always smiley and helpful.

I just found the toilet a little not well kept. Parts of the door had broken bits, and the shower head was not concentrated. The water heater looks broken, and we couldn't change the water temperature. It was set at a temperature too warm for my friend, but just nice for me. I guess the option was just hot or cold!

Oh, we specifically stated "twin rooms" on our booking, but they gave us a king size bed. We didn't bicker, but thought they should have at least made the effort to explain. We heard them explaining to 2 guys checking in on our last day! At the same time, they tried to charge us for a damaged glass, which we had no idea of (we did not even go near the glasses), but did not insist after we told them to check with housekeeping again.

Friday night was supposed to be the party night, but when we went to chill around 11pm on Friday night, (and 12pm on another night) there was no party in sight, so I am not sure if we were just too early? I am not a party animal so this did not bother me. The resort also sits within the area with a break water, so we walked down further as we preferred to swim in the "open" area. This is not reflected in the map, so you might want to consider it if you plan to swim in the sea!

All in all, I would think the price is okay for the location, and the bar is really nice. It is close to many of the lonely planet recommended restaurants, and many many massage parlors and markets. Decent value for money resort!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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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
#26 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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