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Ark Bar Beach Resort
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I love Ark Bar Resort! It has great facilites and the staff are always friendly. There was nothing better then laying out in the sun on the sunbeds to relax, unwind & sip cocktais. The beach is great, its shallow and has blue water so you can sit and relax in the water during the day and still hear the soothing house music. The staff at the restuarant and bar are always there to come and collect your drink and food orders without you evening moving from the sunbeds, bliss!! The Hotel is in a great location for all Koh Samui's action. The rooms are nice but bathrooms need a little work. Be sure to stay on a Wednesday for Arks Beach party!

Room Tip: Try the Mango Daiquiri , Long Island Ice Tea or the prawn cutlets from the bar! Yum
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Tyler C
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TerryAB, Manager at Ark Bar Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear TC1206,

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review of your experience at ARKbar Beach Resort.
We are very pleased that you had such a great holiday with us, and have taken the time to publish review in this public forum.

We are very pro-active in our attempts continually improve our offering and service to all of our guests. Your positive feed back will be passed on to all the ARKbar team and they will be encouraged to continue providing the levels of service that you found so appealing.

Best Regards,
Terry

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The pool is beside the beach and a bar is in the middle of the pool . During the day time is a great place to chill out and night turn in to a happening clubs . They will set all the chairs during evening and everyone could party on the beach. The room was very clean and cozy . Just beside the hotel having a renovation , you could heard the annoying renovating during day time. My room was very near with the beach and the pool so and you will expected noise level through . Beside the resort have a tattoo , a reasonable price with a nice tattoo. The hotel staff was very warm and friendly . Definitely will choose this resort for my next trip.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Grace C
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Booking Ark Bar we expected a big party hotel with a big bar and nice pools, and this is exactly what Ark Bar delivered. Music is good and a change from the generic music that is often played throughout thailand. The rooms themselves are large with nice bathrooms, a good tv and a dvd player. The rooms are cleaned daily and WELL - the cleaners do a really nice job.

Overall my stay at Ark Bar was awesome however i will say this. During the high season, a room was quite expensive and the pool, bar, restaurant and beach area are open to both guests and non-guests. We had friends of ours stay across the road for a lot cheaper and yet we spent every day with them on the beach outside Ark Bar. Do not feel you have to stay at Ark Bar to actually enjoy the music and bar that Ark Bar offers.

Other than this I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Jordan C
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TerryAB, Manager at Ark Bar Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Dear Jordan C,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your personal experience at Ark Bar Beach Resort.

Your positive views on the high standard room cleaning and housekeeping service will be passed on to those concerned.

Your comments on the swimming pool access are "spot on".
We were surprised by the number of people in total, especially non-hotel guests, who came to our daytime pool party's. We also witnessed what you did.
We are in the process of taking action to ensure Ark Bar guests have preference in the future. The 2 smaller pools will be for Ark Bar hotel guests only and the main "party" swimming pool will remain free for guests but will have a "cover charge" for non-guests.
We anticipate this will reduce the number of non-guests and make the sun-beds more readily accessible to our hotel guests.
We believe this is a step in the right direction and we will monitor the success of these changes. Thank you again for your very accurate observations.

Regards,
Terry

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Ive being going Samui since the 80's staying in all sorts of hotels and recent 10 years or so being staying in this place called " Samui Coral Resort" managed by an italian named "Papa", the same place now has been taken over by the Neigbour "Arkbar" when the lease expires.
"Arkbar" management is probably one of the finest on the island if you have seen the changes they did to the place. Tip top housekeeping , always finding ways to improve facilities on the resort. Probably have the best beachfront on Chaweng sketch of the beach and smack right in the centre of main Chaweng eateries and shopping out on the main road. The place have a 'Hip' feel as loud chillout music is played on the beach near the restaurant which is both a good and bad thing. Good if you're young and loves to parties (they have beach parties every night till 2am Thailand time) Bad if your intent is to rest and relax as sometimes even during lunch, it was so loud I really wonder if you can enjoy your meal and chitchats.
One tip for someone new to Samui is try not to buy things from the smaller estabishments for example I got flu on my 3rd day and in a hast forgot this golden rule and walk in to this " Interdrug" pharmacy opposite "Bondi bar and Resturant " and paid $150 bahts for 4 pills recommended by them which I found out later when I went to "Tesco" that the same pills cost $10 bahts.

Room Tip: Ask for room nearer main road if you want to have quiet sleep but they are always full during peak seasons.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

If you want to be at the heart of party central, then this is one of the best resorts to stay at.

This resort is where the party is at, so you'd expect the noise levels to be off the chart. Surprisingly though, my boyfriend and I could hardly hear the thumping beats in our deluxe room. Plus most of the partying dies down by 2am.

The rooms were comfortable and cosy. If you want to laze about in the sun and get a tan, I'd suggest getting an early start on it as the pool chairs get occupied really quickly since the pools are open for use to everyone (hotel and non hotel guests).

The pizza burger is a must try, off the Ark Bar menu. However our favourite food joint was Khaosan Restaurant and Bakery. It's just down the road from Ark Bar and their Paad Thai is divine! (About 60THB a plate).

The best thing about the Ark Bar is that the party is where you are staying, especially on Wednesdays which is usually their BBQ party. Once you've chilled out enough at their pool bar, you can walk down main Chaweng Beach road and you'll come across a host of bars, pubs and of course the infamous club Green Mango.

A word of caution: if you're relaxing by the beach you will get harassed by multiple trinket sellers so just smile and politely refuse, their persistence dies out soon enough!

We stayed in Samui for a total of 2 nights and had a great experience here. And I would recommend this place to everyone who is looking for comfort and convenience.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank Adeela B
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