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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #34 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Ark Bar is incredible value for money - the hotel is very centrally located on Chaweng beach, next to the vast majority of restaurants, shops and bars / clubs (Soi Green Mango is a 2 minute walk). More than its location though is the fact the hotel is home to all those looking to go out and take in Chaweng's nightlife. Ark Bar hosts the largest beach parties on Ko Samui every Wednesday and Friday evenings, and has a pool party that begins every day at 2pm. The stretch of beach outside the hotel is gorgeous, and the food is pretty good quality and all very reasonably priced.

The main downside of this hotel though is that the beach parties can take their toll noise-wise, especially on the nights you may not be partying. The rooms further away from the beach would be my recommendation because of this. Aside from the slight issue of noise, this hotel is excellent and I would highly recommend it to groups of friends looking for a lively stay. It may not be quite as suitable for couples / families looking for a quieter stay.

Room Tip: Try and get a room further away from the beach to avoid noise from the beach party.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Loved Ark Bar and it's party atmosphere. Suitable for an aray of ages, excluding young children. I was here with a group of 22 year olds and had an amazing time. Music was playing during the day whilst everyone was outside sunbaking, eating lunch and drinking on the beach. At night, music is played up until 2am with a live DJ. It's a fun resort with great facilities and a beautiful beach to enjoy. Location is perfect if you want to be in the heart of Chaweng. If you do not want to be kept up all night, I suggest you don't stay here, otherwise stay in one of the rooms at the front of the resort close to reception and that way you won't hear all the noise from down at the beach. The only negative feedback I have is that the reception staff weren't friendly. We were charged AUD 30.00 for dirty bed sheets after we spilt food on them. They demanded the money upon check-out. Bar staff were fantastic however.

Room Tip: Top floor requires walking up 3 flights of stairs. Request a room on the ground floor if you prefer...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

So I was meant to stay at a backpackers down the road, but as they wouldn't let me check in for another hour, I went for a walk and found Ark bar. I had read about it and decided I would treat myself, it was worth every cent!
3 pools, plenty of beach chairs, awesome nighttime parties and great cocktail buckets!!
I would say it's more for younger party people, but did see some families with young kids who seemed really happy there too. The fire show there on the beach is the best I've been, and just such a great atmosphere and music!
As for the noise, on one of the big party nights (weds n fri) I had to be in bed early and honestly, yes I could hear the music, but it really wasn't very disturbing and not as loud as others have made out. I was staying on a second floor room, in the building furthest from the party pool. Rooms were lovely, I couldn't ask for more!! Will definately be coming back here!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This hotel, ideally located on the beach is definitely a party place and very near to all major party places of Chaweng. There were a couple of pools, a pool bar, Live DJ, restaurant, 3-4 Pool Tables etc.,
Now coming to the rooms - small and tidy. The Pool Side rooms have a one way mirror and during late evening all the things in the room becomes visible to outsiders - so do not forget to close the curtain! The hotel is always noisy because of the Pool Party and people in flow gets increasing as the evening progresses. So, if you want your stay to be noise free and calm, then this is not the place to be. The food was great - great varieties. The staffs were prompt and creative. Do not miss the Pool Party on Wed. (almost everyday during the fullmoon period).
This hotel is very close to major nightlife attractions in the Chaweng area.
This place is definitely a heaven for all party lovers. Thumb Up!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The ark bar is at it again. For awhile the police confiscated their loudspeakers, as they refused to obey the legal noise limits. I am told the police came in and literally hauled their speakers away in pick up trucks. About 40 hotels along the coast complained, and it got the attention of the law. Now, as of September, they are blasting the music again, all the way across the bay. These heinous offenders are at work again. Please do not patronize these folks. They are causing tremendous grief and hardship on the island. Their offensive ways must stop. As far away as Chaweng Noi, and up on the hilltop near Sandalwood their noise can be heard. That is 5km. away! Enough is enough.

Room Tip: Far away from the beach, as that is where all the noise is.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

6 of us stayed at ark bar for 3 nights, and was not disappointed! It was a little out of our price range but I believe you get what u pay for as this is one of the best resorts suited for young people I have ever seen!

Right on the beach, 2 pools, weekly events and a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We were very happy with this resort! Great music near the pool, good service all round and very central location!!!
Checkin took awhile though. We did request a room far away from the pool (less noise) and on a high floor, however we received a ground floor room close to the pool so we had people walking past our room constantly and could hear the music all the time, that was abit of a downer, but the room was of good size and comfy.
I would recommend this hotel if you are keen to have fun, party, just make sure you get a room on a high floor and away from the pool music if you are a light sleeper like myself.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper like myself get a room as far away from the pool area as possible and i a...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range: $52 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Ark Bar Beach Hotel Chaweng
Ark Bar Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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