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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #29 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Overpriced but Fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the ark bar over Christmas with some friends. I had been told that this was the place to stay in samui (which it is ). The rooms are ok very basic nice bathroom but the bed was very hard. We had a joining door in our room which meant we could hear everything next door were doing or saying - this kept us awake . Adding this to the building working which is on going and being in the flight path ... I can safely say I would not be staying at the resort again . I would however buy a day pass to party there . They have a pool party everyday which is great but the music is pretty much the same all day everyday .... Playing the same tunes ! The drinks are expensive compared to other bars outside the resort . The beach is actually lovely and if you take a walk to the left there are some really beautiful quieter bars if you wanted a chill out.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Very modern, clean rooms but the bed was very hard.

If you want music, drinks and dancing this is the place to be, we had a great time here. If you want a bit of peace there is private swimming pools for residents.

Easy check in and out.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

if your between 18 to 35 best place to stay while your in chaweng . even tho they stuffed up our reservation once it was resolved place is not too bad for the budget . you might want to call them and reconfirm the details before you arrive .
pros : great place to party
foods pretty good
reasonable pricing for accommodation
friendly staff
nice pool area

cons : alcohol is way too expensive . almost three times the our side price .
would not recommend for young families as it could get quite noisy and busy on party nights

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

This resort is exactly what it says so I had no surprises. It's loud, busy, loud and a big party. The rooms are really nice, I stayed in a Premium Deluxe (I think) and it was great. Queen size bed, really nice bathroom and decent internet. If you think you can stay here and relax, think again. The music pumps all day, the restaurant is right on the beach which is cool but always has mucis playing. The beach chairs are all crammed together and the music is loud! Then at night the place pumps till 2am and is busy, crazy and like schools on heat! It's awesome if you want to party. I was here for NYE and it was great. Wild and fun. I only stayed 2 nights which was enough. However- The drinks are strong and well priced, the food is good, the pools are clean and fun and the DJ is always great. Enjoy!

Room Tip: The 'better quality' room you pay for the nicer its going to be. Some rooms have single beds...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time at ark bar, it's not for someone who wants a quiet holiday but if you enjoy a few beers and party then it will be right up your ally. Chaweng beach is beautiful and ark bar is right there in the thick of it. When it hits dusk the sun lounges are turrned into a more casual chill out area with random light poles all around and beats pumping. Quite a few swimming pools around as well you can take a dip in but we stuck to the ocean. We paid a little bit extra for a superior room and didn't regret it, our mates just got the basic room and they were a lot tinier but you really don't dint spend much time there with such a good beach on your doorstep. I didn't think the noise was such a problem and we were only about 30m from the beach. Pretty close to everything else koh samui has to offer and will be staying here again when we visit in June.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Atherton, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Over priced this place has ruined koh samui bottles and waste all on beech not a great place to be go somewhere a little more civilised. Also the rooms are really not worth the money damp in places and not my idea of a tropical paradise to stay.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

If you like to party a lot this hotel is a paradise for you, but I don't like to party... loud music all day long, loud and shouting people - this is not a place I want to rest in.
Rooms are quite ok, they have few standards - cheaper are very average, other are better.
Nice beach with sun beds - it was what I liked.
I recommend that hotel only for people who like to drink a lot of alcohol and party a lot.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Ark Bar Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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