I'd heard a lot about this place before arriving, mostly that it's a great party hotel and great atmosphere but I didn't find it to be that great. The Thai staff seem to have been tainted over the years by the class of people that attend the hotel, therefore they do not come across as kind, caring and warm welcoming as you'd imagine in other resorts.
There is a charge against everything in the room (for example; I dropped shower gel onto a hand towel and reception tried to charge me 50 baht for damage, which obviously it wasn't damage!).
The music was disappointing, I'd expected more mainstream dance, vocal funky house rather than the ongoing same beat all day and night.
Aircon in the room wasn't worthwhile and you cannot leave electricity on in the room once you leave and take your key as it runs off of a magnet in the key card. So no way of cooling the room when you're out.
Finally, the pool itself poses danger to it's guests as it isn't fully tiled. Instead, they have opted for a sharp stone surface on the pool seating area and around the edge. Unfortunately myself and my partner both came away with two separate injuries through entering and exiting the pool.
As a whole, the hotel is what you'd expect for a young persons cheap getaway resort. Very regimented and no thrills. I don't want to sound like a misery but I definitely wouldn't stay at this resort again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ark Bar Beach Hotel Chaweng
- Ark Bar Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand