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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #36 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Reviewed July 5, 2014

we stayed here for 3 nights. the location cannot be any better. In the heart of kohsumai market, as well on the beach and the most happening night party of Koh sumai. The rooms are neat. the linen clean. bathrooms decent and room service you may not need. The hotel extends from the beach to the main street, where all the shopping, restaurants and massage bars are situated. all other night clubs are walking distance. The pricing too is reasonable. Ark bar has the most happening party on the beach daily. If you want silence, then inform at time of booking and take rooms away from the beach on the second floor (the ground floor is called first floor. public passes through to and fro the beach from these rooms of first floor i.e. ground floor).

Room Tip: Rooms on 2nd floor (Ground floor is called first floor) and away from beach are best, as general pub...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Hotel and rooms were very nice and extremely clean however it is possible to get the same standard at a lower price elsewhere. Good atmosphere on the beach and plenty of pools to choose from. Overall we had a nice stay here but could have gotten better value for money

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Aoife F
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had lunch here a couple times and the food is ok, cheap and cheerful but can get better food for the same price in other venues. The location makes the place a popular choice as it's right on the beach and has plenty of sunbeds outside. Live dj is a bonus too!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

People say you pay for what you get... although for £50 a night at the best room in the supposed hotel they call Ark Bar (premier deluxe) we have been astounded at what we received, to put it bluntly, a pig sty would be more attractive to sleep on than this crap. Firstly, we were greeted in our room with our bed sheets only to be scattered with spots of blood which was also kindly accompanied by the stench which i can only compare to dog crap, this had clearly come from the dead insects which were lying in the centre of our bed as we walked through our front door. What a lovely welcoming. Then, after getting over this lovely experience which we so desired for after we had flown in from Bangkok, we decided to take a shower to freshen up, this was a mistake. The only thing we experienced during this shower was the smell of the sewage system that was descending out of our shower head from the pristine fresh water that Ark Bar provides, this also, may i add, eventually created a burning sensation in our eyes, forcing us out of the shower. Thirdly, within the same afternoon from which we arrived, we decided to forget what had happened and to try to relax after our long flight, we decided unanimously to take an afternoon nap, yet another mistake. After shutting our eyes for 5 minutes, and eventually slowly drifting off into our sleep, we were only to be awoken by the experience of the room shaking similar to a level 9 earthquake or WW3. We jumped from our beds and went to the windows to take a look at what was happening only to our surprise, or should i say not really, to witness that Thai airways, Bangkok airways and every other airline flying into Koh Samui seems to land adjacent to the lovely ark bar. Next, the food and the service is embarrassingly bad to say the least. Not only after spending 15 minutes trying to explain your order, which arrives half cooked any way, harder to do than climb Kilimanjaro but it makes MacDonalds look like a michelin star restaurant. The waiters are rude, especially the managers, who have less brains than the chicken which has been turned into a tasteless nugget which they expect you to eat. Additionally, to top it all off, after you consume the slobber that they put in front of you, you may find yourself rushing to the toilet only to find that the room for two has only been provided with one toilet roll, which is half used, and there to be no hand soap. Oh, and after all of that, you may see the occasional rat running around the pool during the day and night, I have see three so far. I have travelled all over the world, and I love Thailand and Asia, however this place should be shut down, it is the WORST place to stay in Thailand, let alone Koh Samui, and I highly advise anybody to refrain from spending their holiday here as you will need to take another one afterwards due to the un-relaxing and stressful encounters you will experience.

Room Tip: Choose the Hotels across the road
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank 906Jeffrey
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Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

If you like a lively hotel then this is definitely the place to stay in Koh Sumai, Chaweng Beach. Every Wednesday and Friday they have beach parties which are absolutely amazing and they are also free to attend. The DJ is fantastic and they have two amazing guys who play the Saxaphone and Bongo's. The atmosphere of these parties are spot on :)

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Scott O
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was personally not a fan of Koh Samui, more a Patong/Bangkok sort of guy, but this hotel was good to stay at. It had 3 pools, on the beach, great restaurant, close to the nightlife of the area and very close to the Airport, unfortuantly you could here the airplanes taking off very well...

Room Tip: Close to nightlife and airport (airport noises)
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic food ,great staff ,party nights most nights music the best I have found on Samui !!!

Free wifi and sunbeds really chilled vibe no heavy sales people on this part of the beach

Clean toilets and beach is regular cleaned and maintained by staff at ARK and has a party pool

Love it!!

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Medicmarty
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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
#31 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range: $39 - $122 (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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