We didn't stay at Ark (the party scene for a week would be tough to chill and sleep through). In saying that, we went to the bar and pool area almost every day during our stay in Samui! The atmosphere was the best we had on the entire trip, reminiscent to that of other party islands - think Mykonos and Cancun. We loved the bar, the ease of beach access, the pool area, the music and above all the central location.
Most reviewers are correct - the place is like an upmarket hostel/backpackers hotel. We were lured in and almost booked our stay here given the low price, however decided last minute we'd like to stay somewhere a little quieter where we could 'escape' if we needed a break.
I'd recommend this place for singles and young travelers who are ok with loud music all night, and who enjoy a good party vibe. But for others, the place is pretty open and you can still enjoy the vibe.
- 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