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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #31 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Sydney, Australia
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“Didn't stay here - but spent plenty of time at the bar!”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

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.

Room Tip: The road side probably gets plenty of noise from taxi's and general street manic - while the poo...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stayed at this resort in March for 2 nights, the hotel is definitely in the best location! Walking distance to everything and right on the beach. Pools are great. Rooms are simple but have everything you need. It was a younger party crowd staying at this hotel which if thats what your looking for and to meet new friends its great. Overall a good stay.

Room Tip: I stayed in the deluxe room. Nice clean room, recommended.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

We booked this hotel on a whim without knowing anything about the location or hotel itself, and we were blown away when we first saw it! Receptionists were by far the easiest to deal with and most helpful that we had during out stay in the islands, and the rooms were spectacular compared to other hotels that were the same price. We had a premier deluxe twin room, which was enormous in size and great value for money. AC was great and the bathrooms were clean.

There are three pools at the Ark Bar, and the location is right on the beach, so great for swimming and lounging around with cocktails in hand. Bar service is excellent - even if you are not staying at the hotel you can sit on one of their beach loungers and someone will be down in a flash to take your food & drink order. Unfortunately for us the main pool was closed for renovations, so we did not get to go to any of their famous pool parties, but there is so much nightlife around that area anyway that we didn't feel like we missed out too much.

I would recommend this hotel to any younger travellers who are keen to party, because it is constantly cranking and they have plenty of fire shows down on the beach every night. This hotel is probably not best for honeymooners or families, but if you are into the nightlife this hotel would suit you down to the ground!

Room Tip: Higher floors have less disturbance from passers-by, as the rooms are right next to the walkway that...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Great location by the beach and 3 pools to choose from which are quiet as external guests are prohibited from 2 of them. Wifi was down for a few days which was annoying. Staff are friendly and always someone around to help. Slightly more expensive than others around but worth it for the creature comforts we're used to back home.

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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

i stayed in pretty basic room near the reception, about a 2 min walk from the beach and 20 ft from the owner's two lamborghini's (not joking). The value was best for location, you are in the heart of the nightlife, shopping and all the energy chaweng can offer 24/7. Next time I would check out a room with a view, as we were in an ally.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

first night wallet and phone was stolen from bar, phone was handed in but no wallet, staff were not very helpful at all. had to get voicefull with them to drive me to police station to report as i had no cards or cash. the place is really nice. however, mossies are really bad, beds are comfy but barely slept from gettin eatin all night by mossies. and most nights the music is fully pumpin. so its noisy. and i have just learnt because my mate paid for the room they have now over charged him for the bar fridge for things we have not used. if your young, yeah come and stay, this place is for you, but if your a family or a non party goer, stay away. i did not like it here.

Room Tip: near the front of resort, closest to road, away from beach
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Place is only for young party lovers. Small room, shabby washroom, not so good AC and not a good service. To top it blaring music plays till 2am and then another hour of drunken crowd makes noise and ruckus. But yes very good beach party, meant only if you are a party animal. They will try to charge you for every little thing and certainly not worth the money spent. Given a choice I'll never come again to Ark Bar. Though Koh Samui was lovely!!

  • Stayed July 2014
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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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