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The Scent Hotel
Ranked #2 of 157 Bophut B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Hotel was booked from 24.11.2013 to 08.12.2013. We payed $140/day and left this hotel in early morning of 27.11.2013 with great pleasure.
No refund was received for remaining 11 days.

 Hotel doesn’t take promises
After booking confirmation we contacted hotel and asked for Taxi transfer from airport to our hotel. Hotel confirmed transfer. 1 day before arrival we sent email to hotel and reminded about our arrival and Taxi transfer. Hotel confirmed that transfer will be available.
Of course, when we arrived to Samui and tried to find Taxi in the meeting area, no taxi was found there. So, we tried to find it in nearby regions but … no taxi was found. We have to buy minibus transfer just in airport by ourselves.

 Some hours without condition and light
This region (Bo Phut) has great electrical problems. But hotel doesn’t have electric diesel generator. So, you can spend several hours without light and condition. We spent one night without light and condition (26.1.2013) and left this hotel.

We checked hotel menu and found teas for 120 Bats and sandwiches from 160 Bats.
Hot meals are from 490 Bats to 1500 Bats per portion (1900 Bats for meal with vine).
As an example, meal with soup, salad, hot meal and fresh in good restaurant at Chaweng area (most expensive area of Samui) costs about 600 Bats for 2 persons.
Hotel SPA offer massage for 900 Bat, Taxi for 500.. Fair price in SPA CENTER at chaweng is about 200-300 Bat for Thai massage and 300-400 Bat for taxi.
Do you still think that these prices are reasonable?

Hotel is situated in very distant region from all life (no restaurants, no shop). If you want to visit a restaurant you have to walk about 2 km by the road with bikes and cars. It's very uncomfortable during day hours and VERY DANGEROUS in evening hours because road doesn’t have sidewalks.

 Small area
Very small hotel for 17 rooms, with very small pool

This hotel doesn’t have beach with white sand. There are lot of fishing boats and nets in beach area, nobody looks for this “beach” and we found some broken glass just at the beach. We tried to swim there but seabed was covered with plants.

 Fair price for this hotel is about $40-50 / in a day

Toilet room doesn't have a door. Room doesn’t have inner doors. So, other hotel guests can see person sitting in the toilet just passing by your room number. If there is 2 guests in one room or more, it's a great problem because all sound and smells are all over the room. It's awful.

Total: the worst 3 night we spent at Samui. We left this hotel after 3 night and lost money for remaining 11 days because hotel refused to make even a partial refund.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Alexey B
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Take a room nearby the Beach, Rooms @ streetside maybe to noisy, the resto is good, but expensive, staff is friendly. If you have the possibility, take room 111. Do Not expect a nice Beach. We had almost no Beach at all (11/2013)

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

A small boutique hotel that has everything we needed. The classic decoration is very unique. Simple and cozie.
The only disappointment is the beach. Well can't blame the hotel, plus the kindness and attention of the staffs made it pass. Anyways, There is a daily shuttle to and from their sister hotel which only takes 5 minutes...
The small restaurant is absolutely fantastic. The delicious dishes and staffs again, very nice! Highly recommend to all visitors.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Agostinho L
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I have stayed at the Scent Hotel many times, most recently for a family wedding where we occupied most of the hotel.

This is a small hotel with only about twelve rooms. It is located in a fairly quiet part of Koh Samui but offers easy access to most places of interest.

The hotel is built around an inner courtyard/pool, and as the name implies, incorporates aromatherapy into its everyday operations.

The good

-stunning property
-beautiful rooms
-on the beach with stunning views of the bay
-staff friendly and professional
-fantastic swimming pool

The bad

-it's relatively expensive
-your experience will depend on the other guests (have yet to have a problem, but noisy people could ruin this due to the enclosed nature of the hotel)


A wonderful relaxing experience. One of my favourite hotels in the world. We always stay here when we come to Samui.

Room Tip: The rooms are very different. There are three seafront suites, one on the ground floor, one upstairs...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank sendaiben
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

As I said , a perfect place to go for a lazy cozy holiday that no one will ever bother you in this small boutique hotel.
Quiet place, peaceful beach, refreshing smell, cute receptionist, friendly service, best chef.
Stay here with no doubt if you're looking for a hideaway holiday.

Far away from Chaweng and it's really dark outside at night. Don't forget to book a one day tour to Koh Tao and Koh Samui while the pier is within 10 mins drive from here.

Room Tip: Dont go out at night and do try dinner there or ull definitely regret.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jessfie
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We stayed one week on this hotel, in April/May 2011.
The hotel belongs to Relais & Châteaux and it really deserves that.
It's a boutique hotel with a lot of details you can enjoy with your senses.
All the rooms are very well decorated and our, in particular, had a great sea view.
The hotel grounds are beautiful and well mantained.
The swimming pool is diferent from the normal, since the material in which it is made is a noble one. Pure luxury! Besides, the swimming pool has a wonderful sea view, also.
The restaurant is top! Beach front, tranquil, exquisite and delicious food... so romantic if you have dinner here!!! It seems like you are being bless by the stars!!!
The breakfast is a la cart and it's really a finding. Everything is fresh, tasty and refined.
All the staff (specially restaurant's staff) is very kind, helpful and nice. They provide all that you can need and all the concierge service you may request.
The hotel is street faced, in a not very beautiful area, but, inside of it, you don't notice this fact.
The beach, itself, isn't good. It has quicksand and the water is not clear. We stayed the most of the time on the swimming-pool and went several times to the hotel's sister resort - Peace Resort, on Mae Nam Beach. The hotel provides free shuttle bus service to Peace Resort and to Fisherman's village. But we rent a motorbike, in the hotel's front and go riding. It's safe and more funny!
The only thing we didn't like was that the room was quite small and the air conditioning didn't work properly in order to refresh the space. Besides that, the air con was right in the front of the bed, which was harmful to our health. At night, the room is too hot and become unbearable to be there without air conditioning. And if you turn the air conditioning, you'll get frozen as the air con is right on top of you...
The hotel management MUST improve this!

Room Tip: Book a room with sea view.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maria S
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

This hotel has ticked every box for me, excellent staff, excellent rooms and a beach view to die for. Pure paradise.
We stayed in the sea view room and had our own private hammock which over looked the sea. If you are looking for a romantic trip away this is the place to go. The food was amazing as well. We had breakfast and lunch there every day it was so good! Also the hotel had 2 canoe's that you can use for free.
They do offer massages however there is a spa next door as well (which I have been to every time I go to Koh Samui) and this is also a great get away. There is parking outside the hotel (3/4 spaces) so although its a little far away from most things they offer a vast range of car hires from the hotel which was much cheaper than getting taxi's every where!
The lady on reception is amazing as well. So helpful.

This has to be the best holiday I have ever had and will hopefully return again.

Room Tip: The second floor room in the far right corner over looks the sea however we also noticed a couple on...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nic0Mc
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Address: 58/1 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Bophut
Price Range: £71 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Scent Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known as “ a Secret World” ...The Scent Hotel is located on theisland of Koh Samui and is situated on the most tranquil and serene part of Bangrak Beach northeast of the island. The hotel is 4km drive away from airport and 6km from the famous Chaweng Beach.With 12 rooms and 3 suites, this beach front hotel was built with a warm atmosphere of the ancient Indochina and Colonial cultured look to give all a nostalgic stay. A choice of European or Chinese or Local styling in any of our units will bring you back in time and a taste of living the elegant era. All rooms and suites come with either a pool view or the ocean view. With the exclusivity of the pool and the beach within the property, you will be accompanied by the great cuisines of French, Mediterranean and local Thai dishes from Le Jaroen Restaurant.As part of Relais & Chateaux every stay is designed to awaken your senses with our secretly blended aromatic fragrance, elegant looking colonial beach front building, suites that bring back the elegant old living style and a restaurant with a sublime setting serving up tasty local cuisines combining contemporary and traditional creations. So set aside a date with us and make it your most peaceful and memorable stay.Be enchanted and come to our world......” A Secret World...” ... more   less 
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