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“Nice but (too?)pricy hotel”
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Peace Resort
Ranked #36 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
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“Nice but (too?)pricy hotel”
Reviewed 15 August 2010

Rooms( garden villas) are ok. Staff is very friendly, food in restaurant ok but (over-) priced? Sea at Bohput Beach is not very clear and the seabottom is muddy. But swimming pool is fine.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

We booked the Beachfront Villa for 4 nights, but we already relocated in the first night to another hotel. The Beachfront Villa is very well located, but around the corner, just 3 Meters away, there is a restaurant & bar, open until 2am, wich provides loud music with a heavy bass to their guests. So we had no chance to find sleep. After a complaint, the hotel manager quickly offered us to relocate within the resort to another room. The noise problem is very well known, the staff said. But because the noise was also too lout in the other offered room, we decided to leave the resort immediately at 11:30pm.

The privacy in the Beachfront Villa was also not good. When closed all curtains, the persons from outside still could see inside the room through the gaps beside the curtains, and also especially through the glazed entrance door! So, people from outside could easily watch the life inside the livingroom and bedroom!

The fascilities were quiet old, surely not suitable for the price. And inside the Villa, when someone is on the toilet in the bathroom, persons being in the living room could still see the sitting person on the toilet through the closed door!

The bathroom was not airconditioned. So after a shower, preparing to go out, we soonly sweated again and feelt not fresh.

The WIFI internet connection did also not work. After some calls to the reception, I just got tired to ask them again to help me because they gave me advice like: "Please open the curtains to get a better connection to our WIFI router".

When solved this problems, the Peace Resort can be proud to have it's name! The garden, the beach and the environment looks like in paradise, perfect for spending the holidays :-)

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

We enjoyed our stay in your beautiful resort, a view recommendations from our side. The personnel should better learn to speak English and we found, but that's personal, there were too many German guests in the resort. To get a better ambiance in your resort mayby more people from different countries.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

We had nine nice days in this hotel.
Room, garden, swimming pool and beach were irreproachable.
Very recommended for people who like calm repose.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

My husband and I traveled with a group of friends (all in our early 30's, with no kids) to Koh Samui in July 2010. As always, it is a really daunting task to select a resort on behalf of the group. Koh Samui has so much on offer and that there has to be something for everyone, but this can also make the task so much harder.

Initially we considered Chaweng, because it would be in the middle of all the action, but the more research I did, the more concerned I was about the fact that many people say it is very commercial. However, we weren't planning on going to bed at 8 every night either, so we needed to find something that could cater for all those needs.

In the end we chose Peace Resort and were really delighted with our choice. Firstly, it was July, so the resort was only half full - I can't imagine that any resort could be fun in peak season and if I had to go at that time of year, I would seriously consider a private villa. Because the resort was only half full there was enough of everything for everyone. The pool was never over full, there were always pool and beach loungers available and there seemed to always be staff at your every beck and call.

We booked a Deluxe Wing Room which was absolutely lovely. I would recommend requesting one that is situated upstairs, because I could imagine that the ground floor rooms could be a little dark. As explained by many, the rooms are large, but only the actual sleeping quarters are air conditioned, so if you would prefer air conditioning throughout I would recommend the Deluxe Garden Bungalow. Our one friend stayed in such a bungalow and it was lovely. The bathroom in the Deluxe Wing rooms is much larger and essentially split into a shower area (large walk-in shower) and a bath/dressing room area. The bath is so large that it literally took about 30 minutes to fill. We filled ours with cold water and left the water in for a couple of days (we left a note asking them not to empty it), so we could have an ice cold dip before going to sleep.

One of the other couples in our party booked a Superior Garden Bungalow, but in my opinion it was not as nice as the Deluxe Wing. It felt a little cramped and the television was in a separate little lounge as you entered the bungalow, so you could never lie in bed and watch TV - not that TV is a top priority when visiting Thailand, but it is a small luxury that I only allow myself when I'm on holiday.

None of our party stayed in the See Breeze bungalows, but my only suggestion to anyone planning to book those, would be to to book any of the middle bungalows and not the one closest to the pool or the one at the very end. I suspect that both of these could be a little noisy.

Breakfast was more than adequate and there really was enough choice and variation every day. Nothing over the top or super fancy, but everything was fresh and prepared daily. If you like coffee, I would suggest ordering a capucinno or latte from the bar in the morning and they will bring it to your breakfast table. It was nicer than the filter coffee the served at the tables.

We only had dinner once at the resort itself and was disappointed to hear that the seafood basket had been sold out. We had especially booked for seafood night for that reason. However, the staff were so lovely and very apologetic that it didn't end up making a difference., We still had a lovely night. Most of the other nights we ate in the Fisherman's Village, where I could recommend Krua Bophut. The food was fantastic and no more expensive than any of the other restaurants on that strip. We ate there twice and sat in the garden on the beach as the restaurant itself was completely empty. I can highly recommend the duck curry and the duck with basil.

I didn't really want to spend my holiday shopping, but I did have a bit of a poke around. Chaweng is completely over-rated and very smelly during the hot days. I found much more beautiful and sophisticated things to buy in Na Thon, which is on the other side of the island. There is also and amazing cooked food market on the water where vendors set up during the late afternoon. I would recommend going there and having some local food and deserts off the carts. They also had a local Thai boxing match on the day we were there which was TBH300 per person instead of the super expensive TBH1000 per person charged in Chaweng.

One last thing about Peace Resort - there were many reviews mentioning that the resort attracted only older German tourists. This was definitely not the case when we stayed there. There were a lot of German tourists and it seems to be a popular choice for Germans, but there was a nice mix of people and ages when we stayed there. Most of the families with children were German, but I can only say that their children were beautifully behaved and were an absolute pleasure to have around.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

We stayed at Peace with friends and family while in Samui for our wedding. We had an amazing time here from start to finish. It's a beautiful resort with bungalows scattered in tropical gardens and a great view out to the beach/sea/koh phangan from the pool, bar and restaurant.

We received a free upgrade to a Sea Breeze villa on arrival - it was great to have the extra space and nice big bathroom and to be closer to pool and beach. Our friends stayed in all room types during our stay and they're all great, the main difference being size & location. Deluxe Wing rooms are newest, very private with shutters over the windows...great for the nocturnal type! Rooms are kept beautifully clean every day, with toiletries topped up etc.

The pool is a good size, clean, plenty of sunbeds with more sunbeds on the beach. The bar staff serve drinks/food around the pool, so you don't have to move all day if you don't want to. Happy hour 4-7pm was popular with us!

Breakfast at Peace was good with a wide selection. The restaurant looks lovely at night - pricey compared to other places but food and setting are great....definitely eat here at least once! Left along the beach are some good options and at Fisherman's Village.

The Bar at Peace closed at 10pm most nights, so we would go next door to the Coconut Bar. They were very accommodating; stayed open til 4am and sent out for more supplies when we drank them dry!! They let us set up music and have our own party there one night...Great little place!

The beach at BoPhut is good, not 'picture perfect' but still very pretty and good for swimming because the water is deep. We walked to and from Fisherman's Village most nights along the beach, only takes 10 mins...the sand is course but not as bad as some reviews say.

The fabulous staff at Peace made our holiday really special - nothing was too much trouble. The day after our wedding (at a different resort) they had decorated our room ‘honeymoon style’ and left us a bottle of champagne! We returned to Peace at the end of our trip for a couple of nights and were greeted like old friends by all the staff, it was great.

We requested a Beach BBQ for our 65 guests and with one day’s notice, the F&B Manager arranged the most amazing spread and set up beautiful tables along the beach for us...we were expecting to stand around eating sausages but had BBQ fish, prawns, beef, chicken, deserts – it totally exceeded our expectations!

Some recommendations – Try Orgasmic by Chef Wally (between BoPhut and Big Buddha) for a romantic dinner, it’s superb...Sydney quality food with Thailand prices and a beautiful secluded setting! Also try The Shack (Fisherman's Village) for steak, this was unanimously voted ‘the best steak EVER’ by several of our friends. Also make sure you get a massage by the pool or on the beachfront, it's heaven.

We couldn't have picked a better resort to accommodate all our friends and family – everyone loved it! The location is brilliant and suited everyone from 20’s to 70’s (and babies) with so many activities and options nearby. The accommodation is great, clean and set in lovely tropical gardens right by the beach.

We were truly sad to leave Peace and say goodbye....but we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2010

Just returned from 10 nights at the Peace Resort on Samui. Flew from Heathrow with EVA and connection with Bangkok airways. Flight out all good. Cheap upgrade to premium at £450 for both of us so I would recomend.

Arrived at the hotel at around 6pm and check in was really easy and swift. Shown to our Garden Villa. Again upgraded from the Superior to delux for only £166 which meant we were nearer the pool and beach. To be honest that was all that seemed to be the difference. I jnow when booking the Beach Villas were nearly £1k extra. From what we saw of them this isnt worth it.

The room was spotlessly clean, good air con, mini bar all the usuals you would expect. Couple of gripes for the room but nothing major, take extra hangers only 5 in the hanging area. Storage space is virtually non exsistant. Its just an alcove with a curtain across. only 1 small draw thats it. But lets be honest not a show stopper. Bathroom good size with a selection on toiletries incase you forgot any.

Pool cleaned everyday and plenty of beds both on beach and round pool, although they are rammed in tight. Would imagine its like sardines if the resort is full.

Massage Sala next to the pool and on the beach where the ladies will pamper you for as little as 300baht. much cheaper than the spa over the road.

Breakfast was ok if a little same day in day out. but plenty to eat you wont go hungry. The usual juice, coffee, friut,. cold meat and cheese. Egg station, bacon etc etc you know the drill.
We ate in the restaurant once in the afternoon and once on the first evening when we arrived. The food is good and tasty, good service but as you would expect an little pricey. The same plate of noodles less that half price down the beach or in the fishermans villiage. But on the first night when your not sure where you are and its late its ok and good food.

Every other lunch time we walked the 100 metres down the beach to the left and ate at the Free House. Noodles and beef 100baht, fish and noodles 120 baht, plenty to chose from and cheap. Lunch with Beer and Soda never more than 500baht and loads of it.

Fishermans village is again only about 400 metres to the right down the beach but be warned we only did it once, my feet were in pieces. The biggest gripe about this place is the beach. the sand is like glass its really really hard and sharp on your feel. not nice at all. Its as easy on the road, as people have said turn left out of the hotel past Anantara and take the side street on your left after the Full Moon restuarant sign. follow round the back of the hotel and you will come out on the main path to Fishermans Village. Its 10 mins walk no more.

Food in the village is plentyful and pay a visit on Friday nights for the street hawkers take over.
Recommendations from us would be.... Karma Sutra for pre dinner drinks and free wifi. We ate there once and was ok but we tended to have a couple of beers catch up on emails then walk for dinner.
Samui Spice was good too. Happy Elephant had good lobster. If you want a cracking steak The Shack is the place. a little expensive but worth it.

A great holiday and place to relax. Shame we lost our bags for 3 days on the way home. Samui is a lovely place to chill out and the people are so happy. Love it

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Peace Resort
Address: 178 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#25 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#27 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#31 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#33 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Peace Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Bophut beach in the northeast of the island, the Peace Resort is a newly refurbished, friendly bungalow style resort, ideal for a relaxing family getaway. The style is best described as contemporary Thai with the architecture following local traditions, but a transformation in 2008 has given a more up-scale look and feel while the prices have remained very reasonable. The resort is well laid out in small buildings, ensuring a more intimate, human scale, while the grounds are tranquil and green, with a restaurant that spills out onto the beach. ... more   less 
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