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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
Ranked #16 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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Reviewed 22 March 2008

We stayed at Anantara 7-14 March 2008. First time to Koh Samui. Previously twice to Phuket.
The hotel is smaller than some we've stayed at but not an issue. The staff were the best yet. The grounds and pool fantastic although some bugs about due to all the greenery and water features. Sprays etc supplied but be prepared.
Breakfasts were great. Other meals expensive and we ate out. Plenty of restaurants on road to Fishermans Vilage (5 minutes walk). We like Shades and Smiley particularly for Thai food (also western) and the Shack for the best steak ever had. Avoid the Italian in Fishermans Village - it's a rip off!
Rooms were fine, but the bed is very low and on a platform ... could be awkward if not too mobile.
We had no problems (as reported by some previous reviewers) with taking supplies into room, or of agressive marketing of spa facilities.
Yes the sand is a bit gritty but no two beaches are the same ... and for previous reviewers who say the beach is small - the 'allocated' section may be a bit small but you also have a mile or so either side !
We went into Chaweng once (300 baht taxi). That was enough ! You can get everything you want/need in Fishermans Village and along the street outside the hotel.
Great time, great hotel.

  • Liked — Staff, grounds
  • Disliked — Cost of meals, spa
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Lahore, Pakistan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2008

We've been to Samui a number of times and this time we wanted to stay in the Bophut area. We've found ourselves in very luxurious but completely isolated hotels in Samui before, and we wanted a balance between isolation and the noisy Chaweng Area. A friend recommended the Anantara and we were not disappointed.
While not one of the best hotels I've been to in Koh Samui (the rooms are quite small with the bathroom taking up too much room) the Anantara is definitely an above-average hotel with a great location. The grounds are beautiful and the beach is delightful. The staff were unerringly polite.
Literally a stone's throw away is the quaint Fisherman's village, where one can bar-hop and generally walk around after a day on the beach. I would highly recommend the Shades Bar which also serves excellent appetizers and Thai food and the Beach Bar which has tables on the beach. Dining at the Anantara was a bit disappointing. The food was generally average. The Pier restaurant on the same road was an outstanding experience. The food was great.
In the opposite direction, and adjacent to the Anantara ,is a fantastic place called the Gecko Bar. They play endless Chill Out music and offer shaded sunbeds and a pool table- as long as you keep ordering a stream of cocktails. The staff was very friendly and accomodating.
A word of warning about dining in Samui. Samui is trying to advertise itself as a fine-dining destination in addition to being a beach resort. No doubt a lot of the restaurants in the Samui Dining Guide are very good, but some of them are not! I can't believe they are even featured in the guide. One example: Captain Kirk's in Chaweng. I had read about it and seen a picture of the place in the Dining Guide and it looked pretty good. Once there I could not believe it was the same place! The picture was completely misleading, the food below-average and the staff abominable.It was touted as having a lake view and we were informed that side of the building was indefinitely closed. We ended up with a table overlooking rowdy Chaweng Road.
On a more positive note, the stars of the Dining Guide are Zazen Restaurant (exceptional food and atmosphere), Dining on the Rocks, The Pier and Zico's.

  • Liked — The location and the beach.
  • Disliked — The rooms.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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SF Bay Area, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Anantara last week as part of our two-week honeymoon. Overall most of the posts I've read on here are pretty accurate so let me try to sum them up.

THE GOOD -
1) The breakfast, which was included in our rate, is great. Made-to-order omelettes, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, croissants -- very very good. I don't know how much it would cost a la carte but worth at least $20US pp.
2) The grounds at the Anantara are very nice. Pools and fountains everyhwere and at night, they light up the pools with torches.
3) The hotel overall is very peaceful. The bar is a great place to go at night for a drink - although not anywhere close to a scene. But just nice to hang out.
4) Food Variety - The Italian restaurant was great for dinner and every night they seem to have a special for dinner - e.g. fish and lobster bbq on the beach, taste of difft curries, etc

THE OK
1) The pool is beautiful but I can imagine scenarios where there are not enough chairs for everyone.
2) The beach is coarse and not as big as one may hope. Also the water is not the beautiful blue you may hope for (althoguh that may be in part due to the rain when we were there)
3) Fisherman's Village - we walked here only once but it seemed t obe a great place to go in order to escape the resort as necessary. But overall a bit of a touristy / backpacker area.
4) While the rooms are fine, they are not necessarily luxurious - and for $250-300/night in Thailand, I expected something a little more high end but the beatiful grounds made up for it.

THE BAD
1) Unless they were selling you something, the staff often seemed bothered by requests
2) The spa is waayyy overpriced - $90US for a massage. I may as well be in NYC or SF. We went just across the street from the main entrance for $10/hour.
3) Internet access - this is just annoying to me. the hotel charged $6/15 mins while just outside the hotel you could pay $.50 for 15 minutes.
4) While the food at the hotel was delicious, it was definitely pricey. $50-80US pp for dinner each night, including alcohol.

Overall, this was my honeymoon so price didn't really matter. But I believe there should be better values in SE Asia, either on Koh Samui or elsewhere while still at a luxury resort.

That being said, we definitely had a great time.

Stayed February 2008
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2008

Where to begin?
Thought we should write this review after reading some indifferent reviews. My wife and I have been to many high class hotels in the past and have both come to the conclusion this is the best we have stayed in.
On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by assistant front desk manager and shown to the library where we were given cold towels and a welcome drink whilst we were checked in.
We then met with the front desk manager who told us about the resturants and bars and gave us our room key and took us to our room.
Porters brought up our luggage after about 2 minutes.
We stayed in a deluxe room which looks just as on the web site/brochure. Massive bath for 2 with sliding glass doors into the main room. Very nice huge bed which stands on a platform, mini bar, tea/coffee maker,tv with dvd player,large double wardrobe with plenty of hangers,safe,hair drier,bath robes, slippers and flip flops. Sliding glass doors open on to balcony with table and chairs and built i large sofa over looking the gardens. Everything was spotless and kept clean very well during our stay by our cleaner who always left towel sculptures or sweets. She also replenished the mini bar. The bed was turned down every evening with tomorrows weather forecast written on a leaf left on the bed. (Wife looked forward to the leaf every night when we returned to the room). Food/drinks were of outstanding quality from pool snacks to "Dining By Design". Staff were always helpful and met you with a smile. Make sure to look out for Lily(f and b concierge)-we wanted to bring her home. Some people have mentioned about the price of food but you can not put a price on that sort of quality. Everything was perfect especially the valentines night dinner. We had ours in a pavillion in the grounds with our own chef cooking on the stove and our own waitress for the night. Beautiful 3 course dinner and champagne cost about £190 and worth every penny.(picture of main course attached). Had a free head and neck massage at the spa. The wife had a few more treatments while we were there and said they were well worth the money. Swimming pool very clean with plenty of sun beds. Even though the hotel was 100% full there were still empty beds at 10am. The beach is not brilliant but is plenty good enough to lay out and get a nice tan. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk from Fishermans village where there are many shops, bars and resturants. Only went two places, The Shack is a very busy grill house with great food and the other was a bar called sirocco, friendly british couple owned , with live entertainment.
From check in to check out the whole stay was amazing.
We will be going back to the travel agent monday to book for Thai new year next year in April. Can't wait.

  • Liked — relaxing atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2008

I had read a lot of reviews. Some had highlighted the negatives pretty well. But I forgot all that when I reached there. It was awesome.
The reception was very friendly. They went out of their to help us on every possible occasion. It was the most relaxed time I've had since long.
Postives
- Great service
- Awesome infinity pool
- I stayed on the ground floor deluxe room opening into the garden. Loved it.
- Close to fisherman's village.

Negatives
- The beach is so-so. Coarse sand
- Expensive place. especially the spa. But this need not be a concern since there are hundreds of others around the place

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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North Yorkshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2008

Firstly I will point out we did Legends Mauritius in 2006 (we gave a 5*) then Melia Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba in 2007 (we gave a 3*) so I may make comparisons.

I am giving this hotel a 4* plus because it's nearly as good as Legends but not quite and much much better than the Melia.

I will start with the negatives first (only slight ones).

1. This hotel needs to go adult only. For the last 3 days of our stay, a family of about 7 or 8 (4 kids) turned up and were running around shouting through the corridors and using the jacuzzi as a kids play pool. The ignorant parents/nanny of these kids had absolutely no consideration for other guests at the Hotel. I'm ashamed to say they were from the UK but no doubt have more than one passport if you catch my drift.

2. I wasn't too keen on the items in the room that were "for sale". they need to be there for free or not at all.

3. Hotel Restaurants - very expensive.

4. There is a building site next door so you need to be at the left hand side of the hotel (looking at the hotel as you arrive). Please be aware that if you are off to the left the building site will not impact on your holiday at all, however if you are off to the right then I imagine you may end up being disappointed.


Anyway he positives

1. Very peaceful (until the last 3 days) it was so relaxing, lovely pool and friendly staff and the theme was very much of relaxation and peace.

2. Rooms, top quality and the attention to detail is fantastic, the staff deliver gifts (free) to your room every night with the weather forecast written on a leaf for the following day. The bath is huge and the bed is bigger than kingsize. TV (with a good choice of channels)and DVD players are in the rooms. Balcony facing both onto the beach and into the gardens....amazing.

3. Pool - lovely and warm with a unique style of tiling and decoration.

4. Nice quiet beach front but pretty unremarkable.

5. Food in Hotel although expensive is some of the best food I have ever eaten in particular the full moon restaurant.

6. Location is fantastic a 5 minute walk to the Fishermans village with some good little restaurants and bars and is nice and quiet and clean....not like Chaweng which is noisy and stinks and the beach is dirty there too. Take my advice Bhoput is the place to go and if you want to party then a 100 baht tuk tuk will get you to Chaweng in 10 mins should you want to.

7. Staff are genuinely nice people and you can tell that it is part of the Thai makeup as opposed to people "just doing their job"


Please feel free to contact me should you need to know more about this hotel...I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Liked — Very Peaceful
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2008

The Anantara is an amazing experience in itself. It's in a lovely quite resort of Bhoput, with some fab restaurants around the vicinity. Eating in the hotel itself was quite expensive, especially compared to Thailand prices, nevertheless it was fantastic food! The hospitality and the service is superb. We went there for our honeymoon and it was romantic and so so relaxing. Attention to small details made the Anantara stand out from other hotels. Rose petals in our bath (and on our bed_, chocolate cake upon arrival etc.
Finally a visit to the Elemis spa is essential. I had a 2 hour package. Although expensive compared to a massage on the beach, it was the most amazing experience. I can't wait to go again!
Definitely recommended.

Stayed September 2007
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Property: Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
Address: 99 / 9 Bophut Bay, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Bophut
#11 Family Hotel in Bophut
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#12 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#15 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a tranquil stretch of sand, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa offers guests inimitable luxury comforts coupled with world renowned Thai hospitality. Enjoy water sports on the Gulf of Thailand's placid warm waters whilst residing at our elegant Samui resort. Soak in the sun by Anantara's elegant beachfront pool with stunning sea views or on Bophut's peaceful beach. Unwind with one of our specially developed Anantara spa packages. Dine on fiery Thai curries and handmade Italian pastas overlooking the ocean. Anantara Bophut presents a Koh Samui resort lifestyle that is quite unlike any other, from Bill Bensley designed tropical gardens which complement the charms of Fisherman's Cove on Bophut Beach, to southern Thai architecture which reflects our local cultural heritage, and world class amenities enhanced by Anantara's unique design touches. A wealth of leisure facilities and experiences from windsurfing and sailing to spa, beach yoga, tennis, cooking classes and area excursions help you to make the most of Koh Samui's stunning natural and cultural attractions. While complimentary Wi-Fi Internet at our Lobby and Library, in the Eclipse Bar, High Tide and Full Moon restaurants, as well as poolside, allows you to keep up to date with the world. In short, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa brings you all of the island's riches with Anantara's distinctive gracefulness. ... more   less 
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