I spent 3 weeks in Thailand with my partner, 2 weeks here and 1 week in Kanchanaburi.
Firstly the Island of Koh Samui is truly wonderful. There are some wonderful places, things to do and it truly is the island of smiles. A must to visit would be Chaweng, its a very interesting place and you can find some wonderful restaurants, a place I would recommend for excellent food, service and a good price would be The Coffee Club on Chaweng Beach Road. They serve amazing food with a wonderful service, the price truly does not reflect service as it is quite cheap. Another good restaurant is Rice, however this is slightly more expensive and upmarket but does serve wonderful food.
So the hotel, like the title says, it was simply wonderful. I've travelled to many destinations, many hotels, with fairly high star ratings but this exceeded expectations.
We had a Deluxe Villa that was extremely spacious and clean, with excellent facilities and comfort. Reception and Housekeeping were a button away with a great phone connection that when used to phone numbers in Thailand, we were not charged for. The linen was changed everyday and was kept extremely clean, the towels remained fluffy, clean and crisp white throughout our stay. The mini bar was fully stocked with water everyday, beers and soft drinks, at a reasonable price, although the water was free. The bathroom was kept clean and was fully restocked everyday with various amenities, such as Cotton Buds, Shower Caps, Soaps, Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Gel. The safe and Wi-fi in the rooms were free and a very nice touch to make you feel even more at home, and although we never used it, even the DVD player made you feel more comfortable.
The pool area was lovely and refreshing, with a calm and quiet atmosphere that could only come from the wonderful location of the hotel. The O2 Beach Club provided excellent service as they attended to our every desire, making Lunch on the beach or by the pool even more special.The hotel in general was kept clean and tidy with various people working daily to maintain the hotel, always smiling and saying hello.
The food was also something amazing, presentation was outstanding and something that they clearly worked hard on. The price is completely reasonable given the quality and service received. We were aided the entire time by a wonderful gentleman named Dan, he ensured everything we needed was taken care of to the highest standard.
The staff were very attentive and made us feel like royalty our entire stay, offering their smiles and gratitude to us always. The shuttle bus service was wonderful, a great price compared to taxis and took you to all the major destinations on the island, including Tesco Lotus, Lamai, Chaweng and even Big Buddha, this added a great touch as they started early in the morning at 10:00am to pick up times ending at 10:30pm at night. The Spa was a brilliant price compared to some prices around the island and although we didn't use it, we were told by other guests that they were brilliant.
The location was wonderful for me, far enough from the main busy places so that its nice and quiet but close enough that taxis/minibuses aren't too expensive or too much of a long journey. There was a wonderful tour operator just opposite the hotel outside Reception that catered to things outside of excursions, such as taxis booked with a completely different company. Euro Samui was run by a very helpful gentleman named Joe, who was extremely kind and who aided us with every problem we had, even calling up the second hotel in Kanchanaburi and taxi companies in Bangkok. He has some wonderful tours and tailor made them to your private desires at a great cost, he also had a great Laundry service which was reasonably priced and very good quality.
I find it stupid that people are complaining about the beach, its an extremely lovely view that leaves you feeling peaceful and relaxed as you look out from your balcony. The tide is quiet low so means you can swim out quiet far without it covering your face. It is quiet rocky but this is hardly at fault of the hotel, it is a private beach and it similar on most private beaches, just be weary of your stepping. If you really don't like a rocky beach then simply go to the tourist beaches of Chaweng and Bophut beach which would be a lot busier and louder.
So in summary I cannot fault this hotel on anything, everything that I used and looked for were wonderful, making me fall in love with Koh Samui and Arayaburi. I would recommend this to anyone who wants perfection in their holiday, as I loved everyday spent in this wonderful place.
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- Also Known As:
- Arayaburi Boutique Hotel Bophut
- Arayaburi Boutique Resort Ko Samui/Bophut