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“Honeymoon in paradise on earth” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
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“Honeymoon in paradise on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Me and my husband spent a long time planning our honeymoon, as we wanted to make sure we would get the best honeymoon possible.
After countless hours of research, the choice landed on Thailand.

We chose Zazen based on thorough research and tripadvisor reviews, and were counting down the time for 10 days in a Garden Villa.

From the moment we were picked up at the airport, we realised that we had made an amazing choice. The hotel is like a magical garden/forest with the most amazing smells and sounds, our Villa litterally brought a tear to my eye, what an amazing sight! Being our honeymoon the room had been decorated beautifully, and we were both in awe during our tour around our villa and the property.

This was the beginning of 10 days in paradise on earth!
The staff was so friendly and helpful, we did not have a single bad experience whilst staying here.
The breakfast is one of the things that stands our the most, aside from our villa and location/surroundings, we are big foodies and the breakfast was AMAZING!
The fresh juices, fruit, breads, danish, spreads, the breakfast made-to-order menu and the view... Wow!

Every monday the managment arranges a meet and greet, where they serve drinks and canapees while mingling with their guests, a great idea and a really lovely touch.

On our last night we decided to dress up and have a proper dinner at the restaurant, I had the lobster decadence menu whilst my husband chose the discover thailand meat menu - the food was to die for!!!
We would absolutely reccomend the restaurant for an amazing meal!!

We truly cannot fault anything, but would prepare guests for the occational visit from a gekko or two in the bathroom (which we just found charming), and slightly murky water on the beach. This did not deterierate our visit one bit, we are definately coming back!!

Thank you so much Zazen for giving us a truly amazing honeymoon, upon departure day to Phangan we were terrified that our next hotel would not come close to perfection, as Zazen did.

Our only regret is that we were unable to arrange shipping with thai post for the wooden ladder placed in the bathroom (and sold in the shop), as we would have LOVED to bring that piece home as a physical, lasting memory of our honeymoon in heaven on earth.

With love,
Mr & Mrs Theodorou

Room Tip: When we return, we will choose a garden villa again, great size and location.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Theodorou,

We wish to express our sincerest appreciation for choosing Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa for celebrating your honeymoon.

We are glad to read that you and your guests enjoyed your stay with us, and your comments have been shared with the team. It is very special to be organizing someone's honeymoon and we always keep very good memories, which make you part of the Zazen family!

Again, many thanks for the positive feedback and we hope that you will chose us again for your anniversary celebration!

With best regards,

The Zazen Management Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Not very often I am enthused enough to write travel reviews, however this place is special.
We are Australian but have spent the past 17 years based in Hong Kong and have travelled extensively throughout Asia. Thailand is our favourite asia destination and we have stayed at many, many resorts around Thailand.
Zazen has been outstanding and I suggest is the "gold standard" for boutique beach resorts.
To begin with the award winning restaurant exceeded our expectations. Thai dining with an imaginitive contemporary presentation, the French chef and his team are sensational.

It is small (29 villa's ), we stayed in a garden villa which we thought would be more private than the Beach bungalows. It is clear that the management team are constantly casting a critical eye over all aspects of this resort, the villa's are modern, well presented, very well maintained (often a problem area in asia)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gerry P
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Gerry,

Thank you for taking the time of writing such a good review about your experience at Zazen. We are truly glad to hear that after travelling around different resorts in Asia you found Zazen outstanding. Indeed, we try to offer personalized service and it is a pleasure to see that these little details that we enjoy taking care off have been appreciated. Your compliments regarding the restaurant have been shared and thanked by the Kitchen team.

Please let us know if you come back, we would be very happy to welcome you again here at Zazen.

Best Regards,

The Zazen Management Team.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

In Dec 2012, we visited many resorts in Samui, finally selecting Zazen as our wedding venue. We had our dream destination wedding in Oct 2013 with guests flying in from Australia, Japan and Malaysia. We planned our wedding from Australia mostly via email and it was very manageable due to the level of attention from the wedding team. Our wedding day was seamless, with a high degree of flexibility and full support from the wedding team. The quality of the food at the reception and level of service was certainly the highlight for us. Zazen delivered everything we had asked for with charming hospitality and because of that, we were really able to enjoy our wedding day and all of our time spent at Zazen. The ambiance of this resort is really special, especially at night! In our opinion, the style and theming for this resort is tasteful and unique, and this extended to every last detail for the wedding. It was very important to us that all of our guests had a fantastic experience and we received nothing but high praise. AND..The breakfast here was the best we've had in Samui by far! We would highly recommend Zazen as a destination wedding resort and as one of the best resort experiences on the island of Samui. Thank you Zazen !

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RussellPetersW
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Preema,

Greetings from Koh Samui!

We wish to express our sincerest appreciation for choosing Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa for celebrating your wedding. It has been a very special moment for us as well !

We also thank you for your time invested to compliment our Resort.
We sincerely hope to be able to host your wedding anniversary in the future!

Kindest regards,

The Zazen Management Team.
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

This small Hotel is incredible. There is nothing you would complain about. Just stunning resort with excellent cuisine. Not first choice if you have Kids as this Location is more for couples. We went with our 9 year old son to Chaweng beach during the day which was wonderful.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same. Nice Villas.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ralf L
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Ralf,

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive feedback about your experience at Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa. We are really happy to note that you enjoyed our restaurant and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again.

Best Regards,

The Zazen Management Team.
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Staff are very friendly, professional and helpful, English fairly good, breakfasts are lovely, restaurant food is sensational. Overall good experience. Can't fault a thing but could be better value for money.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AUShoneymoon
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear valued Guest,

Thank you for your nice comment regarding the quality of our restaurant. We are also glad to hear that our staff has been helpful and professional.

Please let us know if you come back to Zazen, we would be more than happy to welcome you again.

Best Regards,
The Zazen Management Team.
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Shanghai, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

I stayed for a week in October, have been coming to Samui to 10 years, Zazen is easily the best resort I have stayed in, the resort is a tranquil paradise in an over-developed island, the service is top-notch, rooms are extremely tasteful and well finished, and the overall impression when leaving is that the people behind this have the experience and know-how to run the best resort in Samui. When comparing it to bigger group resorts such as Four Seasons, I would say it has a much more human feel, and a quiet kind of luxury that guests can really relate to. In all, a simply amazing experience and I will be back soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Seb M
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Dear Seb,

Thank you for taking the time of writing such a nice comment of your experience with us.

We are happy to know that you appreciated our hotel and it is a pleasure to note that our staff has been kind and useful.

We would be more than happy to welcome you again in our Resort.

Best regards,

The Zazen Team
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

As per other reviews, hotel staff are friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Amanda\Rio for providing useful info during our stay. Surroundings of resort relaxing and colourfully lit at night. Pleasant restaurant on beachfront with upstairs dining available. Lucky to experience, free fireworks display during our stay courtesy of wedding at resort. Would recommend this resort for couples (and weddings). Nice area of island, close to fishermans village(restaurants) -approx. 2km. Taxi's abundant.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mark h
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Dear Mark,

Thank you for taking the time of writing such a good feedback of your experience in our resort.

We are happy to here to your stay with us has been pleasant and that our staff has been helpful.
It has been a pleasure to welcome you and we would be glad to have the opportunity to meet you again.

Best regards,

The Zazen Team
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Property: Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Address: 177 Moo 1, Bophut Beach | Koh Samui, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access 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:
#3 Family Hotel in Bophut
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#7 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#10 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zazen is a stylish true Boutique Resort located on the beautiful Bophut Beach. Perfect for a relaxing holiday and a romantic honeymoon. Zazen offers 26 stylish villas, and 2 of the most popular restaurants on the island with traditional Thai cuisine and fine French / Mediterranean dining. Le Spa Zen will help you find the deepest levels of relaxation. Welcome to Zazen! ... more   less 
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