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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Great hotel, beach was meh...”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

The Zazen is laid out very well with lush foliage all around. They did a great job with landscaping. The people were very nice and attentive. I didn't get a beach bungalow because I figured there would be too many people crowding it. It was a good decision. I had bungalow 7 and it was just fine. I do love the indoor/outdoor shower/bathroom, but there are mosquitos. You really need to keep the door closed and spray. The water doesn't get super warm, but it's warm enough for me. The outdoor bar is really nice and the pool is small, but nice. There is some drink there and I can't remember the name, but I loved it. I do remember it had a long red pepper on the glass. The spa is gorgeous. The restaurant has Thai dancers on occasion. The breakfast was very great. Four stars due to the beach. Nicest on that strip, but probably not the nicest on Koh Samui. It's a great place and I can't fault it for the mosquitos in the bathroom, but I do know they occasionally fumigate. A nicer beach…yeah, that would be great. And the lighting in the rooms could be much better. It was a little like office lighting. All-in-all, glad we went. Especially the grounds.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on TripAdvisor.

It is true that our Beachfront rooms offer less privacy than our Garden Villas. However the main feature is to be directly facing the ocean and the beach, which is open to our other guests.

Please note that insects and mosquitoes are unfortunately part of the tropical island experience. On the other hand, we do our utmost to reduce this problem by displaying mosquito coils around the rooms, providing every unit with mosquito repellent devices and conducting weekly heavy-duty pest control. We as well offer the option to have a mosquito net installed above the bed for guests more sensitive to mosquito bites.

We are glad that your experience in our Zazen Restaurant has been appreciated.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

This is a wonderful hotel, situated on the quieter end of Bophut Beach. We stayed in a Beachfront Deluxe Bungalow and the location was fantastic. We had an amazing view of the beach right from our door! The room was great - comfortable, big bed and a great day bed to lounge on when you need to escape the heat. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The spa is excellent. We got a free massage as part of the honeymoon package and it was so amazing we had another massage the next day. The food is stunning. Even if you don't stay at this resort make sure you eat there!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for your great feedback on Trip Advisor.
We are delighted to read that you enjoyed our Resort and quality of our service.
Indeed, our team takes pride in delivering a great experience and they are delighted to read that appreciated it.

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Zazen.

Sunny regards,

Zazen Management
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

This hotel is really nice. The food is good and the surroundings are nice. The beach is nice and partially shaded by trees. The bar mixes good drinks e.g. Mango Bellini. The staff is friendly and as a nice bonus they have French- and German speakers, that do high-quality concierge service.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Lou,

Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our friendly staff.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in Zazen.

Sunny regards,

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

Zazen resort was such an amazing resort, it met all of our expectations. It's like walking into a tropical oasis. The rooms were stunning and because it was our honeymoon they set out a beautiful display on our bed and had fruit and champagne on arrival. What a really beautiful place with beautiful staff who would do anything for you. The massages at the spa are to die for, we had two each in the four days that we stayed. The food at their restaurant is also amazing!

The only downfall was the mosquitos, they liked to attack in the open air bathroom. This didn't put us off though!

I totally recommend staying at this spa resort

Room Tip: We stayed in a Garden Room and Im glad we did as they are more private.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Resort.
We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you particularly appreciated our Restaurant and Spa.

We hope to see you very soon in Samui!

Sunny regards

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Lovely small hotel right on the beach. Weather was a bit blustery when we were there so the sea was a bit churned up, so can't comment on the quality and colour of the water and the beach. But lovely hotel with very good staff.

10-15 minute walk along to Fishermans beach where there’s enough bars and restaurants to keep you going for a few nights.

But beware, we booked an upgraded garden view room that had an outdoor bathroom and there lots of streams and ponds everywhere around the hotel, so there was loads on mozzies about. Make sure you spray your room down a night or they will attack. 1st night I was there; I didn’t and got hammered by them! Would stay there again.

Room Tip: watch out for mozzies if you get a room with an outdoor bathroom, they get in!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Dear Jon,

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review our Resort.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your holiday at Zazen, although the sea is not at its best in December.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in our Resort during your net stay in Samui.

Sunny regards

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

After a lot of research my sister and I stayed here in early January 2014 for one week. The resort front desk is spectacular, and we had that wonderful "we've arrived" feeling straight away as we were greeted by the warm, friendly staff. I never got tired of walking through the resort's wonderfully landscaped areas from the pool to the garden villas. There is so much attention to detail here, and the small size mean your walk from bed to beach is less than a minute even from the garden villas. These villas themselves are beautiful and a good size. No bath which was a shame and I'd probably sacrifice the trendy 'open air' bathroom for a boring indoor one if it meant less chance of a mosquito bite (not a big deal, but we did get a couple of bites each!).

We had room service on the first night and this was probably the best meal of our holiday - no other massaman curry came close to Zazen's own, and it was so quick to arrive too. We ate at the restaurant on our final evening and enjoyed that too (though don't forget to book!) as the service was great and the Thai dancers were performing.

We were a little disappointed at how coupley the hotel was, we seemed to be the only singles there. The bar didn't have much of a social atmosphere (bar the cocktail night - a nice touch) and most evenings we went to the Fisherman's Village or Chaweng CIty in an attempt to socialise a bit more and see a bit more 'life'. Bophut beach itself is relatively quiet with most hotels catering for couples or young families. It is quite a narrow beach and the water isn't as clear as in other areas of Thailand, but what you do get is an upmarket, quiet(ish) stretch of sand with plenty of massage, retail and food options in the day time and minimal 'sleaze'. Unfortunately the main road outside of the hotel is very busy all of the time. We rented a moped one day and it wasn't that enjoyable given the amount of traffic. We also used the hotel bikes which were in very poor condition; both of our chains slipped and gears didn't work - not much fun. (Surely it wouldn't cost the management much to get them serviced once a fortnight?!).

As you will have read elsewhere, the 'Zazen Sunbed-gate' scandal is ongoing and annoying. The fact is, I booked Zazen despite this as I'm not a big sunbather. However, there were a couple of occasions when we just wanted to read a book and have a cocktail by the sea, but there were never any beds free. Once I counted 8/18 beds were empty for 45mins+ but with towels left on them, *sigh*. In short, if you want to sunbathe you best be up early (0700) to stake a claim and have the nerve to be rude enough to leave your towel there all day should you wish to have some lunch etc. We were forced to sit around the pool, not too bad except the service there is non-existent; no complimentary fruit and no waiters to ask for drinks - this only adds to the frustration. Considering this is an Island resort this does seem pretty poor of the hotel management - there were room for a few more sunbeds, and they could enforce rules about reserving beds.

In general, the service was very, very friendly but not overly effective. I didn't feel as though the staff really knew us as I've had in other small resorts: We were referred to as Mr and Mrs on our nightly weather reports/invites up until the final day and one morning I walked into the resort from the beach in my crops and a t-shirt and was almost halted by a staff member at the steps who asked "can I help you?" .. cue my Pretty Women "Look, I got money to spend in here" response! When we wanted to take a short trip to Koh Phangan and needed ferry times the lady at the front desk got a little flustered and obviously didn't know them, instead of asking a colleague for help she tried to dissuade us by saying we should leave very early if we want to do this. We insisted we were happy to spend half a day there and ended up taking an info leaflet ourselves when, after some time, she still didn't have any information. It was only when we got to Koh Phangan we realised there are two ferry terminals and the latest departure is from the one we didn't have a return ticket with. Hmph.

We did the day snorkelling trip to Koh Tao which I would recommend; great boat journey and beautiful water. Don't expect it to be a private affair though, at least 30 other people were in each snorkel area with us (but it didn't feel too over-crowded).

In conclusion, I would recommend this resort to 35+ couples who are looking for a quiet retreat and aren't slaves to the beach (or, if they are, they should be early risers!). We enjoyed our stay and wonderful Thai hospitality.

Room Tip: Garden Villas are more than adequate and we rarely had people walking by our windows
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time of sharing your experience at Zazen with the online travelers’ community.

All comments, positive and negative help us to improve the service provided to our guests. We are sorry to hear that some aspects of our resort did not match your expectation. We will make sure to remind our guests that booking sun beds on the beach is not allowed. Regarding the ambiance of the resort, all advertisements show that Zazen is a quiet and relaxing boutique resort and spa of 26 rooms where guests come to rest and refresh themselves. Perhaps it just was not the kind of atmosphere you were looking for. We are however glad to see that you enjoyed the decoration and welcoming to Zazen.

We would be happy to welcome you once again.

Best Regards,

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

This is a beautiful Spa resort. Very well laid out on the beach at Boput. The resort has beautiful landscaping with twisting paths, streams and pools. It has a great restaurant and small bathing pool, adequate for the size of resort. Rather disappointing was the advertised fine dining restaurant being closed during our stay due to "supplier issues"??? so can't comment on that.
We were surprised at the number of babies and children there. In my opinion Spas are for adults. Its a place you go to for peace and tranquillity. You don't get that when there are kids running around and playing in the pool. Seems some families see it as more of a holiday camp than a Spa I guess? For this reason I would probably not stay there again.
Service was ok but no more than that. Occasionally it was obvious that the staff were overworked and hence on occasion it took a while to serve tables. Also we noticed the room service tail off through the stay with some minor things like towels not being replaced as frequently and mosquito burners not being set. Which reminds me, the place was plagued by Mosquitoes. The staff did try to deal with them and did improve the situation on a couple of days, but otherwise we were eaten alive.

Room Tip: It depends if you want to be on the beach with people walking past or in the garden which is more pr...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrien G, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a comment. Our Salon de Ti being a fine dining restaurant we must ensure to have quality products to maintain our standards. This is why we are momentously unable to welcome guests. We are sorry to hear that our resort did not reach some of your expectations. However, we are glad to note that you found the landscape and facilities pleasant.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again here at Zazen.

Best Regards,
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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
#8 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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