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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best hotel we've stayed in”
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We've just come back from a fantastic week at Zazen. A beautifully designed hotel and resort with very cute little bungalows dotted around the most amazing gardens. Staff were very friendly at all times and the couple of problems we reported (plumbing and air con) were looked at very swiftly. The location on the beach is fantastic and the free kayaking was a nice touch, we enjoyed trying that out.
The spa area is a particular highlight, the prettiest spa I have ever seen, with massage salas built over the water. However, you will get far cheaper treatments at the many massage places lining the beach.
The restaurant and room service were both excellent, as was the high tea in the Salon de Ti. At the restaurant, eat the Thai food if you're on a budget as it's far cheaper than the European options. Breakfast was also very good, with bubbly even on offer as part of the buffet. A foodie's dream!
All in all we had a fantastic time at a very special hotel.

Room Tip: We had a garden deluxe bungalow which was very well placed near all the main amenities. The beach bu...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your lovely feedback on TripAdvisor.

We are very happy that you nominated our resort as the “Best hotel you’ve stay in “! We are pleased that you liked our garden villa with the green tropical garden, as well as our Spa Zen and our restaurant!

We hope we will have the chance to welcome you again at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa!

With our best regards,

Claudio
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Maribor, Slovenia
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Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Zazen as part of our honeymoon in Thailand . It was the most expensive of our stays so we had high expectaions which were more than fulfilled! The resort is absolutely beautifully equipped and it's small size gives you a feeling of intimacy. We had a garden villa which was absolutely beautiful and we really felt at home. The staff were always friendly, helpful and really made us feel special. I recommend everyone to try the spa! It is such a great experience - especially after travelling so long , we had a wonderful time there .
Another favorite of mine was the breakfast with a beautiful view of the beach and fantastic pancakes!
For everyone looking for a intimate calm or romtanic getaway ( e.g honeymoon ) this is a perfect place to stay , yet it is still close to attractipns like the Fishermen's village.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Dear Olesja,

Thank you for your lovely review about our Resort,

We are glad that you did choose Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa for your honeymoon !
It’s a pleasure to read that you appreciated our garden villa, our friendly and helpful staff, and our beautiful breakfast with the fantastic homemade pancakes!

We hope to get the chance to welcome you soon again,

Sunny Regards,

Claudio
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

We stayed at Zazen hotel for our wedding in August 2014. It’s an absolutely beautiful hotel with stunning grounds, and we’re so happy that we decided on Zazen hotel above all others. It’s in a very good location – in Bophut within walking distance of Fisherman’s village (the Friday night market in the Fisherman’s Village is a very good experience!), and a 10-15 minute drive from Chewang. There are lots to do, yet it’s still nice and quiet, and is at the end of Bophut beach which gives more privacy.

We ate breakfast here every day and we had lunch here twice, plus we had our wedding dinner at Zazen – and the food is delicious! Breakfast not only consisted of the usual fruit, cereal, toast etc, but there was also a made-to-order breakfast menu which included Western breakfast, Thai breakfast and sweet food (like pancakes and waffles). All of our guests commented on how nice the wedding dinner was.

Prior to August 2014, we had never been to Koh Samui, so we had no idea which venue to choose. I contacted various hotels that specialise in weddings, but Zazen came up top in terms of the location, the stunning scenery and their wedding co-coordinator, Rio, who was amazing! I communicated with her via email over the year that we planned our wedding, and I always felt reassured that she had our best interests at heart, and that she was extremely knowledgeable and organised. I think that it’s very important to have a good wedding planner, and Rio was beyond my expectations. I can’t thank her enough for making our wedding day so special and stress-free.

We haven’t received our professional wedding photographs or video yet, but the photos that our friends and family took are beautiful! We can only imagine how stunning the professional photos and video would look. In addition to thanking Rio, I would also like to thank Khun Art (who did my hair and make-up so beautifully), Khun Toa (our photographer), Khun Noot (our videographer), Johnny (our celebrant, who kept us all calm when it was raining for 20 minutes after I walked down the aisle) and the Night Sessions (Pete and Alex – our duo musicians who were incredible!).

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to see our wedding photos or video highlights or would like any further details.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Susan N
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Claudio R, Wedding Planner and Events Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 September 2014
Dear Susan and Joe,

Allow us to extend our sincere congratulations on your recent wedding. It’s a pleasure to know that you enjoyed your stay Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa. I am beyond honored that you enjoyed the resort so much, you proceeded the correspondence with me and not only plan, but execute your Dream Wedding! And what a dream it was – gorgeous!

We are so glad to read your positive feedback as it is always a strong motivation for our team to continuously provide a high level of services to our guests. Please trust that I will share your comments with our team, who will surely be thrilled. We enjoyed being a part of your fairy tale wedding, laughter and fun.

May you both enjoy a lifetime of love, happiness and peace!

With personal best Regards,

Rio
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Rotterdam
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Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

We visited Zazen in July 2014 and enjoyed our stay. However, for more than THB 8000 per night we expected perfection, but there is definitely room for improvement.

We enjoyed
- the very friendly management
- the great restaurant (bit expensive though)
- great breakfast
- beautifull roomy garden villa, with a great bed
- great dvd collection, which you can borrow for free (and a great tv and lounge area in the garden villa)
- perfect free wifi and computer access

What could be improved
- (part of) restaurant / breakfast staff was not that friendly (sometimes even a bit arrogant) and often forget our order and just brought out something else (which ended up in a discussion 'no we did not order that...')
- the bathroom was in an 'outdoor setting', which may be a nice idea in winter, but in July it got uncomfortable hot and let mosquitos in
- bathroom was not that clean (eg. fungus on the shower head, even after making a remark to housekeeping)

Stayed July 2014
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for posting your review on TripAdvisor! We are happy to read that you overall enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a real pleasure for us to be at your service and we are glad that you appreciated our team as well as our restaurant!

However, sadly, we apologize for the inconvenience regarding the cleanliness and mosquitoes in your bathroom as well as the service at the breakfast. In fact we have taken actions to improve the breakfast experience already and are working the bathrooms now.

The team and I look forward welcoming you again soon!

Best regards,

Claudio
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Singapore
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

My partner and I stayed at Zazen at the weekend and could not have improved the hotel in any way. The staff are friendly, informative and attentive. The resort is so clean, peaceful and beautifully decorated and landscaped. We arrived at night and were delighted when the car pulled off the road into the candle lit and fairy light entrance to Zazen.
The food is quite simply the best hotel restaurant dining we have experienced. The location is beachfront with stunning views out to sea. It was so peaceful to sit in the hotel bar and look out at the views. The sea is calm and shallow, with no rocks, a sandy beach with big sun loungers.
We used the hotels' mountain bike and kayaks which are complimentary; a lovely touch.
Its a 15 minute walk along the beach to reach Fishermans Village for the bars and restaurants, or a short taxi ride. However there are places to eat and drink next to the hotel if you do not want to eat onsite.
Zazen is the perfect hotel for relaxing, romantic breaks or for families. A real gem.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Dear Katie,

The team and I would like to thank you for giving this nice feedback of your stay at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa. It’s always pleasant to read that our guest enjoyed the peaceful surrounding, the service and our restaurant.

I hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you again in the near future,

Kindest Regards,

Claudio
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Dublin
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Had 6 days at Zazen and loved our stay here. It is boutique style accommodation and such a relaxing setting. The food was fantastic. Breakfast was perfect with nice tea, coffee, fresh buffet and a cooked option. Dinner is great too. Its of a very high standard with excellent staff to match. We had a room in the gardens. Not as good a view as the beach huts but more privacy and very peaceful. I read several reviews complaining about the outdoor bathrooms but I thought it added to the whole experience but agree some nets might be worthwhile at higher level to keep out the majority of mosquitoes and any larger bugs. They do however do their best to keep them at bay with weekly fumigations, complementary spray and plugs etc..
Zazen is located at the end of the beach which is quieter but not far if you want to wander to fisherman's village. They have their own spa which is more expensive than most but then again far superior. All the staff are extremely friendly and there are plenty of staff which seem to keep the entire place immaculate and ticking over without you noticing. There were lots of nice additional touches that are so often charged for at other places such bottles of water replenished every day, occasional complementary fruit and drinks when on the extremely comfortable sun loungers, free use of the kayaks etc. Also they had a free cocktail and canapé night on
Monday which was nice to again sample some of the chefs cooking but also meet some of the management staff who seem to care about what they are doing. I went into some of the other hotels along the beach and this confirmed that Zazen was definitely the right choice for us.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

The team and I would like to thank you very much for the great feedback about Zazen Boutique Hotel Resort & Spa.

It’s a pleasure to read that you appreciated our Resort and the quality of our service. Indeed we always do our best to enable our guests to enjoy their stay and relax while they are in Zazen. It was a real pleasure to have you with us.

We hope we will see you back soon!

Kindest Regards,

Claudio
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London
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40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Me and my partner stayed for one night, rooms are lovely and big with everything you would need, open air bathroom was lovely. Hotel is tastefully decorated and very clean. Breakfast was great loads of choice and all tasted wonderful. We ate lunch and dinner and both were excellent. Staff are attentive and helpful. We also had afternoon tea which was the best afternoon tea Ive ever had, if your there you must go and have Tea.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank LondonBailey
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Claudio R, Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for your nice feedback about our Resort. It is with a great pleasure that we read you and your partner enjoyed your stay with us. We are glad to see the surroundings as well as the service of Zazen fulfilled your expectations!

We hope we will have the chance to welcome you again,

Warm Regards,

Claudio
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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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