Just got back from a lovely holiday at Bo Phut. After a very tiring journey from Manchester via Dubai and Bangkok I arrived at Ko Samui minus my suitcase. The Diehelm representative who met us at the airport reassured me that my case would appear the next day, and thank goodness, it did.
On arriving at Bo Phut resort there was a very impressive entrance and we were given a drink and a little garland which was worn around our wrists. We were escorted to our villa by a very nice chap through twinkly lit paths. The room was stunning with a super king sized four poster bed, exotic flowers, fresh fruit (which was supplied daily), and lots of other little extras like flip flops and a beach bag. There was also a handy mosquito plug with tablets, soap powder, citronella burner and scales in the bathroom. There was a very impressive lighting system next to the bed which also had an alarm facility. The turn down service in the evening included orchids placed on the bed, TV turned at an angle and slippers on the mat beside bed.
Breakfast is served buffet style in L’Ocean restaurant and you do have the opportunity to eat outside if you wish – you are not allocated a table. There is a lot to choose from tropical fruits, juices, yoghurts, bananas in syrup (very nice), eggs, bacon etc. There are also some rice and noodle dishes and dim sum.
We ate at The Sala Thai restaurant on the first night, which had a nice atmosphere and was beautifully lit up in the evenings. The meal here cost about £40. We also ate at the L’Ocean restaurant – I had one of the nicest meals of the holiday here and that was similar in price.
The pool area is very nice and there are three regular attendants who are very helpful putting the umbrellas up and down when there is rain or if you want some shade. They lay out the towels for you (unless you get up at 7.00 am like we did to get a decent space). The pool is busy and when we were there people were actually out sunbathing at 7.15 am so you do have to get there early if you want to choose a nice spot.
The staff came round about 1.00 pm each day with a slice of fruit to eat and a cold towel to cool off. The swimming pool is lovely and warm and there is a Jacuzzi section in it.
The beach is not a paradise beach with powder white sand and crystal clear water, but it is not bad. The sand is a bit gritty and the sea is actually quite murky and a bit slimy at the bottom as you go in but it is very warm. Most people did tend to go in the swimming pool for a dip.
There is also a gym and next door to that a library/Internet room with free access which came in handy.
Outside of the hotel as mentioned by other reviewers is the Fisherman’s Village. I found getting there a bit of trek as you had to walk along the beach, although it is not a long walk it is a little bit dark and obviously you do get sand all over your feet – and then down another road which is very dark and for some reason always wet (white trousers get filthy). We tried a few of the restaurants as recommended on this site and thought the nicest place to eat was the Starfish and Coffee. You can get a meal here with drinks, starter, main and a dessert for about £25. There is also a young man in the village who makes crepes while you wait which was quite enthralling to watch and these are really cheap.
There are lots of other restaurants dotted along the beach, we went to the Gecko which is about a 2 minute walk along the beach to the right and had some lovely Thai curries here (also very cheap) – don’t be put off if there isn’t anyone eating there, the food is delicious (especially the Gecko curry).
My favourite restaurant we went to was the Zazen Hotel restaurant - if you turn left at the beach from the hotel and walk straight down until you can’t go any further, it is just on the left lit up in orange. It is wonderful inside and has a very romantic feel to it. The food here was delicious we had Mediterranean food and I particularly enjoyed the violet ice-cream with cardamom custard.
We were at Bo Phut the second and third weeks of July – although the weather was hot and pleasant it was not beautiful blue skies for two weeks like you would get at this time of year on the Med. There was quite a bit of cloud, having said that weather did end up being good and we came back with good tans. All in all in only rained about four times during the day for a couple of hours but when it rains in Thailand it chucks it down and it only rained one evening. We only had one very bad day weather-wise.
We did visit Chaweng a couple of evenings but this was not our cup of tea – too crowded and sweaty and we were glad when we got back to the calm and serenity of Bo Phut. We also visited the Big Buddha which is about 10 minutes away by taxi and worth a visit. Visit early evening so you can catch the sunset.
We did not go on any excursions as we just chose to chill out. We did have a massage on the beach (second one after Coco beach bar) with a team of very amusing ladies. We had two hour long full body massages, pedicure and manicure for about £12. This is definitely worth a visit.
The staff at Bo Phut are so nice and can’t do enough for you to help. We remember Porn and Ae from the restaurant and Rat who was on duty in the afternoon always made an effort to have a bit of a chat. The staff on reception were very helpful when my suitcase got lost at Bangkok and did everything to make sure that I got it back as quickly as possible.
All in all we had a wonderful time – Bo Phut is a very special resort and we were very sad to leave.
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- Also Known As:
- Bo Phut Hotel Bophut
- Bo Phut Resort And Spa
- Hotel Bo Phut
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