We have been to Koh Samui many times and Bophut is most definitely the place to escape the hustle and bustle with enough choice to keep most tastes satisfied. If you are after a nightclub type holiday, this place is not for you. If however you like a variation of pubs, thai local restaurants, dinner at a quiet beach then you are at the right place here.
The room we had though was in the 100 number bracket and on the fourth floor facing a busy road. If you are a light sleeper this could pose a problem. Earplugs will deal with this though. The room was comfortable and kept clean. Sadly the bathroom showed signs of neglect and had mould on grout of the tiles and the net curtain met with lots of grubby fingers. This is the worst over with and for all the good points this hotel has its negligible in the bigger scheme of things.
The grounds are vast with 3 infinity style pools, lots and lots of sun beds and shades and all kept beautifully. Some renovation was in progress when we stayed there and the hotel gave is a very generous voucher towards our food/beverage or treatment. This worried us at the beginning but as it turned out we never noticed any construction noise to the point of thinking we may have misunderstood on arrival.
If you need to use a hairdryer bring your own as the hotel one is not very powerful.
The balcony has a fan and nice seating which is great for staying out and sit and chat.
The breakfast buffet is second to none, i have never seen such a variety of different foods for different cultures than here. All fresh and hard to choose as all is so yummy.
The food and drink are very reasonably priced and very good. Happy hour is a generous 50% off drinks between 5 pm and 9pm. A great opportunity to meet other guests as also is the managers drink reception. Other guests varied in age from honeymooners to families to retired.
If you like lunch on the beach turn left and go to the Cactus. The food is great (garlic chicken or pad thai) and the beer is the most reasonable priced on the beach apart from a little local bungalow shack across the river past the Zazen (the nicest resort).
If you like massages on the beach the ladies at the Sandy Beach resort are very good, the place is clean and well kept and is also good for lunch.
Friday night is market in Bophut which is fantastic. Its only a 5 minute walk down the road turning left out of the hotel. Food is good and you can take it, buy a beer at Big Mama, listen to the band and eat.
Also turning left out of the hotel is Addy siam restaurant and cooking school, its on the opposite side of the road and the best Thai food, try the glass noodle with giant prawns or the sun dried fried beef.
Joachim's, a german eatery also serves very good food and has genuine Weissbier. The hairdresser near by called my hair will give you the best wash and straightest blow dry I have ever achieved in a humid country.
Turning left out of the front of the hotel is a place called K Siri. This is another fab place for dinner and also well priced. The food is prepared in an open kitchen, all fresh and perfect.
On a rainy day a local bus taxi set us back 100 THB each way per person to Nathong. Great place to visit for a stroll and still mainly unspoiled by us tourists.
Maeenam is also worth a visit for dinner. A local bustaxi is 50 THB per person each way. Beware prices will vary after sundown. Negotiating what you are prepared to pay is essential.
Eat at The Twins on the main road. The restaurant is very hygienic, the service fantastic and the food excellent, also You and Me deserves a mention. There is so much more everywhere but these are just our favourites that we go back to again and again
Sadly there are also some monkeys and other animals dragged onto the beach possibly sedated at the best of time to make them easy to handle for tourists to have their picture taken with. Desist and these guys hopefully stop this unsavoury habit. There are tours where you can visit animals in a better way.
Beach food is cheap and we had no heath issues. The papaya salad is freshly prepared and we also sampled the prawns, mango and spring rolls. Worth a try.
All in all I would not hesitate to recommend the Bandara to anyone and we hope to be back.
The beach vendors are friendly and will accept a no, but will check every day weather you like to buy. Great boutiques in Bophut too.........
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