What a great hotel the Bandara is, I can only describe this hotel as excellent. If you are looking for a busy all action hotel with lots of games and noise then this is not the place for you. The hotel is very quiet, has excellent food, superb gardens that are maintained to a very high standard, staff that are a credit to the hotel, watersports centre, gym and spar area and a first class dive centre "The Dive Academy".
There are four pools one of witch is ideal for children being very shallow, while they play you can sun yourself on the beds around the pool. The top pool is about 1.6m deep and is surrounded by ornamental elephants spraying water into the pool. There was always sunbeds available for us to soke up the sun plus some shaded areas for those who find it to hot, you can also have a massage under one of these shaded areas; the pool side bar staff also doubles as a lifegaurd so you can rest assured your safety is their concern, the prices at this bar are not the cheapest but the service is great. This top pool is also used by the dive school who if you go and visit them will arrange for you to have a free try dive with them, you will not be sorry they are first class; English run and owned just ask for Paul or Sarah, check out their web site thediveacademysamui.com. The other two pools are down by the beach one being raised higher than the other with it overflowing into the lower pool, again plenty of sunbeds and the ornamental elephants spraying the water into the pool, the pools are about 1.5m deep. The beach is only meters away from these pools and for the sun worshiper are idealy placed to get a good tan but do be carefull as even when overcast those rays do burn. There is also a nice bar next to the pools, a restaurant that serves a wonderfull Masaman Curry, toilet facillitys, watersports centre and The Dive Academys shop. The Bandara also have their own speed boat that is available for private hire. The last thing I will mention about the Bandara is the excellent gardens, peacefull and full of colour with two streams that have small fish in, lots of pretty butterflys, the odd small lizard, a nice shaded area you can sit and just chill out and very pretty monuments to Budda.
For those that don't want to spend all their time stuck in the hotel just a ten minute walk along the beach is Boput "The Fishermans Village" this is full of wonderfull restaurants and bars, if you can't find something here to eat you have a problem. One place I would highly recommend is The Shack owned by the most laid back host you could wish to meet Larry, I think he is a native of New York he certainly is an odd ball that is happy with his life in Thailand and loves listening to jazz. You just can't go to Boput and not visit Larry even if it is just to share a drink with him he is a star. For those who want to party the night away head for reception book a lift into Cheywang and away you go the latest we came out of a bar was 2;30am but there was still plenty going on for those with the staminer.
If like me you like to dive then you don't have to look no further than the one in the hotel, The Dive Academy. I visited several while I was there and found the one in the hotel very helpfull and managed to get 17dives in with them includeing three night dives. All you have to do is prove your a certified diver, what level you are trained to and when you want to dive they do the rest. The equipment they use is in excellent condition, you get picked up from your hotel and taken to the boat, your given a light breakfast, all the kit is allready on the boat assembled and ready for use, you board the speed boat that is powered by three 225hp Honda engines, your given a full briefing on the do's and don'ts on the boat, offered sickness tablets for those that have a dicky stomache when travelling, offered a help yourself free soft drinks ice box use all day then make the 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes journey to the dive sites. Following the dive you have a surface interval then move to another site for your second dive if the day. All meals are included in the price and they are excellent, I must compliment the chef. On no occation did I dive with more than three at a time and this included the instructor, underwater I now can speak French, Indian, Thai and any other language you want...lol. They are a fun dive school that do everything by the book and ensure your safety is paramount once that is done they bring on the fun and excitement. Tasha, Cara Tom thanks for all your help and enjoyment you gave me xxxx.
Two other trips I would recommend are one spend a day at the jungle club ask at reception for details or see Paul and Sarah plus do the sun set cruise on Kia Ora form the time you get on to get off it is fun, drink, food and some great sun set pictures to go with the great trip. One other restaurant that Sarah told us about was in Maenam I think it was called Samonds a small French run place that has food to die for it is superb, try the prawn cocktail, the pork loin and finnish it off with one of the excellent deserts.
I will try to put some pictures on as soon as I can but if anyone wants me to sent them some just email me [--]
I would rate my stay in Thailand as 10 out of ten even with the exchange rate being as low as it was.
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- Bandara Hotel Bophut
- Bandara Resort And Spa
- Bandara Resort Koh Samui
- Bandara Hotel Koh Samui
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