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“Airplanes overhead so loud it rattled the windows from 6am-11pm”

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Saboey Resort and Villas
Ranked #42 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 April 2014

I will save you the trouble of wondering about whether or not to stay here. DON"T!!! The only reason it got anything positive on this review was because the staff is nice and the breakfast was good, but that is where it ends. The absolute worst part was where the resort is located, at the end of the airport runaway. I'm not kidding. The airplanes were SO loud the windows in our room rattled. This started at 6am on the dot every morning and didn't stop till after 11pm. Then the "property" next door had an outdoor party that went on for hours and even made the babies cry in the next villa. The facilities were probably nice at one point but now they are run down and in need of an update. The curtains are stained and the floor is worn down. Bathroom has mold and the lighting is terrible. I can't believe this place is making it....there are SO many other choices on this island. Wish I had booked elsewhere.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank fizzy1991
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SaboeyManager, General Manager at Saboey Resort and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2014

As always we try to please all our guests and our review speak for themselves .In this case the guest had a problem with a staff party from a resort three doors away from our resort which no other guests had a problem with it, so I am not sure what babies he heard. The party started at 7pm and finished long before midnight.

He informed my staff that we should have informed him about the party and my staff informed him it was a once a year party that we knew nothing about ,so of course it was not possible to inform him of something we knew nothing about and was out of our control.

The guest fails to mention the next morning he left the resort without paying his bill as he thought he should get a full refund because of the party. When the female staff at reception tried to stop him he nearly ran over her in his car. My staff contact the tourist police and the guest came back to pay his bill.

He then contact me by email to inform me that he wanted a full refund because of the party. He did not mention anything else and if we failed to give a full refund he would write a bad review.(his words)
The villa that the guest stayed in has a brand new bathroom less that two months ago with new shower unit, tiles ,floor etc and there is no mold anywhere in the bathroom. The bedroom was repainted at the same time .
There is noise from aircraft on about 50% of Koh Samui, this normally lasts about 1 minute every hour, so yes you will hear it, it also starts later than 6 am and finishes earlier than 11pm. The main fact is the guest wanted a full refund for something the resort had no control over.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We were there, March 22 to March 29 2014 for one week, 11 people total, age ranging from 19 to 70. It was for a family reunion cum dad's 70th birthday. The trip was plan by myself from Canada via email correspondences with Jon, the GM and Atth the front office manager, glad to say everything was taken care by the time we arrived at the resort, check in was smooth, since we arrived early, a short wait for our rooms, but in the meantime, we enjoyed the food and drinks at the bar in the resort. Staff at Saboey were friendly and fantastic. House keeping did a great job in cleaning the rooms daily. The resort is small, had a great infinity pool over looking the beach, you can lounge around the whole day if you want to, and no worries about getting pool loungers, ample available for everyone unlike bigger resorts we have been to. Just step out of the lobby, shops and restaurants a short walking distance away, we enjoyed the food sold on the little carts that sold banana fritters; and the other of our favourite was the meat on skewers, so tasty and fresh. The food in the resort was really good too, but we did not want to restrict ourselves to just eating in the resort. I must mention that I had requested for birthday dinner for 11 of us for the night, which I must thank all the staff for their hard work for ensuring everything was set up and everyone had a great night!! And the other awesome thing is the lanterns, for a small sum of money, do let the front office arrange this for you, this has to be done at night, after 10.30pm, making sure after the last flight of the night, as you light the lanterns by the beach and release them, what a wonderful experience!! Planes do fly pretty low, but we were not bothered by it at all, you still have a great time by the pool or the beach...

We will definitely stay here again and recommend this resort to our friends. Jon and staff thank you once again and hope to be back...

Room Tip: We booked the rooms around the pool/bar area, quiet and short walk from your rooms.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We stayed for a week & wished we'd booked longer! We had a clean, comfortable and well appointed garden villa which was literally steps from the pool and the clean white sandy beach. The sun-loungers were very comfortable and always available, towels provided daily. The views were stunning, in particular the sunsets and Oil made us lovely mojitos in the evenings. Jon & the team's hospitality was first class; nothing was too much trouble & I was spoilt on my birthday (I wont spoil the surprise!). The Thai massage just by the resort on the beach for 200 baht (about £4 for 1 hour) was excellent and although the food in the resort is very good Jon recommended a couple of places nearby which also served good food at good prices. Car hire through the hotel was very reasonable and we had a lovely drive round the island. A trip to the Ang Thong marine park in a speedboat was great fun, though don't sit at the back if the sea is choppy unless you don't mind getting soaked! All in all we had a fantastic holiday, sorry Jon but we'll be back!

Room Tip: Choose a villa if you can though I'm sure all rooms are very good.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank traceymac22
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We were in town for a friends wedding to be held at one of the bigger hotels in Bophut. We opted for a smaller resort with a better price and were pleased with Saboey. Our deluxe seaview room was spacious with lovely wood floor boards, an open shower area and glass doors opening onto a large concrete balcony. The room was decorated in a simple Thai style. The airconditioning was super cold. The gardens are nicely maintained.

The pool was lovely and there was plenty of sun lounges around. The pool bar and restaurant was handy and often rare in the smaller resorts. The Apple Mojito cocktail was my favourite. We either ate by the pool or at the bar overlooking the beautiful scenery. Sunset by the pool is a must!

Our villa on the 2nd floor was a little further back from the pool but I did notice a few poolside villas which looked like fun. The pool area was fairly quiet, everyone relaxing.

We chatted with the manager Jonathan on several occasions, he was always very approachable.

Saboey offer scooter hire and this was the first thing we did. The island is a lot of fun to scooter around. They also have an in house driver and the schedule of fees is at reception. From memory I beleive the hotel airport transfer was cheaper than the taxi counter at the airport!

Location wise the resort is on the beach and a 10 minute scooter ride from Bophut and also very close to the airport. There is a seven eleven across the road.

We prefer the intimate experience of smaller resorts, greeting the same staff members each day and not being 'lost' in a big hotel. Saboey is a great little resort for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank leanne_pearc
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

This hotel is fantastic! The rooms are very nice and clean. The pool area and the view are awesome!! All of the staff are friendly and very helpful. The buffet breakfast is okay. I ordered tomato soup and chicken skewers for lunch one day and they were both amazing and reasonably priced. I would stay here again and I would definitly recommend it.

Room Tip: We had our own hut by the pool area and it was great. Just a few steps to the bar, pool and ocean.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

My husband and I went to saboey on our honeymoon in February for 12 days. It was paradise ! We absolutely loved our stay and everything about the resort. The manager Jonathan was so accommodating and friendly and really made an effort to chat to us. The staff were always there to assist us and were so so friendly! They really made us feel welcome and felt right at home. We felt like we had the place all to ourselves. With our own beach on the resort and true beauty , what more could you ask for. It was really an unforgettable experience and would definitely return. The hotel was always clean and beautiful ! We loved everything about it!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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2  Thank Hotztravellors
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the Saboey for 7 nights and had a great stay. We were upgraded on arrival to a deluxe suite which was ideal.
It is in a quiet location near Bangrak pier with a few restaurants nearby. fishermans village and chaweng are taxi rides away but we did this on a Four nights for more choice on eating. It doesn't cost much and if you don't feel comfortable hailing a local taxi the hotel can sort out for you.
A few previous reviews comment on the planes- we spent every day by the pool and this didnt bother us at all. There is the odd early morning flight, but it wouldn't put me off staying again.
The pool is great, right on the beach, clean and quiet.
Resort is very clean generally and well kept and the staff are excellent. Our air con broke one night and someone was there to look at in shortly after. When he confirmed he needed to return the next day we were promptly given another room for the night and back in ours the following day. The service throughout our stay was great.
Breakfast could be better as the non cooked/English options are limited to toast and two types of fruit and the croissants aren't great. It was enough to start the day on though.
All in all a great stay in a fabulous on the beach location. If you want to be 'close to the action' of a town/fisherman's village etc it may not be for you but we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Saboey.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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2  Thank Lk C
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Additional Information about Saboey Resort and Villas

Address: 51/4 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach | Koh Samui, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Bophut
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#21 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#38 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: £37 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Saboey Resort and Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saboey is a beautiful, secluded resort, designed to maximize serenity, space and privacy. Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and landscaped around a double-infinity freshwater pool and Jacuzzi, allowing stunning beach and sea views. A contemporary Asian design, offering 14 spacious villas and 6 suites. Saboey is an intimate retreat, with personalized and attentive service. Indulge with the ultimate in relaxation. ... more   less 
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