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Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui
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Reviewed 1 October 2009

We had a great week staying in a Nalintha Pool Villa with great sea views, its own plunge pool and spa bath. Sitting in your bath with clear sea views was an experience repeated daily for us. The room is large and with sliding doors opening to a deck (complete with sun lounges and umbrella) overlooking the sea was fantastic. The room was well appointed with flat screen tv and dvd if you require these.

We found the staff to be very pleasant and eager to please with a special mention to Joe. The Pearl Bar serves good Tapas and also is well situated with sea views.

As mentioned previously the resort is divided by a road and we stayed on the beach side. I think staying on the upper side would offer great views but we were extremely pleased with our "sea side" position.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank daisycutter
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

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Reviewed 17 September 2009

The service and customer care at the Bhundhari is top notch. The staff is extremely welcoming, well trained and cannot do enough to make your stay enjoyable. Hats off to Kat on reception for efficiency, an excellent grasp of English and friendliness. The accommodation is spacious; to a high standard with lots of nice little touches like dimmable lights (can’t speak for all of the accommodation of course) and the bathrooms are very well appointed with loads of hot (extremely!) water. Electricity is by two pin sockets so take an adapter for 3 pin UK appliances. The good quality bed linen and towels are new and clean but housekeeping can be a little erratic, i.e. sometimes we were minus soap or bathrobes but after a quick phone call, whatever we were missing arrived quite quickly. A beach bag, shopping bag and hairdryer are supplied and the bathroom “goodies” are good 4* quality and include body lotion – one less thing to pack!

The hotel is situated on the sunrise side on Koh Samui - if you fancy getting up really early to see it! - on the main Chaweng road about 7 minutes from the delightful airport but there is no aircraft noise. The road can be very busy and it dissects the hotel (there is always someone to see you safely across though) so it has the feel of being two hotels – the beachside half and the hillside half. Both have swimming pools (the larger pools are hillside) and restaurants but breakfast is taken in the main restaurant on the hillside. The beachside Pearl restaurant is good for lunch and in the evening has tapas and BBQ grills whilst the Bay restaurant on the hillside provides a better (in our opinion), more extensive menu for evening meals. Whilst both Thai and Western dishes are available, Shawn, the talented Chef, will be happy to cater for individual dietary requirements if necessary. Prices are good – especially if you take advantage of the Baht bonanza – for the quality. Room service prices aren’t too bad either – try the excellent Bay Burger if you need a quick fix of something western. The reception area, gym, games room and library are on the hillside half. The library houses the only lap top for (free) internet access and you may have to hang about a bit if someone is using it.

The beachside half of the resort is not nearly so steep as the hillside half and the higher you go, the steeper it gets. It may be worthwhile checking where your accommodation will be before booking if this could be a problem but there are some golf buggies that will collect you and take you around the resort. The buggies arrived quickly on request as the hotel wasn’t at all full when we were there but it may be that there could be a short wait if the hotel was full, we couldn’t comment on that. The accommodation on the hillside seems to be more high density than on the beachside but some of the rooms and villas have nice sea views. The views from some of the beach villas are even better! Personally, we thought that had we stayed on the Hillside we may have felt that we weren’t really staying in a beachside resort but that’s subjective.

The layout of the hotel makes it unsuitable for children or the elderly; for example, on the beachside, the small infinity pools are lovely but have no handrails. On the plus side there is a sign saying that loungers cannot be reserved and it’s first come first served! And there are plenty of longer length lounger towels available.

There is no evening entertainment, which was absolutely fine by us (it would have been nice however to see the once a week Thai dancing show that we have experienced at other hotels) but Chaweng is just up the road by either Song Taew, the little open sided red/maroon buses, or by Taxi Meter. Taxis are expensive but if you go to the main road the buses come along about every 10 mins (or sometimes 2 or 3 at once – must be the same the whole world over!). Stand on the beach side of the road for Chaweng. It should be 50 baht each but always agree this with the driver before getting on, especially when coming back as some of the drivers seem to think they can charge more when it gets later! Pay when you get off. It’s about 100 baht per person each way to get to Lamai if you need a change from Chaweng. Lamai is a little less frenetic than Chaweng – eat at the Sala Thai restaurant there, the food and prices are excellent value. To get to the much quieter Fisherman’s Village stand on the hill side of the road. It’s again about 100 baht each but worth the trip one evening as it’s full of little shops, bars and restaurants where you can eat overlooking the sea or on the beach and there’s none of the hassle of Chaweng. The Smile House has tables on the beach under trees with coloured lights and it’s a lovely setting. The food is reasonable too. It’s worth getting a card from the Bhundhari reception with the hotel name and address in Thai for the return journey from anywhere as it is a reasonably new hotel and we found that not all the drivers knew where it was. Say Bhun-dar-reee with no emphasis on any syllable and you’ll stand a better chance of getting your point across!! Wherever you’re going, the driver will drop you at the destination you requested but if you’ve just asked for “Chaweng” bear in mind that the road through the town is quite long so ring the bell when you want to get off.

For a special occasion and it’s within your budget, try Ocean’s Eleven located on Bangrak Beach for dinner. The food is very good indeed. If you have a hire car, the Five Islands Restaurant on the west coast at Baan Taling Ngam is worth a visit as the setting is lovely.

If we had any criticism of the resort it would be that we found it a little too “hard edged” and Zen inspired, lacking the prettiness of other Thai hotels that we have visited. Having said that, we would say that generally speaking it would be a great choice for 20/30/40something couples seeking a quiet quality resort hotel with night life just up the road.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank HobbyHolidays
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

Airport pick up service worked but the check in was a disaster. The persons checking us inn were incompetent. They keept asking for a voucher we did not have as we booked on the hotel web page. When they finally found a way to check us inn without a voucher they could not see the diffrence between my IATA ID and my creditcard i had to point out the creditcard. One of the check inn staff explained to us that they had an upgrade available wich would be better for us because we were supposed to stay 7 nights. They took us to see the room and when we said ok to the upgrade we were told that the price for the upgrade was 5000 thb ekstra pr night. They should have told us the price before we were taken to see the room it was a totally wast of time.
We did not want to pay that much more just for a bigger room. We said no and were given a regular size wichpool villa that we had booked from the start. I am sure it was the worst one thay had. The once white marble bathroomfloor was almost black with dirt the villa was right next to the naboring constructionsite. It had spider webs on the sink and in the evening when we came back to the villa the bathroomfloor was full of big black ants and other insects and there was a horrible smell of sewer in the room due to a leak under the sink. We complained and were moved the next day to a diffrent villa away from the construcktionsite and a little cleaner or so we thought from the first glimpse. But no we found a used soapbar by the wihrlpool and cigaretbutts in the outdoor shower and when we wanted to use the whirlpool and started the pumps it was full of green algae. We complained and was told that they could move us to a diffrent villa but we were not happy and asked if they would charge us the full amount for the six nights if we wanted to leave early as we fount that there had been so many problems that we didnt want to stay. They said that they would charge us the full amount that was their terms. We are not millionairs so we had to stay and it totally ruined our vaccation. When we checked out 7 days after the cigaretbutts were still there and we had to throw out the old soap bar our selfs.
My conclusion is that if we had accepted to pay the 5000 ekstra for the upgrade we probabley would have been threaded a lot better.
so 4-5 stars no way we vould not even give them 3 stars.
And be ware even thoug the hotel is 3 km from Chaweng you can hear techno music at night even thoug the aircon is on.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank UnTju
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

I booked this hotel last minute to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the whole experience was truly special.
Hotel is very near airport a 200 bhat taxi ride, be careful when you arrive at airport not to take the limo transfer service which will charge you twice the amount. Walk out & barter with private taxi for best price, they normally start at 300 but if you are lucky you could even get 150 but 200 is normal.
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by a lovely but cooling drink and a cold towel to refresh. Check in was smooth and quick, you will have to give your credit card details as security/deposit if anything does go wrong. This hotel is part of the Centara group of hotels and like most Centara hotels is running a promotion of buy 10000 get 5000 baht free, so for 10000 bath you get to spend 15000 baht at the hotel. We waited the 24 hours to see what the food was like before we took the offer up.
We were shown to our room which was a Deluxe Seaview Villa. I must say the Villa was something special. We had a large double (should I say Queen size, anyway the bed was very big) & a bed for our teenage daughter which fitted comfortably in the room with plenty of space left. The bedroom opened to a balcony with seating and some breathtaking views of the Sea as this hotel is on a steep slope and most of the Villas have some lovely views. Please do not be put off by the slope as the hotel provides a golf cart service to take you around the hotel when you need it. We used this service whenever we had to get back to our room and was very quick and efficient. Back to the Villa, we had a lovely big bright bathroom which opened out to an outside area for a rainwater shower, which we used every day & was lovely. The housekeeping was efficient & friendly as ever whenever we requested anything it was delivered promptly with a smile.
The hotel has lovely swimming pools all designed around a waterfaals theme as is most of the hotel and it's grounds you will see watefalls everywhere, very soothing & pleasant to hear rhe sound of water even if you just sat there sipping away at your cocktail & soaking in the sun. The pool down towards the beach has a swim up bar & the pool at reception at the top has a bar next to it. The sunbeds were lovely wooden ones with deep/thick cushions on them almost good as the bed. Towels are provided. There is a limited amount of water sports on offer. The hotel has it's own Kayak/boat which you can use, which we did to hop over to a deserted island not too far away. They provide lifejackets. At the nearby hotels on the beach there is waterskis available for hire (please be careful with these & check the ski for any damage & point out before taking the ski otherwise you could end up with paying more than you bargained for as some people we talked to on beach experienced).
The hotel has a large pool table free to use as well as computers with free internet at the library and pool bar. You can also borrow DVD's from library as well as books to read. However if you do have kids you can always buy DVD's from Chaweng for under 100 baht for some of the latest action, this kept out teenage daugher occupied a couple of the nights when she did not fancy going into town.
I am a vegetarian as is my family and it is always difficult to find hotels that make any decent food for you. I have travelled all over the world to many hotels of different star ratings and have never had vegetarian food as we were treated to at the Bhundari courtesey of the head chef Shaun & the FBM (Food and Beverages Manager) Mr Komeesa. Top marks in every way we were treated to some gourmet 4 course cuisine each night a fusion of flavours from all over the world. We left it to the chef to create and create he did, some of the very best vegetarian food I have had in any hotel. Well worth every baht we paid for it. My advise to you is if you do not find anything that is to your liking on the menu or you have any dietary requirements please discuss with the FBM or the chef who will be more than accomadating to do something for you. We ate at the hotel every night and did not find the need to eat anywhere else as every night was like visiting another restaurant serving some of the best food I have ever tasted.
The hotel is not walking distance to Chaweng which is where all the action is. But it is not expensive to get to about 200 baht by taxi (you will need to bargain down to this price) or 30-50 by the shared Tuk-tuk type service or about 20-30 on back of a scooter taxi. The hotel also provides a shuttle to Chaweng which stops and picks you up from the same spot 3 times a day, although I think the hotel could add one more shuttle at 6pm as there is a long gap between 3pm & 9pm when the bus shuttle to Chaweng runs.
The beach at the hotel is nice and quiet, you almost feel as though you are on a deserted island. This is definately the spot if you want to get away from the madding crowd. Lovely calm waters and safe to swin in. I would personally recommend you take water shoes, although it is not necessary as there are some rocks in the water. On this part of the beach there are not many beach vendors to disturb you as there would be on Chaweng. Most of the hotels on this streach of the beach are Spa resorts as is the Bhundari. We only used the Spa once and found it to be a bit too expensive compared to others in town.
We had massages almost every day in Chaweng and after a few days of trial and error we settled for a massage place called Best massage which was in a street opp Macdonalds in Chaweng. About 250 baht for a Thai massage which was very good at this place. If you have not had a thai massage before it does take getting use to but it is a wonderful experience. It is a must to do whilst you are in Thailand.
Trips to do would be Mr Ungs Jungle Safari which I would personally recommend & well worth every penny considering what is included for the price. Defeinately a fun day out.
The other trip that is well worth is a visit to Anthong National marine Park, which is a group of so many small islands. A good trip which includes things like sea kayaking, snorkling (although a bit dissapointed as ther is not much to see). The trip is a good day out and gets you out of your hotel to see the flaura & fauna of the islands around Samui which have some breathtaking views especially the Emerald lake which is a must to see.
Overall this hotel would rate as one of the very best I have ever stayed at. The food would be the best I have had in any hotel. Samui is a wonderful island with very friendly people full of smiles and a warm welcome.
I would give thsi hotel 6 stars if I could for a truly amazing place.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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5  Thank 3tree
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