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“Crazy late party place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #29 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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116 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Crazy late party place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Best beach party in Samui. Full of young generations who are looking for fun! Easy access... opens till very late. Fire show is available. Very crowded and I liked that. Avoid going there if you are a lazy serious person.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed here twice (3nights before heading to phangan and another night after phangan) and would come back again! Stayed in the premier deluxe room first time around and it was lovely, great size and far enough away from the noise of the parties on the beach. We returned for another night and stayed in a superior room which was actually nicer than the premier deluxe and was way cheaper. Again, we were up near reception so not much noise. The hotel itself is right on Chaweng beach which is amazing. The food and drink in the hotel is lovely and reasonably priced but Khaosan restaurant right outside the hotel is fab! The hotel is right in the heart of Chaweng where shopping is amazing. There's a few travel agents right outside the hotel too which makes booking tours very easy. Right beside one of the beach bars is a place to get a massage which is amazing - these were cheaper than those on the street too! Overall it was a fab stay and I would definitely stay here again. The only downside was wifi-you had to get a login code every few hours but wasn't much of a concern of ours.
Tip: ask for a room upstairs. If you want to stay away from the noise as much as possible, stay in a premier deluxe room

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We just wanted to check in and and get on with our night as we were staying just to get a flight out the next day. They made the check in process such a hassle, it must've taken about 30 minutes at least! They showed us a ridiculously long list of the prices for everything is we damaged, broke or stole anything, from towels to ash trays.. They wanted passports, emails, addresses, cards, deposits. It was ridiculous. It was an ok place to stay, not worth the extreme checking in process though. We came here after the full moon and made sure after reading all their charges that we completely got all the uv paint off us in case they tried to charge us.
We booked a taxi through the hotel too, and it was 150 each but we were given the impression it was our own taxi. When it came to it we were actually put in a van with several others, which was fine but not what we were expecting at all, quite cheeky!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Terrible experience. Staff tries to over charge for everything, dirty beach, dirty area, full of kids just looking to get drunk. Music goes loud until 2-3am every night, then drunk kids try to come into your rooms. Food & drinks over priced compared to other places in the area. Poor wifi most of the time.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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theworld
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel preys on unsuspecting tourists. To lure 20 to 30 somethings looking for the "it" place on Ko Samui but it's all about cyphering as many Bahts out of you as possible. It should be a clue to you when you open the the hotel directory in your room and has a page long of itemized charges down to 2 sugars for you coffee for 60 bahts. This place is scandalous.

We were looking for a location on the beach and wanted to a change of pace from our mellow hotel on Koh Phangan. The ArkBar was on the beach, had mixed reviews but the bigger draw was it was inexpensive because it was low season. We knew from other reviews of the loud music at night and not so friendly staff but we thought we could ignore it. The music is as loud as people write about and it's all night. We've heard the music til 5:30 in the morning. It's all part of the ambiance of being a party place. It's all fun until they start charging you for things that are simply criminal.

One reviewer here wrote how "weak" the air conditioning can be here. It's loud, dated but works. We had the air conditioning on all night to the point he had to get an extra comforter from the closet. Unbeknownst to him the comforter was stained. It appeared like it was mildew, maybe the comforter was put away wet. The stains were obvious. Housekeeping found the "dirty" comforter the next day and automatically said we would have to pay for it. How do you disprove that you didn't do it? They try to explain, in broken English, that they check the rooms out thoroughly after each guest. Maybe they do but how do you prove that you didn't cause the damage. They are very eager to charge you and to the point that this is more of a ruse to rob you once you're a guest. You have no recourse, you're a foreigner on their territory but my general experience of Thais has been positive with this exception.

Overall the experience was the worst I've experienced and I've traveled to over 30 countries. I can say I can recall ever having to hang a sign outside my door to request my room to be serviced. It's a little conspicuous that one side of the door hang says Do Not Disturb and if it weren't by chance I looked on the other side of the door hang it states you have to specifically request to have your room serviced.

My advice is don't stay here if you value money. If you feel you have to be the be in the "it" place, stay at adjacent properties. The Chaweng Garden Resort next door is just as inexpensive, nicer and has a breakfast package included. Party at the ArkBar pool then walk 10 meters over back to your room next door. This place is a disingenuous attempt to be a pool scene like Miami or Las Vegas but it least there you can get good service in exchange for you money.

This was simply a horrible place for us from start to finish. My advice is look elsewhere, there are many options in Chaweng beach area. It may appear you pay less here but in the end you may be paying a lot more than you wanted to.

Stayed June 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

This place is famous for its pool pardy. Expect to see babes with Bikini's all over the pool. I can rate this the best bar i beem to in mu whole life. Damn exotic. The price is fair. Just outside the bar u can go for sm water activity.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Fabulous staff in the bar great music fabulous entertainment ...reception staff ..RUDE AS!!! When asking to move room due to not being told there was all day construction work going on banging and drilling and general caos we were told no rather rudely and looked at like crap by the reception staff , music blasts all day till 2am then construction hammering all day yeah great!! Wouldn't advise a stay !!!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ark Bar Beach Resort
Address: 159/89 Moo 2 | Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Bar Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"ESCAPE YOUR WORLD AND PLAY IN OURS" We invite you to ARKbar Beach Resort, in the heart of Chaweng, the ideal location to explore and enjoy this tropical paradise. Enjoy your days under the sun on our 100 metres of spectacular beachfront and 3 swimming pools, while listening to the latest tunes being played by our resident DJ's. You will meet people from all 4 corners of the world here to party or chill in our unique, relaxing, yet vibrant atmosphere. ARKbar Beach Resort is within walking distance to the new Central Plaza Shopping Complex, all the major entertainment venues and hundreds of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. You can dine on the beach in our beachfront restaurant and relax at any of the 3 beach bars. From 2pm our main swimming features live music while the other 2 pools are more laid back. As the evening sun sets over this tropical paradise, you will witness the beach transform into a spectacular and unique venue offering a combination of dining, drinking and socialising with free musical entertainment, dancers and fire displays. It is here that you can be a part of the world famous ARKbar Wednesday and Funky Friday Beach Party's."Escape Your World and Play In Ours" ... more   less 
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