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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #29 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

We booked this hotel on a whim without knowing anything about the location or hotel itself, and we were blown away when we first saw it! Receptionists were by far the easiest to deal with and most helpful that we had during out stay in the islands, and the rooms were spectacular compared to other hotels that were the same price. We had a premier deluxe twin room, which was enormous in size and great value for money. AC was great and the bathrooms were clean.

There are three pools at the Ark Bar, and the location is right on the beach, so great for swimming and lounging around with cocktails in hand. Bar service is excellent - even if you are not staying at the hotel you can sit on one of their beach loungers and someone will be down in a flash to take your food & drink order. Unfortunately for us the main pool was closed for renovations, so we did not get to go to any of their famous pool parties, but there is so much nightlife around that area anyway that we didn't feel like we missed out too much.

I would recommend this hotel to any younger travellers who are keen to party, because it is constantly cranking and they have plenty of fire shows down on the beach every night. This hotel is probably not best for honeymooners or families, but if you are into the nightlife this hotel would suit you down to the ground!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Great location by the beach and 3 pools to choose from which are quiet as external guests are prohibited from 2 of them. Wifi was down for a few days which was annoying. Staff are friendly and always someone around to help. Slightly more expensive than others around but worth it for the creature comforts we're used to back home.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

i stayed in pretty basic room near the reception, about a 2 min walk from the beach and 20 ft from the owner's two lamborghini's (not joking). The value was best for location, you are in the heart of the nightlife, shopping and all the energy chaweng can offer 24/7. Next time I would check out a room with a view, as we were in an ally.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

first night wallet and phone was stolen from bar, phone was handed in but no wallet, staff were not very helpful at all. had to get voicefull with them to drive me to police station to report as i had no cards or cash. the place is really nice. however, mossies are really bad, beds are comfy but barely slept from gettin eatin all night by mossies. and most nights the music is fully pumpin. so its noisy. and i have just learnt because my mate paid for the room they have now over charged him for the bar fridge for things we have not used. if your young, yeah come and stay, this place is for you, but if your a family or a non party goer, stay away. i did not like it here.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Place is only for young party lovers. Small room, shabby washroom, not so good AC and not a good service. To top it blaring music plays till 2am and then another hour of drunken crowd makes noise and ruckus. But yes very good beach party, meant only if you are a party animal. They will try to charge you for every little thing and certainly not worth the money spent. Given a choice I'll never come again to Ark Bar. Though Koh Samui was lovely!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

If you are young and looking to go for a good time, then Ark Bar was amazing! I stayed in July 2012 (so I'm a bit behind on the update!), but it was great fun! Met a heap of really cool people, had DJs playing over the pool as we chilled out during the day, and the easiest access to the beach parties at night! We went over the the Full Moon Party and had pick up organised from the hotel, was great! Also great breakfasts included and the restaurant was good too. A little loud for obvious reasons if you want somewhere relaxing, but definitely fun!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

After back packing around He lovely islands of Koh Phi Phi, Phangan and Ko Tao, Samui was our last stop. We turned up at the resort without a reservation and got told a price, went away and booked online where it was 600 baht cheaper ( reception told us it wouldn't be cheaper online!) when we checked in we had to listen to a lecture from reception about damaging items (they literally have a folder full of dos and donts), alarm bells started ringing then. No complaints with the room. Night time was horrendous! The music from the beach bar was blasting until 2am, then all the drunk, loud, majority of them Brits (think typical Brits abroad, and I'm British!) started staggering back to their rooms banging on doors, shouting etc... This went on till around 4am! Then to top it all off the beach music started up again at 10am! I've stayed in places like Magaluf and Benidorm and never come across behaviour like this, or at least security were there to shut them up! Hotel security nowhere to be seen. Basically, if you want to feel like you are back in halls of residence at university, or you enjoy being surrounded by drunk, singing, inconsiderate chavs or you are just an insomniac then this is the place for you. Absolutely loved Thailand but wouldn't go back to Koh Samui or this god awful hotel!! Avoid like the plague!!

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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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