We visited for a 4 night stay before we went onto to the Anantara on Bophut beach. We arrived at the hotel by speedboat after our flights which was a good experience and worth the expense. We were greeted by the friendly staff and manager Sylvia. The speedboat journey was comfortable and they reverse the speedboat right up to the shoreline on arrival. You then get off the back steps of the boat for a little paddle of a few steps before you are on the beach. If you are wearing jeans from travelling, you just need to roll them up a bit. The breakfast is very good. There is a buffet of fresh food but eggs and bacon etc is cooked to order. The beach to sunbathe on is so peaceful. The sea is lovely and warm and ideal for swimming, you can swim from one side of the cove to the other. The swimming pools are nice for having a dip. Bedrooms are large and ours had a small plunge pool, unfortunately the weather hadn't been great so we didn't get to utilise the pool as it was cold. You can pop out for lunch as there are several food stalls outside which serve spring rolls, papaya salads and fruit smoothies. There are plenty of nice restaurants in the village near the hotel to walk to - some extremely cheap and some which cost more but are smarter. We did have one day of rain though but were unlucky with this. The staff are extremely friendly and we're always willing to help and we would recommend this hotel.
"Wonderful place, Amazing service!"
Where to start... me and my husband travel to Koh Phangan pretty often and it was our first time in Anantara; we thought let's spoil ourself and I can say no regret! We booked a Ocean suite directly on the beach and they are spacious, well equipped everything inside that you need. Breakfast was amazing and the Chef always ready to help. Even if during our stay we had a pretty bad weather, we enjoyed every bit of it. What I can say from other resort on the island, the service in this place is just unique, from the arrival team, to the housekeeping, the restaurant, everyone will just do anything for you to have an amazing time! The manager, Ms Cindy, came to talk to us couple of times during our stay, and we really appreciate that, she was really helpful to assist in couple of info we needed. In all, when I read some other reviews, I guess we can not please everyone, which is a shame, but I can confirm you that this place is a little corner of paradise and will for sure recommend it to anyone that is looking for a relaxing stay in luxury place.
"Lovely relaxing spot "
I really loved our stay here. We had a garden villa (number 32) which was very spacious and private. The staff were really thoughtful, efficient and kind - l cannot thank them enough - Aoi, May and Tin are three l remember especially. The beach was lovely and the staff clean it regularly to remove any rubbish. We loved the breakfast and especially the location - sitting in the sand on the beach while watching the sunrise. I loved the little village and this was an important part of making the trip fun too. Make sure you try the Luna Lounge, the Sand Bar opposite, Tanaporn massage, the Jip Shop and also the women who runs the first wooden cabin as you exit the resort - serving drinks and snacks - is really lovely.
"Second visit - what a change"
This was my second visit here, a place we have had such magnificent memories of what can only be described as magical stay last time. Now firstly let me say a big disappointment was the weather - never seen it so bad in Thailand ever - but this of course is out of the resorts control. What was evident on this stay was the staff attitude which was far from Thai, although Rebecca and Claire did help us to leave the resort. The room had an unacceptable amount of insects in which did go on to enjoy themselves eating us at night! Lots of little things have deteriorated and not been upgraded or maintained. What a pity. What I must add is that the last time we visited here we went in the March April time so the weather was fabulous and another small bit of advise is pay the extra for the front beach rooms - less Mosquitos ! I feel sure with these items covered - this could be magical again
"Dreadful weather spoilt trip"
We spent five nights here and it rained all the time apart from a couple of hours one afternoon. While the resort coped as well as possible, we lost power for two hours one night, paths in the resort flooded, there was no internet or phones for 20 hours, and no power in the village for two days. This is a resort with very little to do when it is wet - there is a very small gym, bar and two restaurants. The resort has a small library but no DVD library. The room we had was rather dark with no real outlook and we were lucky we bought books and DVDs with us. The room was quite a good size but there were no comfortable chairs for watching TV and the bed was a bit far from the TV. Good bedside reading lights and internet pretty good when it worked. Bedding was a bit of an issue until we got an extra doona cover to use as a sheet - it is so odd in Thailand that hotels put feather donnas on their beds which would require you to turn the temperature down to very cold levels to be comfortable. Thin cotton blankets would be much better. The bed was very comfortable. Bathroom is quite large with a dressing area and large shower. Reasonable selection of toiletries. Umbrellas and rubber thongs provided. They also provide a device to repel mosquitoes. Breakfast was OK - but no really good breads and the expresso coffee was variable and sometimes lukewarm. You can order eggs etc. The best meal that we had was in the new Japanese restaurant which is open in the evenings - the fish cooked on the tepan grill was very good. You can walk into the village easily - there are restaurants there, stores, laundries and massage places. Staff did the best they could but it was a pretty miserable 5 days. Some of the paths were very slippery and we were lucky we did not fall. The hotel organised transfers on the scheduled ferry services - the one over at 6-30pm was on a very old ferry with a gangplank with no railing at the Koh Samui pier. The ferry back was much better but absolutely crowded (people were standing) and the crew unloaded all the bags onto the pier where they got wet before letting passengers off. The driver organised to take us to our hotel in Koh Samui was young and reckless - he kept on wanting to overtake and speed on flooded roads. I think this would be a lovely place if the weather was good - but it is not great when it rains for 5 days and there is really nothing to do in wet weather.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM