Aimed squarely at honeymooners and couples, the Bo Phut Resort is an elegant and modern beachfront property with classic Thai touches and great facilities on one of Koh Samui’s quieter and more up-market stretches of sand, offering smart garden villas and large rooms.
Address: 12/12 Tambol Bo Phut, Amphur, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Bophut, Thailand.
Style & character
It’s all about serenity, relaxation and privacy at the Bo Phut Resort. The rooms and villas, located in a gorgeous tropical garden, are spacious and comfortable, and while there’s stuff to do for guests, nothing is pushed and everything is meant to be discovered. The modern amenities are combined with contemporary Thais style touches from wall decorations to dark woods, both inside and out.
Service & facilities
Service is prompt, a little distant, but never stiff.
The free form pool, just off the beach, is large enough for a swim and is adjoined by a small kids’ pool.
On the beach, complimentary activities include windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling (though there’s not a great deal to see below the surface), and beach volley ball. Away from the sand, guests can indulge in a wide range of sports activities including fitness classes such as stretching, abdominal exercises, aqua aerobics in the pool as well as yoga and Muay Thai demonstrations – a basic introduction to Thailand’s national sport.
The spa exudes tranquillity and has just four treatment rooms, two for couples, complete with whirlpool bath and steam room, one for a single and a room for Thai massages.
The rooms are large, spotless, graceful and a little dark. The bathrooms are airy and in top condition, with both tubs and separate rain showers. Some rooms have a whirlpool bath. The garden villas, surrounded by high walls, feel very private and a little cramped, and feature comfortable four poster beds with mosquito nets and stylish dark wood furniture that complements the beige tones of the fabrics and walls.
Guests enjoy the usual amenities including air-conditioning, TV, a real coffee making machine, a large daily fruit basket, a safe and a reasonably priced minibar.
Food & drink
The L’Ocean serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, right by the pool and with fantastic views of neighbouring Koh Phangan. The menu covers Thai and international fare, with a focus on Mediterranean. The thin crust pizzas are excellent. Guests can enjoy beach barbecues with an emphasis on seafood. The Sala Thai restaurant offers fine dining in a more salubrious atmosphere with an eclectic Thai-only menu.
The best place for a pre-dinner drink is poolside in a lounger.
Breakfast is buffet style and so-so, with a fair selection of international and Asian options – the juices are canned and the dim sum is limited to just a couple of choices.
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