- Top notch beachside resort
- Water sports, jungle & cultural excursions
- Fruit carving, cocktail mixing, yoga lessons
- Spa, pool, gym, tennis, thai boxing
There are many beach resorts on the island of Koh Samui and one of the finest and most luxurious is Anantara Bophut. It’s located midway along a particularly tranquil and picturesque stretch of beach on the island’s northern coast and is one of several properties in the Anantara chain, whose hotels and resorts are known for their excellent facilities, warm hospitality and high quality of accommodation. This luxury beachside resort has a wealth of activities for guests of all tastes and ages, not to mention beautifully landscaped gardens to explore.
Altogether there are 106 rooms at the resort and they’re split up into eight different categories, ranging from rooms with garden views, to beachfront suites that come with their own pool. All rooms and suites come with many convenient amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, an LCD TV, air conditioning and a beach bag. The accommodation is designed to let in copious amounts of natural light and all quarters boast pristine and modern Thai decor.
There are several dining venues at the resort. ‘High Tide’ offers a range of Thai cuisine for breakfast and dinner, with themed nights livening things up and both indoor and outdoor dining available. Australian cuisine is on the menu for lunch and dinner at ‘Full Moon’, which overlooks the infinity pool. ‘Ocean’s Edge’ serves cocktails by the sea, while ‘Eclipse Bar’ offers drinks and a lighter, more casual menu in a particularly relaxed setting. Private beachside dining can also be arranged.
There’s a great deal to do in and around the resort. For those looking to explore the wider area, there’s a very good selection of history excursions, trips to national parks, jungle expeditions and visits to local temples. Those wanting to stay on-site can make use of the many facilities, which include a fitness centre, library, full-service spa, infinity pool and tennis court. Yoga tuition, cocktail mixing, Thai boxing and fruit carving are also available, along with plenty of exciting water sports.
Children of all ages are welcome. Extra beds are available on request, although note that each type of room can only accommodate a maximum of one child. The Baan Ling Noi Children’s Club (Baan Ling Noi translates as ‘Little Monkey’) offers a broad range of age-appropriate activities for youngsters from 9am to 5pm every day of the week. Some of these include Thai origami, pizza making, towel animal folding, trampolining and sandcastle making. Activities are available for children between the ages of 4 and 10; those under the age of 4 can take part, so long as they have an adult or babysitter present with them.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019