Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ibis Bophud Samui

Ibis Bophud Samui

After having stayed in various Ibis hotels around Europe, it was strange to see one being build here on Samui! Since it was being build next to World Resort, in which I teach about every month an IDC, I could follow the noise and progress first hand whilst diving in the pool!

Having said that, the feedback on this Ibis is good. In general the rooms are considered small(ish) but the resort is very clean and the lay out is nice, with a open and inviting reception area, a nice pool and good and easy access to the beach. The breakfast is also good value for money.

Each of the 258 rooms at this 3-star property are designed to help guests relax in comfort and style. Some of the features you'll enjoy are non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe, television LCD/plasma screen, shower, balcony/terrace. The hotel boasts bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities , restaurant, disabled facilities, hotel/airport transfer, tours as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find massage, pool (kids), pool outdoor and a garden at the hotel.

For a getaway this Ibis is a good option, quiet location but not far from the airport. Some good restaurants outside the premises in walking distance or alternatively walk over the beach towards Bophud/Fishermans Village for a wide selection of bars, pubs and good restaurants.

Booking by Agoda

Booking by Hotels Combined

Standard room

Family room

Swimming pool


Beach view

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Choengmon Beach Hotel & Spa, Choengmon

Choengmon Beach Hotel & Spa, Choengmon

This fairly new hotel in Choengmon is located on my favourite beach and bay of the island, as stated regularly in my various blogs.
Choengmon bay is just nice and relaxed and plenty of pictures can be found on my Samui info and weather blog of exactly this bay. Nice sand, in general very quiet and very shallow water which makes it perfect for kids to play in the water.

Back to the Choengmon Beach Hotel though, it's exactly their part of the beach that we always use when we go and visit Choengmon!

The hotel is a beautiful, newly-opened bungalows and hotel resort, featuring a large swimming pool, tropical gardens and two restaurants. A comfortable, relaxing ambiance is created by a unique blend of the same old-fashioned simple, traditional and personalized hospitality of the owner, combined with modern facilities and amenities. Friendly, well-trained staff pamper guests with professional, personalized service.
Choengmon Beach Hotel comprises 28 Beach Bungalow as well as three low-rise accommodation wings with spectacular view of Choengmon bay.

The rooms in the low rise are basic but spacious, the restaurants give excellent choice and value for Western and Thai dishes but the breakfast is not much to write home about.
The bungalows on the beach have been around for a while.
There are plenty of restaurants on the beach and in the small village of Choengmon.

All in all an excellent budget hotel with friendly staff in a good location, near Big Buddha and not far away from Chaweng if you need to see some people or want some action.

Booking by Agoda

Booking by Hotels Combined

Superior room

Deluxe bungalow

Deluxe bungalow room

The restaurant on the beach

The 30 meter swimming pool