Monday, June 30, 2008

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud

An updated review of Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud written in October 2015 can be found if you click on this link.

On the Northern coast of Koh Samui Island, on the west side of Bophud Beach lies the small, charming and intimate Zazen Boutique Resort, Bophud.

A resort where you can feel at home? Where you will take your partner to heaven and your family to paradise. This little hide-away invites you to relax & rediscover yourself and your partner in beautiful, natural & tropical surroundings. You will experience in our idyllic tropical resort the perfect escape. Sounds like too good to be true, out of an 8 year experience on Samui and having had various friends stay here, I can agree to this.

Zazen enjoys a secluded setting at the end of an unspoiled bay. In this tropical setting, the low-rise resort has been especially designed to reach peacefulness in harmony with its natural surroundings. Nestled on Koh Samui's quieter, more traditional northern shore, Zazen stands on the west coast of Bophut beach amid lush gardens facing its own palm-shaded beach.

Zazen also has one of my favorite restaurants on the island. This place gets my thumbs up!

With all the facilities they offer, this is one of the medium - top resorts on Samui;

• 80 Meters of white sandy beach front
• Magnificent tropical swimming pool with terrace with sun beds and umbrellas
• Jacuzzi and Children's swimming pool
• Open-air beachfront restaurant and bar overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and featuring traditional Thai dancers twice a week.
• Beach front “Rouge Lounge” Bar with pool table
• Boutique with antiques & souvenir shop
• Internet Lounge with High Speed wireless connection & business center
• Beautiful outdoor Spa offering a whole range of treatments
• An all year round beautiful beach which is safe for swimming
• Jeep and motorbike rental
• Shuttle bus service & private limousine service
• Airport Pick-up and Drop-off (on request ) and Private Parking
• Baby-sitting service
• Laundry & pressing service• Room services
• Luggage storage

Complimentary services:

• Tropical garden with game of bowls (petanque) and table tennis area
• Beach Club with windsurfing equipment and canoes
• Library and parlor games
• DVD films service
• Confirmation of flight tickets
• Internet Lounge with high speed wireless connection & business center
• Free high speed wireless connection from the guests rooms and around the restaurant, bar, pool & beach

This resort ranks high on my fave list with a great location between Bophud and Maenam.

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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Bophud

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Weekender, Lamai

The Weekender, Lamai

This hotel is almost an institution in Lamai and has grown a bit over the years, without losing it's service and good ambiance.

The Weekender is a place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Enjoy Samui as it was meant to be. Relax & appreciate the fresh breezes off the Gulf of Thailand as you sit by the beach, enjoy a drink at the beach bar or just find one of the many quiet corners with your favourite book.

The rooms are spacious and they are furnished individually with private bathroom (shower & bathtub with hot and cold water), airconditioning with individual control, mini bar, refrigerator, telephone (IDD) and colour TV (with satellite).

The resort offers several options of accommodation, which include bungalows at resort front entrance, superior and deluxe rooms in three separate buildings and Thai styled houses. The 149 rooms are spread over a large area of beautiful landscaped tropical gardens.

The resort has a beach of soft white sand, crystal clear waters and fringing coconut palms. It is located in the middle of Lamai Beach, not too far away from the entertainment area, but secluded enough for guests to enjoy the tranquility of a restful island holiday.

Price, ranging from just above a 1.000,-THB to around 4.000,-THB, location and the tranquility, all good reasons for staying at The Weekender.

Enjoy your stay in Lamai.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lamai Inn 99, Lamai

Lamai Inn 99, Lamai

This is a budget hotel on the beach in Lamai. It's basic and straightforward but a very reliable place.

The Lamai Inn 99 has been in business for more than 20 years and they are extremely proud to have evolved to the point where they now have 73 rooms available while at the same time retaining their reputation for close service.

Although they have upwards of 100 meters of beachfront, they have kept the beach deliberately open with wide expanses of lawn and garden for everyone’s enjoyment. As a result, many of their bungalows which are not on the beach have clear views of the water.

They have 6 much sought after beachfront rooms, 51 rooms with air-conditioning, 14 with air conditioning and hot water and 22 with fans.

A very good choice if you're looking for a budget place on the beach in Lamai with the added bonus of it being a family run business.

Enjoy the Lamai Inn 99.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Paradise Beach Resort, Maenam

Paradise Beach Resort, Maenam

This is another resort filled with good memories for me, since I worked also in this resort. It's a few years back now since I worked there, but the hotel still has the same good vibes and feel to it.

It has a great location with a fantastic view to Koh Phangan, is located directly at Maenam beach and has 2 pools. It's family friendly and quiet and tranquil due to it's location, a nice bit away from the main road and it's lush green garden setting.

If you feel like visiting Chaweng, they have an hourly free vacation shuttle to the entertainment & shopping area at Chaweng (20 minutes away).

They have an excellent Italian restaurant on site, Roma and the Paradise Terrace and on top of that the Beach & Pool bar.

The intimate resort has 11 cozy bungalows, 78 deluxe rooms and 6 suites in Thai style, each with a private balcony or veranda.

Paradise Beach Resort is an excellent medium ranged resort with a great location on Maenam beach and Swiss management. Definitely worthwhile checking out.

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