Bophut Beach has always been my fav in all of Samui due to the quiet and small little fisherman village feel that it gives you when you are there. Having said that, due to the space constraint of that area, there arent many ok and affordable hotels along that stretch. However, I managed to come across Smile House Resort due to my many rounds of searches in TA. So we decided to give it a try for one night, and will extend if we like our 1st night stay (it's because we have the convenient of my car).
I cannot stress enough how much bophut beach has charmed me, only you can decide if you are there. So let's go to how much the resort has managed to make us extend our stay. 1st of all, it is definitely affordable - USD50 or so for a night on that beach is probably the best bet you can get. And what more can you complain when it is a bungalow you are getting? The room is huge and beds are king sized. Most importantly, it is very clean I would say given the age of the resort. You need to note that this resort is at least 15 years perhaps? If you are expecting modern furnishing resort, then this place is not it. This resort is still mostly aged furniture but they kept it really well. I really need to give them the credit of keeping the place so clean. The pool is also very clean and it is right in front of your room. So what is there to complain right?
Secondly, their restaurant is right on the beach where you get to enjoy your breakfast with the sea breeze! I really loved it. That is my kind of holiday - drinking coffee, having brekkie with the sea wind blowing into your face.
Thirdly, the location! Nothing beats a great location right? Make sure your trip has Friday in it because every Friday night is the night market where you will enjoy all kind of local street food and souvenirs and can also do your lil shopping. This night market is the largest in the island. And it has really good spread of food.
Now comes to the not so great part. The food served in the hotel is not the best I would say. As a resident of the resort, you will enjoy a 15% disc for dinner if you dine in. So I guess prolly the 15% is what will make you eat in there, but I would not go for dinner again if I am there the next round. I wouldnt say bad but there sure is better ones along that stretch.
The breakfast although comes with awesome view, the choices are really not great. On the 2nd morning, I only managed to eat a lil because I was telling my hubby I cant take their food anymore. It is quite stale looking and not many choices. So we ended up only having coffee and perhaps the eggs.
So that's it. If you can forgo food, then this place is THE place you may want to try it out! Step right out of the hotel, you can get indoor with aircond massage places with ocean view. LOVING IT!
Will I ever go back again? Oh yes I will! I can just go next door and have bfast - so no issue!
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- Also Known As:
- Smile House Hotel Koh Samui
- Smile Houseresort Koh Samui
- Smile House Resort Ko Samui/Bophut