Stylish and affordable
Eden Beach Bungalows hits with the beats of downtempo in a swirl of blue and white around the centre of Bophut Beach and within a 10-minute walk of Fisherman’s Village.
The flashpacker-style resort, which we’re pretty sure is French-managed, has two rows of white concrete bungalows with high thatch roofs and wood chairs on private terraces set beneath the trees. Cheaper bungalows are located further from the beach and designed with typical rectangular floor plans and triangular roofs, while larger deluxe editions have a circular design and more space to go with fans attached to the high ceilings (in addition to air-con) and small daybeds. All of the freestanding bungalows come with comfy beds raised off tile floors, olive-green or off-white walls, TVs, free WiFi, fridges and balconies. Good-size bathrooms boast basin sinks with unusual bamboo faucets and partitioned showers flowing from ceramic vases. Decoration is limited to rattan accents and stencils of green bamboo, but we liked the simple design using natural materials.
A medium-size swimming pool with thick see-through glass on one side stretches close to the sand and next to a banyan tree, with a bunch of lounge chairs and a large thatch-roof restaurant taking up the rest of the beachfront land. The bar looked like a fun place to throw back a sundowner or two, and we liked the “ocean-chic” wood chairs sporting faded shades of blue.
The group that runs this resort also operates the smaller Eden Bungalows in Fisherman’s Village, which has similar bungalows starting at around 1,200 baht and a small swimming pool and restaurant -- it’s also a very good choice.
Address: 180/5 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 300 ; (085) 471 2750; F: (077) 425 301
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'20.03" E, 9º33'49.96" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,900 baht||2,500 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||2,500 baht||3,400 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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