A class act
Baan Bophut is a classy three-storey hotel with sea-view rooms, a swimming pool and beach bar located at the quieter east end of the seafront lane through Fisherman’s Village.
A polite and patient receptionist showed us a couple of rooms, one on the ground floor and another on an upper floor reached by stairs. Both are spacious and spotless, with a modern design incorporating tile floors, long desks attached to walls and touches of blues and greens. Glass doors with wood trim lead to furnished balconies that are larger than the interiors of some of the bungalows we’ve checked out. High-end beds and linens join widescreen TVs, air-con, coffee/tea facilities, minibars, large safes and spacious bathrooms with rain showers behind glass doors. All rooms have direct sea views, and top-floor rooms come with four-post beds and sofas in separate living rooms.
The building stands out as one of the classiest in the village thanks to dark-wood trim and ceramic tiles on the sloping roof that appears to have been inspired by Colonial-era structures. A beachside infinity pool is open 24 hours, set next to a lawn tapering into the beach, where several cushioned lounge chairs are set up. There’s also a modern dining area near the little thatch-roofed bar.
Note that Baan Bophut prefers not to accommodate small children. Directly across the street, Elysia Boutique Hotel is another classy and slightly less expensive option with a pool and no sea views. Neighbouring Waterfront Boutique Hotel is also a solid option, with freestanding air-con bungalows and a small pool beside the beach.
Address: 6/9 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (077) 245 733;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'58.9" E, 9º33'34.07" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,700 baht||3,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,200 baht||3,700 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||3,500 baht||4,000 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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