The ever popular resort on Thailand’s Bophut Beach on the island of Koh Samui is quite unlike any other, from Bill Bensley designed tropical gardens which complement the charms of Fisherman’s Cove, to southern Thai architecture which reflects the local cultural heritage, and world class amenities enhanced by Anantara’s unique design touches.
According to Anantara Bophut’s General Manager, Mr. Manish Jha, the seven-month renovation project was designed to remodel the existing room types and public spaces and introduce new facilities to reinforce the resort’s hallmark charms. “Our guests now benefit from a wider choice of luxurious accommodations and enhanced food and beverage, relaxation and event facilities, all culminating in an impressive enhancement to the overall resort experience.”
Of the 106 guest rooms, the wide ranging overhaul saw the previous six room and suite categories increased to eight, and most categories changed. The Deluxe Garden View and Deluxe Sea View rooms were expanded from 32 to 36 square metres, thereby affording sufficient space for extra guest bed requests. With direct access to the beautifully landscaped indigenous gardens, the revamped 44 square metre Junior Garden View Suites are ideal for family holidays, accommodating up to three adults and a child. The suite categories were increased to five with two new Garden View and Royal Garden View suite types, offering spacious accommodation at 70 and 75 square metres respectively. The popular 80 square metre Anantara Beachfront Pool Suites’ facelift features a new 20 square metre private pool with superb beach and sea views and, as the name suggests, allow guests to step directly onto soft golden sands that are lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Siam.
Guests arriving prior to check-in time or who need somewhere to relax and refresh before departing to the airport for an evening flight, are well looked after in a brand new hospitality room with shower facilities and complimentary beverages and light snacks.
The food and beverage outlets also received a facelift, with the al fresco Full Moon restaurant switching Italian fare for contemporary Koh Samuian style char grill fusion cuisine, and Eclipse Bar taking on a more open, pub like ambience. Casual Asian fusion snacks and sumptuous sushi are served poolside at a new cocktail bar, complete with bean bags, shisha pipes and sweeping views across to Phangan Island.
The “catch of the day” gets a whole new personalised meaning at the refurbished Anantara Bophut Resort, as guests are invited to meet local fishermen on Bophut Beach at the end of a day of harvesting the ocean, to choose their favourite fish from the catch. From here the culinary team takes over to prepare the catch to perfection in a variety of ways, for the guests to savour at dinner.
Koh Samui is a paradise for kids and the new purpose built Baan Ling Noi (Thai for little monkey) Children’s Club offers a terrific range of unforgettably fun activities designed to motivate, develop skills and make new friends. Here pizza cooking classes, building sandcastles, playing mini garden soccer, hunting for treasures, trampoline jumping or making coconut paintings all keep the little treasures safely entertained for hours on end, leaving parents free to unwind.