The Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is a gorgeous five star hotel located on a quiet stretch of beach in beautiful Koh Samui, Thailand. This family-friendly hotel in Koh Samui is simply stunning, with beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, and elegant southern Thai architecture. The 106 rooms and suites are stylishly decorated and are all a short walk from the infinity pool that boasts sea views over Bophut beach. There is a choice of restaurants and plenty of activities to keep everybody entertained, if they can ever drag themselves off the sunlounger.
From the moment we arrived and the kids were greeted with gifts of t-shirts and toys from Customer Relations Manager, Ten, we were well looked after and made to feel very much at home in this five-star luxury hotel in Koh Samui.
Bedtime at the Anantara Bophut
There are 106 rooms in the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui, ranging from Garden View and Sea View rooms and suites, to the fabulous Beachfront Pool Suites. Our home for our 4-night stay was a Junior Garden View Suite, which easily accommodated the whole family, with plenty of room for a sofa bed and rollaway bed for the kids. Our suite offered direct access onto the beautiful gardens and was just a few steps away from the swimming pool.
Our room at this luxury Koh Samui hotel was elegantly decorated in a contemporary style, interspersed with Thai accessories and furnishings. There was a small lounge area with sofa, (although this was turned into my daughter’s bedroom area), and writing desk.
I was particularly impressed with the mod-cons, such as a Nespresso machine, iPod docking station – and even a separate wine fridge for storing your duty free champagne! We also loved all the little touches that helped make us feel at home: the welcome message scrawled across the mirror on arrival and the towel monkey holding a message from housekeeping written on a leaf.
The bathroom and dressing area was spacious, which is always a bonus when you are travelling as a family – so plenty of space to store our suitcases, and double sinks meant no fighting over brushing our teeth in the morning! A gorgeous deep bathtub made for a fun bathtime, although my kids were just as happy playing in the large walk-in shower.
The only disappointment in our room was the outdoor ‘terrace’, which was really more of an entrance foyer. Although it had a table and chairs, there was no view and no outdoor light, meaning it is not really somewhere you would choose to sit and relax at anytime, and would not really be an option for somewhere to spend an evening when you put small children to bed, as we have often done in other hotels.
Playtime at the Anantara Bophut
The absolute highlight of this beautiful family-friendly hotel in Koh Samui is its swimming pool. Wow. We loved it! The stunning infinity pool has gorgeous sea views, plenty of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore, and water fountains to play in. My favourite feature was the Jacuzzi ‘beds’, where you could lie down in the pool and feel pampered (when my kids weren’t climbing all over me of course). Oh, and did I mention there was a swim-up bar? Oh yes.
We never had a problem getting a sunlounger, and the views from around the pool were just incredible. I kept hopping off my sunlounger to take photos every few minutes!
If you can drag yourself away from the pool of this luxury Koh Samui hotel, there is also a stunning beach to walk along or play on (although the sand here is quite coarse, which can hurt your feet after a while). The Anantara Bophut Koh Samui also has kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available free of charge for guests to explore the local area, in addition to paid watersports and boat charters for snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing or island hopping.
There’s also a tennis court, fitness centre, and other fun activities on offer, such as cooking classes, cocktail mixing classes, yoga and Thai boxing.
But of course what every parent of small children wants to know – is there a kid’s club? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that yes there is. The Baan Ling Noi Children’s Club has a fun outdoor area, with sandpit, trampoline and slides, as well as plenty of toys, games and DVDs in the air-conditioned comfort.
A full activities programme includes a range of arts and crafts, cooking and physical activities, including T-shirt painting, balloon art, pizza making, and Thai dancing. Because the resort is so small, we were happy to leave the kids playing at the kids club, and the staff would bring them to the pool to find us when they had had enough.
Dinnertime at the Anantara Bophut
You have a choice of three restaurants at the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. The signature restaurant, the Full Moon boasts a fabulous setting overlooking the resort infinity pool and out to sea. Open for both lunch and dinner, the Full Moon specializes in chargrilled meat and seafood, with delicious sounding starters such as Peruvian Ceviche, Octopus Carpaccio and Gambas al Ajillo. The lunchtime menu also includes burgers, sandwiches and pizza.
We were a little disappointed to find that there was no Thai food on the Full Moon menu, as we had lunch here as soon as we arrived in Koh Samui and were keen to throw ourselves into the local cuisine. The staff were hugely accommodating though, and allowed us to order some Thai favourites such as Pad Thai, Thai Beef Salad, Glass Noodle Salad and Satay from the Ocean’s Edge (pool bar) menu.
We also enjoyed dinner one evening in the Eclipse Bar, which does good value set menus of Thai food, including curries, soups, salads and stir-fries. A selection of western sandwiches, burgers, pizza and tapas are also on offer here.
Breakfast at this family-friendly Koh Samui hotel is served every morning in High Tide. This is a generous buffet including an egg station and noodle station, with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. High Tide is also open for dinner, with a selection of Thai set meals and a la carte Western and Thai dishes.
The gorgeous Ocean’s Edge poolside/beachside bar has a spectacular view over the beach and out to sea and is a great place to chill out with a cocktail in the afternoon – or order food and drinks to be delivered to your sunlounger by the pool or on the beach. Ocean’s Edge also has a small menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and Thai dishes – we particularly liked the ‘buy a burger, get a free beer’ offer!
In the ‘hood
The Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is located right on beautiful Bophut beach. We loved how quiet this beach was during the day, and yet the Fisherman’s Village is just a short (2 minute) walk away.
Here you will find a few shops and a vast selection of bars and restaurants – we particularly loved Coco Tam’s beach bar, where you can order pints of cocktails and sit on a swing at the bar, lounge on cushions on the beach, or play pool with the ocean as a backdrop. We also had fabulous Thai meals at both Happy Elephant and Krua Bophut, where we dined on the beach with our toes in the sand.
Also on the beach in the Fisherman’s Village, you will find boat charter companies for trips to Angthong Marine National Park and Koh Tao for snorkeling and beach frolicking. Koh Samui’s most famous landmark, the Big Buddha Temple is just a 15 minute drive away from the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, and you can also organize golf at the nearby Santiburi Country Club, take a Land Rover tour off the beaten track, or check out one of the island’s water parks. Plenty to keep you busy.
We completely loved the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort and desperately didn’t want to leave at the end of our too-short 4-day visit. It was so quiet and peaceful that we immediately felt relaxed as soon as we arrived, and yet there was enough to do to keep the kids entertained – from the kids club, to the watersports activities, and of course that fabulous swimming pool.
We loved the location on a stunning and quiet beach, and also loved that it was just a short walk away from the shops, bars and restaurants of the Fisherman’s Village. The views from the swimming pool will be etched on my brain forever! I would definitely recommend the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui if you are on holiday in Koh Samui with kids and looking for a family-friendly Koh Samui hotel.
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Mum on the Move received a discounted media rate at the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui for the purposes of writing this review. This did not influence my review in any way, and all opinions expressed are honest, and my own.
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