Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hotels



Our stay in Anantara's Beachfront Pool Villa.


A few days ago I got really unexpected but really amazing early birthday present - one night stay in Anantara's Beachfront Pool Villa in Bophut. 

I do love Anantara. I know some tourists find that something here is not right and something there is not right, but for me - they are doing everything right. I really like it.

We go there every year for Valentine's dinner, because it's too yummy and a good value, I love they bar where you can sit on the swings while sipping a coctail, their breakfast is great, the pool is amazing, the garden is beautiful, and I could go on and on and on...

Anyway, this time it was a very special stay. We left our baby with a babysitter for 1 night, and off we went.

We checked in about 1 pm, we immediately greeted by lovely staff, who gave us some nice tropical drinks and cold towels. Then they took us to our villa. 

The villa has completely exceeded my expectations. It is new ( they have just opened them before 
X-mas), it's right on the beachfront, so the views are to die for. The swimming pool is a very good size and has got a beautiful terrace with 2 sunbeds and a table with chairs. 

Inside this villa is kind of state of the art - I totally fell in love with it. The bathroom especially - it's amazing, it consists of 3 parts - big room with a huge bath in a middle and 2 sinks on the side, then indoor shower with a rain shower and also outdoor shower. The toiletries are in big beautiful bottles , from an aromatherapy range - Frangipani Shampoo, Lemon Conditioner, Orange Bath Foam...

The walk-in wardrobe room had everything you can wish for - bathrobes, slippers, flip-flops, ironing board and an iron, hairdrier, lots of clothes hangers, personal safe, even a yoga mat.

But the kitchen has surprised me the most - they've got an LG washing mashing there, an electric cooker, microwave, huge refrigerator, coffee-maker, tea kettle, lots of different teas and coffees ( not instant coffees, mind you), and of course lots of plates, frying pans, saucepans, cups, glasses, cutlery....they thought of absolutely everything. You can actually live here for weeks, and cook, and do your washing, and do everything you need to do. I wish it was cheaper though :-) But it's totally worth it!!! 

The living room/bedroom had an absolutely enormous bed with lots of comfy pillows, and sofa with a coffee table, small "office" corner , and a big flat screen LED Samsung TV. Basically everything you need. 

The only thing which I wasn't too sure about - there were those small plants growing on the edge of the pool, which are kind of supposed to keep your villa private, so on the one hand you wish they were bigger, so you can be sure that no one can see you from outside,  but at the same time big plants will block your amazing view, so we couldn't actually come up with an answer or solution - what is the best thing to make the villa totally private and keep an unobstructed seaview at the same time... 
Apart from this tiny thing, which actually didn't bother us at all ( we are not the shy ones :-)  but could be an issue for other people, apart from that everything was more than perfect. 

We had a lovely stay, and I want to thank all the well-trained professional staff of Anantara, GM Mr Manish with his great sense of humour and ever helpful manager Sebastian for making these 2 days absolutely perfect! 

Now - some pictures from this beautiful place...


The entrance from the beach.






The terrace and the pool.






My five o'clock tea :-)



Villa inside:







Amazing bathroom










We loved the bath :-)




Beautiful full length mirror




Walk-in wardrobe




The kitchen





Late night reading...




Amazing views...Bophut has many great boats...







Anantara's activities




Bophut's sunsets - just outside of the villa



Hotel's garden






Tennis Court



That could be my new dress :-)




The big pool 



The Full Moon restaurant.



And two very sweet late nigh touches...

Complimentary dessert



And..."have a pleasant dream...." :-)



Hope you liked it as much as we did!


12 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that looks absolutely divine! Really huge villa and the pool is a lovely size (some of them are really the size of a bathtub) to have a swim around in.

    I agree about the privacy thing - I think I'd love to keep the beach views :-)

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  2. Absuloutely amazing, it actually looks better than everything they present in their own site!
    I'm sure you had a great time!

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  3. Yes, this is a very special place, very new, very beautiful, and well thought of...

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  5. Hello Elina,

    I have just read your blog and saw your beautiful pictures. I understand you live on the Island Koh Samui and work in the travel industry.
    In that case I would like to ask you if you would help me booking our summer holiday (August) at Koh Samui.

    Like to hear from you.

    With Kind Regards

    Kirsten Vreman

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  6. No problem, Kirsten. I have a travel agency and villa rental company, so I can organise whatever you need - hotels, villas, bungalows, tours, excursions, car rent, anything really ... Please contact me to samuiconnection@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Elina,

    the place you stayed looks totally out fo this world. We are planning to travel to Koh Samui at the end of september. think its okay if I mail you a few details, as you said previously that you canhelp with bookings?

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  8. Yes, sure, we do all these bookings.

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  9. Thanks Elina, for the stunning pics and the memories! We stayed at the Anantara Bophut hotel for one week in December 2010, before the villas had opened.The place and people are very, very special! We are planning another trip in 2012. Regards Saan and Shireen from Cape Town, South Africa.

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  10. Yes, it is a lovely place, if you have a budget - try to get a villa next time, they are stunning!

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