3 July 2017

Hello Again!

Welcome to The Waterfront!

May and June have been fantastic months for us and July and August are destined to be too. Why do you think that is? Perhaps I can answer a few questions for you:

Where is Koh Samui?

Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It’s known for it’s palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and breathtaking views. It’s 25k long and 21k wide.

Tell me about Bophut and Fisherman’s Village

Bophut is actually a large postal area, so be careful if you are looking at hotels and actually want to stay in Fisherman’s Village itself. Fisherman’s Village is indeed a little village which mostly runs right along the beach with only a few little hotels, but lots of fantastic restaurants, bars and boutiques as well as tailors and spas of different sizes. Lots of guests have had their bodies massaged to perfection, their winter wardrobe made in the finest cottons and cashmere and tasted the delights of many an expert chef. There is also the added bonus of the very popular Friday Walking Street with its myriad of stalls and live music and, because they love it so much, our guests often try to include as many Fridays in their holiday as possible.

Will the weather be good?

Most of the year, the weather in Koh Samui is beautifully hot and sunny.

Is the hotel near the beach?

Our hotel is right beside the beach with a stunning view of the sea and outlying islands.

How large is the hotel?

It has eighteen rooms and bungalows of various sizes. Everything is easily accessible and we have a wide frontage with lots of sun beds on the beach and comfortable chairs and footstools in the gardens and around our saline pool. There is a great outdoor bar too with a 360 degree view. When the hotel is full, and with extra beds, we accommodate only 48 guests. Even then, a good proportion of the guests will be out touring or sightseeing and the atmosphere at the hotel is always leisurely and relaxing.

Is it very guest friendly?

Yes! Our guests are very important to us. We love to make them welcome. We’re not huge and impersonal here. No guest is a number. We know everybody’s name and always take the opportunity to introduce them to other guests. Many long-term friendships have been started in this way and guests often book the same time as each other the following year – and the following and the following . . . in fact many of our guests have also become our own dear friends.

What about the staff?

They have been with us for years and so love to welcome new guests so that they can show them how lovely it is because they are proud of their hotel. They also know all the return guests and become so excited about seeing them again. Our staff are like family to us and we think the world of them.

Is there a good menu?

Our served to order breakfast is available between 7.30am and 11am so that you don’t have to rush up in the mornings. We then serve scrumptious Thai and European food all day until around 6pm. We don’t serve later than that there are so many wonderful restaurants in the village which we visit ourselves on a regular basis. In fact, Robin always marvels at how a similar restaurant venue, right beside the sea in say, the South of France, would definitely be far more expensive.

What about the accommodation?

All our accommodation has air-con as well as a fan and is constantly well maintained. It is cleaned on a daily basis and has bathrobes, safes, tea and coffee-making facilities, bath and beach towels, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton buds, adaptors, a lighter for the candle outside, (there is also an ashtray on the balcony table as well as many other outside areas around the hotel, but we ask you not to smoke inside the rooms for safety as well as other guests’ comfort), and notes about the hotel and the village. Although the candlelight is romantic, our grounds have many soft lights in the evening including a beach light, so the ambience is very beautiful.

So, is it easy to book?

You can book direct on the Book Now page of our website on www.thewaterfrontbophut.com, click on the ‘contact us’ button on the same page or send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates on robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com and he’ll write straight back with our availability. It’s good if you like the personal touch and he can answer your questions too. Agents like Booking.com, Agoda and Expedia also feature us and may appear to be offering a lower price, but we can assure you that their prices are exactly the same once they have added taxes, etc.

Do you have any offers at all?

Yes, this year we offered a 10% discount in May and June and are also offering it from
1 September to 21 December. If you’re thinking of coming soon, why not come in September? It’s a glorious month with beautiful weather and very relaxing too as there are less visitors on the island.

When we arrived to start our new life on 6 August 2003, there were only 4 staff members. Although we have more staff now, of course, the original 4 have still remained with us, but not for much longer as Khun Yen, our Head Gardener, and his lovely wife, Khun Serm, originally a Room Maid and now a Receptionist, are retiring and returning home to Isan in the North of Thailand. We shall miss them immensely, especially Robin and I, as they have been a huge part of our adventure. Guests will remember watching Khun Yen pruning shrubs in the garden, chopping down coconuts from the palm trees or sweeping the beach. They will remember laughing with Khun Serm or thanking her endlessly for her expert babysitting talents. A couple will not be more missed and we wish them well in their retirement.

Gail and Fred recently returned to stay after 6 years and enjoyed it just as much as before. Tom and Sue from Scotland are returning yet again shortly and I had promised to be there, but alas I have been delayed in the UK due to family commitments. So very sorry, Sue and Tom! Really pleased that Jon from the USA is there again, this time with his son, and Stig and Torill from Norway are coming back yet again on 7 July which is lovely.

Why don’t you come and stay too? We’d love to see you!

Until the next time, take good care of yourselves,

Best wishes