Zazen Koh Samui is wonderfully boutique in all aspects with a great beach location.
Zazen Koh Samui is Highly personalised and totally boutique in the truest sense. In the last two years, it has been lovingly (and expensively) enhanced subtly. A larger swimming pool and a more Thai contemporary style, yet the original charm is still happily there.
Located on the eastern end of Bophut, in our view, is one of the three best & longest beaches on the north coast of the island. The other two would be Mae Nam , also North Coast , and Chaweng on the East.
The airport is 15 minutes drive, the lively proudly raucous Chaweng area is about 20 minutes. At the opposite end of Bophut, you have the popular Fisherman’s Village restaurants and night market, about 5 5-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute daytime beach walk.
Zazen has 26 ground rooms, either facing the tropical gardens or beach.
All are spacious Junior Suite style with integrated step-down living space. All have King-size beds. The new eye-pleasing style reflects calm and tranquillity with a dash of Thai colour.
You have a choice of Tropical Garden Suites or Beachfront Suites, each with 50sqm. The Garden Villas are larger at 65sqm and particularly suggested if you are seeking extra bed space.
- A new rather attractive swimming pool – in style – length and location
- Popular beachfront restaurant and bar
- Regular yoga classes on a group basis (private sessions at a supplement)
- Non-motorised water sports
- The beach here is one of the best on the island, with an expansive sweep of fine soft sand
- At the far end of the beach, a 15-minute walk, you have the Fisherman’s Village restaurant/ shopping area
Zazen Koh Samui is instantly appealing. Impeccable style and meticulous attention to detail, complemented by some of the warmest and most heartfelt smiles you’ll find in Thailand.
We have dearly missed Zazen during its two-year enhancement. The original style and smile remain, but it has moved up a level.
he rooms are bright and contemporary, maintaining a distinct sense of destination. The new pool is a focal point rather than being hidden away. The gardens appear even more lush and tropical.
Many hotels claim ’boutique’ status without truly understanding the essence of understated luxury and personalized service – Zazen, however, truly delivers. It starts with delightful and ends with exceptional.
For us, it’s primarily a haven for romance and couples, though well-behaved children are welcome.
Samui can be easily circumnavigated in a day by car. Motorbike hire would be against our advice. The East Coast, particularly around Chaweng, is quite developed, offering numerous bars, restaurants, and shops. The North Shore is somewhat quieter.
The South and West coasts have inferior pebble rocky beaches but are more authentic in style with several attractive local villages. There are some waterfalls and ethical elephant camps. The neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao can also be visited as day trips or longer.
Why are there so many places in Thailand starting with Koh? Simple – it means island.
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Samui – Good, highly innovative hotels and some excellent dining options. The majority of the development has occurred in the north-west area of the island and the more expansive beaches.
Phangan, Koh Tao and Khanom are much less developed, it is like going back 30 years in time, with just a handful of hotels, and offers a true sense of adventure.
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