Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Stayed 2010 October.
"We stayed in October 2010 and we found the hotel absolutely marvellous. It is the only place where we are thinking of returning as we like to go to different places. Even though the place needed some refurbishment the staff did their best to keep the rooms spotless. The food theme nights were very enjoyable. The Hotel staff were brilliant and the place was so relaxing. Mr & Mrs Fawcett."
- Travel date: 16th May 2012
beautiful hotel and rooms are fab but th...
"beautiful hotel and rooms are fab but the entrance could be a little better i have been going for the last 5 years and has not been decorated it is looking a bit tired now .All the rooms have been updated twice in that time but not entry . One and only complaint is the bar prices which are very high .We did frequrnt the bar as the band that play there are excellent unfortunately guests went out for drinks and bar was always empty as they said the prices were more than double but we thought the band were worth it .Everything else at the hotel is just fab spotless luxurious and the staff excellent always willing to help with a big smile .There are new Hotels being built in Choeng Mon now which we think could spoil it if too many are built but thats progress i suppose ."
- Travel date: 19th June 2008
My husband and I had our honeymoon here ...
"My husband and I had our honeymoon here and absolutely fell in love with Koh Samui and the Imperial Boathouse hotel. From the moment we arrived we were warmly greeted by the reception staff and given a welcome drink (like an apple tea) and some flowers. We had the honeymoon suite which was gorgeous with petals on the bed, fruit and a bottle of champagne. The hotel grounds are stunning and there is a lovely atmosphere to the hotel. The hotel is very clean. The staff will do anything for you and are very friendly The breakfast buffets are great with a selection of all sorts and waiters going round topping up your tea or coffee. The hotel is situated right on the beach so you can walk between the pool and the beach whatever you choose. We loved the beach there, quiet so could always find a nice spot, and there are also some lovely beach bars too, very laid back and relaxing. Was perfect spot for honeymoon but 5/10 mins taxi away you could go to the busier area for more restaurants. Would definitely recommend this hotel and Koh Samui - truly a beautiful place. "
- Travel date: 21st January 2008
We stayed in one of the boat suites in t...
"We stayed in one of the boat suites in the hotel and it was utterly superb. The attention to detail is second to none. Everything from the staff to the maintenance of the grounds is tremendous. We stayed in the month of September (rainy season) but never seen any at all. The weather was excellent and in the 90's every day. Do not be put off by booking in September...! The only things that I could say was are bit disappointing is the sea which was a bit murky but that could have been the time of season, and the distance into Chaweng, apprx 15 mins by car... Apart from that nothing to put you off booking this hotel.Overall, a great hotel in a truly magnificent setting."
- Travel date: 18th September 2007
Nice, But Nothing to Write Home About
"We concluded our five week Southeast Asia trip here. Stayed at some very nice places. We don't need much, and defintely not 4 or 5-star, but simple, clean, with some personal touch good - we like the boutique hotels with the personal flair. This a fairly dated verson of neaither, not boutique and not Hilton. Had nice flowered grounds and actual rice barges for the up-scale rooms, but the majority of the rooms typical multi-story motel flair in two big blocks at property border. Sits on nice bay that is quiet for families. Pool large. Breakfast in morning very good. Overall, not bad for simple, not flair guests, but with some exploration (web or while there) could find better."
- Travel date: 7th February 2007
"We were disappointed with the Imperial boathouse. We were upgraded on arrival to a poolside terrace room. It was rather dark and gloomy and the bathroom was in need of a complete overhaul. Tiles had been painted over , the fixtures and fittings were old and mould was growing in the corners. If you wish to make a booking ensure you stipulate a 3rd floor room as these have been renovated and are much better."
- Travel date: 3rd February 2007
Great Pool and terraces
"Myself and my partner stayed here in the new year 2007. We stayed in a Premier room which was amazing. It was large and well decorated with a large balcony (enough space for sunloungers and a table) The bathrooms were large with massive bath and seperate shower. The main pool area was lovely and large and there were always enough sunbeds to go round (despite some of the continentals STILL insisting on nabbing the best sunbeds early morning ggrrrrrrrr!!!!) Unfortunately the weather wasn't that great (we were there for a week and it was mainly overcast with some rain, although we did manage to get three good days at the end) However we made good use of the massages by the beach. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, we found we couldn't fault the hotel in any way. The resort itself is very quiet, but ideal for couples, there are a few hotels with restaurants and cheap bars along the beach. However, it was very easy to get into the main resort of Chaweng as the hotel puts on a mini-bus in the evenings for a very small amount which drops you right in the centre (10 mins away) however Chaweng itself is a bit tacky and not too dissimilar from the likes of Magaluf etc. There are some nice restaurants there however. The Samui Seafood restaurant on the main Chaweng Road is beautiful."
- Travel date: 29th January 2007
"I have stayed at the boat house in 2004,5 and 6. I believe the hotel is situated on the best beach in samui. The hotel staff are excellent and go out of their way to make your stay memorable. The beach restuarants at night are something else. To dine on the sand by candle light, with the sea lapping at your feet is truly romantic and an ideal place to accept a marriage proposal. With none such sentance forthcoming from his mouth could be the reason we visited samui another two times, when finally he uttered the most romantic line of marry me [--]!!! I am pleased to announce I am now sporting a rather beautiful diamond bought from Mr Woot at samui gems, who has promised to make our wedding rings when I finally drag him up the aisle. Go and stay at this hotel you will have a holiday of a life time."
- Travel date: 26th January 2007
Enjoyed our 9 nite stay
"We stayed in one of the boat suites - a converted rice barge. Our family of 4 consisting of 2 adults and 2 boys all had a bed to sleep on (youngest slept on sofa cusions on the floor). The hotel is beautiful and located right on the beach with a pretty view. The breakfast buffet was very good - met our American standards. Service was very accommodating as well. The two pools are quite nice, most people lounged around the larger pool, the boat pool, which was next to the beach. We never ate lunch or dinner at the hotel, instead ventured into town or ate at a beach restaurant which were numerous next to the hotel. Only complaint is that we did have small bugs in our bathroom but after buying a can of Raid and sparying each day they finally disappeared. Would recommend the hotel to families."
- Travel date: 11th January 2007
"I had a luxury room here which is worth paying that bit extra for as you get a stylish room with huge bathtub where you can sit in it & watch the TV and lovely furnishings. If your on a romantic break then book a boathouse itself as they are set in very pretty gardens. Food was great, entertainment in hotel was great and beach & pools were fantastic with a amazing monkey pool with huge monkey staues and elephant statues. Very romantic but good for single travellers as well as the staff make you very welcome. Great massges on the beach but avoid the hotel Spa which is over rated. A Koh Samui must to do is dine at the "On the rocks" restaurant at the Sila Evason Spa resort, as its one of the most amazing dining experiences of my life, I cannot recommend it enough. Also do pay more for a luxury cruiser boat to take you out to Ko Phan Nan islands as its worth it."
- Travel date: 4th January 2007
"we stayed at the imperial boat house for 12 nights in October and it was fantastic. The staff are friendly and helpful, the swimming pools are big and very welcoming! The rooms are excellent, the room we stayed in had a bathroom that allowed you look out over the balcony! The beach is also really nice, with plenty of beds to relax on. The food in the restuarant on the beach was lovely and very reasonable. Ko Samui itself is truly wonderful, there is so much to do and see. We went to the aquariam and tiger zoo and had our photo done with a huge tiger and then a sealion! We fed the turtles as well. We did a fantastic jeep tour, it took us all throuh the rain forest, showing you all the views from high up, warning though if you do not like bumpy jeep rides, this is not for you! However you do get the chance to ride the elephants, our elephant was called Bang Bang and he made up for the bumpy, scary jeep ride! We also did a day trip to do some snorkling, which was excellent, the second island we stopped at was a private island that was simply stunning. A must is the cabriet show, very, very funny, if somewhat confusing!! I have not had such a good holiday before and will definetly being going back to this wonderful island."
- Travel date: 5th November 2006
Repeat Guest comments
"We are repeat visitors to this hotel and usually stay in one of the rice barge suites or superior rooms. This year we stayed in a superior room. The food has deteriorated from previous years. Quite simply it is nothing special. The rooms and the general hotel is tired looking and could do with redevelopment. There are a number of tiles missing from the swimming pools which need refurbishing On a positive note the staff are very attentive, polite and pleasant trying hard to please all guests. The location of the hotel on Choeng Mong beach is fantastic and away from the usual bustle and hustle of Chaweng. This is our sixth stay at the Imperial Boat house. I would like to see some refurbishment before we return."
- Travel date: 4th November 2006
Top traveller tips for Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui
"Just relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings of the beach, the pool etc."
Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui is also called
- Imperial Boathouse Hotel
- Imperial Boat House Beach Resort
- imperial boat hotel