A friend’s wedding had brought us to Koh Samui, a tropical island in Thailand. The wedding was held at the glamorous Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa in Bophut. Most of the guests stayed at the same hotel while others stayed closed by. We stayed at a small resort called Saboey Resort located in between Bophut and Chaweng.
We experienced a bit of a drama within an hour of arriving, with me, leaving my bag in the taxi! A bag with all of my identification and money! When we realised at check in, a hasty scramble and we were on a chase from the hotel, back to the airport and then to the location of the taxi. Much gratitude to the hotel staff, airport taxi service and the driver, we were able to locate the within 30 minutes. They were all fantastic. A relief, I think so! And, to celebrate our short lived drama, we ate burgers and guzzled mojitos by the pool. I’m glad to say, the rest of the trip was a dream.
Saboey Resort was genuinely homely, we were greeted by the same hotel staff each day and would often bump into the manager Jon for a quick chat during breakfast. The villas and rooms surround the infinity pool and bar area, which also happens to overlook Bangrak beach. Sunset was beautiful. In between wedding party commitments we would escape to the pool area for a sneaky little cocktail from the White Bar and cool off in the pool. Aside from more of a personalised service, one of the best things about staying in a smaller resort is the short walk from the room to the pool and reception area! The hotel assisted us in hiring a scooter during the stay and it was uber handy in getting ourselves around the island. 10 minutes to Fisherman’s Village and 15 minutes to the nightlife in Chaweng.
I found Saboey to be a photogenic resort, in an imperfect way. I took more than a few photos and here they are in, I guess you could say a photo diary.