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Broadbeach Waters, Australia
February 25, 2006
The Lodge is a great little place right on the beach, with only about 8 rooms, and 2 "Pent Huts", in total. It offers all the luxuries, such as air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, in-room safe, and all with ocean views.
Because we had not pre-booked we probably had the worst room in the house, as it was near the little bar, but it was still great. It was comfortable, with polished timber floors, white walls, timber furnishings, and it had its own terrace.
The cost for a double was 1200 for the night without breakfast. A bargain!
It fronted a lovely strip of sand and was very quiet, and low key even though it was in the centre of the village. This was a bonus as it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to nearly all the restaurants.
There was even a little pavilion on the beach where you could have a massage or get your nails done. Who can resist that when on holidays?
This would definitely be my choice on my next trip.
From journal Not Quite My Idea of Paradise
Orange County, California
December 9, 2001
This is in a very quaint kind of high-end fishing village location, a little place called Bo Phut (or westernized, Bophut).
This is a village where those who choose to flee after experiencing the busier, sometimes seedier, okay, actually, thai-prostitute-infested, Cha Weng (westernized Chaweng) and Lamai, are directed.
There is a patio bar that will serve you all day (and almost all night) long, drinks and food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, in your room, in the bar, on the beach patio tables or in your lounge chair (on the patio or on the beach), it's up to you.
Aside from being one of the newest places in Bophut, this place is in the heart of the village. There are many accomodations to be found in Bophut, but very few are right there on the main little street, and so intimate.
Most, unfortunately, are a very long walk down the beach, going way past the village (where the road, shops and restaurants end). Builders just kept going all the way down the beach until they hit the end. Away from the cute little village area, you will find, for the most part, these huge sprawling hotel complexes that face up the beach but they only have a few oceanfront bungalows while the rest of the compound sprawls way, way back, against one of the main circle roads of the island. (I think part of these places - out by the road - are even in another village!)
Note: Next door is the only remaining "dog hut" style housing left in, it seemed, all of Samui. Definitely still a quaint part of the island.
From journal Samui - Spa Resort Island Retreat