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“A perfect peaceful & romantic hideaway” 5 of 5 stars
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X2 Kui Buri
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   52 Moo 13 | Ao Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77210, Thailand   |  
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4.5 of 5 stars 140 Reviews
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A perfect peaceful & romantic hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you need a peaceful hideaway, close to virgin nature and far enough from the vibrance of busy city, X2 Kui Buri will be a great fit.

With its exceptionally not-so-popular location, this resort is something I totally fond of at the very first sight. Its designs, functions and concept are exceptional. Anyway, its almost secret location is something that you will find a little tiring driving and finding it on the map!

Hotel's location itself will be a problem for those who want choices of food beside hotel's menu since the nearest city with 24-hr 7-11 is almost 30 minutes driving away :( So, midnight snack is gone off the list in my trip.

I would say that X2 recharged me perfectly, after months of hard work. A perfect idea for honeymooners! Great place to go!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manama, Bahrain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It's clear to any frequent holidayer, that whoever designed this wonderful small hotel put a great deal of thought into the exercise. The villas (mine with private pool) were a textbook example of contemporary minimalist design but at the same time wonderfully comfortable. Everything was in the right place, a Phd in nuclear science was not required to be able to operate the lights or air-con! The architecture and interior design are exceptional.

The staff are welcoming, sweet and extremely helpful however be warned, English skills are a little lacking so expect to have to repeat things and deal with the odd slightly muddled request.

Food is very good at this quite remote (forget any ideas of popping down the beach to a quaint seafood restaurant- you'll be walking for days!) resort so chances are you will mostly eat in. What could move this resort from being "very good" to "excellent" is a more expanded menu - after a 4 night stay options are running rather thin.

If you need to kick back and completely relax only a few hours drive from Bangkok and you love exceptional design, X2 is the place for you!

Room Tip: Choose a private pool villa and ask for one with the additional outdoor seating area - perfect!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doha
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

X2 is a stunning architectural project that would be stand out development in any country around the world. The owners have poured their heart in to creating a tranquil, yet funky environment to provide a haven from the city without having to return to nature. 

The resort has a cool vibe that is accompanied by a similar philosophy about the experience. The place is a visual masterpiece from the private villas to the striking bar / restautant and outdoor reception. 

Unfortunately that is where it ends.  Whilst not an unpleasant or bad experience it was nowhere near the hype the onwers have generated on their website or in room literature. 

Before going into detail I would want to provide a brief summary. The experience can be compared to walking into Manchester United only to treated to a performance from your local pub team. That is not the fault if the players or in this case the staff, but as in football, the blame lies with the manager.

The resort operates with a default 'Do Not Disturb' policy. Seems good and welcome, but it means that you are on your own. So when I requested to provide another pool towel (only one was in my room on arrival) these were provided but the full bin was not replaced nor the mini bar topped up (not even the free water when temp is 30+ and humidity 60+).

When I say the resort is remote it is REMOTE!!!  

The end of the road.

Nothing.

Great, but the moment you run out of something you are buggered unless you have a car and spare hour or two to drive to go get it. Although being in a highend resort that has 'no rules' that is aimed at pampering you and provide with a relaxing luxurious experience, you'd think you could get what you want when you want. 

No!!! Forget it!!!!

After 2230 the place is closed. Lights iff even. Nothing. So when you want a glass of wine or fancy a little midnight snack forget it!!! The staff will try, and they do try then disappear, forget it.

Go hungry. Go thirsty. Go without. Just go to sleep and wait for breakfast and remember to stock up before 2230 wheb the staff disappear into the blackening night.

Local pub team remember......

Nothing is available AT ALL!!

Not even a bottle of water.

Especially as by the admission of the owners in the in room literature the water is not suitable for drinking. 

The bar and restaurant are good. Clearly good chefs, but service again local pub. First night my girlfriends meal was served. Mine followed 20 mins later only after asking. In a busy restaurant that would be possibly forgivable, but there were less than 10 people at the resort not even in the restaurant!!!

The lack of understanding of what a guest requires manifests itself in the room. The wardrobe is an under counter cuboard not sufficient to hang a shirt let alone trousers or a dress.The lighting is architectural and visually effective throughout, but nit powerful enough in the bathroom for a shave. The place is clearly neglected by the owners. The climate here is unforgiving and taken its toll on sime materials, especially the wooden decking which is decaying rapidly and is in place ready to fall apart and break an ankle. 

There are other things that have taken the shine of something as architects we were bursting to experience.

To sum up. X2 is a great idea and as a design concept and vision is fantastic. It is a great sight and visually exciting. It is up there with some of the best. As a hotel and resort though it is does not deliver and can be ranked with other mediocre and average places in any city in any country.

Very very disappointed.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Let me start by saying that I love in X2 resort kuiburi area. I was there for 1 day with my mother we are very happy for the great views and wonderful place to relax.The service was awesome,everybody was friendly and helpful,The breakfast was wonderful,I'd certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

I love it when a hotel is thoroughly thought out with all the details to make a stay perfect are in place.
The minute you arrive you realize that you're someplace special. The design is sublime. The staff is efficient and friendly. Little things
like having electrical plug easily accessed next to the bed. Fast
and easy to use Wi-Fi access.
Can't wait to try some of their other hotels.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

At about 4 hours drive from Bangkok this place is close enough for a weekend away, but just far enough to keep it off the map for most, so if you want peace, quiet, nature, and great design in a relaxed setting, come here. The property is six years old and starting to show it which might put some off, but considering the natural materials and the way it seamlessly integrates with the beautiful setting, you can kind of overlook that and chalk it up to patina. Staff are friendly and the place is (small) dog friendly. If you are looking for restaurants or any kind of nightlife, don't come here. The restaurant is fine, nothing exceptional, and there are no other options. Bring a stack of magazines or a good book, sit by the pool, go for a walk on the beach (where you will see no one), sip a mojito, play some pétanque, and let the stress melt away...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Europe
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Took a relaxing 4 hours drive (with a quick lunch break) from BKK to reach this hidden paradise. The open planned design of the communal area provides an extremely pleasant and liberating feel and allow children (and our four legged companions) to roam freely but safely. We booked into the beach front villa number 3 and the minimalist theme continues into the private living area. Seems that all villas come with a private pool though the ones of the 2 beach front is somewhat wider in size.

We spend 3 nights here and ate nightly at the 4K restaurant which serves reasonable price/quality ration dishes. The variety is also impressive and some popular thai dishes can even be ordered off the menu.The closest decent restaurant is +10 km away (one way) so a car is needed for those who wishes to eat out.

The resort's private beach is kept tidy and clean though is somewhat rocky and hazardous to enter the sea.

Most appreciated was the helpfulness and friendliness offered by the staff who were always proactive , polite and sincere in their willingness to help.

If we do make it back we plan to combine a trip to the railway track market of Samut Songkhram
which is en-route from BKK and, with out hesitation , book back into villa number 3.

Room Tip: All rooms (except the 2 floors family villa) are suitable for people with limited mobility. Beach f...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 52 Moo 13 | Ao Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77210, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Prachuap Khiri Khan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — X2 Kui Buri 4.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
X2 Kui Buri Resorts is designed and built with a primary goal that they must "satisfy the spirit". This is partly achieved via architectural design, but more importantly through natural beauty of the location and the meshing of the structures with the canvas provided by nature. ... more   less 
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