My girlfriend and I stayed three nights here, after trying Q Signature Samui in Choeng Mon where we secured a deal paying ~US$140/day for a base level room. As you would expect upon paying almost triple to stay at Nora Buri you do get a newer, better furnished resort with higher service levels. The question then, is the incremental amount commensurate with the additional quality? Well, evidently the answer depends on how much you're willing to pay and your own requirements.
Our room was well furnished, clean, with good linens and a fantastic private pool with a nice view. The TV was so-so, I wasn't really concerned as I don't often go to Thailand for their programming. We didn't really have issues with mozzies and had very peaceful nights.
We found the service to be on par with 5*s also, memorably when we invited our friends to enjoy our private pool we received a bag of about 7 additional fresh towels in reasonable time. Also the resort has two full-time "security / traffic" wardens whose sole aim in life is to ensure your road safety at the portion of the resort which intersects the road. I watched one bloke spend about 6 minutes shuffling the scooters around in their bays so you always had easy access to your hog. No doubt he spends most of his day doing this, and I should also mention that they also possess a snappy salute - I made sure I returned the gesture, even when manoeuvering my chopper into Samui traffic.
The included breakfast buffett was rather amazing, fresh fruit, juices and even a fresh section of honeycomb plate from which you could obtain honey (no angry bees thankfully). There was plenty of fresh cooked western meals also, which looked quite tasty. The breakfast was on par with our other favourite resort, Indigo Pearl in Phuket, which is no mean feat.
Great peaceful location, a short (but not too short) 5 minute scooter ride from the murky tourist trap of Chaweng which we tried to avoid. As mentioned previously, this resort is positioned on a steep hill in order to give all rooms a view of the beach. I didn't mind walking up to our Pool Villa at the top of the hill as I'm an athlete and eat hill sprints for breakfast, but if you're not keen on climbing everest three times a day then there is a free buggy service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Nora Buri Resort & SpaNestled comfortably in the Gulf of Thailand sits the elegant gem of Koh Samui, a small tropical paradise which offers a genuine aura of relaxation. A short flight from Bangkok and you land in the midst of white sand, teal water, vibrant coral reefs and a wealth of coconut trees, all complimented by a slow and simple life. Koh Samui represents the best of Thai island culture, with its biggest challenge being to find a resort that will allow you to make the most of its vistas. But this search is made easy by the recently opened Nora Buri Resort & Spa, with an outlook that will captivate our attention, dilute your problems and offer a true escape from an overzealous world. Located just 3 minutes from the International Airport, Nora Buri is easily accessible. It’s also modern, yet warm and inviting. From the outset you can see it has been designed with integration into the surrounding landscape in mind. It incorporates the greenery, the hilly terrain and a beautiful white sandy beach with ease. Its 144 rooms are configured to ensure diversity, making Nora Buri accessible to a range of budgets. From the simple Garden and Seaview rooms, right up to a masterful Pool Villa Beachfront Seaview, no matter what the occasion, there is a solution. The relaxed feel that engulfs the resort transfers to each of these rooms, with spacious warm tones being enhanced by a cool sea breeze flowing through. The modern comforts are also there, with 32” LCD TV, high speed internet and DVD players at the ready should you need them.Nora Buri personifies both the natural beauty of Koh Samui and the relaxed demeanor of its people. One look at the view experienced at countless vantage points here and your worries are no more. The resort is well conceived, well designed and well executed. It’s a truly magical place from which to explore this delectable gem of an island.•Deluxe Hillside Room 48 rooms•Deluxe Hillside Seaview Room 48 rooms•Pool Villa Hillside Seaview 28 rooms•Pool Villa Beachside 12 rooms•Pool Villa Beachside Seaview 4 rooms•Pool Villa Beachfront Seaview 4 rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nora Buri Resort And Spa
- Nora Buri Hotel Bophut
- Nora Buri Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand