I have booked my stay from 15 to 19 June in a seaview villa. This is my second night as I write this review. Prior to my arrival, I have communicated with the GM and he was prompt with his replies and what surprised me was he personally replied to my emails. He ensures that things are well taken care of and his team of staff are well-informed of the arrangements too.
I arrived late in the evening at the airport and was transferred by the hotel shuttle. You have to walk all the way out to the meeting area after clearing the immigrant before you could see people holding cards with names on it. You could book private transfer in the airport itself.
The journey to the hotel took about 5 mins. We were led to the lobby and the staff took care of the check in and we need not have to go to the reception at all. The staff explained everything in the package of our stay. We didn't have to wait long and after our welcome drink, we took a buggy up the steep slopes to our room.
We were given a room in the middle of the hillside. We had to walk a little to our room despite having the buggy. I guess that is compensated with the fantastic seaview we had when we got up in the morning. But for those with children and elderly, you may want to consider the rooms just above the pool. I'm feeling the strain on my knees already but I still prefer to climb than to take the buggy. Our luggages were sent to the room shortly after we were led to our room.
The room was amazingly big and beautiful. It is well kept and clean except for the permanent stains on the toilet bowel seat which i am feeling quite uneasy. Seaview villas are at second level hence the high roof ceiling.
For the slight difference in price, seaview villa is recommended compared to the hill view villa unless you don't mind facing the other rooms or rock wall, basically there is no view.
Wifi is free, the signal is strong and the loading speed is fast.
The GM had arranged for a birthday cake in our room to celebrate my wife's birthday. Thank you for the kind gesture.
The next day we requested for plates and cutlery to be sent to the room for our cake. I was again surprised that they were sent in 5 mins. Kudos to the F&B team. My room is really away from the main tracks and he could make it in a short time.
There is a wide spread of food for breakfast. We had a great breakfast before we started our activities.
The swimming pool was nicely designed with jacuzzi pool and well maintained. It's a pity that it started to drizzle shortly after our swim. We went back to the room and we enjoyed the sea view. It's simply relaxing.
Apparently there is a change in timing for the shuttle bus Going to Chaweng and back. The slip we were given is different from the timing stated in the room information folder. We need not pay for the service. The last transfer from Chaweng back to hotel is 10.15 pm. Be at the pick up point least 10mins before the stipulated time in case you miss the bus.
Before I book the room, I read through the reviews and saw a few negative ones. However, it does not seem like those unpleasant experiences would happen at Nora Buri but perhaps due to misunderstanding.
Overall the design of the resort provides a sense of tranquility, peace and relaxation. Perhaps we would try the pool villa in the future for a different experience.
- 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