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Nora Buri Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   111 Moo 5 North Chaweng Beach | Tambol Bophut, koh samui, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #14 of 102 Hotels in Chaweng
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“Neglect the negative reviews.Just book it!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We booked a hillside room in this hotel for a week and I'm writing this review at the 6th night.room,view,service,pool,restaurant and everything is good except staff. They're not good, they are excellent! They do everything to make you satisfy.
Neglect the negative reviews.I think some people used to complain about anything. There's no bad smell, There's not 300 steps,there's no dirty bed,there's no impolite staff,..... in our experience.
The location is very good, it's near the chaweng but the distance make it quite.not to mention the free service to chaweng is available 5 times a day (need reservation for 12 seats).the taxi fare is 250 baht, and you can easily find cheaper.
I couldn't find real fresh joice for the breakfast, and I really don't know why pools become closed before 8.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Arshin,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Neglect the negative reviews.Just book it!!”

Thank you so much for your nice comments, I have passed them onto the relevant departments, It was a pleasure have you stay with us, and we do hope to see you again in the near future.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I had her wedding here in January 2014. We were absolutely blown away with how good the resort was and the level of organisation that went into our wedding. Most of our guests would also agree that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. I've summed up our wedding and experience of Nora below.

When we were looking for a venue, our shortlist was narrowed down pretty quick after we had spoken to Michelle on skype. We cannot recommend Michelle and the Nora team enough. They exceeded all our expectations and wont leave any detail untouched. We barely had to do anything other than turn up, Michelle and the team did the hard work.

Wedding
We had about 55 guests from all over the world. 90% of those guests stayed at Nora Buri, the rest stayed at resorts nearby. We had our legal wedding (we didn’t tell anyone about it) in Melbourne before we left, mainly because it was cheaper and it saved all the hassle of being in Thailand for an extended stay.

We chose to have our wedding and reception both on the lawn overlooking the beach. The inside venues are all pretty nice too. Nora was open to any set up and will try and accommodate anything. Just send her pics of whatever, and they’ll sort it out. We arrived only a day and half before the wedding. On the safe side, I would probably plan to come about 2-3 days. Gives you time to spread the appointments and relax. On the day we arrived, we had about 10 appointments, meeting Michelle and the team to finalise all the details, drinks, food menu, meet dj, photographer and video.


Accommodation
We rented the villa for the whole week we were there. Highly recommended (when else will you get a heavily discounted villa?). Was amazing to have our own pool etc. Most of our guests went for a hillside room. I stayed in one of those the night before the wedding, and the rooms are pretty big.

Entertainment
we went for the middle fireworks and fire dancers. Highly recommend both. Our guests were blown way and so were we. Some of the best fireworks I have ever seen.

Food
We customised the buffet to have a mixture of thai and a few other western dishes for the fussy eaters. You get a whole buffet and two live stations. One was a bbq and the other was pad thai. All our guests said the food was amazing. Taking our one live station wouldn’t make a difference I don’t think. There was so much food, that most people only made it to the pad thai station anyway.

Photographer and Videographer
We used Chu/aka Donudes for our photos. On the expensive side and a bit crap with email, but once we met him, we were relieved. He even came 4 days later and gave us our wedding book and all the photos on disk. We used ifunfilms for a video. I’m so glad we did, great guys and we love watching our short little clip.

Music - we hired a acoustic guitarist to play the cocktail reception and 1st hour of dinner. Then we had a DJ for 4 hours. The DJ came to meet us to get to know us the day before which was great. On the night, he was absolutely fantastic. He was an English guy who really got the crowd going and had a great selection of music for the young & old.

Outside wedding
The best part of our wedding was having all our guests in one place for a whole week. Seeing everyone at happy hour round the pool bar etc was great. The days after the wedding, Nora were great at helping to organise dinners for about 40 people in Chewang every night. The staff at Nora Buri were really friendly, and a special mention to Theresa at front desk, who was amazing throughout our whole stay.

The best thing I probably did, was book a sunset cruise the day before the wedding for all our guests to break the ice. Threasa at the front desk helped me organise this before I got there with a company/boat called Red Baron. We sailed around ko samui, had a lovely buffet and some drinks and was a great way for all our guests to get to know each other properly before the big day.

Hope that’s some help to anyone looking for having a wedding or stay at Nora Buri. Awesome hotel, awesome venue. Your in great hands with the team at Nora Buri.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is very true! However my wife & I have been married 36 years and have travelled extensively around the world during this period. At Nora Buri Spa & Resort we stayed in a Hill Side apartment over looking the beautiful Pools & out to Sea! To awake to this each morning was a great start to each day. The Resort is just so beautiful, peaceful & relaxing it speaks for itself, but what really makes this Resort so Special by far is All the staff! How they go about their duties you hardly know they are there until you leave your room and when you return it's all clean and tidy. When you do catch up with the staff it's Always with a very friendly greeting & smile this is the same all over this beautiful Resort. The piece of resistance for myself was on behalf of my wife who was recently diagnosed as a Coeliac / Gluten intolerant! Once the manager heard my wife was unable to eat any of the specially freshly baked bread displayed daily at breakfast he appeared most upset! He then approached the head chef & baker, arrangements were made the next day the Kitchen had a specially cleaned area & the following morning my wife enjoyed specially made gluten free bread for the remainder of our stay. Too say we were very impressed would be an understatement. A very Big Thank You (kob Koon krub) to Llloyd & All the wonderful staff at Nora Buri Resort & Spa for making our relaxing holiday in the sun just so special!

Room Tip: Pool & Sea view room made it special for us!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Paul,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Where Wedding creations are made on Ko Samui Island Nori Buri Resort & Spa”

Thank you for your review and I'm grateful that you choose Nora Buri Resort & Spa for this special occasion in your life! We are really happy that we made your wedding day so fantastic for you.

Love each other till the end, enjoy your life with love, be happy and give happiness to each other – best of luck for the life ahead..


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had an excellent stay in Nora Buri, the resort is absolutely fantastic, beautifully laid out and positioned. It is a hillside resort so there are a lot of stairs and hills which we loved but this would make it difficult for someone in a wheelchair. If you are a Thai food lover, try the resort's Green Curry, we always asked for mild. We ended up eating this every single day we were there!! It was the most amazing Green Curry we found in either Koh Samui, Bangkok or Phuket!!! The pools were just gorgeous and the pool bar staff excellent, all amazing food and cocktails! We would book here again without hesitation! The location isn't extremely close to the main streets but we picked it for this reason. We hired a scooter (Koh Samui is the only place in Thailand I've felt safe on a scooter) to get around on.

Room Tip: Try airport transfer by hailing your own taxi, the airport taxi charged us 1000 BAHT approx $30 AUD...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Teagan,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Top Pick for Koh Samui”

Thank you for spending the time writing your review, our thoughts are with you both, and we look forward to hosting and taking care of your every need on your next trip to Koh Samui.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stayed at Nora Buri for a week as part of a wedding group of almost 50 guests. The staff could not do enough to help us and make out stay as comfortable as possible, they remembered our names and our preferred drinks! The breakfast buffet was fantastic as was the beachfront restaurant with multiple dining options. Best of all was the Anodas Spa where you can be pampered to your hearts content in air conditioned luxury. We booked a Deluxe Hillside room which was the cheapest room in the resort and it was fitted out with a very comfortable king size bed and a luxurious bathroom that had a 5 star feel at an affordable price. We would definitely stay here again :)

Room Tip: Hillside deluxe rooms are the cheapest but they are excellent and are very close to the pool, swim u...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Theresa,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Highly recommended”

Thank you for your kind review, we try to treat everyone the same and we are really happy that we could satisfied you during your stay with us - we all look forward to welcoming you back.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This holiday is very happy because this hotel is so good! I was the first time go to koh samui ,there is a nice place to relax , you can easy to join some one day tour or you can try to enjoy the Thai spa ,or you can stay at your room with your love !

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Leisure holiday”

Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure having you stay with us here at Nora Buri Resort & Spa.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B, Maravilla
General Manager
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Mildura, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife, 3yo daughter and I stayed at Nora Buri as part of a wedding party for my wife's brother.

We had an excellent time, relaxing in the pools, the dining was superb and the service from the staff was amazing!

Prom was amazing, remembering our daughters name and literally RUNNING from the beach side of the resort to greet us whenever we were leaving or returning to the resort, the staff as a whole were only too happy to help with any request we had, and this made our stay so much more enjoyable.

I couldn't recommend Nora Buri highly enough as a relaxing and friendly place to base yourself when holidaying in Koh Samui.

Room Tip: Ask for a room closer to the pool, there are a lot of stairs on the path back to the room. If not p...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lloyd B, General Manager at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Zachary,

Greetings from Nora Buri Resort & Spa!

“Wedding Trip”

Thank you so much for your pleasant comments, we are so happy to hear that you have had a wonderful holiday with us and that you are pleased with the organization of Michelle & Zach wedding!

We hope you had a comfortable trip home and that you will return to see us again to enjoy your next stay with us here at Nora Buri Resort & Spa.

We thoroughly do our best to make Nora Buri Resort & Spa as professional, welcoming and comfortable as possible, ensuring the perfect ambiance throughout our Resort.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Address: 111 Moo 5 North Chaweng Beach | Tambol Bophut, koh samui, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#11 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nora Buri Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 144
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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