My wife and I stayed at the Nora Beach for 12 nights in mid May, and found the Hotel to be meet most of our needs. It isn't perfect, but then few hotels are.
The resort is only ten minutes away from the airport, but only occasionally do you hear any noise from the airport. The resort is on a hillside that slopes down to a quiet beach Just to the north of Chawang Beach. The reception which includes a lobby bar, and an area containing 4 computers is at the top of the site, with the accomodation spread down the slope to the sea where there is a pool and the main restaurant.
We stayed in a Villa and this contained almost everything we required. The bathroom especially was impressive with a double bath, and a separate Shower. There was also a seperate shower outside the building. In addition to the normal things you expect in a good hotel room, they provided a torch, umbrellas and scales, presumably so you can avoid excess charges when you pack.
The little quibbles I had regarding the room were that there was little storage space, only 8 hangers and very little cupboard space so we effectively had to leave most clothes in our suitcases. As others have said the bed is on the hard side and takes some getting use to. There was a nice balcony at the front of the villa, but no view as you looked into the garden, this meant it was a little gloomy and humid.
We had breakfast everyday and found the selection of foods to be more than adequate. I can not understand how a few other comments have criticised the selection as i honestly can not think of anything that you could reasonable expect to have for breakfast that wasn't provide. We eat twice at the restaurant in the evening. One of the meals was very good, and the other less so. Both times there was a band playing live music while we eat.
We used the pool on most days and found it to be perfectly adequate, but not perfect. We never found a problem getting a recliner, but I can image that when the hotel is full it would be a real problem, as they were only 40 available round the pool plus a further 20 on the sand. There is a swim up pool bar which some guests liked, but i personally could live without. At times this spoilt the atmosphere as it sometimes played inappropriate music which disturbed more people than it entertained. The tiling round the pool was pretty lousy. We did use the pool service for drinks and one lunch, and found the service to be good, but a bit expensive, especially when there was a beach vendor providing fresh fruit (Pineapples etc) for 50Baht, a fraction of the cost you were paying inside the hotel.
In front of the pool is a nice quiet beach. The sand isn't as good as the sand at Chawang Beach and the sea isn't really deep enough to swim.
All the staff we came into contact with were very friendly and welcoming, and couldn't do enough for you.
The hotel also provides shuttle buses into Chawang Beach, which stop outside Tropical Murphys in the centre. At times they are free (10.30, and 15.00), and at other times a nominal charge of 50 Baht was charged (19.00). We also used the shuttle bus once to come back, but it's just as easy to get a taxi. We paid 200 baht each time we used them..
My one major criticism of the hotel was the cost of everything, especially as 17% was added to all bills to cover 7% Tax and a 10% service charge. I sure this partly must be due to a Governmental policy charging tax on top end hotels, as most smaller restaurants didn't charge this. This additional charge discouraged us from spending more at the hotel. Particularly as there were two mini markets 200 yards down the road from the resort (Turn left). Here you could buy beer, soft drinks etc at a fraction of the hotel prices. the furthest one was open 24 hours and has a ATM outside.
We found the hotel to be just a little too far out, although it is possible to walk to the very top of North Chawang beach. It about a 600 yard walk from reception. Turn left and walk past the two mini markets to where the road bends, then take the side road going downhill on the left. At the bottom of the hill go right, then left through the resort and on to the beach. Within about 100 yards you reach a group of restaurants on the beach, the busiest and best we found to be 'Your Place' We eat there 4 times and it cost around £20 for a 2-3 course meal for two with 3 cocktails each, at least half the costs at the hotel.
Overall we thought the Nora Beach to be a fine resort, so if you have booked to stay you will have a great time. It however isn't perfect, and there will be better hotels you could stay at, however as to which one depends on individual preferences. We did visit a few in Chawang, and whilst we didn't particularly like Chawang, the resorts on beach are at least 100 yards from the main road and seemed very good. The advantages of these resorts are that you are then within walking distance of a fantastic beach especially in the southern and central parts of Chawang Beach and close to lots of restaurants either on the Beach itself or in Central Chawang. We also Visited Fishermans Village in Bophut and found the selection of restaurants, bars and shops to be much more appealing to the main Drag in Chawang. There are a number of good resorts in this area which are worth considering, although the beach isn't as good.
- Also Known As:
- Nora Beach Hotel Chaweng
- Nora Beach Hotel
- Nora Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Nora Beach
- Nora Beach Resort And Spa Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand
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