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Samui Buri Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 30 Hotels in Mae Nam
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Samui Buri”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for 12 nights earlier this month, and can honestly say we had a lovely holiday, we booked the holiday at short notice, and was concerned that we may have made the wrong choice, as it happens, no we hadn't. The hotel was lovely, the staff very courteous and attentive. We stayed in a deluxe room with shared pool access, which we loved, it was clean, and very spacious, and gave us everything we wanted, including 4 bottles of water every day, and the citronella oil in the bathroom each night was a nice touch. The air con was good , not too noisy, which made for comfortable nights. We only ate one evening meal at the hotel, which was good, but found equally good food, outside the hotel. The only down point was that the bar in the reception area was never open, we would have used this for pre or post dinner drinks had we had the option. I can't understand why other reviews have said the beach was small, we walked for a long time and only covered probably half of it, thankfully there are beach bars to relax in along the way. Buddha Bar being our favourite, we spent a lot of afternoons there. Eating out is no hassle with so many good places to choose from, we ate Thai food all the time, and was never disappointed, Harry's, Luna Hut, Kuna Anna, John's Garden, were all really good.
For trips out, go and see Luna at Luna Hut, she can arrange anything you want, at reduced costs. We went to Koh Tao and Koh Nang yuan, and to Anthong, and also had Luna herself drive us around the island, for a less touristy trip. We took the free shuttle bus to Chaweng, and only stayed 1 hour, far too busy, and commercialised, jet skis filling the beach, we were so glad to get back to the tranquility of Mae nam. Would we go again ? Definitely
We noticed that someone posted that the "manager" was not very forthcoming, this we can agree with, although all of the staff, even the gardeners always greeted us when ever we passed by , the manager didn't, perhaps he wasn't the manager after all, (slim dark haired young chap), just an "hello, how are you" would go along way.

Room Tip: Deluxe pool access room was really nice
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Dear Meandlittleted,

Thank you for a wonderful comment you gave after long stay at Samui Buri Beach Resort. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Our aim is to service the guest to their highest satisfaction.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Great hotel with very friendly staff and a beautiful setting.
Reception area was great although the bar there was never open during our stay.
The infinity pool was brilliant and the swim-up bar a welcome respite from the swimming!!
Small private beach where a few vendors come each day (try the fresh pineapple and chicken satays/spring rolls)
A few good places to eat nearby (La Luna and Harry's on the landside and CocoRicos on the beach which was one of our favourites) and all much better value than the hotel - why do hotels charge so much more for food and drinks than the local places??
Our room (bungalow style with plunge pool) was good but would have preferred one large bed rather than the 2 doubles we had. Shower and bathroom a bit dated and aircon very noisy.
Generally I loved the hotel but it could do with a bit of money spending on the rooms in particular.
The staff are all very friendly and you'll be pushed to find a gym with a better view!
Breakfast buffet is very good and again the setting is excellent.
Could definitely have stayed here longer!

Room Tip: Not sure it's really worth paying for the rooms with the plunge pools as we didn't ever use...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Cameraman G,

Thank you for your time comment on Samui Buri Beach Resort. I am glade to hear good things from you which always a pleasure to received one. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

Look forward to welcome back to Samui Buri Beach Resort in near future.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights, and our experience was exceptionally good. The hotel is located in a quiet area, so it was very relaxing. They have an oceanfront restaurant: the food is ok, not extraordinary. There are a couple of places close to the hotel with cheaper and better food. We liked the pool overlooking the gulf and freshly made pina coladas (the best we ever tried). The beach is small, clean and quiet. Super close to the pier. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dear Yuliya K,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your visit at Samui Buri Beach Resort. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I have written about this location before but only from the point of view of the restaurant. On this trip I stayed at the hotel for the weekend so feel comfortable reviewing the rooms and the hotel as a whole. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The rooms are well maintained and comfortable. I would definitely recommend the Samui Buri Beach Resort to friends and family and I would stay there again. It is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the party crowd so if you are looking for that you may want to look at one of their properties in Chewang Beach.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear HR Dude,

Thank you for your time comment on Samui Buri Beach Resort as a recommended hotel in Maenam area. I will share and pass on positive comments to all staff.

Hope to welcome you back to Samui Buri Beach Resort soon.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Just came back from 4 days at the Samui Buri Resort, where we my husband and I stayed to break our trip from Europe to New Zealand. We found the resort very pretty. The lobby is spacious and beutifully decorated. The tropical garden is gorgeous and perfectly mantained. When we checked-in the staff were nice and helpful, they showed us both a villa and a pool-access room which we choosed as it seemed more private and quiet. It turned out that we were the only guests in that row of five rooms so it was even more private. We loved the room, which was very big and comfortable. The bed instead was rather small. We used the resort's spa for a massage and manicure and loved it, we also booked the thai cooking class - great experience and very useful if you love thai food! The chef who gave the class was amazing and took the extra time to answer all our questions. We both felt the resort could easily bocome a 5-star with some light renovations! There is only one thing that was really disappointing and that is the restaurant service. Although the breakfast was good, even if not excellent, our dining experiences (two lunches and one dinner) were mediocre, and not what we were expecting at all. Our dinner the last day was particuraly disappointing, the fish (which was the night's reccomendation) was very dry, and the whole dish lacked in taste, quality and quantity. The two lunches were also just avarege. We thought it was a real shame as the resort is otherwise very high standard. Finally, we thought it was a bit strange that who seemed to be the manager would wander around the resort giving instructions to his staff without welcoming or even acknowledging the guests. I would reccomend the Samui Beach Resort - but suggest to dine somewhere else!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Lvi NZ,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Samui Buri Beach Resort. I am sorry to find that your experience did nit meet your expectations. Please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. Therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropiate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

It is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Two wonderful and relaxing vacation wheeks in August! Very friendly and helpful employees! Beautiful Hotel, big and clean rooms, wonderful beach, very good and friendly service everywhere in the hotel! Good breakfast buffett, lots of different trip offers, shuttle service...... It was a perfect holiday and we will sure be back!!! :-) Thanks to all the staff at the Samui Buri who made our stay such a success!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Bettina,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at Samui Buri Beach Resort. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff.

Look forward to welcome you back to Samui Buri Beach Resort in near future.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

My boyfriend and I have been on numerous holidays over the years and never have we felt compelled to write a review on here. We visited the Samui Buri on August 7th for four nights after staying in Bangkok and en route to Australia.

I can’t speak highly enough of the staff, especially on reception. They assisted us with taxi’s, trips, gave us an hour’s free wifi and even upgraded us to the rooms with the shared pool one off the balcony. The rooms are really spacious, clean and tidy and well accommodated. Ping Pong and the lady with the bob hair cut, Cuen (I don’t know how to spell her name) and the staff by the pool were also extremely friendly. I wish the same could be said for the evening restaurant staff, we ate there on the first night because we arrived late and it was convenient. The food was average at best, the service was poor, we had to go and ask if we could order our drinks and then we had to go and find them again to order food. If you are looking for great Thai food then Poppies in Chaewang is awesome. We also ate at the Banyon Tree in Lamai, it’s a little pricey and you have to pre-book but the food, service and views are well worth the money.

Back to the hotel, we never had to worry about not getting a sun bed. The massages on the beach are cheap enough and well worth it. There’s also numerous water sport activities available on the beach.
the wifi not being free is a bit of a pain but you’re on holiday and it’s cheap enough, just make sure you log out and log back in to save your allowance. Mae Nam is a lovely beach and not far from the fisherman’s village (recommend the markets). Chaewang probably isn’t walking distance but a short taxi ride away.

Overall a lovely hotel with great staff, I’d definitely stay here again and have already recommended it to friends and family who are looking to visit next year. The only things that tainted it were the restaurant and no free wifi. I hate staying in the same place twice but we will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patrick B, General Manager at Samui Buri Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Karia S,

Thank you for your time posting most positive comment on hotel and staff. I will share your comments with our team and pass on to mentioned staff. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

See you next visit.

Warmest Regards,
Patrick
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Property: Samui Buri Beach Resort
Address: 26 / 24 Moo 4, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand (Formerly Mercure Samui Buri Resort)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 Family Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Mae Nam
#10 Spa Hotel in Mae Nam
#11 Luxury Hotel in Mae Nam
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Mae Nam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Samui Buri Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samui Buri Beach Resort is a very charming, boutique Thai experience offering huge & unique rooms & villas, lush gardens, impressive sports & leisure facilities and a stunning scenic beach perfect to relax and unwind. The impressive infinity pool, fitness centre, kids club and Seetawaree restaurant are all located directly at the beach all with postcard views. The hotel is ideal to get away from it all yet also conveniently located for golf, excursions and to indulge the best of Southern Thailand! ... more   less 
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