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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at Samaya Bura, big clean rooms, good beds and pillows, nice bathrooms. Greate pool area and good restaurant, nice breakfast.

Date of stay: April 2012
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Thank AnitaKnights
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

First things first, don't expect to swim in the sea in front of this hotel. The view is great and it looks spectacular, but it mainly serves as a harbour for small craft and is really not good for swimming. Besides that, this is really a nice hotel. We stayed in seaview rooms and the view was great, especially at sunset. Breakfast was good, and the small pool serves its purpose. The price of the food and room service is amazingly reasonable. This hotel is a good choice if you want to get value for money (very difficult in overpriced and overhyped Samui). Stay at Samaya Bura and rent a vehicle so that you can get to the one or two beaches on the island where you can swim.

Room tip: Its worth paying a few hundred baht for the seaview, but don't bother with the pool access rooms. Unless you are a super-athlete, you will battle to get out of the pool in front of your room
Date of stay: March 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank peterxhosa
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

This hotel is located convenient to local shops and spas. There are 2 pools, the one by the beach is heavily used and therefore has a sunscreen slick by 4pm, the other one is slightly bigger and is rarely used. Breakfast is very good and you can walk along the beach and choose where to eat dinner. Room was clean and good with view over the beach. Beach is not great to swim from as it shelves very slowly, but great to walk along.

Room tip: do not book a room on the road side as the view is horrible and noisy
Date of stay: February 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank monkeybreathLondon
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Lastminute.com shows that Samaya Bura have self-rated themselves as 4 star, Samaya Bura have wishful thinking that’s for sure! They’re 2 star at best.

When we arrived the hotel looked amazing, but it soon became clear once we got to our room that it definitely lacked polish (to put it politely). Our mountain view room is actually a road view room that never sees the sun. The road is noisy and busy all the time. The towel rack outside had mushrooms growing on it. I decide to shower, there was no hot water, this happened for the entire 5 nights we stayed. There was literally a flood on the bathroom floor when I showered, the levelling of the bath/shower is obviously not angled correctly as all the water ran down the side wall of the bath and streamed like a waterfall ALL OVER the bathroom floor, I think the hotel staff know this as they supply a pink towel that’s positioned at the end of the bath to apparently soak up the flood, that towel is drenched within seconds and doesn’t stop any water flow! My husband showered after me and the faucet broke, an engineer arrived promptly though and fixed it.

After one night of the main road noise we upgraded to a poolside room, I recommend doing this if you stay here. The bathroom plumbing/flood situation was the same in our new room! Bizarre, the entire hotel bathrooms must have this issue? Our room cleaning wasn’t great, we arrived to find an old tissue and dental floss in the stones under the bathroom sink. Hotel needs to buy new towels, they were so thrashed our towels were grayish in colour and frayed. The bed was as hard as a rock. The TV channel options are crap.

The poolside lounge cushions are all ripped, the decks are damaged and there are quite a few rotten boards (why would you have untreated timber to go around a pool??) The brown pool towels were the same quality as room towels, frayed and needed replacing.

We never saw anyone dine in the hotel restaurant, after ordering room service and poolside snacks that was no mystery, food was gross. Breakfast was ok, although they don’t come and refill your coffee and the placemats were dirty.

One of the worst hotels we’ve stayed in.

Room tip: Choose a poolside room.
Date of stay: January 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank monmx7
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

The first time we came in our room we were slightly disappointed. We thought we booked a suite but it turned out that we read it wrong on the website were we booked the room. Although the hotel was right and we read it wrong, they still did everything in there power to make us feel special and offering us something extra to make up for our own mistake. The front office manager remembers everyone and makes a small talk every morning asking how we are doing and what we need. The rooms are nice, clean and have a nice view of the sea or the garden. We had the Maya Pool room and this is a room that I would recommend to everyone. You have your own pool that you share with only 10 other rooms. This is a big difference comparing to the other guests who have to share 1 pool with everyone. At the room you have your own balcony and your own beds at the pool. Another thing what we really loved was the food. Although the breakfast is not that spectaculair (fine but not very special), you can have a nice dinner at the beach and the price is great! They know how to prepare a nice meal for only a few dollars. Because they have a great staff it is nice to just sit at the bar in the afternoon (happy hour from 4 till 5, only 150 thb for 2 cocktails!) and talk to the bartender. They are a good company. The location of the hotel is great as well. In just a few minutes you are at Lamai beach and within 20 minutes you are in Chaweng. Because Chaweng is very busy and populair with the youth, it is great that you can choose when you want to be there. The location of Samaya Bura is perfect because you can relax and choose to be in a busy area when you want to. We rented a scooter at the hotel for 300 thb per day. You can rent them somewhere else for 200 thb per day but you have to give your passport for security. You cannot get insurance because the Thai people don't have insurance. This means that when you get into an accident you have to pay for it by yourself and they can ask anything they want for the scooter. I think it is more save if you rent it at the hotel. You don't have to leave your passport behind and it is a official office. A tip: if you have a bad day (weather) you can rent DVD's half a mile from the hotel for only 30 thb. It's really nice if you don't want to go out. Order roomservice and watch a DVD and you still have a great day!

Room tip: Maya Pool room is definitely the best room you can be at.
Date of stay: December 2011
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Thank Sanne1981
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