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Nora Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #12 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Looks Better than Is”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2009

I would not recommend this resort. I could not make the bubble thing above work, but I would give it 2-3 in each category, except location. At first glance it looks great and there are some great things about it. The beach is beautiful and the pool large, but the number of chairs around the pool are very limited and go quickly. At times finding a towel was a challenge too. Breakfast on the beach is nice and the food was always good; however as soon as you put your plate down, bugs flock to it. The service around the pool is not very good - you have to go find someone to help you with lunch or a drink and then wave them back when you see them walk by with it. Unless you can afford a villa, the walk back your room is quite far which is fine if you just head out once each day, but if you have kids or want to go back and forth, choose another resort. The mosquitos at this time of year are thick so take your bug spray. Almost every other resort in the area offers free WiFi but this one charges exhorbitant amounts. You can use their ancient computers in the lobby for a strict 20 min. limit, but there are frequently line ups and they freeze often.

Lastly, I'd say that the front desk staff are not on top of their game so watch your bill very closely. You may be overcharged or find surprises on your bill. Not so fun trying to negotiate around these.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2009

I happy to say, Nora Beach is the most comfort, friendly staff, good location, delicious food, beutiful Pool Villa and best location. I just only a few minutes from Airport, then u will enjoy best Pool villa (Huge swimming pool, beach front, private, huge room, best assistant service. I do recommend all frined who looking fto stay at Pool Villa. THis is the best as i have more experience from many hotel. Good price and value for money.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2009

My husband & I booked a few days at Nora Beach resort during a recent trip to Thailand, and our only regret is that we didn't stay for a longer period of time. We booked via Expedia in Bankok, and paid somewhere around $95 US per night for our own villa... which was spacious, comfortable, and clean. The staff was friendly & incredibly helpful. All rooms come with free breakfast, which is served at the cafe on the beach and includes a whole variety of well-prepared foods. So, it's a wonderful start to any day. The resort is close to shops, pubs, and restaraunts in Chaweng .. about a 10-15 minute walk. However, if you're not up for the walk, the resort offers a few complimentary shuttles through the late afternoon/evening hours. We had an incredible time here, and highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank bec12377
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2009

Just returned from a stay at Nora Beach Resort. It is a beautiful place to stay in Chaweng. We stayed in Nora Villa, which was quite traditional, a little dark but very clean.The setting for the resort is lovely, a beautiful waterfall and lush gardens. The little beach is nice and quiet, perfect to relax.
Breakfast is taken in the restaurant overlooking the sea and serves a nice variety of food. We ate there one night also and it was very good.
One of the best things about Nora beach, for us, is that it is not right in the commercial centre of Chaweng so the days were peaceful and relaxing and at night we could take the shuttle bus into the action.
I researched well before I booked Nora Beach and I was very pleased. Cannot fault it and would definitely return

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2009

This was a lovely place to stay! Far enough away from town, close enough if you wanted to go into town. Beautiful pool, lovely rooms, very clean - take the bug spray of course. Its quite hilly so ask for a room near the pool/restaurant if you aren't fit - or ask one of the staff to give you a lift in a golf buggy - they will for a smile!
The staff make this place! They were just a joy. Koh Samui isn't really Thailand to me but for a package deal this is one hotel I'd stay at again without hesitation.
Happy hour is a blast and there are even the usual beach sales people selling everything from dresses and jewellry to the most delicious BBQ corn. And a must see - a male and female accoustic guitar duo - fun fun fun!!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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64 Thank HAPPYAUSSIE_1
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Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2009

Excellent Excellent Resort. Everything in this resort was Superb. Lovely atmosphere, curtious staff, great location, delicious food. I still feel the essence of good smell of freshness.

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  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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41 Thank jeetchadha
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2009

As my son (Australian) was to marry his soon to be Scottish Bride, they chose the Nora Beach Resort and Spa, Koi Samui, Thailand for their venue. The reasoning behind this was to go to a magical tropical island with their family and friends to celebrate their special occasion somewhere between Scotland and Australia.
What a choice they made. The resort was the perfect setting to renew old friendships and make some new ones (which included many of the staff of the resort). From the moment you arrived, you were made to feel like royalty with someone close by to cater to any need that you may have had. From the Management to the groud staff, they all contibuted to one of the best holdays I have ever had, due to their friendly, polite and professional nature.
The wedding layout was exceptional which resulted in a perfect ceremony that we will rember for a long time.
All of this was supported by great rooms, facilities, food and exceptional sunsets.
This is the best Wedding (and holday) location I have ever seen.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Nora Beach Resort and Spa
Address: 222 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut | Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320 , Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#12 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#17 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Nora Beach Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 113
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Nora Beach Hotel Chaweng
Nora Beach Resort All Inclusive
Nora Beach Resort And Spa Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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