We were fortunate enough to enjoy a 13 night holiday at Buri Rasa towards the end of September 2013. To stay at one resort for that length of time we wanted to make sure it’s comfortable and of reasonably good standard. We looked at properties 3 months prior to our holiday and plenty of reviews here on Trip Advisor mentioned about construction noise and at the same time there were plenty of reviews commenting on the high standard of service provided by staff. We took the gamble and here is our feedback covering the following: PROPERTY, SERVICE, FOOD and NOISE.
PROPERTY – The Buri Rasa is a unique little resort. It offers a very relaxing environment right through from reception to the beachfront area. Some resorts go over the top with Asian décor, but the Buri Rasa has kept it simple. Rooms are of good size. The beds could maybe be a bit bigger but we got use to it in the end. We spent a lot of time at the beachfront area - a simple bar, small pool and an open air dining area to enjoy breakfast and dinner. It’s a private and exclusive affair for guests only – comfortable loungers either on the beach or beneath a huge tree casting shade on a decking area. Upkeep and maintenance of the property is exceptional - the tropical gardens are tended to on a daily basis. The beach is swept and fallen leaves are regularly removed. Compared to other nearby resorts the Buri Rasa definitely has a more aesthetically pleasing environment to relax and enjoy a holiday in.
SERVICE – it is outstanding. Everyone is extremely friendly and respectful towards guests. Rooms are cleaned and serviced at least twice through the day and we noticed a supervisor doing inspections to make sure it is according to standard. A turn down service is also done every evening. Since we spent a lot of time around the pool and beach area – the bar staff and beachside attendants ( ‘Arm’ and ‘Tick’ ) were remarkable – carrying our towels, positioning umbrellas to maximize shade when it became too hot. ‘Arm’ was the ‘weather man’ and one afternoon pre-empted a rain shower. He had all guests under cover before the storm hit the resort. We spoke to other guests about Buri Rasa and one couple who have stayed at the Banana Fan Sea Resort on a previous holiday said they rate the Buri Rasa to be a better choice.
FOOD – Breakfast menu plus buffet with fruits, cereals, breads, pastries, cold meats and yoghurts. Every day a different selection of Asian Food was on offer too. We really enjoyed the snack menu of the bar at lunch time – affordable and of high quality. We also had the BBQ dinner which is hosted every Thursday night – great atmosphere sitting close to the beach and the staff make a lot of effort to create atmosphere for the outdoor dining experience with coloured hurricane lamps. A new activity introduced whilst we were there to keep guests happy was afternoon tea – served from 3.30-5 pm. A spread of sandwiches, fresh fruit and cup cakes together with a self help tea and coffee station.
NOISE – the construction next to Buri Rasa is nearing its final stage as the new hotel is scheduled for completion November 2013. I am very sensitive to noise and did on a few occasions notice grinding sounds. There is so much happening that you get distracted with other noises – waves of the ocean, kids playing, the water pump, jet ski’s – it all blends into one. We noticed construction projects at quite a few places around Koh Samui so there is tinkering and hammering happening everywhere. Noise that did sometimes bother a bit was the KC resort next door playing disco/club music. It starts around midday. Some days the DJ must have been hung over as it started much later.
Our experience at Buri Rasa was definitely a good one and would like to thank all the staff – Ice, Chart, Porn, Korn, Tick, Arm, Ping, Pong and all those who we never got to see working behind-the-scenes to make our stay memorable. It’s definitely a place that we’d like to visit again –hopefully same time next year September 2014.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award-winning Buri Rasa Village located at the very center of Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui. Buri Rasa is an enchanting traditional southern Thai dwelling in a Garden of Eden. Echoes of halcyon days with once upon a time tales of aristocracy escaping to country or paradise island retreats with a full compliment of servants and services to meet their every need & requirement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buri Rasa Village Hotel Chaweng
- Buri Rasa Village Koh Samui
- Buri Rasa Village Samui Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand