Buri Rasa is an upscale hotel that is constructed in "Thai village" style and is located right on the beach at Chaweng, Koh Samui. Unfortunately we only had a single night in Sumui, but that was more than enough for us to get a sense of the hotel and to be able to recommend it to other travelers.
If (like us) you are not a fan of anonymous and ugly high rise hotels, then you will find Buri Rasa to be a tasteful alternative. The rooms are arranged in a series of duplexes, linked by a path to the reception and the pool/beach. The room itself was more than satisfactory - nicely decorated, unbelievably comfortable bed and a huge bathroom. It was absolutely spotless, and we are quite fussy about cleanliness. The only real minus that we can think of is the lack of light in the room (nice for romance but not for reading in bed)
The front desk staff are extremely helpful and friendly, as are most of the other staff (and there are a lot of them!). We only ate breakfast in the restaurant, but it was very tasty and we heard other guests who ate dinner there raving about it. As per the photos on their website, the pool is really small and not that great, but the sea is right there and very inviting.
As far as Chaweng Itself goes, the beach is great but the development behind it is totally tacky and quite hideous. The restaurants are all very overpriced and employ annoying touts, with the exception is the excellent Ninja Crepes just behind the hotel. However, if you enjoy a nice beach and a classy hotel we would still recommend a couple of nights here.
- 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