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Dara Samui Beach Resort
Ranked #25 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Had a fantastic week at the Dara Samui, the twin room was really spacious and clean. Hotel had quirky traditional decor and we were given clean towels everyday. It was right on chaweng beach and a 2 minute walk from the main bars and shops. The food was lovely and wifi was available all around the hotel. There was a beach wedding while we were there which looked stunning. Would love to return next year! :)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

We stayed at the Dara for eight days, hotel is lovely and the room we had was large and well equipped. Staff at breakfast were excellent and the member of staff looking after our room was so hard working, she made different animals out of the towels put petals in the bath and the room was spotless, it made our stay very special.
The down side to this hotel is they insist on playing very loud pop music every day by the pool /beach area. When we complained we were told the four hours of continuous German pop music was for the German guests that were there for a wedding. We thought after the weekend the music would stop. No such luck!! We sent a short note to the management team and explained we wanted to relax which was impossible with such loud music every day and we noticed that guests that wanted music had their own personal headsets, so could they turn the music down? We didn’t even get a response!! The second major problem was the fact that at 4 o’clock every day they virtually forced you off the beach so they could set up the tables, fish counter, tents, lights, curtains etc for the evening dinner. This was really annoying. Hotels either side seemed much more peaceful and relaxing so I would recommend staying there..

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

Nice large rooms, a long and narrow hotel leading to a beautiful beachfront setting. Large well appointed rooms except for the TV's which belong in a museum, though they did tell me the TV's will all be replaced later this year. The staff were very good and welcoming. I did enjoy a lovely dinner in a great setting on the beach sand. The pool was also excellent and the breakfast setting was good,a s was the food.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

we are very enjoy in our stay in this hotel the pool and the beach togater is like a dream very recommended the is really fancy. the breakfest is ok, the hotel is near the central festival mall in cheawen

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

Horrible staff, horrible service. When we arrived at the hotel, the first thing they asked at the reception is to pay full amount of reservation. When that was done and the bill signed, they said "We are very sorry, but the hotel is full, so you will have a room in another hotel" WHAT??? After making a huge scandal they suddenly found a free room, saying "ok ok we will move another couple to the other hotel". During all this discussion, all reception was speaking behind our back and looking at us like if we stole something. Coming to koh samui, you probably expect to finally have some rest and enjoy the sun at the beach. Well, forget about it in this hotel. At 16pm the staff starts to close all the beach umbrellas, taking all the chairs away from the beach to instal their beach restaurant. They don't give a damn to the fact that the guests are still laying on the chairs on the beach, they just come and put a plastic table and chairs 10cm from your chair, 10cm on another side of your chair they will put a huge wooden construction to expose the fish. I could not believe that happening, they just push you out of the beach. And if you don't understand those "hints", they will finally come to you and ask to move away!!! If you are gone to the pool for 1 min, when you are back, the beach umbrella will be gone! All the guests of the hotel were shocked and principally were staying on their chair till the end. The score of this hotel on tripadvisor is fake, why? When you arrive to the room, you will find a paper saying: "If you write a (positive) review about this hotel on tripadvisor, show it on the reception and you will get a free cocktail and a half price of the taxi to the airport"!!! Speaking about the taxi, do not order a taxi at the reception, they charge you crazy price!!! 800B to go to the pier. We just went on the street the evening before our departure, stopped a taxi and asked him to come to our hotel at 7am to bring us to the pier for 300B! The hotel calls "Dara Samui Beach resort and spa", however there is no spa in this hotel. There are 2 massage bungalows on the beach next to the hotel, they have nothing to do with the hotel and they do amazing massage for low price. Actually all beach line is full of such massage bungalow, the prices are quire the same. The massages on the street are slightly cheaper. The bay where the hotel is located looks nice until you want to go to "refresh" in the sea. I first did not understand why the lady from the massage salon said to go have a refreshing shower, if I am at the sea.. But when I stepped in the sea I've got a shock, the water was boiling hot. Not just "warm and nice for small kids to play in", it is crazy hot, you cannot even go inside (because this bay is closed with the rocks around 100m in front, so the water does not cool down and does not refresh). You need to walk more to the north or south to be able to go in the sea. In the north of this beach you can have a nice walk far in the sea, the water there is very low and clear. The north part of the beach is more calm but also less restaurants for in the evening. The restaurant of the hotel is the most expensive of the all beach, even thought they make some romantic concept out of it, it is not the reason of charging the triple price compared to the restaurants next to it. The south part of the beach has more ambiance, full of bars and restaurants. You can also go on the street and walk to the south: there are plenty of shops, restaurant, bars, massage salons. The dj at the pool starts to turn 5 the same german stupid old style songs at 4pm, round and around, every day the same. Probably also to annoy you so that you leave the beach and go into your room. The hotel by the way was pretty empty, you could notice it in the breakfast and on the beach. The breakfast was quite bad (compared to 7 other hotels where we stayed in bangkok, koh tao, etc), although you have some eggs, sausages and fruits, it tasted very cheap and the choice was quite limited. The room was ok and quite big, free toiletries, free wifi in the room, safe, mini bar, complimentary water is available. Even though the room was nice, all the rest of the ambiance was very negative. The hotel which is located a bit to the south of Dara looked pretty same style(Chaweng regent), but there nobody was throwing guests out of the beach at 16pm. I would recommend you choose another hotel if you want to enjoy your holiday.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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rmdarasamui, General Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Dear Kristina B,

First of all we would like to thank you very much for your taking time to write the comments on Tripadvisor and please kindly accept our sincere apologize for all inconvenient cause you during you stay at our Resort.

As of the limited of room inventory on your arrive we are running full house and we planned to transfer some of our guest to stay at another good standard Resort to be an option and the best alternative hotel for you with located in the heart of Chaweng Beach and we expect you will accept this arrangement, unfortunately you were not satified with the arrangement then suddenly our Reception staff decide to check you in to the Resort and move another couple guest instead who may accept this offer.

Regarding to staff manners we will seriousely investigation why that kind of behavior made you feel uncomfortable during their use Thai speaking with Colleague , The resort always keep up the service standard and service mind behavior training to all our staff on every montly basis, to make sure they can serve our guest with service mind.

To moving the sunbed at 16.00pm out from the beach area to become the dinning area but unfortunately it disturbing you , On daily basis have informed to all guests in advance that the hotel provided sun bed and umbrella for the guests who still enjoy their sun they can move up to area swimming pool and to the onther side corner of the beach .


And ofcourse taxi service which is joining transfer you will get cheaper price to go anywhere, and hotel price is set for the options to the guest is not the majority service for the guest , as of you can find easily taxi out of the resort and get the cheaper price , with sometime you might experience with rude driver, unclean car, , ect,.

Concern to the Spa , we are now closing our Daraphirom Spa for temporary as it opened after 7 years and our customer are always going to use the Spa along the beach and road the same as your mentioned is much more cheaper .

In regards to the sea temperature we are sorry that it's over our control but we always make sure our beach is cleaned and our guest will always safe to swim in front of the hotel beach that we have our rescue staff to look after you during your swim.


Thank you very much for the comment about breakfast variety and the qaulity of the items, we will bring it out our Team to looking in to it and will improve it accordingly .


Once again, all staff members of Darasamui apologize for all inconvenient occur during your stay, and we will improve to reach the guest satisfaction and expectation to stay with us, with your comment is very helpful .

Yours sincerely,



Ms.Kesorn Khaorueng
General Manager
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

We have had a lovely stay in Dara Samui, we were greeted by a porter to carry our bags up all the steps (poor chap!) Then we were given cold towels and a cold drink while we checked in.
Our room wasn't ready as we landed quite early in the day but the staff went and prepared one for us.

They were helpful throughout the holiday, assisting with calling restaurants and trip companies for us. When my partner developed an unknown allergy they willingly agreed to clean the air con filter for us in an attempt to help, as it seemed worse when in our room. When this did not help they organised a room change for us that same day and to the room next door so it was not too much of an upheaval - we were greeted in our new room with flowers and a card apologising for the inconvenience. They also continued to enquire after my partners health which did improve following the move.

We chose a superior double for our stay. Both rooms we stayed in had a fruit basket on arrival and each time the room was serviced they restocked the complimentary water bottles.
The beds were big and comfy and there was a minibar and TV in each room, as well as robes, umbrellas, a hairdryer, a safe and a beach bag to borrow. We got on fine with the room WiFi too.
The aircon was efficient and the shower was always hot. There were 2 sinks and a bath too, though it took an age to fill. The balcony was secluded looking out on to foliage with some interesting birds and red squirrels sometimes - though to be honest it was too hot to sit out there!

The pool area is nice with shady areas and trees and a bar (nice ice smoothies) though most of the sunbeds are on the beach. You can borrow towels to use. The sea by the hotel is very shallow as it is partly closed off from the main ocean but nice to paddle in. Dinner on the beach is very pretty.
Would also recommend the corn on the cob!

The hotel has lots of steps so keep nthat in mind if you have a wheelchair or pushchair.

It has quite a small frontage but looks can be deceiving, the hotel site goes right through to the seafront and is in a great location at the top of the chaweng beach road - there is lots within walking distance but it doesnt get too noisy at night. It is near the flight path but there are not many flights a day and they are small planes.

Go left out the hotel to get to the main strip and look out for songthaews (like a pick up truck group taxis) rather then traditional taxis as they are much cheaper and more fun. Wave them over, agree a price and jump in!
If you turn right out of the hotel there is a bank very near where you can change money at good rates. There are 7/11s and family marts both ways nearby for water etc.

There is also a desk in the lobby where you can arrange trips and the girl is very helpful and gave us a map of the island.

There are 2 restaurants in the hotel and it offers room service, handy if you cant be bothered to go out.

We looked at many hotels when booking and chose this one due to reviews and location - having looked at other hotels whilst walking around the area, we definitely chose the right one. All in all we had a lovely stay and would happily recommend Dara Samui to anyone looking for accommodation in Koh Samui.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

The staff at Dara are exceptionally helpful and always so pleasant whenever you see them. Very courteous and can't do enough to help. Personal highlight was the waitresses unexpectedly singing happy birthday to my girlfriend and bringing her a cake in the morning with no hint to me about it! They also helped me plan a birthday night out by phoning restaurants in bophut and sorting out reservations. Really Couldn't do enough to help! Spotless rooms which are serviced daily. Rooms themselves are very nice and we've been made to feel at home this 2 weeks. Close to all amenities and ideally placed for the main chaweng beach strip. 2 minutes from both green bird and red snapper (both must try) and 5 minutes from ark bar for the nightlife.

Would have been 5 stars but for two things worth mentioning:
- there was an admin mix up when we arrived and they didn't have our room booked in despite our booking confirmation! Not ideal after all that travel. They managed to sort us a room as there happened to be one spare but as they told us, if that was 2 days earlier we would have had no place to go!
- poolside food from the bar is not the best. Not like your short of options though with many people selling amazing food that walk up and down the beach. The staff at Dara are relaxed about letting you eat that stuff despite it not being there which is great
All in a fantastic hotel in a stunning place. We will hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Property: Dara Samui Beach Resort
Address: 162/2 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach | Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#18 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dara Samui Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dara Samui has beachfront location centrally located on Chaweng beach and walking distance to shopping and night life areas. Hotel offers free high speed WIFI in all rooms. Rooms size start from 42-128 sqm or 455 sq ft - 1380 sq ft with full Air Conditioned rooms. The hotel is a 4-star Thai Lanna-style boutique resort with 4 rooms categories. Relaxing, sports activities or shopping, whatever is your pleasure all are within easy reach at Darasamui. You never run out of things to do, unless you wish to. 2 Restaurants, 1 Bar,Swimming Pool, Beach, Sun Deck, Concierge and many more facilities are awaiting you... Try once at our Best Romantic Beach restaurant "Dara Serene" ... more   less 
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