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Nimmanoradee Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Phe
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in the middle of a 3 week trip to Thailand and I really wished we had stayed longer.
This resort is located on the far side of the island so is remote, but that adds to the charm, easily accessible by speed boat.
We had a deluxe bungalow which was huge, it was so lovely, and a big comfy bed.
There are only about 12 bungalows so not a lot of people and that's lovely if you just want to get away from it all.
There are hammocks and swings on the beach that trail into the sea.
The restaurant is open hour, right next to the sea, the food was lovely, loads of choice.
Wasn't over keen on the breakfast but there is lots of choice and I didn't go hungry.
We went on a boat trip the second day we were there, got a speed boat to explore 5 of the islands and my husband did some snorkelling, this is well recommended.
I would definitely return there if we should return to Thai
And again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

+Couple will love this resort, It's a romantic place.Very nice atmosspere, beautiful place,have a lot of plants and flowers,nice veiw.The sea is really blue contrast to the beach.Resort place on Pakarang bay,that's very peaceful and quiet.The beach's not long,there're a lot of rocks.The room was clean ,has private balcony and deck chairs.Bathroom was clean,shower 's very powerful.But drainage pipe was clogged.From my room,we can see beautiful sunrise veiw. Food is delicious.Breakfast is OK.Friendly staffs.WIFI only lobby.There're many activities here such as kayaking,snokeling,fishing.
-Far from the other beach,you can't go out the resort because there's no rental bike or car and the road is rugged and dangerous.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank evenoi
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This place is good if you want to get away from the everyday hustle and enjoy a little bit some carefree time laying at the beach, enjoying coral reefs, green coconuts, etc. The hotel does not offer a lot of activities and it is located at the very south end of the Koh Samet island (which means that getting to the other end on foot won't be an option), but if you want to enjoy being the only one at the beach, this is the hotel for you. Two of the days we were almost the only ones there. The hotel offers snorkelling (there are coral reefs all around the hotels private beach as well as on the west side of the island - some 200 meters away), kayaking as water activities. The restaurant is sort of expensive compared to the quality (for Thailands prices), but as the hotel is far away from any other place, it is the only eating option. However, we enjoyed our little (5 day) break at the paradise very much.

Room Tip: The best ones are the sea view bungalows, which are pretty spacious. They have also two chairs for s...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We have just returned from staying at Nimmanoradee for a week. We are a family of four, traveling with a twelve year old boy and a six year old girl. We had accidentally booked a max capacity three person bungalow - the deluxe beachfront cottage. However, there was plenty of room for an additional bed to be put in - though a fold up bed cost us an extra 500 Baht a night. We were impressed with our cottage; it was spacious, clean, the bed was comfortable and the addition of a fridge was helpful. The bathroom was basic, but the toilet flushed and the shower had hot running water. We were disappointed with the beach as most of it is in shade, especially during particularly high tides. The beach had lots of coral on it, which made walking into the water painful, but not impossible. There was a fair bit of rubbish in the water, but that seemed to be common around the island. The staff did make some effort to clean the litter off the beach, which made a bit of a difference. We enjoyed relaxing on our wooden balcony as the view was incredible. We also enjoyed drinking cocktails and eating in the restaurant as it had an extended section right next to the water. Our kids appreciated the swings and hammocks and the free internet at the restaurant. The swimming pool does not exist anymore, though it appears to still be featured on the website. It costs approx 18 dollars to leave the resort to get to the main part of the island by taxi. We then hired quad bikes to give us a bit of freedom and flexibility. I wouldn't recommend hiring motorbikes if you intend to take them back to the resort as the deep sand on the road made it impossible for bikes to get up and down the steep hills. We would definitely return to this resort, especially seeing the other resorts we almost stayed at.

Room Tip: The deluxe beachfront cottages are huge and have the best views with plenty of space between you and...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank vicki1974
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Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I booked for 4 nights here in the middle of our Thailand holiday. I was hoping to show him a golden sandy beach with sun loungers in the beautiful Thai sunshine. This place couldn't be further from this. The area they call the beach is in fact 3 feet of dirty rocky sand and their 'sun loungers' are in fact fixed uncomfortable deck chairs.
The pool is non existent - we were told it was closed for renovation but it had blatantly been closed for a very long time.
The resort is also at the very end of Koh Samet and a 600 baht taxi journey each way to any form of life. This didn't bother us too much as we were looking to get away from hustle and bustle but on arrival we're told that the bar man was on holiday for a week so the bar and restaurant would close at 9 each night and we could only order beer or soft drinks for the week.
Our bungalow was ok. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioning worked well. The level of cleanliness was VERY questionable - I had to clean the ledge behind the bed when we arrived and throw away a lot of mess and someone's discarded tooth!! Utterly disgusting! The bathroom was full of cobwebs on the ceiling and had holes in the roof!
On the plus side the food was good and the beer was cheap. The staff were friendly enough but seemed somewhat embarrassed at the hole they worked in. The place needs a whole heap on money investing in it and unless you can get a room for no more than £20 a night I'd avoid this place - it's not worth any more.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed here for 3 days and liked it quite a lot.
The arrival was a dramatic and memorable - the boat from Ban Phe Pier dropped us in floating jetty 'in the middle of sea" [I am exaggerating, obviously. Later on, we learnt that this is the standard pick-up/drop method during low tide when boats cannot aproach close enough to main jetties / beach due to lack of navigation depth). You look around for help. Then another floating jetty comes up to you pulleyed by a rotating rope mechanism, with a young man on it. He welcomes you, 'rescues' you and deposits you into the safety of the remotest resort in Koh Samet.
So that is the first part: it is remote, it is quiet, it is not the most 'happening' place and it is just about okay in service. But then, the three of us wanted to spend sometime with each other and the sea with not much sound, rides, people around....and got it. We completely destressed in an environment where the sea was about 20 feet from the cottage and there was nowhere to go except to enjoy three different views of the sea at any time of the day, within few hundred metres from each other (the resort being the tip of the island).
I am sure there are other such places around beautiful Thailand, but we liked this one a lot for it fitted 80% of what we expected out of it: Time out from everything except the sea, the breeze, the snorkel, the little fish loitering near our submerged feet (viewed with snorkel).. and the affable crabs that kept an eye on us while they smuggled food between burrows in the evening at the dimlit beach sand (just 2 or three people to be wary of at a time, in the evenings....so it was worth the risk for them!!)
Food could be better in the breakfast menu, but it wasn't bad either.
One thing they got to improve: Wifi is available only at the restaurant located centrally, not in rooms. Unless it is a delibrate strategy to make laptop happy people saunter out of rooms, it is a bit of a hassle for those staying away from the restaurant if they have urgent communications off and on. But again I am deviating here from my original goal. As I said - we wanted time out of such stressful urgency (even the online variety), so viewed from that angle the WiFi constraint was a blessing in disguise...actually a plus!!
Swimming pool should not be advertised as such - it just is a pretty picture prop with a sea backdrop, and a baby pool at the best.

Room Tip: Take the cottages that are on the front row from the access path....they have unobstructed view of t...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Just got back from a lovely long weekend away from Bangkok. Koh Samet itself is a lovely island, and as we wanted to get away from the main strip, we booked the resort the furthest away, right at the southern tip on Ao Pakarang ("Coral Bay")..... This was a good and a bad idea....
The good:
Peaceful, can do some snorkeling, and see a little coral, and some beautifully brightly covered clams and other fish. There is a view point a couple of hundred metres along the road which is a must see, even if you are not staying at this resort. The beach is nice, not free of pebbles and dead coral, however nice nonetheless, especially with the hammocks, deckchairs and swings dotted around the area.
In terms of nature on land, we saw some large hermit crabs at night, a hornbill, and plenty of colourful lizards.
The staff were friendly enough, especially the housekeeping lads.
The "not so good":
The pool has already been mentioned earlier...., a waste of space really, tiny, and about enough to wash the sand off your feet before sitting down and having a beer Singh.... Don't stay here if you are relying on a nice dip / doing a few laps in the pool (but don't worry, swimming in the sea is safe, and very pleasant).
The bungalows are mostly octagonal in shape. The first couple of nights we spent in a beach front cottage. We knew it would be small at 24 square metres, however we didn't know it would be in such poor shape for the money we spent.... 2 or 3 star max. Probably worth THB 1,500 / night, not much more. No coffee / tea / kettle in the room, no wardrobe (only a hat stand, which I thought was quite odd...), padlock to lock the main door and the electric tripped out quite a few times. Very basic, nevertheless, we weren't too bothered as we didn't spend too much time there. The last night we moved to a Beach front deluxe cottage, which had a lot more space, and at least a bit of room to hang some of our clothes.

Last disappointment (at no fault of the resort), the roads leading out from the resort to other areas were in really poor condition. We knew that the resort was far out, and didn't mind that, in fact we were going to rent a little scooter, however as the road was so poor, we didn't bother, and one day took a green taxi "truck" (THB 600 / way) to Saikaew beach (the main strip).., the rest of the time we spent on the resort beach where you are "stranded", however there are many worse places to be stranded.... ;-)
The food is OK, breakfast so so (we were getting spaghetti / macaroni dishes for breakfast which I found a bit odd), but not too bad considering its location.

Room Tip: Small cottages are very small.....!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 76/1 Moo 4, Ao Pakarang Bay, Phe, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Rayong Province > Phe
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Phe
Price Range: £43 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nimmanoradee Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 103
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