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“A miniature of the Garden of Eden!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Coral Bay Resort

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Coral Bay Resort
Ranked #49 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
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“A miniature of the Garden of Eden!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

The Coral Bay resort is a good value for money and I recommend it to people who look for a quiet resort in natural setting within a budget.
I found the resort through TripAdvisor and I was not at all disappointed.

We spent 6 nights at this little paradise, enjoying every minute of our stay. The owner of this resort surely deserves a prize. You have a feeling that you are in the Garden of Eden here all surrounded by high palm trees and lush vegetation which become unbelievably beautiful when the sun sets and the lights go on.
The spacious bungalows are among these beautiful tropical gardens with all different colours of exotic flowers.

The bed was hard but we did not mind at all. It was huge and it reminded us a bit of the Flingstone’s cartoons!
The room’s décor was excellent and we were impressed by the waterfall shower in the bathroom.

Breakfast was decent with many exotic fruit, omelettes, and crepes. We found the restaurant expensive though and we were going out to the city every evening.

We did not use the swimming pool at all. The beautiful beach with some rocks on the side reminded me of a painting. There was a tide and the waters were not always so clear though but being in such an exotic paradise this was not a problem at all for us.

I had no idea that the hotel was so close to the airport and I paid 4 times the cost of a taxi just to be picked from the airport and driven to the resort. It is just a 5 minute drive from the airport. Preferably pick a taxi upon arrival.

If you want to eat cheaply and good try the local restaurant at the resort entrance. They are good people and we had lunch there twice.

I would recommend people visiting Samui to come to this hotel first and then book and spend more days in another hotel by the Chaweng Bay. It is really very different. The Coral Bay resort offers you this exotic paradise in a quiet and tranquil environment, while the other choice offers you a beautiful beach but in a noisy environment.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

Coral Bay is a nice cozy lace at one end of Chaweng Beach (15 minute walk , 5 minute Songtau ride ...50 baht per person) - large rooms , wonderful sea facing and view balconies woith relaxing chairs ....the rooms are quie nice ...(we had 101 about 10 metres or 20 steps to the beach !!)
Samui is just wonderful and Coral Bay - with its excellent location , good breakfast and wonderful privacy is a fitting place to relax in Samui.
We spend 5 days here , and with we had stayed 2 weeks or more ....Anthong National Park , Namuag waterfalls , the wonderful five islands from Taling Nigam Beach ...all of it is just fabulous. Phuket is a distant poor cousing to Samui - quite frankly.
One samll reccomendation to the staff at Coral Bay - do smile a little more !!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

The resort is situated in a beautiful tropical garden. Bungalows and common spaces are very nicely decorated, with a personal touch. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Location is in a nice spot, not in the busiest area of the island, but close enough to good restaurants on Chaweng Beach. One dinner at the hotel restaurant and a 30 minutes massage session was complimentary. All in all a fantastic experience.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2010

That was our 6th travel in Thailand and the 3rd in Koh Samui and I think we really found something very special with The Coral Bay Resort : a really nice resort, especially for family; friendly, cosy, beautiful, natural, just paradise !!!
The Resort is in the middle of the jungle with trees and beautiful gardens, the room we had (deluxe family bungalow) was very spacious (82 m2) with a room for the parents and a room for the kids, and a bathroom in the middle. The room service every day was very good and the bungalow all in the wood (inside and outside) : the best we had until now in Thailand ! The swimming pool is not so big, but big enough and we had always a sit at any time of the day, the beach is perhaps not the best on the island, but wild and clean, and the breakfast not huge, but you could find a bit of everything for anyone and fresh fruits. This is not a "big" hotel with "all" the services you can find in a 4or5* hotel, but you feel so good in this resort and the people working there try to do the best for you in a really Thai style and relaxing atmosphere! The dishes served in the restaurant are all delicious and prices not too expensive; just near the restaurant you have a little cosy "outdoor" room with view on the beach where you can read quietly a book or just have some cocktails. What else ? We had a really good experience with this hotel and it's the perfect place to have a perfect holiday in Samui! We sure come back ...

Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2010

Booked Coral Bay for a 2 week vacation of sun, sea, sand and fun and were not disappointed. Set in lush tropical gardens, lovely bungalows, sounds and smells. Beautifully decorated bungalows with huge bathrooms, plunge shower, airco, tv/dvd, ventilator on the (again huge) patio, deckchairs and (nice touch) umbrellas which we didn't need although I gather it can rain pretty hard. Lovely clean, cool spa, seafront loungers and beachbar. Here too, the staff are very friendly and helpful and always cheerful. Breakfast selection is limited but having said that we never once missed anything. the regular selection of delicious fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, pastries and a chef for your eggs and omelets.

Bit away from the busy chaweng road but more than enough taxis and jeepie-thingies to het you to town and back for next to nothing. across the road mini-marts, atms and an amazing robot factory! Would we go back? Yes! waking in the morning to the sounds of birds and animals and smells from the plants and trees, what more could you want?

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2010

If The Thai GM lady cannot take good care of her own people, how can she provide good service to customers. We have bad experience over all the whole time stay there.
They should change to the new GM who love to do the service job, not just to get by day by day and get pay big bucks.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2010

Getting to Coral Bay was simple enough with a free drop-off courtesy of Lomprayah (Highly recommended).
I’ll start off with the pros:
Decent breakfast.
Nice bungalow (though design issue with no door to toilet and in full view from in front of cupboards? Also beds are very hard)
Nice restaurant, very good food as per complimentary dinner.
Free 30 minute massage was enjoyable.
Cons:
The reception dude, wasn’t the friendliest chap I’ve ever encountered and only seemed to crack a smile when we left, though the other staff were pretty good.
Resort generally a bit dated and run down, not that similar to internet pics! (maybe 10 years ago).
Most importantly, I was expecting a better beach, being one of the main reasons for going to Samui.
The beach is not very good at all, in terms of width, sand quality. Sun loungers look like they’ve seen better days.Also if you find coral at “Coral bay” let me know, as I only saw rocks.
If you’re looking for nice beaches, the only nice beach we found on the island after scouting the entire thing via scooter was Thongthakian beach, stay there and hire a scooter.
Rather skip Samui and go to Koh Tao, or Koh Phangan.
Chaweng is really not worth staying nearby, very very busy with lots of stalls selling the same crap with the beach also not great.
Samui on the whole is not that great of an island and is extremely touristy, glad we saw it though we won’t be back.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coral Bay Resort
Address: 9 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#23 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#24 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Coral Bay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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