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Nora Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #13 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I have to start by saying that my main factor for deciding if a hotel is good/bad/average is value for money. I was a bit disappointed with this resort being that we paid about 100Euros/night (this was a special rate, since we were there for a wedding). I found the rooms to be very outdated, heavy, and depressing. Cleanliness was just OK, they could do better for a 4-star resort. Toiletries were some of the worst I have seen! Awful quality shampoo and body wash in little jars that were not practical to use and also made me worry about how many people had touched them before me trying to pour them out. Just bring your own to be safe! Again, quite disappointing for a 'luxury' resort.
On a happier note, the staff is very friendly and always wiling to help you out with anything -communication can be an issue at times though. Location is great, quiet and relaxing, pretty private beach, beautiful pool area -with a bar inside the water! The food was constantly good and so were the drinks. The breakfast buffet was large and with a lot of variety that could please anyone.
I would want to give this resort an 'average' rating, but the staff and especially those involved in the wedding planning made me bump it up to 'very good'. Overall, I think you could find better for the same amount of money, even though I think a lot of hotels in Samui are overpriced.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We booked and stayed late January leaving on the 4th of February.
All booking arrangements were done via email and in a professional manner.

Their web page was helpful when planning, we felt their page is a good reflection of what we actually found on arrival.

This is a well-run resort with good room choices, (we checked out the different room types) The Beachfront Villa being our pick.
The rooms were clean and spacious (remarkably spacious) there is a degree of aging but it is obvious there is a good maintenance program keeping up a very good standard.

The resort we felt is in a great position being a little bit away from the busy, cluttered and somewhat slightly dirty part of Chaweng Beach. The beach directly in front of the resort is EXCELLENT with far less people, clean sand, fantastic shady trees or full sun, however you prefer it. There was also an abundance of available resort sun lounges.

The pool is excellent being large and well designed. Once again there were plenty of sun lounges and tables for poolside dinning along with good service from cheerful (even fun loving) staff.

The morning buffet breakfast was very nice, it seemed to cater well for the mixed cliental. Breakfast is located just on the beach, on a spacious timber deck with plenty of shade, a very nice way to start the day! We also had lunch and dinner in the restaurant at times and found this to be an equally good standard as was room service.

A couple of weddings took place during our stay. From what we saw of them, in terms of the decoration and setup, The Nora Beach Resort seems to be an excellent venue for those planning a wedding. Incidentally none of the weddings had any noticeable affect on other guests.

The reception staff were helpful in coordinating a late departure to coincide with our flights and the staff at all levels seemed cheerful, (even enjoying their respective rolls). We feel happy staff always enhances a guests stay.

All in all The Nora Beach Resort is beautifully operated, great staff, it is located in a great position, the rooms are clean and large, the restaurant and particularly the food is very good, the pool is excellent.
For us it was a most relaxing stay, we were in good hands we are sure you will be as well.

Enjoy!
GS

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

We started our honeymoon here and had a great time. If you want a pool bar that's also right on the beach this is the place. If you are looking for a boys trip or party, book a hotel closest to the Ark Bar in town. This place is a 10min drive into town and easy to get in by taxi, taxi bike or these weird cards where you can jump on the back and negotiate a deal for your journey. We stayed in a superior room and was awesome. We are glad not to have booked a villa as the pool and beach are great. Ps watch out for cats.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Koh Samui and Nora Beach Resort and Spa was the last stop on our three week trip through Thailand. We stayed here to recuperate and recover before flying home. I have mixed feelings about this place, but on the whole they are positive. The problem is i had just come from a small boutique resort in Krabi where i felt like i was a part of the hotel managers family, and Nora Beach is a rather large resort. No problems with check in or check out, both were quick and easy. There was a free shuttle 3 times per day into the main drag of Chaweng, and a few later ones that cost 50baht each. The concierge drove us in each time, and was happy to drop us wherever we asked along the very long stretch of road. There was one pick up i think, but this was too late for us, so we caught a tuk tuk back which cost about 150 baht for two people. The hotel suggested this was a cheap price so we always haggled with the taxi driver so we wouldn't pay more.
There were a couple of days where we lazed by the pool all day, and i must say the pool side service was excellent. On days where we had been out in the morning we would always wind up down by the pool for lunch and a swim afterward. I can highly recommend the Hawaiin club sandwiches. On our arrival we ate a pizza at the restaurant and we weren't very pleased with out choice. For the duration of our stay we would catch the 6pm shuttle into Chaweng and ate at some great restaurants in the town. I can recommend Via Vai, Duomo and Nora, and for the other 2 nights we ate on the beach but can't remember their names but there are many to choose from!
Although the Nora Beach Resort and Spa, has its own private beach, it was closed for the whole time we were there due to the weather and rough seas. I admit i wasn't overly impressed with the beach because where i live in Australia we are spoiled for beautiful beaches.
The resort was a little further out of the main town than i thought it would be, but extremely close to the airport, which is not a problem for noise.
Despite the good service we recieved by the pool and on check in etc, we were sort of at loss for booking tours from the hotel and so we did this from a tourist place in town. The place in town also helped when we wanted to know any notable places to visit while in Koh Samui.
The pool was lovely and the room was lovely and had a nice balcony. We had to ring up about towels one night because the cleaners had only left us a set for one person. However, by the time it arrived i was already showered and dressed having had to use the same towel as my mum because we were heading out soon.
With that said, i am not sure if i would stay here again, partly because i there is a bit of protected Chaweng beach that i think would be good to stay along, and this is right in the town area. However, Nora Beach Resort is probably more private as people don't just walk through the resort to get to the beach. Because i live around many beautiful beaches (which i definitely take for granted), i am not sure i would even return back to Koh Samui anyway. For the price this place was probably worth it.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Fiona S
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We really liked this hotel; unlike other high-class hotels in Thailand this one is cozy and personal. You feel at home, the staff recognize you and remember what you use to order. Everyone is so friendly and happy! The area is quite small, but beautifully planned. Cute little bungalows lies between crooked trails in the middle of the jungle. The food is AMAZING! Both the breakfast, lunch and dinner! So good! We will definitely come back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Josefine R
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

- GREAT location with a beautiful, clean, almost private beach only a few feet from the pool!
- Definitely on the pricier side (some drinks were as expensive as being in the US!!) but it was our honeymoon so....
- Free shuttle to Chaweng Beach "city" area which is pretty much like other city areas - lots of restaurants, massage shops, vendors, etc.
- Free Wifi
- QUIET and RELAXING! We spent so much time either at the beachside bar enjoying the cocktails/beer and amazing view or relaxing in one of their lounge chairs (available on both the beach and pool area - 2 free towels/day too)
- Spa and treatments were amazing!
- We would highly recommend this place but it is definitely on the more expensive side

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tessrosern
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We booked this hotel because of the many positive feedbacks on Tripadvisor. After arrival at approx. 10:00 am we were told that the room will be ready not before 2pm what we understood. But then? That was it. We used a public restroom to get rid of the winter clothing and packed this into our handluggage and started to explore the resort ourselves. Dirt all over. The pool area was full with guests and only on request, two small towels were given to us. No beach bed was available so I asked for assistance to get two to rest some hours until the room was ready. Two desinterested guys from the pool staff arranged the beach beds and placed them on the sand. Another guest moved her beach bed closer to the beach and was ragged not to do so. These were our first impressions.

We were hungry and ordered from the restaurant two vegetarian salads. What was brought were two salads with seafood.

After 2pm we asked at the reception for the room again. It was not ready. After insisting that after 24 hours of travelling we needed the room, one person finally accompanied us to the room. Our reservation was for one room ground floor. "Our" room was in the third floor. It was old, dirty, not correctly cleaned, the electrical system was partly damaged, the shower head was so old and dirty that one must be afraid not to receive unknown bacteria infection. We asked for talking to the hotel manager which was ignored several times. As a result, we finally decided not to stay even one night in this terrible environment. We found a very attractive alternative immediately. Better some waste of money than trouble for 2 weeks with ignorant and not helpful staff. We cannot understand why so many positive comments have been written about this place.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
9  Thank Thomas B
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Address: 222 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut | Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#10 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#12 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#17 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range: £64 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Nora Beach Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 113
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Nora Beach Resort And Spa Ko Samui/Chaweng

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