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Nora Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #13 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Heading back over to koh Samui in November, so excited to be staying at Nora beach resort had a ball last year especially drinking those NoraRamas, really looking forward to being able to stay here with my boyfriend this time :)

Stayed march last year

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We can't say enough how much we enjoyed our stay. We organised to re new our wedding vows for our 25th wedding anniversary at the hotel along with staying 7 nights in a Beach front Villa. Firstly one of the previous reviewers is right, "sell the car" and stay in a beach front villa. The view is spectacular and the size of the villa was amazing. Many thanks to Miss Jun and her house keeping team, they put fresh flowers in the bathroom, the bedroom and the lounge room and changed them every second day. Our room was cleaned every morning while we were at breakfast, we have stayed in Thailand 6 times and often the room isn't cleaned till the afternoon but it was so refreshing to come back from breakfast and have the room spotless.
Secondly a very big thank you to Mr Gang for all the work he did to make us feel so special and organise everything from food to logistics for our ceremony.
Our biggest thanks go to Anna (wedding planner) her organisation, friendly approach and her ability to just make things happen blew us away!!!!! Nothing was too hard for her and she did it all with true passion.
We never had to ask for anything twice, if the staff said it would be 5 mins it was 5mins, if they said 10 mins it was 10 mins.
The beach out the front of our villa was so clean it was like a carpet, there was always a gardner ensuring it was spotless.
The security around the hotel was brilliant you always felt safe. A big pat on the back to the chef, the food was beautifully and creatively presented as we ate at the hotel twice and had room service several times. Chef also did our meal for our private dinner on the beach and it was delicious. Breakfast was very good and once again spotlessly clean in all the serving area.
Thank you also to the Manager who I sent an email to prior to us leaving Australia requesting a pillow topper for our bed as I had had recent shoulder surgery and know how hard Thai beds can be and it was there right from the word go and just perfect to sleep on.
This hotel is more like a relaxed resort than a high class hotel which is what makes it that bit more special. We loved that it was a little bit out of Chewang and you really felt like you were on an island holiday.
"My Time" was a great plus that cost us nothing, thank you flight centre and the hotel, it allowed great discounts at the Spa and dinners at the hotel. Plus a few little nice extras.
Once again a big thank you to all the Management and staff for making our holiday unforgettable.

Room Tip: Book a villa, but especially the beach front villa Room 2013 was amazing,
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Stayed at Nora Beach for a family wedding - stayed in an Ocean Villa - from the time we were picked up at the airport to the time we left the service was second to none, the restaurant, pool area, reception bar were excellent and being right on the beach was a big bonus. The wedding was fantastic. We are now saving for our next visit!!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank MichaelUxbridgeuk
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

My partner and I arrived into Koh Samui airport one evening and were picked up by a driver from the Resort. The check in process ran smoothly and shortly after we taken to our room. I'm usually very picky when it comes to Accommodation but was very happy with the resort standards. Everything was clean, aesthetics were lovely and I instantly felt comfortable in our space. We stayed in a Nora Villa which included a balcony. I noticed on the first night that there were a small amount of tiny ants in the room/ bed which surprisingly didn't bother me too much, but after 4 days we checked into the pool villa which didn't seem to have the ant problem.

Breakfast buffet was nice, I overheard some guests comment they were disappointed about the amount of "dinner" foods available, however I didn't think this was an issue and I believe is quick common amongst Thai resorts. There were several other options such as juice, yoghurt, muesli, pastries and fruit. There is an area where you can have eggs any style made. My main complaint about my breakfast experience is that the service is quite poor. Each guest is required to prepare their own coffee. On 95% of the occasions I went to make coffee, the water filter needed to changed, the coffee beans required refilling or the bin needed to be emptied. There was always more than plenty staff roaming the breakfast buffet but seemed oblivious to check on this.

The most popular time for breakfast was between 8-9am and the line for eggs usually took between 5-10 minutes. A small aspect to mention, but I would prefer a service where you can place an order and have the staff bring to your table once ready.

We checked into The Pool Villa 4 days after check in, it was the room we initially wanted but was unavailable. The room was beautiful, spacious and for couples wanting a little privacy away from the main pool, I would definitely suggest the extra cost. The private pool was always refreshing and clean, the area had tanning chairs also. It was the perfect setting to lie by your private pool in the sun with a book and your partner by your side.

The main pool was by no means not of a high standard, again it was always clean and although our visit wasn't during high season I wouldn't say it was every noisy or overcrowded. Before checking into our pool villa we enjoyed all our mornings by the resort pool.

The beach isn't the nicest up where the Nora is located as opposed to the resorts further down. There isn't much sand and the water is quite rocky/ seaweedy. The beach is significantly busier 1km- 1.5km down towards the centre of town and I would say the reason is purely because the sand/ water is much more pleasant.

Main positives:
- For the exercise conscious, there is a small gym available with all you need.
- Pool villa size & aesthetics.

Main negatives:
- Bar staff on more than one occasion didn't know how to make the drinks on their menu. The drinks they did know how to make didn't taste nice. Nicer drinks at a bar in town are available for a fifth of the price. Bar staff 4 times out of 5 also spoke minimal English.
-The language barrier was surprisingly an issue with quite a few of the staff members we encountered. Eg; called for room service and spoke to 4 people to order a club sandwich.
- Upon checking in the rooms were nice and clean, however during our stay I found that turn over was not carries out efficiently. The bathroom in particular could have been cleaned with more care.
- Issues when calling reception similar to room service, seems like no one could assist with simple queries before speaking to a third or forth person.
- No pool service. Eg; requesting a drink to the tanning beds.

Neutral feedback
- Resort isn't walking distance from the main part of town, you would need to rent a scooter or catch taxis.

Room Tip: Pool villa is great for couples
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

well nice hotel in north f chaweng, good service nice area its located.
Near hearth of shopping we rentd a motorbike.
any facility included, we suggest for couple,and for all that person want a quiet vacation

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and me have just returned from a wedding in Koh Samui.the ceremony was at Nora Beach & the reception was at Nora Buri. We stayed at the Nora Beach resort for 3 nights and it was wonderful service from check in till te time we checked out. All the staff at reception were helpful and very friendly. The service we experienced at both the Nora resorts was fantastic and if we ever return to koh samui would definitely stay there again. The pool right on the beach is amazing and the beach is better at the nora beach resort for swimming then at the Buri resort so that was an added bonus. All in all 5 star service at both he Nora resorts.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Naming a room type "superior" gave us some expectation of a good standard which our rooms did not live up to. Quite dated and worn and very slack service in relation to changing dirty towels, cleaning the floor etc. In general the hotel over advertise quite a bit, e.g. cake for birthday is one slice not a cake, free mini bar items is 2 colas and 2 water, welcome drink upon arrival is a glass of juice etc. Worst experience though was episode where we pointed out faeces in the pool (!!!) and pool personnel decided not to close the pool but waited with the cleaning till after regular closing time - unacceptable!

Stayed: April 2014
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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: £70 - £209 (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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