I'll start by saying that if you are already booked into this hotel, and are checking whether you've made the right choice, don't worry. You have. You'd have a great time. However, if you're reading this and wondering whether to book it, I suppose it would depend on what kind of deal you are getting. All things equal, there are others in Koh Samui I would stay at.
Rooms: The rooms are huge. When looking for a flat in Manchester a few years back, I saw none that were bigger. The beds were really comfy, plenty of storage and nice sitting area. However, the rooms are only separated from the bathroom WC by a curtain. The showed curtain is inadequate and water goes everywhere. The sunken bath, whilst looking gorgeous, is not really made for a western physique and anybody much larger than the norm (in height or weight) will find the bath on the tight side.
The Resort: The hotel is built from the shore up the hill, and as a result some rooms require quite a walk up the hill. My partner was pregnant and struggled significantly in the heat making it back to the room. There are lots of steps and the resort is absolutely not suitable for people who find walking difficult.
The Food: We only had breakfast and lunch and both were fine. Nothing spectacular, but fine.
The pool area: A real plus. Two pools, one in each side of the hotel, and we never had a problem getting pool loungers. The pool itself was rarely crowded and at a nice temperature.
The beach: The beach is nice, but the sea being in a lagoon tends to have a lot of seaweed. The sea is very calm and shallow for a significant distance out.
Location: We found it perfect. A medium distance walk into town along the road, or a much nicer walk along the beach, stopping off at the various beach bars on the way, For Scuba, theres a scuba centre next door.
Facilities: I only really tried the poolside massage. Very reasonable in price and a good massage.
Staff: Some of the staff were amazing (the young girl who worked at breakfast and I think was a student, working during school holidays in particular). There was a mix up when we arrived where it looked as though the hotel had cancelled our booking. Even then though the staff were friendly and helpful just not the perfect start to the holiday.
Would we return. Yes, if it was a good deal. But the competition for hotels on the island means that realistically it would be elsewhere. However, we LOVED Koh Samui.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Chaweng Beach and Koh Matlang, Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi offers range of accommodations with a private balcony. Its 4-star facilities include 2 outdoor pools, a spa and a well-equipped gym. Spacious rooms at Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi feature modern interiors that combine contemporary and wooden furnishings. Each well-furnished room is equipped with a 42 inch flat screen TV and a large private bathroom with a bathtub. Guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments at the Spa or relax sipping cocktails at beach bar right on the beach. Car rental and sightseeing arrangements can be made at the tour desk. Tom Yam Thai Restaurant serves a fine selection of traditional Thai dishes, while international food can be enjoyed at bar Beach and restaurant. Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi offers also free parking, and is a 5-minute drive from Samui Airport and from Chaweng Town area ideal for shopping and nightlife activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kandaburi Resort And Spa
- Kandaburi Hotel Chaweng
- Kandaburi Hotel Bophut
- Kandaburi Resort Bophut
- Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi Ko Samui