My boyfriend and I stayed at Kandaburi for two weeks commencing 17th May 2012.
We didn't really know what to expect, and my well travelled boyfriend was particularly apprehensive about Thailand and its safey.
Upon arrival (late at night) we were greeted with a fresh juice and a cold towel - perfect after a long trip! We had booked a beachside room (after doing much research) and thankfully we did, as the hillside rooms were separated by a road and quite far to walk down to the beach. Our room was on the first floor right next to the pool, very lucky. There were rose petals on the bed and in the bath, very nice touch!
We awoke to a BEAUTIFUL day and a beautiful resort! Just heaven, my boyfriend was very impressed. The beachside pool was great and we had no difficulties in getting a sunbed by the pool or on the beach. We went for a stroll along Chaweng beach, where you'll find many other resorts with their bars and massages available. We couldn't believe that we could have a massage overlooking the ocean, only 10 metres away. The beach is very shallow for quite a while out which we loved, but perhaps not good for those after waves!
The resort is walking distance to Chaweng markets (which smelt terrible, so we only went twice). The resort also runs a shuttle bus 3 times a day to Chaweng, although a taxi is very cheap (200 baht).
Frangipanni restaurant (beachside) had great food. We ate at least one meal here everyday. We were also present for happy hour at 3pm each day!
The hotel spa was great,had a very relaxing poolside massage and also a two hour treatment in the actual spa. A bit pricey (in comparison to the massages you can get along Chaweng beach or at the markets), but still a lot cheaper than Australia!
The staff were so friendly and helpful. We ended up hanging out with the beachside bar staff every afternoon playing jenga! We felt like Kandaburi became our second home, and were VERY sad to leave. Will be recommending Kandaburi to family and friends.
Rooms, location, facilities, restaurants/food
- 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