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Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
Ranked #30 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Great Location & Perfect Hotel”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We are family of 4, stayed at Kandaburi for 9 days (Dec 13) and all of us enjoyed our stay immensely. Beachside rooms are large and comfortable, some door handles falling off (minor issue on Holiday). Front desk staff dealt with them on arrival and departure so no complaints as some other guests have, however poolside / bar staff absolute amazing, friendly, helpful and always with a smile. Especial mention of a staff member, short name "Moet", an absolute gem. Location is perfect, away from Chaweng chaos but easy walk along beach (do not do road walk). We walked back sometimes early morning and no problems. Besides breakfast never ate at hotel, there are hundreds of restaurants close by to choose from and for all budget prices. Company doing airport transfers and tours were great, organized and helpful when challenges occurred. Taxi system if required is affordable, easy to use it and gets you everywhere anytime. Lots tours and things to do around Koh-Samui, get to know place, it's people (very friendly although reserved) and their customs, wonderful and would be back anytime.

Room Tip: beachside highly recommended
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Stayed at this hotel (beachside) from the 3rd till 8th of January & was very impressed. Staff are super friendly & helpful, room is super large & clean (can be a little dark but no major issue), pool area is great & leads down to lovely beach at your doorstep. Once again, bed is a little hard but that seems to be the standard throughout Thailand. The main "strip" is only a leisurely 10-15 minute walk along the beach & only slightly further along the road. Food served at the restaurant for breakfast, lunch & dinner is not super but is not horrible either, it does the job. You would have to be very hard to please if you did not enjoy this hotel.

Room Tip: There are plenty of restaurants & cafes located close by for you to choose from. Olivio's is...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed 3 nights in this hotel before new year. The hotel crew were really nice. we were welcomed with a nice drink and while we were resting in lobby area they proceed with the check in. the hotel has two sides and we were staying in Hillside which was located on the other side on the road. The room was so clean and spacious. the only thing was that toilet and bathroom was separated only with a curtain and not a door which was a bit uncomfortable to use.
The breakfast had not too many choices but it was fine. Hotel has one restaurant and swimming pool for each side. I'm not sure if you are be able to use the beach side restaurant when you are staying in hillside. but i guess the only advantage was a nice view of the sea and beach...Hotel has a got a private beach which is quite nice and we spent most of our time there.

The only problem or may better to say lack of service was room service which was very very slow in a way that in our second day they didn't clean our room while we were out and when we came back to our room around 4 pm for a short rest they still had not reached to our room yet and we didn't want anyone to disturb us when we were in.

All in all it was a nice stay. However, I'm not sure if I stay there again as the hotel location was in a long walking distance from the happening area of Chewang beach. We usually took cab late night as some parts on the way were dark and we didn't feel so safe. but if you are brave enough and like long walking it's a nice one considering overall high price of hotels in KSM.

Room Tip: You may note that most of resorts in KSM ,as i noticed, have two sides. Hill side and beach side and...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

We returned to Kandaburi on the 5th December and it was just as good the second time.

This time we stayed in a poolside room rather than the hillside, the room was really spacious, spotlessly clean and it was great being so near the pool, restaurant and beach. If you're looking for a room with a view I'd recommend the Hillside rooms but these poolside rooms have a lovely outside sitting area overlooking the gardens.

The restaurant overlooks the pool and there is a lovely outside area looking out over the sea, we had lunch every day and there was a really good choice - salads, sandwiches, pizza or Thai. Breakfast was buffet and again a good choice of cereals, pastries, Thai, fresh eggs and omelettes with hot trimmings. There is a fabulous themed buffet a couple of times a week and the evening meals are superb with a wide choice on the A La Carte menu and very reasonably priced for a hotel.

The staff at the hotel are lovely, very attentive, polite and friendly, they looked after us really well.

I'd highly recommend this hotel, it's excellent value for money, a great location (about 15 minute walk into Chaweng - not too far out but nice and quiet).

Hope to return again in March :)

Room Tip: If you want a room with a view head to the Hillside rooms, they have a lovely pool as well. If you w...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

We are staying for 5 nights and stayed on the beach side in a 2 bedroom apartment on the top floor.

The rooms are extremely spacious which meant we could all really relax throughout our stay. No ensuite though. Air con in every room which is nice. The decor is Thai style so not overly modern but suits the resort

Pool area and front beach is an amazing area where you can choose to swim in either the pool or beach

The beach and area is in my opinion the nicest along Chaweng beach as it's clean and flows nicely to the pool area, unlike many other beachfront resorts

We don't normally laze around the pool but we have done so at Kandaburi due to how relaxing it is

Food onsite is fair to good and caters for kids ok.

We would come back!

Stayed December 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We stayed 6 nights in a beach front room from 28/10-3/10 and found the resort to be good.
The rooms are huge!! and was a nice surprise upon entering :-).
The beds are hard as per usual for Asia but it was a King size. The rooms are very dark unfortunately and we did find ourselves turning the lights on constantly to find something even during the day. A very very simple fix would be to increase the wattage of the light bulbs and the problem would be solved instantly :-).
Breakfast was good and the food/catering staff were excellent and friendly.
The front of house staff is a different story unfortunately, we found them to be quite rude and disinterested on almost every occasion. and it wasn't just us as we were travelling with others who said the same thing. We are very easy going people who are easy to please but rudeness just isn't needed and was a let down. My rating of the service is 2 star only due to the front of house staff. 5 star for the beach front staff :-)

The beach and staff at the front of the resort are awesome!! plenty of deck chairs available at all times, beach was clean and staff were eager to help :-).

Overall a nice resort, with a few changes it could be a great place! One thing that can never change is the fact that it is quite a way out of Chaweng so if your into going into town a lot it can be a let down, the resort does offer a free transfer 3 times a day otherwise is tuk tuk.

Overall we were happy but would we spend our money staying there again...Unfortunately no.

Room Tip: Beach side is the go for sure!.... hillside is very much a hill side!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Rooms by the beach very spacious! nice and very comfortable!! easy access to all amenities.
Only 5-10 minute tuk tuk ride to the main shopping strip in Chaweng.
Very Quiet and makes for great night strolls on the beach.

Room Tip: Choose a room closet to the beach! bigger pool and of course the Beach!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
Address: 20 Moo 2 Chaweng-Chongmon Road | Bophut Samui, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Kandaburi Resort & Spa)
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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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#19 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#20 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#23 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#25 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi 4*
Number of rooms: 183
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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Kandaburi Resort And Spa
Kandaburi Hotel Chaweng
Kandaburi Hotel Bophut
Kandaburi Resort Bophut
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