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“Average at Best and Run Down in all aspects” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dara Samui Beach Resort

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Dara Samui Beach Resort
Ranked #26 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
“Average at Best and Run Down in all aspects”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

We love Thailand and the people as we have travelled there many times but this was a sad experience. Dirty rooms, smelling of urine and mould, lacklustre hospitality and 'Garden View Rooms' of dilapidated resorts next door. Our Air-Con didn't work for the first 24 hours and breakfast was a non-event in terms of offerings. The one good thing about this place was the location, its right in the heart of Chaweng, and close to everything. BUT, the hotel is old and while it appears there have been renovations the overall feeling is one of tired and weathered. The staff are luke warm and generally the warmth you get in most Thai resorts was not there. Perhaps it was our bad luck this trip but given the amount of competition in the area and other parts of Thailand, we would never consider this resort again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kingsley70
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rmdarasamui, General Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Kingsley70
First of all I would like to thank you for your precious time to leave an review on tripadvisor
and may I take this oppotunities to say apologize for every thing that make your holiday not to wonderful next hoel closly to Dara Samui was on renovation period but we are agree together for renovation sound not too lound we are very sorry for disturbing your time and for our breakfast we have a large variety of food at our breakfast corner and change to new variety every day

Dara Samui was decoration on northern style of Thailand and we have maintenance on monthly basis for keep our hotel always elegant.

My team I appreciate your feedback as it will help us to improve and hope being able to welcome you in the future in order to show you our improvements.


Sincerely yours

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

The hotel is located in the Chawen beach road. The hotel is decorated in Thai style. The front office is helpful. But the room is a bit old with no sunshine. The pillows are high . I used to have low pillows. The room amenities are not that enough. The restaurant is good. The servers are nice.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank law3333
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Shaweng beach
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

As a 4+ hotel you have high expectations and Dara is up there. Nice room with a balcony overlooking the garden. Aircondisioning and wifi in the room is good. Very nice staff that will attend to your need with a smile. Nice breakfast buffet next to the original poolarea. They have a nice beacharea just down from the pool so you have access to the poolbar from both. On the beach there is sun beds and Parasoll for the guests, and there is a nice massagearea with skilled people that take care of you for a modest fee. I miss warm water in the shower in the room. It's not that it is cold but when having a sunburn it really feel that way. And there is not a comfortable chair neither in the room or on the balcony. Lot's of stairs will be a problem for handicapped so don't come here.
So that is my 2 cent on this hotel, i would probably come back if i go to Samui again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jan Henrik G
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Nice hotel located in the heart of chaweng. Literally 5 mins walk to bars and shops! Rooms are spacious and clean, staff are friendly, hotel also has a beachfront. There's both Thai and international cuisine available - although those looking for a real Thai taste will need to step out of the hotel. Overall a very pleasant stay and would definitely come back to Dara Samui

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VacationistForLife
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Ko Samui, Thailand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

It's in the heart of the party zone in Samui, walking distance to the famous spots.

Rooms were comfortable and spacious, but in my opinion some of the things in the room need to be replaced or upgraded.

Overall it's been a good stay.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KamiSamaa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

Right smack at the happening scene of Chaweng minus the noises. Unfortunately the Spa is non existence amidst the name. Pool is pretty small but it's forgiven given the vicinity to the beach. All the deck chairs at the beach will be cleared in the evening and transformed into a cool beach dining area. This hotel is filled with stairs and therefore not definitely not wheel chair friendly.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank garyooi72
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rmdarasamui, General Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Ooi J
First of all I would like to thank you for your precious time to leave your kind review on tripadvisor
My sincere apology for the disappointing experience for our spa because now our spa was on renovation period and based on your comments we have also discussed about time to set up beach front restaurant with my team I appreciate your feedback as it will help us to improve and hope being able to welcome you in the future in order to show you our improvements.

Sincerely yours

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
General Manager
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Sodertalje, Sweden
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

Very nice hotel with big comfortable rooms with tv, shower, bathtub, minibar and a nice bed.
The staff was very kind and serviceminded.
Breakfast was delicious with lots of choices.
Nice poolbar were you can order good drinks and food to eat.
You can borrow towls to take to the beach.
We rent motorcycle one day and the staff in the reception helpt us and the bike was outside the hotell within 5 miutes.
We have nothing to complain about, we had a wonderfull holiday at Ko Samui.
We were here mars 2014 and we will be back :)

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tobias P
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rmdarasamui, General Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Tobias P
Thank you for your kind review for Dara Samui Beach Resort on tripadvisor and thank you again for choose Dara Samui for your holiday our team very happy to hear that every their effort is sucess to giving you a wonderful holiday and I will pass your wonderful words to them to know that their effort was succesfull

we will keep our service and standard to welcome you again soon

Sincerely yours

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
General Manager
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Additional Information about Dara Samui Beach Resort

Property: Dara Samui Beach Resort
Address: 162/2 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach | Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#18 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dara Samui Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dara Samui has beachfront location centrally located on Chaweng beach and walking distance to shopping and night life areas. Hotel offers free high speed WIFI in all rooms. Rooms size start from 42-128 sqm or 455 sq ft - 1380 sq ft with full Air Conditioned rooms. The hotel is a 4-star Thai Lanna-style boutique resort with 4 rooms categories. Relaxing, sports activities or shopping, whatever is your pleasure all are within easy reach at Darasamui. You never run out of things to do, unless you wish to. 2 Restaurants, 1 Bar,Swimming Pool, Beach, Sun Deck, Concierge and many more facilities are awaiting you... Try once at our Best Romantic Beach restaurant "Dara Serene" ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa Hotel Chaweng
Dara Samui Beach Resort And Spa Villa
Dara Samui Beach Hotel
Dara Samui Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng

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