The last time I indulged in a luxury beach resort stay was when I visited Ko Samui in October 2015, and before the word luxury gets you thinking that I paid a bomb to enjoy this super relaxing stay, let me assure you that everything luxurious need not burn a hole in your pocket. I define luxury as a feeling, and not how much more money you can spend. So having said that let me introduce you to this amazing resort I chanced upon while looking up accommodation options in Ko Samui. The minute I saw the pictures of The Nora Buri Resort & Spa on it’s website, I knew I had to book myself a room here. It looked so beautiful and serene and it had all the essentials I was looking for- a private beach, gorgeous swimming pools, spectacular views and was situated in Chaweng. In addition to this, it was not more than Rs.7000-Rs.8000 per night for a massive ocean view room!
We had the courteous staff send a pick up to the airport and the hotel which was just a few minutes drive from the airport was every bit as beautiful as it looked in the pictures online. We had requested for an early check in and the staff did their very best to provide us with our rooms as soon as they could. I always appreciate good service and that was one thing the resort got right immediately. The very friendly and warm staff were ever so willing to help and make our stay comfortable. The resort was beautiful, and looked as if it was set amidst a tropical forest. With trees and plants all over the property and rooms set in their shadows, one really feels as if he is staying in a luxury villa within a forest. The stone pathways with lily ponds and Koi Fish swimming in the little artificial ponds along the stone stairways, make you feel one with nature.
Post a lazy breakfast of croissants and tropical fruits at their beautiful ocean view restaurant we were shown our rooms. Massive and luxurious is the best way to describe them; comfortable beds, well fitted bathrooms, and a balcony that offered mouth watering views of the clear blue waters of Ko Samui.
The resort also had two gorgeous swimming pools and my personal favorite was the one at the beachfront. The pool overlooked the beautiful blue sea and had a bar that you could swim to and get a cold beer or an exotic cocktail mid swim!
The other pool was much closer to my room and to the spa, but I ended up not swimming there as I had already found my sweet spot at the beachfront pool, where the blue waters of the sea was just a stone’s throw away.
The resort had an in house spa on it’s grounds as well, and all guests who had booked the rooms online had a special 20% discount at the spa. Due to my limited amount of time, I didn’t make use of the spa service here, as it was full when I decided to make a last minute appointment, but the hotel staff immediately booked me a session at The Eranda which was a 5 minute drive away.
The Rice Barge restaurant at the hotel is known to be one of the finer places at Ko Samui to serve authentic Thai food. Manora- the other restaurant where we had our breakfast every day had many additional Thai breakfast items along with a proper continental spread. I loved the food here, in fact one of the very few places in Samui where I actually liked eating.
The lovely private beach at the hotel was a dream, barring the ‘Beware of Jellyfish’ signs everywhere. Thankfully I didn’t have any Jellyfish encounter.
The hotel also had daily drops to Chaweng market and back at frequent intervals and this was available free of cost to the guests provided they booked a spot in advance.
I would definitely pick this resort to stay at if I happen to visit Ko Samui again. It’s a spectacular property at an affordable price, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway in Samui.