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Samui Buri Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 30 Hotels in Mae Nam
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Stayed at this hotel for a week and we were upgraded to a pool access room. The room was huge with 2 double beds and his and her sinks in the bathroom.

The pool area is lovely with plenty of sunbeds both round the pool and on the beach.

The infinity pool is stunning, swimming up to it looking directly into the ocean was fantastic and having the swim up bar an added bonus.

Breakfast is the usual fair - cereal, breads, sushi, pancakes, salads, fruit etc. There is a egg station where you can request all types of eggs, the omlettes were excellent and you can pick your filling.

We only ate in the hotel on our first night when they had the Italian Buffet but we got there quite late on so there wasn't much left and the quality was alright.

Lunch came courtesy of people on the beach, where for approx 100bhat (£2.20) you can get spring rolls, chicken skewers, fresh corn all grilled in front of you. They also give you bananas for no extra charge and if you are lucky mango, which was amazing. You can also get fresh coconut juice for them. They saved us a small fortune not having to eat in the hotel for lunch each day.

The hotel will take you in a golf buggy to the 7 Eleven so you can stock up on drinks and nibbles for your room. A beer at the hotel is 110baht (£2.40) and cocktails 190baht (£4.15) the 7 Eleven sells beer for 35-45baht so a substancial saving.

Happy hour was between 5-6pm where it is 2 for 1 drinks but your 2nd drink has to be the same as the first and on Mondays 5.30-6.00 you get a free cocktail and nibbles at the pool bar.

We ate at 2 restaurants next to the hotel - Luna Hut and Harrys, both were very good with Harrys our favourite between the 2. The rest of the time we ate in Fishermans Village, where I can highly recommend Krua Bophut (very end of the village) and The Pier (on the right just as you enter the main strip) There are loads of restaurants and bars in Fishermans.

The hotel has a car that they will take you places in and we used it each night we went to Fisherman's and it cost 300baht. When you get a taxi to the hotel the drivers will say it will be 400baht just say it was 300 the night before and they will come down, if they dont just walk away and the price will instantly drop - strange that!!!

The hotel has free WiFi which was very handy for checking a few things while we were away.

While we were there the Spa had a 2 for 1 offer on all treatments and 40% off all package treatments. Also treatments avaliable on the beach were greatly reduced. thai message at the Spa approx 1200baht while on the beach 350baht so it was a no brainer, not every day you can get a message on the beach listening to the ocean.

The hotel is a little secluded so if you want to be within walking distance of more bars/restaurants then stay closer to Fisherman's or stay in Chaweng

All in all we both loved our trip to this hotel and Koh Samui and would highly recommend it, we would stay again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We stayed here for 9 nights in June in a garden villa. The villa and grounds were beautiful. Everything was catered for including free use of internet, lots of books, DVD's etc. Ate in the hotel restaurant most nights and found food and service very good however there are other restaurants around the complex to try. The pool area and beach were spotlessly clean and there was a spa on the beach. Staff very extremely friendly and polite and couldn't do enough. A lovely relaxing experience and we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Garden Villas are fabulous however the rooms with shared pool access looked very good also
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ruth-Rowan
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

Overall we enjoyed our four-night stay at this hotel in August and it was very hard to get the kids out of the beautiful swimming pool once they were in. Our family room was very spacious and clean and the kids loved the fact that there was Cartoon Network on the TV. However there was only a tiny amount of hot water to be had in the shower - although we alerted staff to this, nothing was done about it. Later we stayed in much smaller/less expensive hotels in Thailand and they all managed to provide a proper hot shower, so I don't know why the Mercure couldn't! The beach was nice to look at although the sea water was slightly murky. The food was very expensive so we mostly ate elsewhere. Nearby you could get Thai massage, laundry, etc all much more cheaply than at the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Pat H
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

We spent eight nights here for our wedding anniversary and overall had a really lovely time.Our early morning arrival and pick up from the airport was trouble free and check in was quick and easy.The reception staff were delightful and had more than adequate english to make the whole process very smooth.We were taken to our room immediately, which was a bonus,given that check in time was hours later and we'd been travelling all night.We had a beautiful pool villa very close to the pool and beach.It was cool and clean and just delightful.The first few days were great.We hired a moped immediately to get around and see the island.Samui Buri is on a really lovely beach.The water is warm and clean,the sun lounges are comfortable and we managed to spend one whole day just swimming and lying there.We did partake of the beachside massage hut and spent some very pleasant time being scrubbed and massaged by the lovely massage ladies.The prices were very reasonable and it was always busy.The pool also was warm and quite enjoyable with a glorious view of neighbouring islands.Happy hour at the Pool bar could have been fun but unfortunately for us there were way too many smokers around for it to be a pleasant experience.If you are a non smoker or have any health issues, this can be a problem as they surround the pool area and also felt free to smoke in the restaurant, although I'm not sure what the policy on that was.We did eat in the restaurant several times and found the food to be very enjoyable.The prices were higher than outside ,of course, but not too high, and it was a delightful place to enjoy a meal and admire the view.Half way into our stay we did encounter a few problems which were unfortunate but did not manage to spoil it.The first was a very major one which could have been much worse and we consider ourselves very fortunate that it wasn't.Following an early morning swim we stood barefoot outside our villa washing our feet when my husband was suddenly struck by what he thought was a severe cramp in his arm.As I went to make a joke about it ,I also, experienced the most painful spasms right down my arm whilst he was once again yelling out in pain.We realized it was electricity but could not work out where it was coming from.We had both been electrocuted and it was a most painful and not recommended experience, which left my hand and his arm and shoulder feeling bruised all day.Apparently earth leakage from a cable under the ground was making the whole area "live" and as we had no shoes on for the first time, we were being shocked.We don't know how long it may have been like that but were both grateful to be okay.I must say that the first staff member we saw was incredibly helpful,Taking off one shoe to be jolted herself to see what we were talking about,and having several technicians there within minutes.They worked throughout the day to find and rectify the problem.We are so used to the safeguards in Australia, where a situation like this should not arise, that we did not realize how easily one or both of us could have been killed.In Australia a shock like that would have involved a trip to hospital but we were not offered medical assistance.I don't think anyone had any real concept of how serious it could have been. At the end of the day the problem had been found and fixed but it was with quite a bit of fear that I stepped back onto the entrance,expecting the worse.The next morning when I woke up,one of my thongs had disappeared from the front door and I was very afraid of not wearing shoes in case other areas were "live" so we had to go immediately and buy some more.The next "not so good" experience came with the "Mother's Day Buffet." This was a beautifully set out Thai buffet on the beach.It was supposed to go until about 10pm so we did not arrive until about 8.00.There was entertainment and plenty of delicious looking food being freshly prepared at several stations.We sat down with starters, in my case three chicken satay sticks. Unfortunately, before I was able to get any further food, a sudden thunder storm struck and everyone raced inside the restaurant.It went downhill from there.Chaos reigned supreme,there was no organization and very little food made it inside.The cooking stations stopped altogether and what did make it back was a fairly small and unappetizing mix.There were no serving spoons to be had so another twenty minutes went by trying to organize those until it became obvious that that was going to be it.This WAS an expensive event and I was very disappointed by my dinner.(or lack of it) It was 9.00 pm ,everything had fallen in a heap and the night was clearly over much earlier than it should have been.I know the storm was an act of nature but maybe they could have back up plans in place for events such as this so it doesn't fall apart so badly.We paid the bill and remarked that we were not happy with the night and had not even received our welcome drinks.The staff member promised he'd remember us the next day at Happy Hour.He didn't! That was the last time we ate at the hotel.After that we went into Fisherman's village or over to the Luna Hut and had delicious, inexpensive meals.All in all though, It was a lovely place to stay, a peaceful haven after Chaweng or BoPhut, and the bed was the most comfortable we've had anywhere.The staff were friendly, the turn down girls from housekeeping every evening were delightful and we still had a great time.We would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank funhunters
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

Ignore any of the negative comments. This is an excellent, clean resort that meets the highest standards you'd find anywhere in the world. The only slight negative is the location. It's in a quiet, secluded spot, which is great, but it can be a little inconvenient if you want to go elsewhere on the island and dislike haggling with taxi drivers. On the other hand, there are a number of excellent restaurants within a two-minute walk of the hotel so there isn't much need to go anywhere. In summary, you'll find international quality assurances here, but with a relaxed, local feel.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Suteben
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Additional Information about Samui Buri Beach Resort

Address: 26 / 24 Moo 4, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand (Formerly Mercure Samui Buri Resort)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 Family Hotel in Mae Nam
#11 Spa Hotel in Mae Nam
#11 Luxury Hotel in Mae Nam
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Mae Nam
Price Range: ₹ 3,948 - ₹ 11,069 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Samui Buri Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samui Buri Beach Resort is a very charming, boutique Thai experience offering huge & unique rooms & villas, lush gardens, impressive sports & leisure facilities and a stunning scenic beach perfect to relax and unwind. The impressive infinity pool, fitness centre, kids club and Seetawaree restaurant are all located directly at the beach all with postcard views. The hotel is ideal to get away from it all yet also conveniently located for golf, excursions and to indulge the best of Southern Thailand! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Samui Buri Beach Hotel Mae Nam
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