So, the lobby is impressive, but it ended there for us. We made booking on booking.com and had to pay our 3 nights in advance on check-in, which was a bit unnerving, since we hadn't yet seen the room. We booked a pool villa, and were somewhat disappointed (villa 124). It really needed updating. The furniture was worn and drab; many layers of painting made it seem very dark. The lighting system--what a nightmare. All lights controlled by a central lighting unit in the bedroom next to the bed and some in the living area could only be controlled from there. The curtains, well, there are sheers and then a heavy layer. You can see through the sheers and when you drop the heavy ones, well, it can feel claustrophobic during the day. The bathroom had the cheapest and worst towels, like small rags, ripped and stained. Mind you, it's not cheap to stay in a pool villa here--they should have decent towels for the price that one has to pay. Also, our shower took a long time to drain and flooded part of the bathroom. The "pool" is like a large bathtub and not private as many of your fellow neighbors and other guests can see you in your pool and ours did not seem very clean. The small fence does nothing for privacy and you couldn't sit next to the pool as there wasn't enough decking to feel comfortable. The only redeeming room item was the bed--very comfortable, clean sheets, and enough pillows for 2 people. The gym was so-so, but better than other places in Thailand, but can't compare to gyms at hotels in Bangkok. No towels or water in it. The biggest disappointment for me was the beach. It had lots of trash on it and they do not do a good job of sweeping around the recliners. There were broken lighters, metal pieces, etc. in the beach and I stepped on one that stabbed my foot. The hotel needs to do a better job of maintaining this area. The beach restaurant had good food. We had lunch there daily and their Thai dishes are good. The staff in the restaurant was very friendly and some of the best hotel staff we met on our trip. Breakfast was the usual buffet for foreigners and very good. For dinner, we ate next door at Saree Samui--fabulous food! Had a decent massage, not the best, but not the worst at the spa. All in all, an OK stay, but not a fabulous stay and very underwhelming at the price we paid.
- 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
- Mercure Koh Samui
- Mercure Samui Buri Hotel
- Samui Buri Beach Resort Ko Samui, Thailand