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Dara Samui Beach Resort
Ranked #22 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
NSW
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“Great Place for a couple”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

My Husband and I spend the Christmas brake 2011 there.
My first impression was negative, due to the arrival to the hotel and the reception staff, which was not as friendly and welcoming as in other Thai Hotels we stayed before.
The rooms are very large, very clean and comfortable, really quite but unfortunate the balcony lets you down. There is no view over the beach or city, so all you see is some roofs from next door hotel. Also the Resort is very narrow and limited in space and feels cramped.
like on large hallway.
The pool, due to bad weather, was not access- able during the first 2 days and neither was the beach as the waves came up to the entrance of the Hotel. So space around the pool was limited and poorly managed by the staff.
This is not a hotel for kids, so all families should stay away, the setting of the pool and the beach is to limited to give enough space to accommodate Families.
The Breakfast was OK, all dishes are prepared in the kitchen, and the buffet is limited. A bit more variety would have been nice on the healthy options. The Restaurant Staff was very friendly but the pools staff was lazy at times and we had to wait some time to get lounges or drinks delivered to the pool.
Wireless WiFi is only available at the pool or reception with is a complete let down,
also the TV channels are very limited with only one movie channel to choose from.
Overall Rating/ For an overnight stay , or a weekend its OK but not for longer.
I would not stay there again, as there are much nicer resort on the Main Beach.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

The staff was wonderful, during our stay at Dara Samui. The grounds are very nice, and we got little gifts each night, during turnover service! I don't know if it was because we stayed over New Years, but it was fun to find a little gift each night. It is located right in the heart of Chaweng, with shops and nightlife around, and the beach in the back. My husband and I stayed here, not many kids, so we liked that.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Hi,

stayed during our honeymoon , in 2007.
Great location, magnificent rooms, helpful staff.
the best hotel i've been to so far.

highly recommend.
guy

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Booked 2 Superior rooms online.

Came in at 12 oclock with an official check-in time of 2PM. They couldnt (wouldnt?) give us other rooms that were already made up and ready for new guests. Waiting 2 hrs for starters.

IN-room cable internet for free - good! Fridge and coffeemaker.

Location is superb, in the middle of 'happening' Chaweng.

Room is ok, not more than that. The frontdoor is a splitdoor where you will normally just use one half of it but its built for dwarfs. Why make 2 halfdoors when there could be one normal door for normal people.
Bathroom also ok but the handles for warm and cold water is the stupidest ever seen. Handles are in the tableporcelain to the right of the sink and you have to turn them clockwise and vice versa. Any soap, hairgel or the likes on your fingers and your hand just slides, not being able to turn the handle. Stupid stupid!

Shower and the hot water works surprisingly well.

Pool and beach:
Pool area is so small that there is no space for sun lounges around it. And tall trees to partially block out the sun. For sunbathing purposes you have to be out on the beach. Problem there is that if you want to be in the sun, and every spot is taken, you have to situate yourself very close to the water...right in the path where people walk by. Its not a big beach, from the waterline and up to the bar/pool/hotel, probably some 14-15metres.

Going to a beach island like Samui, I dont care much about a pool since the sea is the reason for going. But I like to be able to just lie there by the pool and relax, getting some rays. Not possible. Even better is a sunlounge in the sand but when you have to almost go down to the water, I am not ok with it.
Stand by the pool, look at the water, turn right and walk down the beach and see how the other resorts look, in terms of pool area and space.

The Dara pool was seen cleaned several times late at night (there is no noise from it) and its nice to see its maintained and kept clean.

Breakfast buffet is really bad, its nothing but toast, white bread and pastries. And then a lot of salat! (come on, its breakfast!). I can recall only once I have seen worse. Only good thing is the menu (included in breakfast) in which you can choose as many dishes as you want. THAT is very nice.

If you like beachgoing, night life and stay in the middle of it, Dara Samui's location is perfect. I'd say its for guys or gals travelling together, wanting to party.
I would not recommend this to families w/children.
Hotel wasnt expensive but I would not come back, there are just too many others places to choose from.

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I have seen all of Samui and Chaweng is the place to be, where things happen. North end of Chaweng and at Bo Phut/the big buddha is also ok. Lamai beach which is just south of Chaweng is also ok but the rest of the island, forget it.

Read a lot about Lipa Noi beach but what a disappointment that was, so small and so boring. Went to Nikki Beach which is very advertised. The bar Nikki Beach and those party nights might be fine but there is NOTHING to see or do at Nikki Beach. Beach itself is smaller than small.

The main road is one of Thailand's most dangerous and there are many roadkills.
The thais drive like idiots and for some reason, tourists try to emulate that as good as they can, swirving in and out of traffice, never looking behind them, and keep doing it even if its raining. Think twice before you rent a motorbike. You might drive sanely but others dont. Stick to a car.

For working out, there is one place in Chaweng - World's Gym on the main road. Go down the one-way beach road in Chaweng. When it ends, turn right til you reach main road. Left turn and its right there, you cant oversee the gorilla logo. 150baht per day or 10 times for 1000.

Room Tip: Doesnt matter what room you get but bear in mind there are no elevators so a room on reception level...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

My partner and I can not speak highly enough of Dara. The hotel was fantastic and great value. The rooms were spacious and clean, the staff were always friendly and helpful, great breakfast, pool, bar restaurant etc.It looks just like it does in the pictures! Dara is located in the perfect spot on Chaweng, turn left and you have the busy party area ofChaweng, turn right and you have the quieter end. We will definately stay here again and recommend it to anyone travelling to Koh Samui.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
#17 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,006 - ₹ 43,461
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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Dara Samui Beach Resort And Spa Villa
Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa Hotel Chaweng
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Dara Samui Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng

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