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“Pleasant hotel beyond offputting exterior”

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Dara Samui Beach Resort
Ranked #23 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Ware, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pleasant hotel beyond offputting exterior”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

For our families' first trip to Koh Samui we chose the Dara as a lot of peole had written positive reviews about it. Initially i was put off when we arrived at the dara as it is situated on a very busy road and so does not have the immediately obvious spectacular frontage that many other hotels have. My husband and I stayed here for 8 night with 5 young people (ages 12-20) and they all loved it. The greatest asset of the Dara is its location. Everything is on your doorstep: shops, restaurants, markets and it is only a few minoute away from the airport. In particular the service here was second to none. Despite the very busy morning breakfast room the ataff waiting on were efficient and pleasant. There was the usual buffet which was good but could perhaps have benefitted from a more varied choice of wholemeal cereals and breads. In addition to the breakfast buffet, orders could be taken for a variety fantastic egg type breakfasts, porridge or pancakes. Whilst we didn't eat any other meals here given our proximity to so much else if the chef's work at breakfast was anything to go by....The rooms were very nice and reasonably spacious. The Dara's position right on the beach is idyllic and there never seemed to be a problem finding a sunbed. The water is extremely shallow though - too shallow for swimming but in addition there is a lovely pool. Service at the bar was good, especially the cocktails! each day you would be left a couple of bottles of water which we'd supplement from the many local shops and sore in the minibar fridge provided.
All in all a good choice if you want good service, a good location with an excellent breakfast menu!
I would rcommend this hotel for anyone who likes to be in the hub of things.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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rmdarasamui, Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Dear Keira 16,

Greeting from Darasamui Beach Resort, we would like to thank you for your great comment on Trip Advisor.

Our team members are very glad to learnt that you and your family were enjoyed your holiday with us.

Regarding to the breakfast variety we already seriousely looking in to seting up and adding more items , our Executive Chef are now working hard to improving the breakfast service and we do believe you will come back to experience it.

Looking forward to welcome you back to stay with us at Darasamui with not too far distance.

Best regards,

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
Resort Manager
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

Nice architecture, calm even though situated in the very heart of Chaweng, beautiful rooms, nicely integrated swimming pool with direct access to the private beach and on top of that a very friendly quality service. We loved it !!!
Francois B.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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rmdarasamui, Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Dear Francois J J B,

Greeting from Darasamui Beach Resort, It's a great pleasure to welcome you to spend your special time with us and thank you for your taking time to review on Trip Advisor

Our team member at Darasamui are very happy to hear that you were enjoy your holiday with us and your comment will be our advantage to improve our service and maintain it to serving you again on your next holiday.

Looking forward to welcome you back to stay with us

Best regards,

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
Resort Manager
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2012

Very beautiful room, excellent service and the food is extraordinary,!


I enjoyed every meal here especially dinner! Since the chief is Thai, the taste of the food is original Thai taste, although the american and European food are also available.

Location is next to the beach and on beginning of the Chaweng road. Everything you need is within your walking distance.

Facility and pool are also great. Will come back again!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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rmdarasamui, Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 21 August 2012
Dear Sweetmojito,

Thank you very much for your taking time to review your comment, we are all happy to hear that you were enjoy your holiday with us at Darasamui.


We are looking forward to welcome you back to stay with us again in the near future.

Best regards,

Ms.Kesorn Khaorueng
Resort Manager
rm@darasamui.com
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Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

Choosing this hotel is a mistake. 2 main problems. 1) Service is very slow and staff are not welcoming. 2) poor quality of the details. The only good thing is the location.

The pictures will speak for its self.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

We stayed at Dara Samui for 10 days in the superior room and couldn't have been happier with the service. Staff were very friendly and helpful, most spoke and understood English well. Room was very clean and comfortable. Pool was cleaned everyday and always appeared tidy. Food was and drinks were a bit overpriced but we had free breakfast included daily which was excellent! Breakfast buffet had great variety and was delicious. Not located on the nicest part of chaweng beach but only meters away from great swimming areas. Very short walking distance to other great restaurants and shopping opportunities from street markets. We would definitely recommend Dara Samui to anyone for a holiday and would definitely come back here ourselves.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Elizabeth C
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rmdarasamui, Manager at Dara Samui Beach Resort, responded to this review, 21 August 2012
Dear Elezabeth C,

Thank you very much for taking time to reviews your value comment for Darasamui, we are all very happy to learnt that you were enjoy your holiday with us and will come back again to stay here for next holiday.

We are looking forward to welcome you back and can't wait to serve you here .

Best regards,

Ms.Kesorn Khaoreung
Resort Manager
Darasamui
rm@darasamui.com
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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): ₹ 6,056 - ₹ 42,391
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 And Spa Villa
Dara Samui Beach Resort & Spa Villa Hotel Chaweng
Dara Samui Beach Hotel
Dara Samui Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng

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