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Historical Traveler Reviews Buri Rasa Village Samui Chaweng
I spent 5 nights at Buri Rasa in Koh Samui, Thailand and had a fantastic time. The resort is new (less than a year old), well maintained thus far, the staff are attentive and helpful, always smiling, the food at the restaurants is excellent, the spa is small, but very good and good value. The place is not perfect--the pool is small and nothing really to speak of, though very lovely and peaceful. The hotel is on a very narrow plot of land so the rooms are built "up". As far as I could tell there are only 2 rooms that would have a sea view, but no matter because the garden setting is lovely and the sea is right there and easily accessible. Also, we travelled around the island and this is the best beach we saw anywhere. Buri Rasa keeps their beach clean and provides enough chairs/etc. Once inside the resort, you can hardly tell that you are in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Center. The resort is not made specifically with children in mind, but my children, ages 7 and 9, really enjoyed it. I forgot to mention the breakfast was one of the best I have ever had. Made to order eggs, waffles, even egg whites if you prefer and caprese, juices, fruit, bread and even nutella! The rooms are decorated beautifully and the best part is the bathroom, you feel like you are in a village--it's absolutely lovely. I would definitely stay here again.
We stopped here for our honeymoon after getting married at Coral Bay (also on Samui). We only changed hotels because lots of our friends were still at Coral Bay and we wanted some peace and quiet.....
I'll try to not bias this review - however, Coral Bay is an excellent hotel and it's hard to see anything matching up to it!
Buri Rasa is a very nice, clean, typical 4* resort - if you want to stop somewhere right in the swing of things (i.e. the middle of Chaweng beach) then you can't go wrong. We had a room with a dip pool. The pool is a nice touch, but our pool didn't get any sun so was..... errm...... fresh to say the least!
There isn't really much else to say. The only way we preferred Buri Rasa to Coral Bay was in that the beach at Buri Rasa was far superior. The downside to this is that it is also very busy.
Oh, one last thing..... We ate our last meal at the hotel's own restaurant and the food was superb - expensive by Thai standards but still comparable with all the other 4* hotel restaurants.
If you are thinking about getting married on Samui, look at Coral Bay - it is a far more idealic setting for your wedding day.
An exceptional holiday at Buri Rasa Village
I spent 5 days at the Buri Rasa Village in late April 2006, mainly based on the information that I learned from the postings on tripadvisor.com. All I can say is that this resort is absolutely wonderful as are the people that work there.
LOCATION: The resort is perfectly situated on a nice part of Chewang beach. It was not crowded on the beach side, and on the road side, you are steps away from numerous shops, bars and restaurants.
BEACH: Clean, white sand and uncrowded. The water was fairly shallow, but you could swin and the water was clear and warm. You will be approched by and endless number of vendors, but they are not pushy and move on if you tell them "No thanks". Of course this can not be controlled by Buri Rasa Village as the beaches are the property of the Kingdom, not the hotel.
ROOM: We had a deluxe room and it was just like the pictures on the website. Very luxurious, clean and well equipped. My only comment is that a clock radio would have been a nice addition. There is also a DVD player and you can borrow movies (free-of-charge) from the front office.
FOOD: The food at the resort was very good and very well priced. Still, we chose to eat at more local establishments for dinners to get a more authentic Thai experience. There is a great "hawker" style open-air restaurant directly across from the resort. Dinner for 2 (including drinks), never exceeded 250 baht. The breakfast at the hotel was fine and included a wide range of fruits, breads, and made-to-order hot dishes (such as waffles, omlettes, bacon, etc.)
ATMOSPHERE: The resort has a wonderful architecture that creates a tropical, relaxed ambience. Being a boutique hotel, there were never any crowds or loud parties and the night times were quiet, except for the sound of the ocean.
SERVICE: Very friendly staff that go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Service on the beach was a little slow, but hardly something to complain about.
Overall, the Buri Rasa Village was a wonderful choice for our vacation and we will not hesitate to stay there again when we return.
Stylish but noisy
I recently traveled alone around on the islands in the eastern gulf of Thailand, and stayed a week at Buri Rasa, whlile visiting Chaweng.
The hotel is only a couple of months old, and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The rooms are stylish with canopy beds and minimalistic interior, pluss the bathrooms are huuuuge.
Some of the Garden Court rooms are a bit of a let down, but the rooms with a dip pool are absolutely gorgeous.
The beach serivce was impressive. They never let your water glass go empty and come around with free fruit and refreshing towels all day long.
The hotel has two restaurants which are both very good, but I would say The Green Olive facing the street is the best.
Sadly noise from the nightlife on the street behind the hotel an be quite disturbing at night time. I can think of at least three nights where I lay awak because it was so noisy....
So make sure you get a room that lies futher towards the beach than the main street.
While looking around for hotels I noticed that Buri Rasa offers different rates at different places. My best advice would be to reserve your room through latestays, as they offer a really great price..
Great value for your holiday!
An excellent small new boutique hotel with a very clean and well-kept hotel area. The service was also great. We stayed in a deluxe room which was more than deluxe for our purposes.
We recommend this hotel to everyone willing to spend a little extra for accommodation. Great value for money!
Superb Stay at Buri Rasa
Superb Resort, situated on easily the nicest part of Chaweng beach, close enough to the action of the high street if you want to go and find it but far enough away to have a resort atmosphere and complete relaxation while on the nice white sand part of the beach.
We had one of the garden villas, great room, spacious romantic and very very private.
Staff were great, just the right mix of service with out imposing themselves or overdoing it.
Room service was great.
Infinity pool was superb and plenty of space on the lawn looking out over the beach (great for avoiding the hawkers) the beach staff were great as well.
If youre a couple looking for a great week away, you can easily relax at this place without feeling like your in the middle of it (no noise here) yet all the shops and bars are right outside the door - its an oasis on chaweng. Also its great value. We looked at a couple of others while there which we debated before our stay - we were very pleased with our choice.
Lovely Buri Rasa
Just spent six nights at the Buri Rasa village, and it was an absolutely delightful location. I did extensive research on this webpage - Buri Rasa looked like the best combination of luxury and value, but it was a little bit of a leap of faith because of the lack of reviews (fairly new). I was also concerned that Chaweng Beach would be to chaotic for my taste. I definitely made the right choice. The resort is small (but spacious), lovely, and peaceful. And without a doubt (from a very picky traveller), it was excellent value for money. You could spend your whole time at the pool and beach and never realize how chaotic and busy it is streetside. And - if you want the hustle and bustle - it is just outside. The rooms are tastefully decorated. Only possible concern is that the bed seemed to be full-sized (rather than queen) - wasn't a problem for me since I was travelling alone, but for two you'll be cozy. A previous review mentioned only warm water in the bathroom - I didn't have this problem. The spa (affiliated with the stand-alone spa down the road - named something like Four Seasons Spa)provides limited but excellent treatments. There were plenty of beach chairs, and without any large resorts close by, the stretch of beach in front of Buri Rasa wasn't very crowded. In fact, there is an empty parcel of land next door. I don't know what the plans are for that land. There didn't seem to be any signs of imminent activity, but if you're going in the (somewhat distant) future, it may be worth checking that it hasn't become a construction site.
Apart from the weather during this time on Samui, we had the most beautiful holiday ever, and we travel a lot. The resort is simply stunning with big rooms (all new) and a great beach. We had a deluxe room which was the cheapest category, but more than enough for us. The rooms were cleaned daily and the maids were so cheerful. The resort is brand new and build like a small Thai Village. The pool at the beach is spacious enough for the 32 rooms and the beach is the best in Samui we have seen. From breakfast to dinner the food was amazing and always fresh. ALL staff were most obliging (some need some English lessons)and always helpful, attentive and smiling. The prices from Mini Bar, Laundry (not used) and restaurant were very resonable and not inflated like many other resorts we stayed, so we ate in the resturant 4 times for dinner during our 6 nights there.
We checked out on Christmas Eve and could keep our room until 4.00pm which was much appreciated. The management was always around and talking to guests, even helping cleaning the beach after a storm.
Overall a fantastic holiday and we will be back. Best time we were told is between February and September.
Fantastic, excellent staff
Buri Rasa looks even better in person than it does on its web site...it is simply beautiful.
All staff were jovial, perky and efficient. Rooms were very nicely furnished and beach area excellent.
It is clear that management has high standards for facilities and staff.
Quieter part of Chaweng but close enough to walk to all the action.
The only negative thing is that the hot water in the bathrooms was lukewarm.
Stayed at the Burirasa Aug2005. The grounds and pool area are very well maintained. We had a deluxe garden room (triple) and although there was nothing to complain about the room was on the small side. The bathroom was very large and well stocked. There was also a dvd player in the room and films were available from reception. Quite a few TV channels but no guide to see what was on! No room service. The breakfast was cooked to order so no"tired " food. Only complaint there was no tea or coffee machine so had to wait to be served.(never long). Only real gripe was my daughter used the internet in the lobby which was free the first time but when she used it again was charged 3 bht a minute,triple the price of everywhere else! All the staff were very friendly and nothing seemed to much trouble. Very good location.