Kandaburi Resort & Spa
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... heat with our backpacks on our shoulders. After we enquired on the prices of a few other guesthouses, which were either too pricey or fully booked, we found Big Blue Diving Resort 1000B a night (approx £18) More than we wanted to pay, but the room was quite nice and just a few steps off of the beach. Our room was really spacious, with 2 double beds (for some reason) and big sliding doors going out onto a lovely balcony. No air con, but there was a fan. We stayed ...
... it, but if it's not in a salad, or deep fried, it makes my skin crawl, so walking along the beach was an obstacle course for me. After an hour, we were shown to our private bungalow by a lovely young 'lady' who was very polite and made small talk (I have a well tuned gaydar, so expected that I would also have been able to spot the ladies who weren't born ladies, and I think I was right- Nath was completely oblivious). The bungalow was lovely, made up of a ...
... i've just got back to the hostel and i'm scarred by what I saw earlier. I watched a grown man break another's nose and tooth because they were dancing to the harlem shake. I watched people get so drunk they fell asleep on tables and at the bar. This place really is like Britain. I wont be in Thailand long enough to make a decent judgement, but I can almost guarantee that stag-do's, hen nights and Canadian Backpackers are among the most loathed in ...
... and brushes, making designs all over their arms, legs, and face to glow under a black light. The energy in this palace is unbelievable. Ive never felt so crowded in my life before, hardly able to move through the streets. The streets were packed with nearly 25,000+ people, overflowing onto the beach. Batch bars played music as everyone was dancing with buckets in hand. We didn't get back to the room till 5, which was early since the beach was still packed. What a crazy ...
... expect. I loved it! I found it so peaceful and serene! The buoyancy you get in the ocean is unbelievable. I would cross my feet and barely move my arms to steer me this way or that. All that being said we were warned it wasn't the Great Barrier Reef and the water was too murky to see much. I headed back to the boat to swim. We were able to jump off the main deck and a few of us ventured to the top deck to jump off. One woman commented on how ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kandaburi Resort & Spa Chaweng
The Perfect Choice in Koh Samui
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Kandaburi Resort & Spa and I could not speak highly enough of this resort. We are aged 27 & 30 and wanted a relaxing holiday in the sun with a little fun and great food. We were not disappointed!
Arrival was exceptional, we arrived at 11.00am, 3 hours prior to check in and were immediatley taken to our room. Unlike previous Thailand holidays, the room was exactly what we had booked. They are extremely large and tastefully decorated.
Service was spot on, accommodated all our needs without being intrusive. Breakfast was everything you could hope for. Beach & pool were picture perfect with plenty on sun lunges.
It's around a 15 minute walk into the centre of Chaweng but there are beach restaurants and bars withing 50 meters down the beach. It is situated between The Briza (that was empty) and the Chaba Cabana.
We enjoyed the walk into town each day to eat and there are so many quality restaurants to choose from. The resort manager, John provided us with a guide on arrival and we used this daily. There is also a driver that can take you into central Chaweng for 100bht if you feel lazy.
I have previously stayed at the Central Samui Beach Resort and this left it for dead. Highly reccommend the Kandaburi.
Excellent Resort - Loved Everything!!
I stayed at the Kandaburi Resort & Spa, in September 2006, and absolutely enjoyed my whole time there. The resort is only a few months old, so everything is very new and stylish. The lobby area overlooks the whole resort, giving you a stunning view.
The staff are all very friendly and can not do enough for you, we literally felt like kings and queen's - they treated us so well. The rooms where gorgeous, very big and have everything you need, as well as a dining table and chairs if you wished to dine in one night.
Breakfast is served between 6.30 am and 10.30am daily, and there is a chief who greets you every morning at the pancake stand. Here you can get pancakes, eggs and omelette's cooked and made to your liking - which are all very, very delicious!! Especially the Banana Pancake!
Every Wednesday and Saturday night the resort puts on a themed buffet dinner. Everything is absolutely delicious and there is so much food you could literally feed any army with!
The swimming pool is a very good size and has bench type seats fitted around parts of the pool if you wish to sit on them when in the pool you also have a beautiful view of the ocean. The sun lounges, where very comfortable all fitted with very comfy cushions and this is the same on the front beach area, where you can sit and relax with your favourite cocktail and enjoy the view, swim and soak in the atmosphere!
I visited the spa within the resort and treated myself to a Swedish massage. The spa is so beautifully presented and each of the rooms are so clean and tidy and each have their own toilets/changing room area, as well as a bath, etc - so whichever treatment you were receiving you were able to get it done in the one room, they also have daily "happy hour" specials, so if you book a spa treatment or massage within these times the prices are half price.
The resort is about a 15-20 minute walk along the beach away from the main shopping district, but we enjoyed walking along the beach - day & night, you get to see a lot more things that way and at night you get to view what all other restaurants/resorts have on offer for dinner as well.
I highly recommend this resort to anyone that is visiting Koh Samui, you will not be disappointed! The Kandaburi is by far the best place I have ever stayed in, and will definitely stay here again.
The most newly built hotel in Chaweng beach
We stayed for 7 nights in August 2006. The property is probably the newest in Chaweng. It is located in the north side of the beach which unfortunately isnt the best part , mainly due to the tide, which makes the sea better to watch than to swim!
The hotel, however, is impressive with XX- large rooms and pool. Service is excellent and all staff very friendly and helpful.
The enviroment is quiet, as the hotel is a bit far from the noise of the center(10min walk). Breakfast is not bad, but nothing special either. The rest of the menu is above average, while cocktails were my soft spot (tried almost everything). If you dont necessarily look for traditional thai cottages, Kantaburi is definately one of the best places to stay in Chaweng.
Welcome to paradise!
After spending 4 busy days in Bangkok, we had organized another 4 days trip in Koh Samui Island.
Less than one hour flight, we arrived at the airport, and into paradise!
The hotel is 10mns away from the airport, but don't worry, you can absolutely not hear any noise!
The hotel is located on Chaweng Beach, which is known to be the most beautiful beach on the Island. I confirm!
No more than 50 rooms, makes you feel at home, and the staff is the most incredible I have ever met. So kind, smiling, helpful.
The rooms are really large, with a pretty view on the "asian gardens", fantastic tropical plants, and on the beach.
Private beach, very clean, deep colours, the perfect place to be!
You can rent a motorcycle or ask for a taxi from the hotel, located only 10mns by walking to the busy and lively Chaweng. But it is perfect no to be directly in the centre, as it is quite noisy, by day or by night.
Beautiful amazing relaxing place
What an amazing place. We stayed in Bangkok for 3 nights, then Koh Tao in a beach hut (no A/C) or hot water and was dreaming of luxury to then arrive to stay at the Kandaburi for 8 nights! WOW!
We arrived around 2pm and was greeted at reception with two cocktails and a tour of their faciltiies. The staff treated us like King and Queen. The staff took our suitcases to our rooms and we laid in the bath for about an hour! Was lovely, especially after having no hot water for the 4 days before on Koh Tao!
The views upon leaving reception and walking to the room were breathtaking. The gardens were beautiful with orchids and ponds with brightly coloured lilly pads and tropical fish. Everywhere was brilliant white. Took so many photos!
The bedroom was massive. We had a luxury seaview double as these were the only completed ones I think. The views were not seafront, more sea glimse. None of the rooms actually faced the sea, they were facing other rooms and you had to look sideways from your balcony to see the sea, but it was still amazing. We heard a few people from Finland moaning that they had paid for a seaview like us and they hadn't got it, but none were sea view and it idn't really matter to us, we didn't spend long in the room anyway...
The bathroom was in your bedroom with closable blinds between wooden grills for privacy if you needed it. The room had a DVD player which could also be used with CD's for music.
Reception hired out DVD's/Music FREE if you wanted. They also had FREE internet access.
In your room there was a dinner table with plates and knives and forks should you want to have room service for a romantic evening in. Think breakfast room service was an additional 200BHT. The mini bar was reasonable prices 25BHT for a packet of crisps, 85BHT for a bacardi breezer. You were given 2 complimentary bottles of water daily, but if you wanted more, the maid would give you as many as you wanted. The bubble bath, soap, shampoo and conditioner was very nice and we used theirs when we run out of our own.
There were towels in your room, both for the beach and shower and extra towels for the sunloungers down by the pool. The sun loungers were so comfty! Big padded seats and huge wooden beds with sliding tables underneath for that all important afternoon cocktail.
The staff would rush over to your sun lounger and lay you down a towel when you arrived. They were all very very helpful and nice.
Your bed corners were turned down each evening and little orchids left on your bed. You were also given the Bangkok times to read each morning (In English), which was quite interesting (World News).
The breakfasts each morning were from 6.30-10.30am. They were lovely. Try the banana pancakes and maple syrup. Oh my god!!!! Amazing.... Also try their mixed omlettes, but ask for them to be well done otherwise they arrived slightly runny. The lady after a few times, knew we wanted them more done and she gladly browned them off for us. They'd do you any egg you wished for, you just had to ask.
Each day thay had a cocktail of the day for 99BHT and a sandwich of the day for 199BHT. Both very nice. Watch out though 99BHT doesn't mean that's what you'll pay. You then pay 7% government Tax and 10% service charge on top even if you bought the drink at the bar! That was our only moan about the place. It would be better that they advertised the actual price, rather than the price without all the additions.
We never ate in the restaurant in the evening as we liked walking along the beach into Chaweng Centre. It was nice and warm in the evening and although the walk along the road seemed a long way, which we did once on the first night, the walk along the beach was much better as there are numerous little beach bars to break up your walk with happy hours all day/eve in most and cocktails as low as 40BHT! We would get a bus taxi back, usually 50BHT each (so100BHT)..
The reception offered trips. We did an around the Island Trip for 1000BHT for x2 persons. You had to put your name on a waiting list until x4 persons could go and then you'd go in Kandaburis air conditioned taxi. If you wanted a private tour you could go alone but pay 2000BHT for x2persons. Our tour company wanted 3000BHT for x2persons for the same trip.
The trip took you to the Mumified monk, waterfalls, secret magic garden, rude rocks, Nathon, a Wat, Big Buddha and a few other places. It was worth the money. We left recpetion at 12.00pm and arrived back at 7.30pm. The driver couldn't speak much English, so you had to pick up leaflets from the places you were going to or read about the places once there to learn about where you were.
On our last day at breakfast we were given Champagne and the staff came over to say goodbye. They were very nice and made an effort to call us by our names at breakfast which we never told them, they must have looked it up by our room number.
The hotel offers Poolside massages (we didn't use) for 400BHT and other massages in the spa near reception for more, which we didn't use. We went to a massage parlour literally left out of the hotel reception and on the top of the hill on the right hand side. They were only 200BHT in there and 2 mnutes walk away just up from the Moon Light Hotel and past the road up to another hotel.
The hotel was a mix of French/Italians/Finland/Americans. Hardly any English. But then we didn't see hardly any English anywhere. We were told that the English started to arrive the week after we left.
The complex is only half built. One restaurant, one pool and a beach bar, pool bar and reception bar. The rest of the complex is being built on the other side of the road, so it didn't affect us. You couldn't hear it, only occasionally you could see a crane above our reception area. It will be amazing when its finished in 2007. We will definately be going back when its finished.
We liked the Relax Bar on Chaweng beach. Try the dried chilli beef as a snack and have the 3 beers in a bucket for 80BHT! Bargain!
We would then go and walk into town and have Haagen Dazs icecream (try Green Tea)!
Good things to do in the evening were visit the Star Club (Male dancers dressed as women) starts around 9.30pm and for a different kind of experience Dream Girls! We went as a couple for a giggle and it was a load of woman stood on a stage and you had to throw ping pongs at them! Only in Thailand!!!
What an amazing place to stay!
I was one of the wedding party quests staying at the Kandaburi in August 2006 and what can I say... what a fanatstic time I had not only because I was with my friends but because the hotel itself was definately the best I have ever stayed in and I have travelled the world.
The hotel was of the highest standard, the rooms were fabulous and had everything we needed and were right next to the pool and restaurant. Reception and all services such as internet, gym and salon were just as close.
The staff were outstanding, they attended to every request and answered every question we had with a smile on their face and were always happy to offer advice on places to visit on the island, they also had the time to say good morning or have a great day each time we saw them. Two thumbs up on the great staff at the Kandaburi.
The hotel is away from the main shopping strip but it is very easy to jump on the courtesy bus or into a taxi and hit the shops, the trip takes less than 5 minutes and you can shop 'til you drop.
I highly recommend the Kandaburi resort to anyone, I had a wonderful time and can't wait to get back there again.
Perfect Wedding Venue - Kandaburi Hotel
We have just had the most superb wedding at the Kandaburi Resort, and we want to recommend this brand new property, the hotel's GM, and his brilliant staff to everybody.
The entire process, from our very first enquiry to the final set up of the banquet and seating places was superbly handled, with immediate responses, and all done in the most happy and helpful way.
Nothing was a problem, and every one of the Kandaburi staff helped where they could to make our day perfect.
It sounds cliched, but it was so well organised that all Nicola and I had to worry about was what clothes to wear and that we were out of the pool on time to get ready!!!
The hotel itself is incredible - brand new. Contemporary, with traditional Thai flourishes here and there, it is simply beautiful. Those that are worried about the renovations across the road need not.....there is no noise or construction anywhere near the 'Stage One' group of buildings, and it does not hinder any guests in any way.
Amazing pool, superb location, great internet, spa and restaurant facilities...everything was better than expected.
This property will no doubt go up in price very soon, but for now, it is a 5+ star experience at a very reasonable rate.
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Excellent Hotel - Highly Recommended!!!
We booked this hotel as my sister was getting married here, so it wasn't booked out of choice but it is probably one of THE best hotels I have stayed in and I have travelled all over the world, from standard, to service to staff.
I need not go into too much detail as you can get all the information you need from their katagroup website but I can highly recommend this hotel. Rooms are so big, at one point we had about 20 people in our room, just having a glass of wine before dinner, and there was heaps of room, bearing in mind this was a deluxe room for 2! (see photo).
Some people may think it is a little on the outskirts of the resort but I preferred it that way as we were away from the hussle and bussle of the resort and the taxi ride was only about 200THB anyway which is pennies, or you could walk along the beach, still easy enough to get around, even once or twice the hotel 'gave us a lift' in their hotel car...as I said their service really was exceptional.
John the Manager will ensure everything is to your liking and he always seemed to be around if you needed anything, as was Cartoon (PR Supervisor). They all adored my little boy and made us feel so welcome...see pictures!
Needles to say I would definitely stay in one of their chain of hotels again, I only wished they had more world wide, not just in Thailand. Their chain of hotels are the Kata the Karon and the Phuket Orchid in Phuket.
Oh and one last thing, I would definitely recommend the Spa treatments, FAR better than the cheap and nasty ones on the beach, pure luxury and very very good value for money.
One of the best hotels
we have just returned from our holidays from the Kandaburi resort in thailand and it was one of the best hotels we have both stayed in.
As we arrived at the hotel first inpressions were this looks nice, but as we passed through reception heading to our rooms we saw a beautiful resort in front of us we stood in awe, it was all white, clean and had lovely huge landscape gardens and ponds ect.
we dragged ourselves away and made our way to our rooms and that was another suprise, it was very large with a t.v and and a dvd player and a very large bed, with a shower and a bath all in limestone, the lighting was perfect and the colours for the room they chose were exact, Everything and it was soooo clean, great aircon system which was perfect, we also had a balcony which over looked the pool area which was nice in the evening.
The pool was a nice size with 4 Jecuzzis in the pool aswell, nice wooden sunbeds with great cushion base not them plastic things they normally give you, even the ones on the beach were the same.
The beach was nice but not great the sand was was like a clay form but white,you needed to walk for about half a mile to get to knee length and then it was very clear.
The breakfast was great, but there was not much choice of the breakfast buffet, great cocktails and they were cheap same price as the high street bars so we drank and eat in the hotel most of the time.
All i can say is you must go to this hotel it is beautiful in everyway and it is only about 5 months old, In march we stayed at the Banyan Tree in the maldives and this was better no more said.