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We leisurely wake up and decide to see if we can get a muffin from somewhere for breakfast. We go to where the breakfast buffet is served to see if we can buy one. The manager tells us that we can just take some or he will give us a deal if we want to buy breakfast. We show him Cody's Marriott card and he says "that's a better deal than I can do. …
I wake Cody up around 9 so we can get ready and get breakfast. We walk down to the shoreline to find a lady making banana nutella crepes. "I love you, nutella", I say outloud..."and I love you, keeper of the nutella", I say to the woman. She barely speaks english. It's a sight for sore eyes. It may as well be dessert, but I will call it breakfast. …
... to hide from the storm. Over to the shooting range and it is pretty basic and quite expensive, so give that a miss. So go for a trek through the mountains and a rooftop view of the island. Had a spot of lunch up there and another good curry, so good I think it might just be the best I have had. Up and around and back down again to another unexplored area of the island and more wrong turns and getting lost. Sean then decides that he will lose part of ...
... me unable to take Nok Air as seriously, resembling more something out of Disney that a high speed flying machine. We took a coach to the pier and then a long ferry to Ko Pha Ngan, from which I was able to get some cracking pictures of the sunset over the Gulf of Thailand. We got a taxi holding about 12 people to our accommodation, Shiralea Backpackers Resort. Eventually Sirindhorn turned up around 9 and we were just glad he was ok.
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... the entire zoo, twirling hullahoops and parading around.
Next was the "Monkey show" which was basically just a monkey climbing up a tree and dropping the coconuts down to the handler. which was followed by i guess you could call it a cooking class on how to make coconut milk and coconut meat. Last on the zoo itinerary was the crocodile show, which we figure were drugged up crocs, being used to place hands and heads into mouths and such. We both agree they ...
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I recently spent 6 nights at the Buriraya hotel. I fealt obligated to write this review as many recommended the hotel to me in the trip advisor forums. Lets just say it was an amazing experience. We had our own pool villa, which included our own pool, and paid about 220 dollars per night including tax. This is honestly one of the nicest rooms i have ever stayed in. In addition food was very reasonably priced at the resort. So you could do things and didnt feel like you were constantly being ripped off, which i have felt other times. We went to many of the other resorts for dinner (including le meridien which has an amazing view for dinner) as well as the silla evason and poppies. Poppies was awful (and you definitely dont want to stay on chaweng beach), Le meridien was very nice (and probo better if you have a family as lots of organized activities unlike the buriraya, but for couples not as good) and silla evason was also amazing but about double the price (perhaps even more luxurious than the buriraya). So for the price, i would say nothing beets the buriraya and i will be recommending it to my friends...not worth paying up for silla evason as buriraya is great. Also if you go to Bangkok you must stay at 1) the peninsula or 2) the mandarin oriental...far better than all the others and worth the splurge!
My husband and I went to Thailand in February this year on our honeymoon - we stayed two nights in Bangkok at an absolutely amazing hotel (Sukhothai) and then stayed on Koh Samui for 6 nights - we spent 5 nights at The Headland Villas (next to Le Meridien) which was absolute bliss. We booked a beachside private pool/jacuzzi villa at Buriraya Resort & Spa for our last night as a special treat.... And it didn't disappoint!!! We were a little sceptical as we drove up to the resort as we were expecting a little more splendour! But don't let that put you off! The resort itself is absolutely stunning and we liked that it was more traditionally Thai - as opposed to the more 'western' orientated luxury of say, Le Meridien. I had a body wrap at the Spa which was heaven - again, more traditional than the spa at other 5* resorts on the island. The service was absolutely outstanding (then again, everywhere we went on Thailand it was amazing!) All in all, absolute class, highly recommended!
Initially we were concerned with the hotel's location away from anything. After our visit to Chaweng Beach the other night (using the frequent hotel shuttle for 100 Baht / person one-way) we knew better and enjoyed the tranquillity. There are other resorts and restaurants nearby as an alternative to the rather pricey hotel restaurants.
We were overwhelmed by the staff, the facilities and the hotel room itself. (We were shown into a villa one day and THAT would be the ultimate stay.)A truly joyful hotel experience!!!
Having just spent a week here, we can definitely say that this hotel offers a near ideal balance of quality accommodation, facilities, location and value.
We stayed at the Buriyaya in July 2004 in a pool villa. The villas were beautifully furnished and the attention to detail really was superb. The bathroom housed the biggest fluffiest towels ever with an incredible selection of complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and huge beach towels. With a daily paper hanging on your gate every morning, a fresh bowl of fruit every day (including fresh lychees) and Jasmine tea with freshly baked cake delivered to your villa in the afternoon it was an effort to leave the villa!!
Wonderfully attentive staff and a very very peaceful and relaxing location. Top marks and thoroughly recomended.
What a marvellous hotel! The service is great and personalised! The pool is lovely with a infinity like edge overlooking the beach. Although the beach is rocky the resort itself compensates for this. The food is wonderful too "Mediterreanen Pizza"was delicious!
A great resort for couples!
Will definitely be going back there!
Excellent Hotel and Service....
We stayed at the Buriraya in June 2004 and were extremely impressed. This resort hotel is very well designed and furnished in a contemporary Thai style. The quality is superb and while on Samui we had the chance to visit Pansea, Tongsai Bay, and the Santiburi Dusit. None of these resorts were even close to the high-end decor and build quality of Buriraya. Plus, the service provided was equally 5-star. We can't wait to return next year!
Truly A Beautiful Resort
A fabulous hotel - perfect place for a lazy weekend!
Can't wait to go back soon!!!
Samui's Best Kept Secret
The hotel is situated in a quiet location just south of Chaweng Beach in a secluded bay with a nice beach.
We stayed in one of the pool villas which was great - the decor is beautiful thai style with a big splash pool which the kids really enjoyed. Quality of the room was first class with luxurious towels,linen ,etc.
Service was excellent and breakfast in particular was superb. Had dinner overlooking the bay in the evening which was also very good.
All in all a fabulous break in what must be the best reosrt in Samui.
Surprisingly nice, very secluded and superb staff
We stayed at a deluxe room, with it's own jacuzzi in the balcony overlooking the sea, very romantic setting. (The actual hotel itself is much nicer than the picture they show in their website). The staff is very attentive and well trained, the service is excellent.
The beach is a little rocky though. The hotel is rather new, so not all the restaurants are operating, that's the downside. If you like medium size hotel with personal service, this hotel is perfect for a quiet gateaway.