Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from Lamai Beach
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. …
... loads of bug bites, rashes, and of course your typical post-party cuts and bruises. I am speechless trying to think of how much fun it was. The next day we unanimously decided we had had the time of our lives. Koh Tao Island was less interesting. We hit terrible weather and the island itself is not very exciting. Scuba diving wasn't great and the beaches are substandard compared to Koh Phangan. Stayed in a sketchy bungalow in the woods - no bueno for a solo ...
... to have a minimum duration of 4 night stays for this period too but outside of peak dates its half price an no minimum stay!
When I checked in I had a bit of a nightmare with my credit card that kept declining, even though it had been fine the previous day and there was no issues with the card from the banks end. After several calls to the bank I eventually got it sorted but it left me hot and bothered!
Post credit card drama I finally got ...
... a leaving party for one of the girls. Loads of them were from South Africa so I had a great time chatting to them! We then found a Western themed bar outside our hotel and met loads more English guys. There's a game out here which involves hitting nails into a tree stump. Each person has a nail and takes it in turn to hit it with the narrow end. The first person ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa Lamai Beach
Absolute Luxury at a Reasonable Price
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!
Wonderful more traditional Thai Luxury Resort
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!!!
A great retreat from the hustle of Chaweng January 2005
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.
Food in general is very good, offering very good value, though a little restricted in choice even though there are two restaurants to choose from.
The location is perfect. Well away from the night life of Chaweng, but easy to get to if required.
Rooms and public areas are all beautifully furnished in a contemporary eastern style and the gardens are immaculately maintained as are the two pool areas.
Beach is very private and really only used by hotel guests. A coral reef forms a natural lagoon so the sea is quite shallow and very safe for children.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. All in all a beautiful haven in which to recharge the batteries.
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.