In-depth look at a Connecting room with Pool view and Walk-around at Prana Resort Nandana, Koh Samui, Thailand. A nice little resort at Big Buddha Beach, also called Bangrak Beach or Bang Rak Beach. Small but fresh, i liked it.
What was good?
Proper welcoming with flower necklaces, drinks and cool towels. Think I booked a Deluxe room at bottom floor but received a free upgrade to the Pool view room in this video. It’s a Connecting room so there is a door to the room next to it. There was a family staying next door but noise wasn’t a problem. The room, as well as the whole resort, was fresh and cosy, everything felt clean and up-to-date, just how I like it. I tend to judge accommodation by the cleanliness of the shower nozzles, these was clean so 👍🏻. Staff was ready to help at any time, very friendly. Didn’t have time to try the ZAMA roof top restaurant but it had descent view over Bang Rak Bay on one side and the green hills to the other. Had some cocktails in the Pool Bar and they were all good. There is a 7-eleven, a few small restaurants and bars along the road of you want to eat around in the area. Bangrak Beach is probably best for the view small kids as the waters are very calm. Big Buddha and Bo Phut are the main attraction except the beach in this area of Samui. I think this resort is a good choice if you want to stay in a calm area without being too far away from Chaweng. It’s impressive how they put so much resort in a small space. My favorite parts of the stay was the door bell and the temple style elevator tone 🙂. Lots of wood and earthy materials was also great, and oh, free coconut candy – if you haven’t then try it. I love that stuff, that’s how you force a farang to a positive review.
What was not so good?
While the area is pretty calm the beach road gets hectic, some serious speeding going on, but there are guards to help you cross the street. Ban Rak Beach is usually calm so the waters can be a little cloudy. It’s more of a fishing village style beach with ferries and piers towards the Big Buddha area. The beach side of the resort was under construction, and while those rooms are probably nice to stay in, it’s also kind of sad how these type of concrete structures often block the views and waste the natural beauty of beaches, as well as beach-roads in Thailand. They block the road noise at least. The airplanes are landing at Samui Airport in the distance, no real noise issue really and it could be a good thing if you like to watch planes.