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“Silver Anniversary in Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nirvana Resort Koh Chang

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Nirvana Resort Koh Chang
Ranked #26 of 72 Hotels in Ko Chang
Taichung, Taiwan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Silver Anniversary in Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

We spent 6 nights at Nirvana celebrating our 25th. The hotel met us with champagne and roses to start our celebration. It couldn't have been more beautiful. The deluxe room was perfect: clean, quiet, with a wide screen TV loaded with movies. Extra touches like a backlit mask over the bed and Balinese couch made the room feel exotic. We loved having breakfast delivered to our front porch as we watched the still waters and the boats come into Bang Bao. Tantra, the restaurant, was awesome. Good breakfasts and a mix of French and Thai foods for a reasonably priced dinner. The atmosphere at Tantra is perfect! Antique carved walls, open air, and trendy lighting. The lounge seating is perfect to enjoy a dessert and a coffee. If you don't stay at the hotel at least rent a scooter and head towards Bang Bao. You turn right just before Bang Bao at a sign marked "Tantra". As expats in Asia we were smitten by an awesome cheese plate (we don't see that often) and a knowledgeable wine list. Lunch at the bar pool was also terrific. Drinks a bit pricy for what you get. Both pools are a great way to spend the day - but if you want a beach they will boat you over to a close one. Evening sunsets at a platform serving drinks was a great place to meet new friends from Russia and Norway. Attention to detail on the beautiful grounds made it feel like a 5 star resort. The place did feel a bit understaffed, but the staff they had was friendly and hardworking. The prices for laundry, massage, and food were not inflated so no need to go elsewhere. Already thinking of going back in the Fall.

Room Tip: Get the deluxe room! The porch and extra room is great.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Spent the holiday here for 3 nights in a deluxe room. Drove past the road the first time as the nirvana sign doesnt have any color and is hard to see. When we arrived, the reception staff didn't even say hi, she picked up the phone and made a call then like a robot pointed out the facilities on a map. No friendliness from her at all the whole trip. The rest of the staff were pretty friendly however, i want to point that out, especially the guy running pool bar. I don't think the staff have been properly trained at the restaurant, Tantra as quite often i had to find someone to get water, napkins etc..
The food was quite good at the restaurant, though the menu is a bit limited. The room was perfect, an awesome blend of old wooden style with a sophisticated entertainment center. The place is peaceful and the pools are great.
Overall experience was quite positive, just some issues with the staff as I pointed out.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kevindarwazeh
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Paros, Greece
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65 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Having read all the raving reviews from fellow travelers on Tripadvisor, expectations were quite naturally high. We arrived, were received by a friendly manager - Tom - and taken to our deluxe cottage ......... amazing! Superb design, very tasteful interior, great amenities, - what more could we possibly ask for?! Ready to spend 12 days in Nirvana, we went over to Tantra, the beautiful restaurant with lots of Thai antiques and a wonderful setting on the water overlooking Bang Bao. After an acceptable - but not in line with everything else to this point - dinner, we settled in for the night. This, we felt sure, would be everything we had hoped for!
Not so.
The restaurant is badly managed, the breakfast 'buffet' is a disaster, cleanliness all around (rooms, restaurant, bathroom, etc) far below par and the staff, usually the highlight of any small, exclusive hide-away in Thailand, were subdued, rarely smiled and only greeted guests infrequently. No 'happy campers' here!
We should have stayed 12 days but left after 7 (or 8) Unfortunately, there are not many hotels of this caliber (compliments to designer and owner) in Koh Chang, and accordingly we spent the rest of our time in a fairly uninteresting ****+ beach-resort with excellent food, friendly staff and immaculately maintained facilities.
Would I recommend Nirvana to friends? - I wish I could, it has such great potential, but ......

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Erik-xVx
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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58 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

Like the previous review, we spent our first 3 nights of our honeymoon here having had a long journey.

It was perfect.

Great, friendly staff. A good intro from the manager Tom on the hotel and local area.

Beautiful sunset terrace.

2 lovely swimming pools. Comfortable rooms with decent pillows. The rooms aren't huge but are fine.

Nice food - they have a French chef who makes amazing bread, you must try the chicken sandwich at the pool bar. Breakfasts were excellent, no buffet and freshly cooked to order.

They drop you into Bang Bao for free.

There is no beach but they will drop you off at the closest beach - we didn't go as we were tired and enjoyed relaxing around the pool. We heard though that it is a lovely beach.

Massages are the same price as in the town and were enjoyable.

Relaxing atmosphere and no long list of rules.

Highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sun2009_Sun_2010
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Half way through 3 months travelling around South East Asia, my girlfriend joined me for 10 days to escape London and to see me of course. We read tonnes of reviews and through all we kept hearing the words relaxing, tranquil, quiet etc and this swayed it for us. We were blown away by the quality of the deluxe bungalow, the pools, Tantra the restaurant, the location, and so very importantly the staff. The Thai/local staff spoke enough English for it to never one be a problem, they were friendly and so polite and relaxed and Tom the manager was extremely open and honest, gave us some great suggestions tailored to what we wanted without once making us feel like we were being sold anything or they had deals set up.

For a fantastic, relaxing and picturesque holiday away from the main tourist areas but close enough that by scooter or taxi, both of which Nirvana arrange at competitive prices and without fuss then this place is the place to go.

Lastly, the food here is exceptional from the poolside snacks to the French Thai fusion cuisine at the Tantra restaurant. If for some reason you don't stay here, definitely check out this restaurant as it is as good as anywhere else I have eaten in Asia, certainly on Koh Chang.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tom L
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Nirvana resort was the first place we arrived in Koh Chang on our honeymoon. It was such a pleasant arrival, we were received by very friendly Tom who runs the place and gave us an introduction to the resort, nearby activities etc.
The place is like an oasis in the jungle, the garden/tropical forest is beautiful, the areas with the svimmingpools are so cozy and the decoration of the spacious and well equipped rooms is something you will not find anywhere else in Thailand.
The food is completely amazing, served in the the perfect setting on the lovely restaurant Tantra which has a beautiful view and really deserves a visit even though one does not stay on Nirvana Resort. Nirvana has an excellent French cook who makes lovely inexpensive meals. They offer a set menu of western/French food and food a la carta which is more inspired by Thai food. The breakfast is also really great.
The sunset one should see from the lovely sunset deck constructed on the rocks. They serve drinks on the deck. Perfect after a day on the beach.
The resort is located on a peninsula where there is not really a good beach but they offer convenient transportation to the nearby beach, which was the nicest beach I experienced in Koh Chang.
Nirvana resort will always stay in our mind as the perfect honeymoon place to be and we will for sure come back. We can only recommend this place for EVERYBODY - very unique and luxurious experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SigneKrabbe
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

Drove down to Koh Chang from BKK and it took a while to locate the hotel. Its down a back road with a tiny sign. The place looked good but when we looked closer we realised that it was poorly maintained. All the bed clothes had blood stains in them, the bathroom was filthy. Yellow stains on the toilet, plug holes were filthy and there was a general layer of dirt everywhere. Our tap was held on by tape and there was a rotten hole in the door.

I'm sure this place was excellent a few years back but it looks like its just been left to rot. Basically it seems like they simply don't have enough staff to run the place correctly.

As I said it's cheap so I guess you get what you pay for. If you're not bothered about dirty living then its a good option. But don't book it if you're expecting a good standard hotel stay.

They are extremely helpful, but in general they can't do much because the place is just a bit run down.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Klittle151
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Property: Nirvana Resort Koh Chang
Address: 12/4 - 5 Moo 1, Bangbao | Koh Chang Tai, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand (Formerly Nirvana Resort & Spa)
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Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Ko Chang
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Chang
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Chang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Nirvana Resort Koh Chang 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nirvana Resort is a special place designed to surpass its name. Made with lovers of natural beauty, comfort and service in mind. Nirvana is the special getaway for anybody who is yearning for peace and tranquility with comfort. Famous for its positioning, Nirvana is the one resort on Koh Chang offering views of both sunrise and sunset. Our stunning rock walk offers breath taking views with total privacy. There's nothing like it. ... more   less 
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