This place is truly beautiful. Tropical gardens, running streams and ponds. The service is great and amenities are too.
Unfortunatly, there was a minor stuff up with our bookings, due to Qantas holidays we believe, and when we arrived at the hotel they did not have a booking for us, only a cancellation. They were more than helpfull and accomodating, they put us in our intended room for one night, moved us to the Chaba Cababa the next night and then for our remaining 4 nights we got an upgrade to a villa! The whole thing was pretty painless and now we are in the unique position of being able to recommend 2 1/2 hotels on one trip to Koh Samui! The Nora Beach standard room, the Chaba Cabana and the Nora Beach Villa!!
Unique Quality: The Nora Beach is set on a the side of a hill, about 4kms from the centre of Chaweng Beach main street. This is where you get shopping and meals. You can get a taxi or tuk tuk truck which takes all of a few minutes to get to the hotel. Only costs about 40 baht, although you may be able to get it for cheaper. So if you want to be at the centre of the action, stay in town. However if you want real relaxation, stay at the Nora.
They have a free internet service for guests, a great little cocktail bar, pool right next to the beach, swim up bar, pool side meals, a spa where I got a fantastic Thai massage and a restaurant where they have nightly themes and entertainment.
If you can't get around all that well, be aware that from the lobby to the beach - where the pool and food is - is a bit of a hike and is on a slope.
All up a really great stay.