The rooms here are nice, but unless you rent scooters, it's very far from the beach. We did not rent scooters as I'm with my 65-year old mother and 70-year old aunt. The nicest beach is about a 15-minute drive. Dara's staff drove us to the beach and told us they'd happily pick us up. Two nights in a row no one showed up to pick us up. We offered to pay, but still we were abandoned. We waited an hour in our beach clothes, getting eaten by mosquitos until we could get a ride back from another hotel's driver for $12. When we got back to Dara, the driver said that he "forgot." He just didn't want to come get us and had no problem leaving us stranded. In addition, the door to my room was left about 4 inches open open after the cleaning one day, but nothing was missing, thankfully. Also, the breakfast is cold even at 7:30 when the buffet starts. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.
P.S. Like many places in Southeast Asia, Dara provides each room with two water bottles everyday. While I appreciate this gesture, the plastic pollution in SE Asia is obscene, and hotels should start providing a place to refill water bottles. There is a small water receptacle at breakfast that you can use to refill your bottles so that you don't use quite so many.