This was such an awesome place to stay! I almost don't want to say too many things about it so I can keep it as my best kept secret.
It is obvious that this is a wonderful place to stay by the fact that a lot of the guests we met there are "repeat guests" that come back every year.
This small hotel is owned and operated by a local family that wants to make sure each guest feels comfortable and enjoys their stay. For example; I found my bed a bit firm and they immediately got a pillow top to put on the mattress.
Beach location is awesome directly on an uncrowded swimming beach with a small infinity pool that looks right out on the Andaman sea. The food is wonderful and our stay included a breakfast that was plentiful and delicious. We ate other meals there too since the food was so tasty and there was no need to go elsewhere.
Right on the beachfront property there are two exceptional massage therapists that are true clinicians that will attend to you and make you feel truly relaxed. You should book right when you arrive, because their schedule fills up fast , even with other people that aren't even staying at the resort.
It is an easy walk to other bars, restaurants and shopping areas/markets, and if you did not want to walk there are available taxis to take you for approx $3/couple.
Hong, Aor, TukTuk , her family and ALL the staff will help you arrange any excursion you would like to make, a taxi to/from the airport, a scooter to explore with, and any other request you can imagine. We asked Hong where we could purchase a memory flash drive to store some of our photos and she went and got it for us right away. She also took my husband to the medical clinic for the doctor to attend to an insect sting that he was allergic to.
We spent 11 days at the Shambhala and I wanted to stay so much longer. It has everything you need and at the end of your stay you will feel like part of a family. It is a small enough of a hotel that you get to meet others and your stay becomes a personal experience where you leave with addresses and friends!
I look forward to becoming a repeat guest too!!
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