After having a not so great night at NTBR2, we moved to NTBR1 to a base floor room as this was all that was available. Despite this being on the bottom floor, we could still see some of the water as we were positioned between the bungalows. The room was very clean and the staff were very helpful to make us feel welcome. The location of this resort is perfect... it's close to the shops/restaurants but still very peaceful. The free wifi was also appreciated!
We needed a late check out as our flight wasn't until 9pm and the staff were very helpful. They had another group booked into our room straight after us so they gave us a different room in the block across the road to stay in for the afternoon. Since we were checking out so late, we were required to pay half the room rate which we were fine with but even offered us a cheaper room for the afternoon so it wasn't too costly for us (not that we minded as the rooms are so affordable anyway). They also came to our room with the golf cart to help us move our luggage to the new room which was lovely of them. We only had hand luggage bags and were more than willing to do this ourselves but they insisted to help us.
Prior to staying here we really had our heart set on a bungalow but after staying in the rooms, we were very pleased. Some of bungalows were not very private as they had footpaths very close to their balconies but this would depend exactly which bungalow you are in. All options are very good value for money.
The restaurant at NTBR1 was ok - great setting being practically on the beach but it was a little over priced (as most resorts are). It was a great option for when we were too hot to walk up the main street though. If you didn't want to venture too far I'd recommend walking along the beach to NTBR2 for lunch/dinner. Their food is a little cheaper and really tasty - especially the beef penang curry.
My only criticism is the towels on sunbeds. My fiance and I were never able to get a lounge close the beach in the 5 days we were there and we were up by 8am! As mentioned in a previous review, those 'reserving' sunbeds seemed to all help each other out and watch their belongings didn't get moved. There were some people that didn't end up using their sunbed until 2pm after being out all morning. We couldn't believe how inconsiderate these people were. By the pool was similar but not as bad. I don't know how much can be done about this but it really drove us nuts by the end of our stay. We just ended up laying on the sand and giving up on the lounges! This was really the only negative about our stay and given the number of positives, we would still stay here again for sure.
- Also Known As:
- Nang Thong Bay Hotel Khao Lak
- Hotel Nang Thong Bay