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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   5/5 Moo 5, Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand (Formerly Rasananda Resort & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
Bangkok, Thailand
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59 hotel reviews
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“Tropical island paradise.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We spent two nights at this wonderfully designed tropical retreat with a long stretch of private white sand beach early this December .Weather was wonderful,sunshine all day,uncommon from what I heard for this time of the year.Forty minutes speedboat ride to the resort beach was smooth.We were welcome by the resort team on arrival at the resort beach,given an nice refreshing mango shake and quickly shown to our beach front villa.Quite spacious,although showing signs of aging.Built with a lot of natural materials.Wood and bamboo.Full of nice tropical garden.Service was good.Dining was excellent.We were introduced to their new chef at breakfast,i believe name was Don,an experienced Mediterranean inspired seafood cuisine who created a wonderful dinner menu for us of mackerel grilled on olive oil which tasted superb accompanied by a bottle of Rioja . The two days we spent was a wonderful relaxing time away from it all.The resort itself is very well design and pleasant .Although we feel it lack proper maintenance and the air of luxury as it has positioned it self to be.It seems that all the ingredients are there to be among one of the leading best ,but somehow they need to get it right .Maybe they need to look at samples of Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton for details.
We would not hesitate to recommend Rasananda for anyone who is looking for a romantic getaway.

Room Tip: If you can afford the price,The ocean front villa is a fantastic experience.Only steps away from the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Arrived at the lovely welcome lounge at the jetty, and were impressed by the shower facility, welcome drink, and check in completion whilst we waited for the speedboat transfer! Would have been a little fed up with the long wait ( transfer time would have meant 2 hours) however we took off sooner as there was bad weather closing in! Arrived at the lovely wide beach in front of the hotel, and were quickly shown to our beach front pool villa. Wonderful 1st floor(very private), beautifully furnished room with big terrace and plunge pool. Complimentary spirits provided in room were a nice touch. Also beach bag, flip flops, slippers, robes. The tropical gardens with koi carp ponds, and wooden pathways lead to the main pool, restaurant & bar. There is also a gym, library, and spa. Breakfasts are wonderful, taken at tables under the palm trees, and with feet in the soft sand, bliss! The beach front properties have reserved beds on the beach, there are many reviews with comments about this, and although we did have our allocated beds, I think the hotel could provide for all villas, there is plenty of room along the wide beach frontage. The spa was stunning, built into huge boulders in the hillside with wooden walkways, and ponds. The signature massage is heavenly, although very overpriced. the advertised special of the day, on the daily activities sheet, was always a Thai massage. When we raised this on day 4 (the first time we saw the covering manager, the GM was on holiday), we were offered discount on a treatment of our choice, and learnt that there were other daily specials. Tip, go ask, although I would suggest the hotel could do a better job of advertising this in villas, and should review the packages they offer for the duration of hotel stays. The restaurant menu was very good, although we seldom ate in the hotel, we ate in the inexpensive and traditional little restaurants in the village right on the hotel's doorstep. In summary, great spot, lovely rooms, nice touches, friendly service, laid back, spa beautiful but too expensive, we would definitely go back!

Room Tip: We loved the beach front pool villa, as being on 1st floor gave us more privacy
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This resort is the best place I have stayed in anywhere by far. Situated on the eastern isolated side of the island, it connects with the west coast with a road which is unmade for most of the stretch. Although lack of connectivity doesn't mar the beauty of place. It is situated smack on the beach with beautiful sand. We booked this place because of its review on tripadvisor and found it exceeding expectations. Staff is very pleasant, helpful and forthcoming although language problem do comes as in all of thailand. Place was maintained very well, rooms have luxurious furniture and plunge pools. Negative points were cold water in plunge pools, mosquitoes (cant avoid them in a tropical place), lack of variety in food and over expensive food. Food problem can be sorted out easily as their good restaurants within walking distance of resort. Overall it was a rather enjoyable and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here last year and i loved the hotel so this year i thought we'd stay there again.... Well... You cant really say its a bad place to stay because its not... But what i did notice this year is that its soooo expensive for not alot....
Rooms - we payed £570 for 3 nights in a villa... Sunbeds outside were 80% reserved for the people with the beach front rooms (witch where empty) so you would have to run to get a bed if the sun came out (it rained whilst we where there)and beds were only round the pool area for us paupers with villas. Very down grading!!
Food and drinks - well the bar was never open the whole time we where there, but they are so over priced so we went to the beach club next door - on the beach, always open and busy with good food, £1.50 for a cuppa where as here £4.00
Other things got me too... Late transfer pick ups (£70 pp shouldnt be late) pool was dirty, the people with the beach front rooms seemed to get better service, on our drop off we got put in a truck with everyones luggage where the others had own private 4x4 but we all payed the same price and we were at front of que but she asked are room number and was moved.. - but hey that could just be me !! Overall next year im going somewhere else....

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This place is magic. Although my fifth time to Thailand we stupidly booked during November - wet season. However, the average weather has not dented our holiday one bit. My fiance and I booked a suite with a private pool and whilst c$330AUD per night it was worth it. When raining we went inside and lay on the downstairs, outdoor KS bed or went upstairs and watched Apple TV on the inside KS bed.

Cons: Nothing. Price? But you get what you pay for.

Pros:
- staff were excellent, attentive, truly exceptional service and lovely people
- breakfast is incredible. best buffet style breakfast I have ever had. homemade granola, toasted almonds, + great coffee, stuff you wouldn't even expect
- beautiful pool and rooms
- great part of the beach
- apple tv, fully loaded with tons of music and videos
- wifi very good
- bed and bathroom is amazing. I think we need to buy this mattress!
- good tanning areas!
- restaurant is probably best on this part of the island
- I can't go on as the list is too long, but we got engaged one week ago in Ko Tao (check Haad Tien, Ko Tao - that place, too, is mac as) and I couldn't have envisaged a better place to soak in the bliss. Even though it has rained a fair bit.

Stay here.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Without looking into it first, I booked this resort during November, this island's rainiest month. It rained 4 out of my 6 days there. Thank goodness for my beautiful room. I had an Ocean Pool Villa and I couldn't have been happier with it. The bedroom was air conditioned while the bathroom was open air. The resort provided as much mosquito protection as possible which I was grateful for.

Big thanks for the seamless task of getting me from and to the airport. The storms meant I couldn't take the speedboat directly to the resort but they made all of the needed arrangements. The staff was courteous and helpful the entire week but especially during the complicated journey to and from the airport.

I would definitely go back, just a different time of year!

Room Tip: Loved being on the beach. Pick an Ocean front!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here last year for a week at beginning of nov and rated the place on here 5 stars. This year it just wasn't the same, the service still brilliant, the rooms still beautiful, but little things definatley let this place down this time.

The weather which of course is no fault of the hotels was terrible, rained for the 4 days all day which was depressing. This ment we couldn't get out of the hotel, only by 4x4. The hotel wanted nearly 40 pound per person each way. ( full moon party) which to me was a total con when other hotels were doing it at 500 baht return (10 quid) ..

There was never no bar open!!! Not even when the rained stopped, it was closed for the 4 days we were there. So we at to use the new beach club next door who had a great bar on the beach which was covered from the rain and a great happy hour., our hotel was busy and people looked bored so why not at least open the bar.. Last year it was open all day and did a great happy hour with fantastic cocktails, this year nothing!! Out of season ???

We booked a double room a double bed ???!!!! But we had 2 single beds pushed together and a sheet joining them to make the double .. When I cuddled my partner in the night I'd slip in between the beds and nearly full on the floor lol..this to us is unacceptable when you are paying just under 200 gbp a night for a five star luxury room ..

On the plus the rooms are still great , great showers bathrooms, Aircon, dump pool , Apple TV , free vodka whiskey etc, very clean and luxurious. But just something was missing for me this time .. Defo the sun makes this place.!! Without it it kinda looked a bit un clean and depressing. But like I said its not there fault for the weather.

I told a lot of people last year about this place and many did come.. but I think I will be trying somewhere different on the island next year.. For the price we paid .

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5/5 Moo 5, Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand (Formerly Rasananda Resort & Spa)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ko Phangan
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ko Phangan
#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Phangan
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
#2 Family Hotel in Ko Phangan
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked discreetly at the base of a lush mountain, amongst towering coconut palms and just steps from the powdery sands of Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, 64 private pool suites and villas in seven distinctive layouts face the turquoise sea. Comprising indoor and outdoor living spaces ranging from 100 to 250 square metres, each sanctuary reflects its own charming character. In natural harmony with the exotic surrounds, wood and stone features provide a striking backdrop to rich hand woven silks. Luxury comforts inside range from a “blissful dreams” mattress adorned with 500 thread count linens, to a 32 inch flat screen TV with home theatre entertainment, and outside to an indulgent private plunge pool.Guests keep in touch with complimentary WiFi throughout the resort, accompanied by an extensive library with PCs alongside international magazines and newspapers ... more   less 
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