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“Very nice place, with family atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
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First Villa Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   145/1 Moo 1, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand (Formerly First Villa)   |  
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“Very nice place, with family atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at First Villa for 8 nights at the beach view bungalow. The location is great because its on a very quite, peacefully place but close to the centre of Thong Sala (moped 5-10 min) where u can find all shops with food, clothing etc. and a big food market where all the tourists go to eat (very cheap from 10 THB - you are full at 50-60 THB).

The First Villa Beach Resort is from the pier when you arrive from Koh Samui about 10min away with a taxi (100THB/Pers). At the arrival we got a welcome drink, filled out all papers i payed with my credit card (you can also pay cash in THB). We had a seaview bungalow right at the nice pool with a outdoor jacuzzi. This all is located at the beach - from bungalow to pool and beach just a few steps. The bungalow is nice with a nice terrace with chairs and a table, in the inside double bed, TV, mini fridge, table and AC. The bathroom has a big bathtube, shower, sink and a toilet.

The pool area is very nice with a lot of palm trees and flowers. Next to the pool is a Thai massage stand with a nice view to the beach.

The restaurant is nice, good food at a normal price. You can choose from Thai food and western food, drinks, coffee.

What we loved most was the staff - Boo and Carrot these are the two nicest people we met in Thailand! They helped us with renting mopeds, planning our tours, calling a taxi, booking our ship... and many more! They are so lovely, nice people always smiling. Thank you for making our holiday a great stay! We love you Boo & Carrot ♡

Toto1., Toto2., Mimi, Eva

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The service is excellent. Bo and Poi were very attentive to our needs. The food at the restaurant are superb!
We stayed at the beach front bangalow and it was perfect.
The beach is clean and clear but you don't see many people swimming in the sea thou. Maybe its the time of the season that I was there.
The swimming pool water is quite murky. Maybe they should clean it regularly.
The villa is about 15mins from Thong Sala Pier. Taxi from pier to resort is easily accessible. About 100thb pp. Motobike rental can be found easily. The staffs will be willing to help you to rent a bike.
Pier transfer from hotel is also available upon request.
Resort is not too far from the main road. Plenty of pubs, bars and restaurant along the main road. You will be spoilt for choice!

We will definitely comeback to First Villa if we visit Koh phangan in the future!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I stayed in one of their Villa’s for two night at £24 per night.

It is located a shortish ride from the ferry terminal at Thong Sala. All journeys by their adapted jeeps on the island cost £2.

The Resort is an 7 minute walk from the main road on a beautiful beach side location.

When you arrive it looks good. Nice beach, hire of bikes (none left when I tried on a full moon party day for £4) a pool, free wifi (sometimes it worked in my room sometimes not). They also do a fair selection of food and drink with a very pleasant waitress and a very camp waiter.

The room is a but well basic but adequate. No flushing of any paper products down the loo according to the notice in the shower/bathroom.

TV was old tube type, and the remote did not work so I had to use the set to change channels (a fair choice including BBC news, Fox films etc) and volume.

The rooms are not brilliantly sound proof and I had a sometimes noisy lot next door – laughing and breaking a glass at 3.00am!!

Room had twin beds (I asked for a double) a safe and fridge filled with drinks. The air con worked fine.

I had a £4 pizza as my stomach was playing up a bit – it was home made but wasn’t great - 4 out of 10. Other food did look good and they sold lots of food with chips… including burgers – very fast food.

Overall I enjoyed my stay, the staff were friendly and the accommodation was decent enough for the price in the idyllic surroundings.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Stayed with my girlfriend for seven nights in a beach front bungalow, paying the asked price online. No pick up at the pier, and no drop off. We came for the new years party at Had Rin. easy to get taxi, so nice to stay a bit away. The bungalow has a magnificent postcard view. Love it! Very nice pool area. Too few sunbeds, and the few they have are old and need fixing. the cleaning of the bungalow is no good. Toilet bucket emtied only 1 in 5 days.. Bathroom outdated and dirty, with useless jacuzi. Very good AC, and decent priced minibar. OK food in the restaurant. Overall, the price of the bungalow is too high. But the view... Fantastic!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed at First Villa over Christmas and celebrated with a free barbeque by the sea at sunset courtesy of the hotel. The view here is amazing and it is probably the most tranquil place we stayed during our visit to Thailand. We had a bungalow slightly set back from the sea/pool front (the pool looks out of the sea) and we have no complaints. It wasn't the ritz but it was clean and suited our needs and what more can you want from a room. We ate in the restaurant a few times, the food was lovely and we tried a few things from Pizza to thai green curry, the chocolate milkshake was lovely too.

It's only a ten minute ride in a taxi to Haad Rin Beach (the full moon party) and it's a very reasonable price (about £6 for two people when we went although prices can vary depending on the night, ie., if it's a full moon party). The hotel staff were super friendly and helped us in every way they could when we had queries about where we could visit (there is a lovely waterfall and chinese temple about 15 minutes away). There are also a couple of shops about 5 minutes walk away.

We loved our stay at First Villa and would definitely stay there again should we go back to Koh Phangan.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for a few days whilst going to the half moon party. Basic but clean and pretty. Friendly staff. Really nice pool area and directly on the beach. Amazing sunrises right on your doorstep! About 15 mins from pier, just over 5 mins to half moon party in the jungle.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed at First Villa in May for the full moon party. After about a 10 minute taxi ride from the pier we arrived and were shown immediately to our private villa. It was clean, had air conditioning and a nice tv. The bathroom was a bit dated but perfectly functional. We took a walk down to the pool restaurant and it was absolutely perfect!! After a crazy night at the full moon party I had sprained my ankle and had to go to the nearby clinic. The owner Fabio drove me to the clinic himself and they came and picked me up as well. They even brought dinner to the villa later that night. Nearby there is an awesome breakfast cafe with all the waffles you can imagine. At the end of our stay Fabio drove us back to the pier and wished us well. I highly recommend staying here because the staff go the extra mile and you can't beat the view!

Room Tip: Try for a room next to the pool just because you get a view of Koh Samui as well.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 145/1 Moo 1, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand (Formerly First Villa)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 226 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — First Villa Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fall in love with Koh Phangan by visiting us here at First Villa Beach Resort. With our perfect location and Beach front views you'll be made to go anywhere else. Our very friendly English speaking staff are here ready and waiting for whatever you may need. So why not come, relax and enjoy the sunset views with a refreshing drink in hand and be enchanted by "First Villa Beach Resort"! ... more   less 
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