...wasn´t that nice. First the resort: it´s quite near to the village, which is , in my opinion, a big advantage when you stay more than 3 nights (so you have a lot alternation for restaurants and the night market is always a good option, when you are hungry or thitsty. Second, the bungalows were excellent. Very clean, trim and with air condition. Every bungalow has a nice sea view and a balcony to relax. The bath was quiete nice with love for details. The bungalows were not closely spaced - important to have enough privacy. The garden was also well trimed - we loved it. The owner, a french-israelic couple, were quite nice and "easy-going". Sometimes, we wished to get some more informations about what´s going on and where to go (f.e., there were a festival in town and the did not told us about it - OR - they recommend a restaurant, but it was closed on Tuesdays (and we were there - on Tuesday). The only big disadvantage was the beach: it´s not really good for swimming, because it´s within a bay and it´s always shoal. It was quite nice to go with the kayak to the (uninhabted) island. For swimming, I really have to recommend to hire a motorbike. Within 20 to 30 minutes, there are at least 2 beaches which were very nice for swimming. When you are not experienced with motorbikes or not williing to hire one, you can also go by taxi for about 300 baht to other beaches. Warning: it´s always better to stop a driving taxi than ordering one or going to the village, they demand more baht). The resort is really quit, don´t expect to have party nights or something else there. At about 10 pm the (very good) restaurant closes and after 10.30 it´s not possible to order some more drinks. Fortunately, there is a 7 Eleven in the village, which is 24 hours open, but walking disntance is about 20 minutes. Altogether, we had a really good time there for a quite good price. We absolutely recommend the Baan Manali, but not for those who like to party or need a good swimmable sea...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at only 10 min walking from the main village of the island, Baan Manali Resort is a quiet and relaxing nest, surrounded by coconut trees, facing the lagoon. Spread in a tropical garden, our 11 cozy bungalows, built in traditional way, offer all the modern comfort (AC, hot water, new beds, private balcony and hammock). At our bar-restaurant facing the sunset, you will enjoy our cocktails, family Thai cooking or European dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baan Manali Hotel Koh Phangan