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Baan Manali Resort
210/20 Moo 1, | Ao Nai Wok, Ko Phangan, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #9 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
Brisbane, Australia
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“Great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We stayed there for 8 nights in a family room, and had a great stay. With an interleading door (locked) between the two family rooms, and downstairs from the deluxe room, noisy neighbours could be annoying (kids yelling at 11pm) - some simple foam sound-proofing to fit between the two doors would probably fix it ?

Had cocktails during happy hour almost every day watching the sunset - very relaxing.

The staff were very friendly. Sebastien and Liat (and kids) were always around, very helpful with advice and arranging tours, taxi etc.

The breakfasts were nice, and we ate dinner at the resort twice, and were not disappointed.

The beach is kept very clean in front of the resort by the gardener raking it every morning. In June the water was very low, and very hot, so not a refreshing place for a quick dip, and certainly no swimming (it is only knee deep).

It is a convenient distance from Thong Sala, being nice and quite, but an easy walk in the evening. Access to the piers for ferries or tour boats was cheap and easy.

We would stay there again - good service, nice room, good value.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We arrived at Baan Manali and loved it straight away. It's very chilled and such a relaxing place. The owners are lovely and make you feel very welcome. If you are unsure of where to go or what to do you can just ask and they are more than happy to help. The bungalows are beautiful - very modern and clean and each one has it's own hammock (which are very comfortable) The beach is right on your doorstep and the bar/restaurant is close by too.
The staff are all really friendly and the food is lovely.
You can hire a kayak and take it to a nearby island - which is like a desert island and it's very beautiful. These are very cheap at 2 hours for £4.00.
There is also a little town nearby which takes about 10minutes to walk to, not far at all - it has bars/shops/restaurants/salons etc. and by the time you keep walking and looking around your in thongsala. It really isn't far at all.
This is a very beautiful location and i can't wait to visit again in the future. Thank you to all the staff for looking after us. 3 nights was not long enough!!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

If you're going to Koh Phangan for a beach vacation or to party at one of the island's many ridiculously Westernized romps, Baan Manali is the place to stay. Located far enough away from the action that you'll feel like you're in your own world, but close enough to walk to town or take a short songtheaw ride to Haad Rin beach, this place is everything a couple or friends traveling together could want -- serene, comfortable, beautiful, and budget-friendly. Liet, her husband, and their staff went out of their way to ensure we were satisfied. The grounds are meticulously kept and, the views of the sunsets breathtaking, and the cafe served some of the freshest food we had in all of Thailand (glass noodle salad FTW). We can't wait to visit again, hopefully with more friends in tow!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I stayed here with four friends in October 2011. ( Its taken me a while to review!) The bungalow's were exactly what we wanted. They were clean with lovely beds, a fridge, Mozzi nets and modern shower room. We spent many evenings out on the 'porch' in the hammock playing cards.

The couple who own the place are really down the earth and friendly and happy to help anytime. The food at the small bar/restaurant was really good and the fact that your pretty much staying directly on a small beach in an old coconut plantation was great too. It felt like we were on a quieter side of the island, it was peaceful and beautiful but easy to get a taxi into the parties if we wanted.

I highly recommend for a lovely stay on a budget.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

The bungalow is very nice and clean, the Staff is very helpful, the beach is beautiful and it is only 10 minutes walk from thongsala (a small city), very convenient... So as I said it is definitely the place to stay in koh phangan!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Just leaving this hotel and am really impressed with the service, hospitality, rooms, food and beautiful environment surrounding the hotel. Family owned business, they are very attentive and friendly. Rooms are quiet and clean which is very important for me. I would definitely come back here!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

...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...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Baan Manali Hotel
Baan Manali Hotel Koh Phangan
Address: 210/20 Moo 1, | Ao Nai Wok, Ko Phangan, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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