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“The beach isn't the best but the Thai owners make up for it” 4 of 5 stars
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Charm Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   101/2 Moo 1 | Baan Tai Rd, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #23 of 107 Ko Phangan B&B and Inns
Uk
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“The beach isn't the best but the Thai owners make up for it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Myself and my boyfriend has not long left the charm resort and we can say we throughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed a few days either side of full moon and pretty much had the place to ourselves for the first few nights. When booking I had some problems as my card wasn't accepted by the system that they use here but I was able to go to a bank on koh Samui and pay that way. We were greeted off the ferry with a sign with my name on and driven to the resort. The first impressions were a bit unnerving when you drive off the road as the sign in old and you cross a dubious looking stream of water. But try not to judge a book by its cover. We were in the cheapest of all the bungalows and it was the closest of all of them to the beach. The view out of our window and from our patio(particularly at high tide) was beautiful. We stayed for seven nights but paid for six, so worked at at about 566 baht between the two of us. The beach isn't ideal for swimming as it is based on a reef, but the resort pool was a saving grace. It was cleaned and tested every morning we were here. The bungalow itself was basic, and is crying out for a bit of paint. The wet room was clean, if not dated. Bedding was similar but it was so hot we slept on top of the sheets anyway. Two fans in the room which served purpose. The room didn't get cleaned once in our seven days, in fact we emptied our own bins, but I think this is the norm from our experiences in Thailand, you need to ask. The food was good and drinks were reasonable. The Thai owner even gave us a cool box for the night with ice in to keep our drinks cold after she had gone to bed. There are lots of outdoor areas to sit, and they all have wifi signal. Minimal sunbeds round the pool, but this was never a problem. A ten minute walk to thongsala town which has a great and cheap food market. 15 min taxi to had rin for full moon, there is a decent beach there too. Going rate for scooters is 150baht a day. We rented some and went to total wipeout which was great.
In summary a nice resort run by a lovely Thai family and a grumpy English man. It served purpose for us in being cheap and close enough to full moon without being noisy.

Room Tip: Bungalow 1 is the closest cheap one to the sea. You cross the sand to get to it.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Iida-shi, Nagano, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We booked New Years accommodation for a very reasonable price, and ended up staying two nights longer than we'd planned. A nice place right on the beach, not too far from town (a bit of a walk but fine if you plan on hiring bikes). About a 20min taxi drive from the full moon party, but one of the guys who worked at the resort was really nice and drove us to where we needed to go numerous times! Staff were very helpful and the beachside restaurant was awesome.
The only downside was that the water gets shut off overnight, quite a pain if you get home in the early hours of the morning and want a shower!
Also, beware of the monkey tied to the tree! He has as a fondness for shiny objects, and remarkably fast reflexes!
A good place to stay though, relaxing, quaint and affordable.

Room Tip: We got a room with a/c, well worth it apparently, some friends had a fan-only room which they regret...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

my son and myself went here for his 21st birthday and the people here really gave him one to remember.it was fantastic,
the boss (no.1 cook) prepared a special dinner for him (complete with candles) which was very much appreciated.thai green curry especially nice.
the poolside room we had was very comfortable ,just right for relaxing in the afternoon and within hailing distance of the spacious dining area.It was serviced whenever we asked,the staff being attentive without being in your way.
for me the location was just right,on the beach (the whole of the area was swept every morning)and five minutes from a main rd bar where we could sit at a pavement table to watch the world go by,or a 10/15 minute walk to town that was worth wandering about in.if asked they,ll arrange for hired motorbikes to be delivered.The pool (also cleaned every morning) was really welcome after a day out
i liked best , the fresh home cooked food,the beach,the food,the staff, the food and the general atmosphere,,,oh and the food.
i disliked,,,,nothing
maybe the cockeral at 6 in the morning,so get a room at the beach end of the resort,and the monkey,,who didn,t speak english

Room Tip: at the beach end of the resort,better views
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

had booke and paid for this resort over full moon for 5 days.. we arrived quite late from koh tao cos the ferry was delayed ! when we got to reception the english guy there seemed bemused, did not have a booking confirmation of any sort, hardly made any effort to greet us and referred to it all as 'a hassle' did not even know what a family deluxe room was! for the duration of our stay he was moody and unapproachable.. dont really quite know what he is doing there to be honest as he doesnt seem very happy to deal with foreigners which is a real shame cos the thai family are absolutley lovely ! couldnt be any nicer and more hospitable! the beach was beautiful, the pool was not how it looked on the pics tho, bit murky! they also have a monkey tied up to a tree there ALL day which just looks bored and couldnt help but feel sorry for it... the rooms however were really nice, comfy beds, clean, spacious with fridge! overpriced tho for what they were.. :-) 2000baht a nite 5 nites AFTER full moon was over.. so we moved somwhere else more affordable.

Room Tip: rooms by pool are quiet and have good views to the sea and close to pool
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We just loved Charm beach resort for the bungalows on the beach,awsome curry food,clean pool,very friendly Thai owners,lovely prices on the menues and a very helpful manager Paul.
See you agein for the 3 time next year. Regareds Janne and Melissa ,,Stockholm

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011 via mobile

Had an absolutely awesome time with some mates. The staff are extremly friendly and the menu at the well priced kitchen is by far the best curries on the island. Would recommend to both families and travelling groups.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

I booked in advance without really reading up into the place as i was going for full moon and knew i couldnt afford to be picky with how busy it gets, but still managed to read the reviews before i got there but after booking. And i have to say i was happily surprised! the resort isnt as dirty or as unfriendly as it is made out to be! i booked into a simple fan room which for the location and time of the month (full moon) was a very reasonable price!

the location is just right, your away from the noise and the party in haad rin, and just outside the main town thong sala on a quite charming beach, taking into account that it is a shallow beach and the tides do have a big effect on how the beach and sea looks. It is a very relaxed and natural looking resort with some beautiful trees and views around, the pool was perfect for what we needed, which was generally relaxing pre and post the full moon party!

the staff there were very helpful and friendly, the food that came out was spot on, to recommend but one option was there bacon sandwich, great after a heavy night! the manager there gave us some great tips on where to go and what to do and was surprisingly cheerful and available considering the stress that comes onto him over full moon when the resort becomes completely full and everyone demands his attention at all times with no breaks, considering he was the only staff there that speaks fluent english whereas the others knew enough so that they could help you get by, a hugely helpful guy whether it is the 1st time to the island, a previous visitor or even a 1st time traveller! thanks for your time!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 101/2 Moo 1 | Baan Tai Rd, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Charm Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charm Beach Resort is a classic thai resort with that genuine feeling and a well known name on the island. The resort has been around in one shape or another for almost thirty years. During this time the bungalows and the other building has changed, but the wonderful beach has stayed the same. Today is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity, featuring AC, Wifi and swimming pool. Today the resort holds about 30 bungalows and a restaurant in the main building. One of the bungalows is set up in one of the trees, with an own balcony where you can enjoy the sunset. It also features one of the widest beach strips for one resort on the whole island. This is the place for beach activities and evening happenings. BBQ, music and cocktails are offered several nights in the week. For the young ones there's a playground in the shade, and even movie time on the beach certain nights. We hope you come and visit us and this marvelous place on one of Thailands most spectacular island, with extraordinary nature. Be sure to ask for the special day trips that are offered in the jungle, at the sea or in the mountain. There's much more to this island, beside the full moon party.From May 1st 2014 the resort has changed ownership and are now managed by a Swedish owned company. The resort is now undertaking a facelift and modernization by the new management. ... more   less 
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