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“Nice hotel but lacking atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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Maehaad Bay Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   106/4 Moo7 T. Koh Phangan Koh Phangan, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #32 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
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“Nice hotel but lacking atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We visited in August and really enjoyed our stay. The room was nice, albeit on the 3rd floor, without a lift. The porter carried our cases though fortunately.

Check in was quick and we were soon relaxing on the balcony which overlooked pool and gardens.

Pool was the best feature of the hotel - it is absolutely ginormous although quite shallow (same depth throughout, other than a small childrens' end. There were two spa seats on either side although these were a bit temperamental. Large pool towels were provided in the room.

Air con only works when you're in the room as you have to leave the key fob in the wall slot - no big issue if you close the curtains before leaving the room to keep the sun out and room cool.

Biggest gripe with the hotel was the AWFUL music they played in the restaurant - think The Carpenters - same CD all day every day. We were ready to jump off the wall by the end and couldn't face sitting inside listening to it!!

There is a bar near to reception that appears to open at 5pm each day - well they switch the music on - but there was never a barman to order any drinks. VERY weird! The receptionist did get us a drink one day but had to go to the restaurant to get it. Odd? Yes!

Beware of cats - they appeared on the top floor staircase at night and freaked us out!

Hotel food is good but more expensive than other restaurants nearby (nicer surroundings and presentation though) but we couldn't face the dreaded music each night so ate out sometimes. At least here the starters arrive together, before the main course... In all other restaurants nearby they arrive ad hoc: Our starters arrived 30 minutes after we finished our main courses for example. If there's 2 of you, don't expect both main courses to come together - they just don't here, other than the hotel's restaurant!

Overall we enjoyed our stay here but be warned the hotel and area are very quiet at night - most people are in bed asleep by 10pm. The bathroom was fantastic - really big with a lovely spacious bath and separate shower. It took us a week to suss out the light switches for the rooms. In total we had 19!!

Would we stay here again? Yes for the pool, but only if they change the music...

  • Stayed August 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We stayed for three nights here and had we not booked onward travel, we would have stayed longer.
We had the most basic room (a superior in the main block) on the second floor which had a great view from the balcony over the pool and gardens. Our balcony was lacking furniture but that may be on order.
The hotel has only been open a few months so there were still one of two bits unfinished but nothing that impacted our stay.
The pool is superb and there is plenty of space to lounge around and enjoy the sun.
Our room was spacious and designed to within an inch of it's life (VERY modern) but we liked it despite the fact that the toilet doors are mostly transparent and there are so many mirrors that it's difficult to not see somebody on the loo...
The staff are very courteous and speak great English. The food in the restaurant is brilliant and the chef does the best mango sticky rice pudding we had. The included breakfast is massive and also very good.
Location wise, the beach is a 30 second walk and if the weather is with you, the snorkelling is pretty good just off the beach.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and I would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here in February, we came across the hotel on a day trip, as we were staying on Samui, we loved the location and the hotel so booked 3 nights and returned the following week. The hotel had only been open a week, so there were a few teething problems, but this did not spoil our stay, in fact we booked an extra night. The location is so peaceful, due to it only just opening there were very few people in the hotel. The highlight of our stay was a group wedding which was held on the beach, the procession took place through the hotel, with the grooms arriving on elephants. I would definately stay here again if visiting Koh Phangan.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

The resort is only a few months old and was practically empty during our stay in late April as it seems word of the new resort hasn't spread yet. It has a spectacular pool and our room had direct beach access. The cost was about 7000baht per night. Not the cheapest accommodation on the island but certainly amongst the finest. The chef and his team are amazing. Being the only guests at the resort for some of our stay we were privilaged to receive great personal treatment from the Chef. Our driver also did a terrific job ferrying us around the island to appointments. He was always smiling. The location is superb on a headland near one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. No need for a boat, you walk out of the resort, onto the sand and into the water which was cloudy during our visit. A wide range of fish to view. WI-FI was very sporadic which is frustrating when you are trying to work and be in touch back home. We were left with a sour taste though when the resort refused to give us our money back for one night of accommodation. We gave them 48 hours notice that, because of the timing of our flight from Kho Samui to Bangkok, we would have to leave a day early to spend the night in Samui rather than risk a delay on the early morning ferry. They refused to refund the money despite lots of notice. Warning to others: only book a night or two at a time if you require flexibility or stay elsewhere.

Stayed April 2012
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Address: 106/4 Moo7 T. Koh Phangan Koh Phangan, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maehaad Bay Resort 3.5*
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