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Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay | Bantai, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Absolute Paradise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I stayed in a deluxe cottage and it was the most incredible place I have ever visited. Luxurious room with full amenities, terrace overlooking the water and an incredible view from the spa tub. Buffet breakfast had everything you could ask for and the food was incredible. Very attentive staff and amazing food at the restaurant along the beach. Peaceful, not overcrowded, a true slice of heaven :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Panviman was our first hotel in the trip and i must say its was also the best.
The hotel is located in a beautiful and relaxing bay beside little village with a lot of good restaurant. the room was comfortable and satisfying ( we took a DELUXE room) and the view was outstanding.The pool is gorgeous and overlook the see , there is a couple of a good restaurant at the hotel although the restaurant at the beach is very expansive.
At the hotel you will find free internet and WIFI but dont count on the wifi because it singal very weak.
TIP-there is a beautiful road (like a bridge above water) that surround the hotel .
I will definitly come back to panviman!

Room Tip: ask for Deluxe room near the poll/beach.
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  • Stayed October 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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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We loved this place. We spent 4 weeks on Ko Phangan, and after bouncing around for the first two, we settled here for the rest of our stay. It's definitely pricey, but we got a really good deal through a third-party site during low season.

It's beautifully set up, so even our cheaper room felt nice and private. It is spread out, and there are lots of hills and stairs to climb, so be prepared. But it's a nice wander, not an excruciating climb. There are multiple restaurants with decent food, but pricey. The pool is gorgeous and large, and overlooks the ocean. The room was spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed, and came with plenty of nice amenities, like coffee and tea, a balcony, a bathtub, good air conditioner, and a super comfy bed.

The front desk staff were very helpful with arranging tours and transportation, but not as helpful when our internet refused to work half the time. (Be aware, though, that this will happen at even the nicest places in this area.) There were a few staff members who went above and beyond; we especially loved the housekeepers, who folded our clean towels into fun animal shapes more than once.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

The 4 star rating seems to be about right in our opinion. Yes it has its faults and is not up in the proper luxury league, but you could certainly do a lot worse for the price we paid ($100 per night in low season). We stayed in a deluxe cottage room. To quickly summarise the pros and cons from our experience:

THE GOOD
The location - right between Noi and Yai
The view - be sure to catch a sunrise from your private deck!
The room - very spacious and tasteful, with large private decks
The walkway around the rocks - a fantastic ocean walk, just head down from the pool
Lovely breakfast location with greats breads and the usual selection of fruit
The pool looked really nice - clean, aqua colour and well designed layout
The poolside restaurant overlooks both pool and ocean - sometimes the food and service is great, other times it is quite bad, so you have to be lucky
Room service available (although the menu is very limited)


THE BAD
The stench from the polluted river/lagoon thing next door is strong and pervasive
The polluted river thing flows right into Thong Nai Pan Noi beach - so we didn't swim there
Having to climb an extremely steep hill to get to our room
Shower is a bit dodgy - water pressure is good but the holes are few and far between so you have to really aim to hit the right spot
Wifi is dodgy too - they tried to blame the weather but it was patchy the entire 5 days of our stay - always quite slow and sometimes couldn't connect
Pillows are hard and too high - give you a sore neck
No scooter rental available so you are subjected to the scammers in town
Beach towels not in the rooms, only on Noi beach and the pool
The 'fitness center' looks like it is from 1950's North Korea - count it out
English is very basic - you have to go through several layers of automated responses to get to someone who can help you (ask for an extention cord, receive a wifi password... ask for a plate, receive a can of sprite, etc...)
They won't accept extensions for the same price you paid unless you can find it again on the internet - they quoted us $300 per night to extend, we got it for $100 on the net

All in all we would stay there again only if we got the same deal. The dirty river/lagoon really put a dampener on the entire experience for us - you have to walk right over it (there's a bridge) to get from the hotel to Noi beach, so there's no escaping the smell. I don't know how anyone could eat at the beachfront restaurant, which is located right next to the stagnant smelly water... do they not have noses!? This really needs to be cleaned up, not just for the sake of the guests, but the environment also.

If you do stay here - we recommend hiring a jetski at sunset from Noi beach... gorgeous pink/silver water to cut through, we really enjoyed it. Also be aware that you can get a private taxi to Thongsala jetty for a similar price to the group shuttle which leaves ridiculously early.

Room Tip: The deluxe cottages are nice, but get a motorbike or be prepared for a steep hike - the tuk tuk serv...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

All I can say is WOW what a beautifully located hotel. And more, friendly helpful staff, rooms with amazing views and a beach of my dreams. We spent 2 nights and 1 full glorious day. It really is paradise. The beach, clean and quiet, the drinks cold and the view, spectacular. All the food we ate was delicious, we will so be back, soon.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The hotel is classified as a 4 star hotel but should really be a 3 star. The hotel has a very nice, large pool overlooking the ocean which is it's best feature. You can also rent DVDs free of charge.
There were many drawbacks. Our room smelled horribly of mildew and when you turned on the water in the shower you could smell sewage. The hotel is directly on the beach, but right next to the swimming area is a polluted river which feeds into the ocean swimming area. The breakfast is nice enough served in a restaurant with a beautiful view. All the other food provided at the hotel, such as room service or poolside will leave you feeling unwell. If you wanted your room cleaned, you had to call and ask. When the room was cleaned it was not thorough and garbage was left on the floor.
The staff was nice and friendly.
The staff

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We thouroghly enjoyed our short stay at the Panviman resort. We received a confirmation of pick up time two days before our stay, sent to our current resort in Koh Sumui and were collected at the entrance and taken via speedboat to the resort. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to meet our needs, a friend celebrated a birthday while we were there and they presented her with a little cake at breakfast.
The resort is on the quiet side of the island and has a convenient little village next to it. We stayed in the standard room which was ideal for what we needed but it must be said that their upgraded rooms looked very nice. The views from all over the resort are beautiful and try catch a sunrise while you are there!
We were quite apprehensive about staying here as we had read a few bad reviews but we ended up being plesantly surprised. My favourite part of the resort was the cascading swimming pools and delicious cocktails from the bar.
We went to the Tanaporn spa that is highly recommended but although it was good I would suggest going to Warin massage, to me they were better and you dont have to make an appointment two days in advance.

Room Tip: I am glad we were able to experience this resort because they offer standard rooms, they are good, b...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay | Bantai, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Phangan
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ko Phangan
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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