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“Awful... worst two nights of our trip!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Harmony Beach Resort
Ao Hin-Lor | Suratthani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #53 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
Belfast
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awful... worst two nights of our trip!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

When travelling around Thailand last July with two friends we decided to book into the Harmony Beach resort after reading all the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor.However we were so disappointed with the stay .
The evening we arrived off the boat we managed to get a taxi van to take us to Harmony Beach however when they dumped us off at the side of the road and pointed down hill we began to think there must have been a mistake made. After treaking down the hill, no signs or people around we eventually came to a deserted harmony beach. Looked around the place which felt very errie, no other visitors but eventually found someone to take our booking, even though he spoke very little english.
Our bungalow was very basic, however we were used to this, we were not howver used to the lizard/ bug creatures climbing up the walls and scurrying accross the floor constantly.
The pool was not working, covered in with plastic and full of leaves, all of the hammocks and cushions around the place were extremely dirty and dusty, we were aware that we were travelling in Down season but still very surprised at the state of the place. the "beach" was covered in plastic bags and rubbish.
On our first evening two girls arrived and left withing minutes - deciding to go elsewhere as the place was empty bar ourselves. the electricity went off on our first evening.. not a light to be found in the whole place, the guy from reception came to us with an oil lamp and told us he was leaving to go home and would see us tomorrow. Here we were alone, 3 girls in their 20's stuck at the bottom of a hill, right beside the sea in the pitch black. It felt like a horror movie. We decided we would brave the trek up the hill in the pitch black to try and get a taxi in town as the guy from recepetion earlier had said this would be easy... 20 mins later we were still standing there!
More disconcerning was on on arrival back to Harmony at about 2am there were several guys hanging around to the resort,knowing there was no staff about we felt so unsafe and uncomfortable.
A posiitve was that the food in the restaurant the following day was lovely and satff then very helpful ( albeit very little english). However the pictures leave ALOT to be desired, the location is far from ideal as its very remote and for the price you pay there are alot nicer accomodations to choose from.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Bakau, Gambia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011

This place is amazing. Such a relaxed environment really does so much to improve the holiday. The beach is only 10 minutes away from the Full Moon party, which is incredible. The best thing about this place? the Pork Chops. They are a different class.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

Stayed here for 2 weeks, struggled to not stay 2 more! Run by great people, excellent rooms, lovely local food and amazing views. What more can you ask for.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Magog, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

I stayed at Harmony Beach for 5 days and was sorry to leave. I had one of the huts on the beach and it was perfect. My only complaint was as a few others have said, the huts are duplexes, the walls are very thin, and my neighbours not very considerate of this. Fortunately this was only for 2 nights of my stay.
The bar/restaurant area is a really great place to hang out, great food, great atmoshpere Dave and Kwan make you feel welcome and are always willing to provide advice, arrange trips or call a taxi.
I highly recommend a leisurely walk to Had Rin along the beach, really nice!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Netanya, Israel
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Harmony beach truly earns it's name. This is the place to choose if you would like some quality time with your family. Wake up in the morning and have a great breakfast at the restaurant, take a small walk to neighboring beaches or rent a jeep or bikes and travel the small island. Have lunch (the food is really delicious so plan to be back for meals...), have a nap, swim out to the float, kayak a bit, read a book on the hammock with a view to your almost private beach, hang out in the big space near the restaurant, hear some music or watch DVDs and have a good nights sleep. This is s unique spot. When you enter it you can leave the world outside and just relax. But most importantly - the staff is just the best ever. And it really isn't correct to say staff, because Dave and Qwan treat you as new friend from the moment they meet you. I don't know how they do this, it is a genuine interest in people and the willingness to help you out in whatever you need. We traveled 50 days in Thailand, we did not meet hospitality like this. The Beach is lovely, the food is delicious, the seclusion is a nice change, but at the end it is Dave and Qwan that make this place what it is: One of a kind.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

We visited Harmony for the first time on the strength of the TA reviews back in November 2009, and were not disappointed. While the facilities are quite basic for the price (there's a lot of competition these days!) the sense of community is quite special and makes for a very enjoyable stay. Second time round, we discovered the wifi was not so great in the closest aircon bungalow to reception (as we had hoped) - Room No 6 gets the best reception in-room if you are keen on aircon for the warmer parts of the day/night. We are staying a full week this time and if we get the chance we would stay again. Yes there's some rough edges and lets face it they really could do with getting some new pillows in the restaurant and it would be nice if the pool were functional, but it's pretty gorgeous, even in low season.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010 via mobile

We stayed about six nights, enjoyed the stay.
Room was clean,
A/c was good,
Staff were great,
Walls did let through a lot of noise through which was fine, apart from one night when the girl next door come back late and cried very loudly and talked about her feelings all night with her friend... Some people just can't handle a night out huh...
The highlight is the food/ lounge area, food was as good as anything we ate in Thailand.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ao Hin-Lor | Suratthani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#32 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Harmony Beach Hotel Koh Phangan

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