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“Nice location” 4 of 5 stars
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Havana Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   47/5 Moo 5, Haad Thong Nai Pan | Surat Thani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #36 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Nice location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We recently went to Koh Phangan to go to the full moon party, we decided to stay away from the hustle of Haad Rin and we weren't disappointed. Thong Nai Pan beach was beautiful, loved the community feel, great choice of restaurants along the beach.
The hotel itself was good, nice location right on the beach. Rooms pretty basic, first day we had no hot water but this was fixed for us. Nice big pool, but it's in the shape of a penis, like actually a giant penis! Quite funny.
The restaurant was good, we only ate here 1 night, and had the BBQ. The red snapper was delicious. We didn't have any curries after reading other reviews on TA. Breakfast wasn't very nice and could be improved on.
We were able to catch a small long tail boat from the resort to the full moon party and back again at 4am, interesting ride home, no lights or life jackets on the boat but the captain knows the area well so is able to steer away from the rocks and keep you safe on your journey.
Wifi didn't work too well in our room, very intermittent and couldn't get a very clear signal.
Would recommend this resort, would definitely recommend you stay here over Haad Rin.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Myself and a friend booked this accommodation in August 2007 as we wanted to visit the full moon party, whilst the accommodation was wonderful the location was not for us as it was very quiet and I would say ideal for honeymooners. The staff were so helpful and when we explained we needed to be in accommodation closer to the full moon parties, they refunded us money and even arranged accommodation and drove us to the new accommodation. Staff could not be more helpful, will definitely visit this resort again with my husband :)

  • Stayed August 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Bad quality breakfast, almost nothing to eat and full of flies !! Bedroom not clean and mosquitos full in the room! Very noisy air conditioner ... Only restaurant is good in this place ! Also manager confirms that we will have a better room but never happened ! The women at the reception was also very unfriendly and they charge 3% extra on all bills if you pay with credit card! Not recommended place !

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed here during March 2014 for 3 nights. This was my second stay at Havana Beach.

If you are looking for a place to unwind, particularly after the full moon party, Thong Nai Pan is the right place.

The beach is beautiful, dotted with bars/restaurants with a laidback atmosphere.
It is a lot quieter than most locations on Koh Phangan, but if you just want to enjoy a few beers and listen to music on the beach, then this is the place for you.

The resort is very nice, rooms are rather basic - but they were only really for sleeping in our case. The bar at the pool showed Premier League football, which drew a bit of a crowd, and we were made very welcome by the owner.

It is a bit of trek to/from Haad Rin, but that's the charm. Head to Flip Flop Pharmacy bar for the nicest english/irish breakfast, and Mr. Wizzet does great burgers and pizza.

I will definitely return to Havana Beach for my hat-trick - Thong Nai Pan is my favourite spot in Thailand

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Spent two nites in Jan. Was hopping to stay in cheaper digs, but were all booked. Room was great. It was worth the extra dollars. Beach was close. Lots of choices for food walking distance along beach. Came with a nice breakfast. Ate mostly other places recommended by TA.
Very clean and lots of nice wood touches.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Last year we visited Havana Beach Resort as part of a Saga trip. We were so impressed that this year we made our own private visit. Things have changed for the worse so we were disappointed.
The room was good but the service was hit and miss. Some days we got water and shampoo others not. Likewise the WiFi was pretty useless as it only worked occasionally.
The staff were generally unresponsive and nowhere near as friendly as the Thai people on Koh Samui. Whilst tables needed cleaning, waste bins needed emptying and clients asking for a bill, the staff were preoccupied on their iPhones at the bar. We saw one person obviously annoyed,as she had to leave the table and go to the bar to ask the staff for the bill.
Many things are worn out and need replacing. The towels are rough and hard like sandpaper and the crockery is cracked and stained.The breakfast was very basic with little variety and no pastries.
The restaurant is the most expensive on the beach with the quality of the food being no better than other cheaper outlets. Go to the restaurant to the left or right of Havana for reasonably priced drinks and food.
The beach is beautiful but there are many other resorts which will offer better value for money.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights in a deluxe room. In overall it was a good hotel.

Thong Nai Pan Yai beach is great, very clean, whitish sand, no waves, lots of restaurants at the beach to choose from, supermarket at the beach side, great for relaxing, not for party (not like Thong Nai Pan Noi, that is next to it but with big waves, smaller beach and less restaurant variety). All restaurants close at 10PM, bars stay open till later. From the pier (at the other side of the island) you can get a taxi for 350 bhats per person, the hotel charged us 1000 bhats for the 2 of us. Its about 45 mins from the pier.

After our stay we went to Railay beach, on the east side of Thailand, and we tought this beach is way better than Railay!!!

Ups: clean rooms, awesome pool, restaurant and bar at the beach, family friendly, big bathroom. Deluxe rooms have bathtubs, free water bottles in the room every day.

Downs: really old and stained towels, some mild on the shower curtain, bad breakfast (cold, not much variety), noisy air con. At about 5-6 PM the receptionist leaves and you have to walk down to the bar at the beach if you arrive later, wich wasnt really a problem for us. Despite what it says here, the hotel has no rooms with king size beds, only double size beds.

The problem: when we told the receptionist that we paid the extra night through internet instead of paying directly to them (3% charge if you pay with credit card), she got really angry and started yelling at us. My husband said "listen to me" and she went on "no, you listen yo me!" . I have never ever seen such bad manners in a receptionist. The next morning, when we checked out, she did not even look at me nor say anything when I handed her the keys. The owner had better manners, he said we shouldnt have done that because they loose money by paying to the agengy (agoda or else), but that is not really our problem. During our stay at the hotel, the receptionist insisted on selling us tours or trying to make us book the taxi-boat with her. Explicitly interested only in our money. The owner, on the other side, very honest, he advised us not to take a snorkeling tour one day because the weather was bad and we wouldnt see any fish (wich was true).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 47/5 Moo 5, Haad Thong Nai Pan | Surat Thani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Ko Phangan
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ko Phangan
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Havana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the best beach in Koh Phangan. We offer a variety of food from Asian cuisine (Thai, Indian, Chinese etc.) to European cuisine (Italian, French, Italian etc.). Our rooms are brand new and our Fidel's bar has all of the varieties of drink that you can think of! ... more   less 
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