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“A little gem in Ko Phangan” 4 of 5 stars
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Green Papaya Resort
Salad Beach 64/8 Moo 8, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #26 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
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“A little gem in Ko Phangan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I stayed at the Green Papaya Resort for 5 days over the 2013 / 2014 festive period. What an amazing little resort with amazing staff. All the vila's open on the pool and you're about 30m away from the beach. The staff is friendly and help where ever they can! The rooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms come with an outside shower - which was great. "One" - the barman / waiter - always friendly and ready to assist with anything.

One suggestion: the bar / restaurant area needs a bit more atmosphere to attract outside customers as well as entertain the resort guests.

I will go back on my next trip to Ko Phangan

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

First time at Green Papaya and very happy with our stay, Stayed in hotel room, large and very nice in Thai modern style. Hard beds so if you are sensitive you might try to get some extra madrases or blankets.
Location on the beach, 20 steps and you can take your swim.
Nice pool area, great view over Salad Beach bay.
Breakfast restaurant in very nice building (boat house) - great start of the day with the view.
Staff very friendly and supportive.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

It was our 12th stay at Green Papaya....and it will not be our last:-) This resort and its wonderful people, spacy bungalows with large verandas, perfekt pool area next to the beach an not least the the beautiful sun set on Haad Salad have captured our hearts. We love this resort:-) Do you like snorkling or diving you will also find the very best options Here. We have been at GP with our children and grand children and this Year with parents. It is a very small resort and this makes it very intimate and a very suitable resort for all generations. We look forward to seeing you all at GP in 2014:-) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all travellers.......and do treat yourselves with a holiday at Green Papaya.
Troels and Lene, Denmark

Room Tip: We always stay in Coco 3 as this bungalow have the late afternoon sun on the veranda.
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The cabins at this place are awesome! I'll definitely go back again. I stayed there Oct 18-21 and the weather wasn't the greatest but the hotel is really nice. The included breakfast is nothing special but enough to hold you until lunch.
The staff was helpful and affable.
The location is good but there is a long stretch of unpaved road to get to the hotel so if you are bringing a suitcase with wheels you will have to carry that.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

This is my 2nd time in the resort.
I was traveling with my wife and 3 small kids, the older 8 years old.

We got the executive suit which worked perfect for us. Hugh room with a coached that fitted 2 kids.
Big balcony, big bathroom Angeles great view to the pool and some sea.
Food was OK not too much. It seems like the staff was eager to close at 10am.....

The pool is great for kids, warm and have shallow water.

The sea and beach are amazing although the beach is not clean like in other resorts.
The staff is less welcoming like it was 4 years ago and it impact some of the fun.
The manager have vast knowledge and you just need to realize he is trying to save you money.
OverOverall very good time.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

This is the exact place I was looking for...nice beach, quiet, peaceful, and the hotel is excellent.

Service at the hotel is outstanding and most helpful. The front service person speaks English well and helped us a lot.

Breakfast is not big but certainly delicious. Nice background music overlooking the pool and sea...very relaxing way to wake up.

No complaints about the room, maybe only the TV should be upgraded. Nice and different to take a shower on the outside closed balcony.

There are some nice restaurants on the beach to have dinner or some drinks at the pub. Overall salad beach is very quiet without the crowds so there are only a few restaurants/pubs.

Wifi worked well throughout the hotel area.

I highly recommend this place if you are looking to truly relax and want a quiet stay. Beach is perfect for couples as there were not too many families during the time of my stay there.

  • Stayed September 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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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

...which itself is one of the most beautiful beaches on koh panghan. i did not have an amazing impression upon arrival. i had booked the "ocean cottage" which is more expensive. unfortunately it is not really a beach front cottage as they claim on the site. it is the cottage next to the bar and restaurant, you do see the beach but from across the bar. needless to say i panicked and got in a bad mood. fortunately, the bar opens only at lunch time and closes rather early at around 10 30 - 11, and is never really full for that matter. once we got used to the idea i was not too bothered and despite looking over the bar the cottage did not turn out to have less privacy than the rest. which brings to my next point.. the resort is nice and stylish enough. the reason i never really grew fond of it (and that some reviewers speak of it as being soulless) has i guess to do with the design, oversized cottages one next to the other, all looking at the swimming pool. rather unexplicable why a lot of space was eaten up by a two floors common area structured in the shape of a boat where you have breakfast. i can't think of many architechtural choices that are sadder and lamer than shaping buildings as boats - why is it i kept thinking of a club med? i also kept thinking they should have built smaller cottages to space them better and provide more privacy through vegetation and avoid that club med/campsite feeling. the cottage was huge, but just ok really. the bed had a silk upholstery that was marked with the anatomic traces of previous guests, a bit disgusting i am afraid. there was a huge bathroom. it had a jacuzzi. it also had holes in the window above it that had been "repared" with paper tissue. the other french window going to the outdoor shower also did not close well. this is an issue because of the mosquitoes. but you cope with the mosquitoes in thailand. it just looks odd, the luxury item in the run down bathroom. the faux leather pillows on the jacuzzi were mouldy. of course we never dreamt of using it. because of the look of it, but mostly because who cares about a jacuzzi if you are on a coral reef little beach in thailand? i guess my point is, why overdoing it and go all swanky if you are not up to fixing the basics? the worst thing about the cottage though was the smell. most of the time, although thankfully not all the time, there was a very strong sewage stink coming in. i mean very strong, sometimes unbearable. i woke up with a strong headache one morning because of it, which was probably the low point of the stay. it turns out this is not Green Papaya's fault. the sewage stink comes from the resort next door. this is a totally criminal operation (mostly french as well, as i understand, a divers place) where they crammed in i do not know how many bungalows and hotel rooms, another of those quantity over quality cheap operations that will end up destroying the thai tourist industry if they do not start regulating them. the guest numbers in this resort is apparently unsustainable from a sewage point of view. the hordes of french people staying there seemed happy enough to breathe the sewage smell when we walked through that resort. as for ourselves, we survived the smell issue thanks to the high tide coming after a few days which improved things a little and incense sticks we started to burn. Again, i want to stress this is not Green Papaya's fault and they were sorry enough about it, but i could not avoid mentioning it as it did significantly affect our stay. i hope this is mostly for our cottage and not the rest. breakfast in the boat shaped pavilion is so so. annoying elevator muzak (club med! why???), always the same, perhaps a tactic to make you leave fast. all self service, including the coffee, and frankly not a great choice. and i would rather pay more for it, but offering packaged fruit juices in a semi-upscale resort in thailand is just a no no. just squeeze something or give me a coconut for God's sake. the staff is not particularly friendly, very quiet. we found the gardeners hilarious, they just squat behind some plant smoking or texting and are apparently able to do absolutely nothing for hours on end. in the end, the beach is nice, and the stay was pleasant despite all. it has issues but proably remains one of the best choices if you want to stay north in the island. the thai manager kind of tried to be all nice at the end - but he has a hard feat making up for the unpleasantness of his french partner. someone wrote she makes you feel like you are in a home stay, i could not agree more, she sort of affected the mood and atmosphere when she was around, eating alone or something. not a natural in the hospitality industry i guess. brr. one last note, it is very uncommon and not standard practice as far as i know in thai resorts that they would charge your card upon reservation. they generally just keep it for guarantee, and at the perfect (and genuinely upscale) Poppies Samui where we stayed the week before we paid all in the end. here they charged 50% upon reservation and asked to settle the rest when we arrived there. this was obviously unpleasant, and contributed to my initial bad mood considering i had felt duped about hte cottage. mmmh..

Room Tip: i'd avoid the cottages on the left side - they get the sewage smell from the neighboring resort...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Salad Beach 64/8 Moo 8, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Ko Phangan
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
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Number of rooms: 20
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