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“Peaceful property, but rooms are not great” 3 of 5 stars
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Grand Sea Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   152 Moo 1 Ao Nai Wok, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #52 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Palo Alto, California, United States
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“Peaceful property, but rooms are not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We were on Koh Phangan for the full moon party and this property was just 5 - 10 minutes from the pier, which was nice, but far from where the actual party and town. The resort is very peaceful, with great oceanfront views and a nice pool area. The restaurant was just OK. We originally booked an ocean view bungalow but the bathroom was unacceptable with the shower literally hanging over the toilet and open shutters with ants and other bugs coming in to the room. We "downgraded" to a standard hotel room which was actually more spacious with a better bathroom situation.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights during the Full Moon Party period. We booked with Phangan Batik Services as part of the Full Moon Party package and the staff managed to upgrade us to the Grand Hill triple room as we had another friend joining us last minute and the room was definitely more than what we bargained for. Room was amazing and big, bathroom was huge, beds were comfy and the verandah outside the room was lovely to spend some relaxing time.

The room was facing the pool and we spent a few lazy afternoons and wee hours of jn the morning just relaxing by/in the pool and at the verandah. There was wifi at that area but connection wasn't stable. We were lucky that the other guests wasn't making too much noise and causing disturbance.

The only downside to this place is that it's quite far from the other areas. 15-20mins taxi ride to Haad Rin. Going to the Full Moon Party was fine but coming back after a whole night of partying will be quite a chore since most people will just want to straight bunk into bed immediately. But other than that, it'll be fine, rent a bike and see around the place.

Staff was definitely polite and helpful eventhough language was an issue but somehow we managed to pull through. It was nice of them to offer free taxi service to the pier, that was definitely a plus point.

My friends and I had an enjoyable stay here, an experience we will not forget.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights in February and we were really impressed with the hotel- vast surroundings, great location, facilities and staff! Very helpful and friendly staff :) We stayed here as we were interested in going to the Full Moon party on 26th but didn't want to stay anywhere near Haad Rin although we werent too far away. It was 100baht each for us to get to the full moon party and I'm pretty sure it was the same on the way back, but expect to share a taxi with a fair few people. This hotel is just down the road from Thong Sala town which is great for street markets and excursion bookings (Phangan Travel Centre), the hotel staff also offered to drop us into the town more than once. Ban Thai is also a short taxi ride away, roughly 50baht per person to get there, which was great for us as we had friends staying there.
Grand Sea Hotel is set on one of the prettiest beaches I saw in Thailand, so peaceful with hammocks and swings right on the beach! The food was great in the restaurant although some of the staff don't speak the best English and we didn't speak too much Thai so a few mix ups occurred! The rooms are basic but very well kept and cleaned every day. There are 2 pools, one with a pool bar and they are both fantastic!! Very large and very clean! I loved my stay here and would definitely go back again, the ladies on reception were a pleasure to deal with. My only advice for anyone looking to stay in Koh Phangan would be to invest in very strong insect repellant!! You'll be eaten alive here! :)

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Stayed here for two nights with 3 other friends and our first thought was how good the hotel surroundings were and the excellent beach. However, the hotel is miles away from anything and a good 20 minute drive to Haad Rin beach where all the Full Moon action is. So, if you're heading to Koh Phangan for that, this is probably not the hotel for you. The rooms are also just average, nothing special and they are also just locked with a padlock which I guess wouldn't make most people feel completely secure. However, the rooms provide good air conditioning and a good shower and the quality of the beach and pool also make up for any inadequacies. But, being in such a distant location, you are also pressured to use the hotel restaurant which is good... when they get your order correct. The staff working in the restaurant did not speak good English, so it was often difficult to make an order.

Room Tip: Try and get anywhere near the beach as this is the main attraction of this hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Really nice place
2 swimming pools very chilled vibe about the place.
Very friendly people and great service.
Thai food excellent.
Little expensive but good value for money Well worth spoiling yourself if you are weary travellers like us.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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 January 23, 2013

Stayed here for the NYE full moon party had to pay for 7 nights.... only stayed 2! We had no option but to have the most basic room as thats all that was available. It was like a prision cell, the door was like cardboard and you had to lock it with a padlock!!! Could hear people all around us, no safe in room - if you want to use a safe they have one in reception but count your money first as I'm not sure I trusted them! Also they close at 8pm so no access to safe after that time! Bathroom was horrendous the shower was like a drip! Food in the restaurant was awful! My boyfriend jumped in the pool and the underwater light floated to the top connected to the wall by wires! I would not stay here again and would not reccommend this hotel to anyone!! Pictures can be very discieving!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We picked this spot while in thailand in 2010, and what a value it was. The price was great, and the resort is beautiful. The archetecture is incredible. We had a beachfront bungalow, and it was very clean and comfy. The staff was fantastic, and the private beach was lovely. I reccommend waling out onto the beach off to the right around sunset. It is aways from the madness on the south of the island, and a short walk to thong sala (port town). We stayed for 5 days, could have stayed for weeks. You can rent jeeps from the resort and explor the island, which I highly reccommend. I really hope to make it back to thailand, and if we get there we will stay here.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Address: 152 Moo 1 Ao Nai Wok, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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