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Shangri-La Bungalows
Ranked #13 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Mae Nam
Berlin, Germany
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“best place for a beach holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our bungalow had fan, AC, fridge, shower, warm water. With our double bad + materace for a child it was already almost compeletely full.
We paid 1400 /night (2 adults+ small child)
We were there off season - end of Sept.
There are also much cheaper bungalows available without AC, fridge, warm water...

good points:
* great beach with shadow places under cocos nut trees (but be careful of the falling cocos nuts!!!! can be dangerous!)
* AC, fan and frigde available in some bungalows
* restaurant in the Shangrila with pretty good European breakfast (we love Thai food but for breakfast we ate European) available every morning
* we got extra materaces for a child
* great view, directly on the beach, quiet. We had a wonderful view like we always dreamt of.
* terrace

bad points:
* we arrived very late and had to wait for somebody from the reception desk 30 mins. and our reservation done through some Björn (German contact of this bungalows) were wrong and we did not get a bungalow directly on the beach like we requested
* in the bungalow which we got, there were cocraches
good point: they moved us to the bungalow directly on the beach after two days and I did not see more cocraches anymore
* if you book in advance thought internet you get worse price... people who rented this bungalow directly paid 1000 B, we had to pay 1400 B.
* people at reception desk except for one woman hardly spoke Englich but it was often in Thailand that it was hard to communicate English

In gerenal we were very satisfied with our stay in Shangrila. The beach was great and the place perfect to spend some relaxing days with a small child. It was best place for a beach holiday which I saw so far, since the bungalow is on the beach directly and you can just sit on the terace and enjoy and it is still good price.

Room Tip: if you can pay more, chose the first bungalow on the beach
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We came here for 3 nights, but finally stayed for 6 nights. Bungalows were clean, pricing was very reasonable (1300 baht per night for beachfront bungalow). Restaurant was ok. Beach was clean and it was nice to walk (about 10minutes) to nearby restaurants on the beach. Staff was nice, special thanks to waitress girl on restaurant.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

We spent 3 nights here with our three kids in the new beach front bungalow. Awesome view, terrific beach and spacious accommodation. The restaurant offers reasonable food and whilst service isn't big on the list here in general, the staff are cettainly pleasant enough. Peaceful location away from all hustle and bustle. We'd happily book here again.

Room Tip: Beach front
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We loved this place.....food was great and affordable....bungalow was clean and comfortable. Beach was clean and quiet and the view was breathtaking.....staff were polite as well. Easy walk to other bars and places to eat....very pleased :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dons84
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at the Shangrilah for 3 nights, originally only intending to stay for 2. We stayed in a beautiful, modern air com room the 1st night for 2000 baht. (They have fan rooms which are much cheaper.)
However, when we went for breakfast on the 2nd day we noticed that the beachfront villa had became free and decided to treat ourselves to an upgrade. This room is bigger with a terrace and glass doors to 2 sides and steps straight on to the beach. Idyllic!!! We were charged 2800 baht. Perfectly reasonable as most beachfront accommodation we found was between 3000 and 4000 baht.
With regard to the comment below complaining about the air conditioning; the units in both rooms we have stayed in have been remote controllable between 18 and 30 degrees so when we got cold we just turned it up. It is very efficient! We have also found the staff very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend trying their homemade lemon ice tea.

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in the second hut from the beach (400B per night). It was a basic and shabby room with en-suite, no frills cold-water shower bathroom and a very noisy fan. We ended up sleeping without the fan most nights because the screeching noise was unbearable and it resulted in the room being extremely hot (even with the windows open).

All this being said, we had an amazing stay, initially booked in for 3 nights, ended up staying 9. The location is brilliant, right on the beach, 10 min walk from the main street (be sure to check out Uncle Noi's for amazing Thai food and Mr Pancake Man at the top of the road for the best pancakes ever). They also rent motorbikes for 180B per 24hrs which is a great way to see the island.

It's a family run place with very helpful and lovely staff and a restaurant on site where we had breakfast every morning (very convenient and relatively cheap). Be aware they're standard policy is to clean rooms every 3 days but you can ask the staff to clean it when needed as it didn't seem to be a problem for them.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

The bungalows themselves although small were clean with a decent balcony. Unfortunately that was where the positives ended. Having just come from beautiful accommodation near the ferry we were amazed to find that, even though we had paid more, breakfast was not included in the price. At night we had to put towels and clothes over us in bed as there was only one thin sheet and no blankets. With the air con off it was stifling and with it on (it was placed directly behind the bed) it was freezing. The reception staff were very curt and unhelpful, treating guests as an inconvenience. The rooms were cleaned every other day - the only place I stayed in eight weeks where this was not done daily. We only discovered this from another guest. No information was given by the management. When our room hadn't been cleaned on the second day we went to reception and were very rudely told that if we wanted it done to bring the key . Not the most enjoyable of stays. Would not recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shangri-La Bungalows
Address: 1/2, M.4, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
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Ranked #13 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Mae Nam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shangri-La Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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