Better late then never placing a review I suppose, honestly thought I had posted something and realised that I hadn't. This apartment is in a great location, has great facilities and the service is fantastic. A husband wife time working for Kalara service the apartment daily and really look after things. The apartment was probably underused considering only my wife and I stayed there and there was a second bedroom that faced back over the road but this was a great vantage point to sit outside have a few drinks and duck up and down to get food snacks from many of the stalls directly outside on Friday nights for the market.
Main bedroom has everything you would want with satellite TV, sound system and great views back over the water to Koh Phangan, nothing like sitting in the spa in the bathroom with a glass of bubbly watching the sun set over the water with Koh Phangan in the background.
Downstairs has a full kitchen with full size fridge freezer, dining area and L shape lounge and TV etc then full height floor to ceiling glass doors that look out over your pool and decking. The decking creaks a bit near the entry and could be fixed and the outdoor furniture was showing signs of rust at the base but when I advised Kalara office about the furniture after we left they advised they had already replaced the furniture, hopefully the decking has already been done too.
The Kalara office staff are great and set up an APP on my mobile in case I needed to get in contact with her any time during our stay.
They provide breakfast vouchers to a restaurant just down the road on the corner but we thought the food and breakfast was fairly ordinary and only went there a couple of times.
Loved the place so much within a month of returning home we had already booked two weeks in the same ground floor apartment again for June this year, cant wait ! Thank you Kalara
We have spent plenty of money on house/villa/apartment rentals before and we have sometimes been disappointed, usually happy but rarely have our expectations been exceeded. This villa was one of those rare times. The photos are very appealing but they don't really do justice. The views are incredible, beautiful pink/purple sky at sunset and despite it's location in Fisherman's village it is surprisingly quiet. The master bedroom has a spa bath on the balcony and the same view as the living room and the other bedroom has a view of the street. the second bedroom has a freestanding bath in it. There is both aircon and fans. We rarely needed the aircon though our son used his in the second bedroom. We stayed in the top apartment and there are about 40 stairs to negotiate to the front door but it didn't bother us. The rooftop pool is fantastic and very private. There are more stairs up to that and also a spiral staircase down to the bedrooms. I think this apartment would not be suitable for children due to the amount of stairs and there is no banister on the spiral staircase, or the main stairs up to the apartment. Also, people with mobility issues would struggle. There is a fully equipped kitchen which was stocked with bottled water for us. We didn't cook as there is so much food available fairly cheaply nearby. You are issued with vouchers for breakfast which is available at two nearby restaurants. One was good, the other not so good. We had a chef in one night to cook for us (Tik?) and she was great. she can cook whatever you want but we opted for a Thai banquet for 7 (other friends joined us!) and her food was the best we had he whole trip. The villa staff helped serve the food and cleaned up afterwards. There was enough food left for lunch for three the following day too.There was no one staying in the lower apartment when we were there so we had a bit of a look in from the beach (which you access from the entry level) The walking street markets of Friday night is set up in the street below the apartment, very handy for a few pre-dinner snacks. The night market food was excellent and there is a mojito stand from the Greenlight Cafe opposite which had the best mojitos. Staying a friday night was a highlight.
The lower apartment is less private but would be better for a family and the pool is right on the beach with a nice private bit directly by the pool. I think if i come again we might try the lower apartment.
Julie, our contact person from the management was cheerful and full of advice. The staff who appeared magically every day were excellent. One small issue is the quality of the towels, they were slightly grey and had seen better days. Also we would have preferred fresh ones every day, rather than every 3 days as nothing dries in Koh Samui, because of the humidity. A clothes rack would have been handy for drying swimmers too.
Absolutely nothing bad I can say about Panu, I have been lucky enough to call this place home for the last month. It was my third trip, each time gets harder to leave.
The location is perfect. Right on the beach with the waves waking you up in the morning, what more could you ask for.
Great welcome from the team who look after you while you are there.
Perfectly suited for both short breaks or long term holidays.
Great choice of bars and restaurants on your doorstep ( THE HUT ) should definitely be on your list. Amazing Thai food at a fraction of the price from all other places. Don't be fooled by appearances, you have to book if you want to eat there at night.
The apartment was every bit of the high standard I expected. It was in great condition, luxuriously appointed, the care taking staff were excellent and the location right next to fishermans village superb. Beds were very comfortable, wifi worked well and the booking epxerience was without drama. The pool was also spotless.
Very highly recommended place to stay if your looking for a place wel beyond a standard hotel room.
The perfect location with restaurants and shopping right on your back doorstep and the beach on your front doorstep. Fantastic infinity rooftop pool and jacuzzi on balcony. It definitely exceeded our expectations and would have no hesitations recommending this condo to others
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Panu is two apartments. There is a ground floor flat right on the beach with a small pool in front and two bedrooms upstairs. This is the more convenient option but is darker and does not have such lovely views as upstairs.
We stayed in the upper flat which is up 45 – yes exactly – 45 steps which leads into a large open plan living area which has a great balcony with absolutely gorgeous views of Koh Phangan and the ocean. You go down a rather narrow spiral staircase to two bedrooms and up more stairs to a lovely rooftop pool with sun loungers and a barbeque area with a table and chairs.
I would say the upstairs is definitely unsuitable for children – particularly if you have a pram. The stairs also got old after a week.
The proximity to other properties was a drawback for us. The guests were doing nothing wrong but kids playing noisily in their pool at 8 am or people in neighbouring rooftop pool took away the privacy and peace we prefer.
However being in Fisherman’s Village was a blast and I would not hesitate to recommend this rental to adults.
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