On first impressions, this resort is a dream. Accessed only by off-road or boat to the beach, stilted huts overlooking the sea, clear blue waters and pure white beach - it really blows your socks off! After about an hour or so, however, this postcard resort starts to fall apart. I booked the most basic hut for my stay as I was only there for two nights and was travelling with a group. I was aware there would be no hot water, so this was no shock and to be honest was quite welcome after a day of travelling in the heat! I walked into my hut to find a family of small lizards had pitched up home in between my bed sheets. More worryingly, when i approached them, they scattered off up into a hole directly above my bed that i was unable to access…
The 'fan' worked. When I say worked, I mean it spun around. It was absolutely no use in cooling down the room whatsoever but at least the noise of it kept the lizards away.
Unfortunately, the bathroom was dirty. I don't expect to be able to eat my dinner off the floor, but I expect the floor to be mopped at least.
The menu at the resort restaurant was big and varied. I enjoyed sampling the food, although on one of the evenings i ordered a Thai Red Curry and a Green one was brought out to me because the red one apparently would be too spicy for me. Ideally I would have liked to have judged for myself, but whatever.
The staff were very split. One one hand you have the bar staff who are very cheery (although do seem to enjoy a party every night), and then the miserable ones who can't be bothered to help you. It's really the luck of a draw.
And yes, the power does go off between 4-6pm. A bit of a pain, but you're on one of the best beaches in Thailand.
And the beach really does make the resort worth it (sort-of). So beautiful, you have to see it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bottle Beach, the most beautiful beach on Koh Phangan. Catch a long tail boat round from Chaloklum and prepare to relax. Beach front huts with fan for 550 baht to deluxe air conditioned bungalows for 1,500 baht. Restaurant, massage spa, white sand and blue sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bottle Beach 1 Hotel Koh Phangan