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“beautiful villas, beautiful beach”
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Awe Resort
Seattle
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4 reviews
“beautiful villas, beautiful beach”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Awe Resort is beautiful resort, with a fabulous private beach and a kind and attentive staff. The villas are modern and comfortable. There are wonderful restaurants just a short walk down the beach if you want a bite out. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the resort while I was there, and he went out of his way to make sure that a good time was had by all. They had just finished building a gorgeous yoga studio during my visit, and my only regret is not staying long enough to take a class just a few steps away from the sandy beach. If you get a chance to go to Koh Phangon, do yourself a favor and stay at Awe Resort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

There's so much to say about this place that's positive - with only 4 villas you could book out the whole resort with a group of friends, it's on a quiet stretch of beach, the villas themselves are bright and friendly... But these are more like holiday homes than a resort. I would have liked more staff around more often, daily room cleaning, and a bar for cocktails and snacks around the pool...

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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photikoe, Owner at Awe Resort, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Our mission is to create a private nirvana without the impersonal feeling of a large-scale hotel. With four villas and three staff members on site (one dedicated to cleaning the room everyday and can cook a private BBQ for you on the beach), we feel that most of our guests do not feel that we need 'more' staff.

To reiterate, we DO clean the villas everyday, with a full towels/linens change after 3 nights. However, we will not go into the villa without your consent or if you are sleeping. Also, most of our guests rather enjoy the 15-steps along the pristine beach path to our partner bar and restaurant, which also delivers food/drinks to our pool, but I suppose that is too much effort for some, and that is why each villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen and large fridge where our staff can stock drinks and food for you (brought from the local grocery store so you do not have to pay inflated restaurant prices). Each villa is no more than 10 steps away from the pool in a manicured, tropical garden, and most of our guests prefer to take their drinks and snacks in this environment rather than at a bar.

You are absolutely right that each villa feels like a beautiful holiday home. I can understand your disappointment if you are expecting a massive hotel with a poolside snack bar, as our service is more individualized and subtle.
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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I have traveled all over the land of smiles and had stumbled across Awe Resort a couple of times without staying. When I am in Thailand I often stay for at least 2 months, so I seek out somewhere that has all the amenities and is comfortable for a long stay.

When I finally managed to stay here for a couple of months (book early as there are four villas and they are always booked out) it was just perfect. The villas are right on the beach (literally the first villa is two steps from the sand) with a beautiful sunset view over to Koh Samui.

The housekeeper Wan could not do enough for you and will make your stay absolutely hassle free, as she did mine. Your villa is cleaned every few days, fresh water supplied on request, laundry service dropped off to your door and if you are lucky you will get fresh fruit from the trees that grow around the villas.

For staying long term there is everything you need - a full kitchen, swimming pool, restaurant next door, fast wi-fi etc.

The villas are all the same layout; two floors with the kitchen and an open space downstairs, and one big room upstairs with two double beds and a nice little wet room bathroom. There is also a nice little balcony upstairs with room for two people to sit and a table, and also some space upstairs to hang out clothes/towels to dry outside.

Beds are really comfy, there are two air conditioning units in the room upstairs (but try opening the windows for a natural breeze), mosquito/insect covers on the windows, a safe, 2 fans, penty of storage space, dressing table etc.

Peter the owner is also fantastically helpful and a really nice guy - anything you need he will do or get done for you, and if you have any concerns he will sort them out right away.

The location is good and you can walk up and down the beach to many different restuarants and resorts. If you are into kitesurfing then on the beach right outside is a kite surfing school called Breeze Kiteboarding (look it up on Facebook) - I learned here from a total beginner and Dani was absolutely brilliant, and with just 15/20 hours I was up and kitesurfing on my own.

The island itself is fairly undeveloped so you need some transport to get around, as everything is spaced out. There are plenty of high standard restaurants, fun bars etc. so if you rent a scooter or car (ask Wan) it will make your stay a lot more enjoyable.

The infinity pool is just big enough to do laps and is fresh water, so no nasty chlorine smells. It is cleaned regularly and has a nice waterfall feature at one end.

When you are there Wan treats you like part of the family and I guarantee you won't want to leave. Her daughters are always around with a big smile on their face either helping out with the chores, playing on the beach or chatting to the guests.

Awe Resort is a touch more expensive than other places but worth every single penny. The location, quality of the Villas and service you get will really make the difference to your stay in Koh Phangan.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

i had the pleasure to stay at awe resort for about a week with a good friend of mine. amazingly friendly staff who are willing to help you with any request you are having. a wonderful pool overlooking the ocean in a private and calmed atmosphere. the location is perfect if you are looking for a balance between partying-around and having a quite get-away. believe it's the perfect location for families with kids or long-term stayers. own kitchen attached also the possibility to have your own BBQ.

value for money if you are looking to stay long-term!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We have just come back from staying at Awe for two months, and I don't have a single bad word to say about it. The villa itself is beautifully decorated, modern, clean and spacious, we stayed in Villa 1, right on the beach, and we saw some stunning sunsets - you could never tire of them! Wan, the housekeeper was fantastic, she kept the villas clean, the gardens blooming, and she will do a BBQ for you too if you ask (so tasty!). You can get huge containers of water for a small price, and your laundry done, and delivered to your door. The location of Awe is perfect, the beach is never busy in Baan Tai so you have your own little paradise right on your doorstep, and it's so peaceful at night because you're not on the main road or too close to any bars. I can't recommend this place enough to everyone visiting Phangan, from families to couples, it accomodates everyones needs. They have also had security cameras installed which makes the place feel safe and secure, which was one of my main worries when coming to Thailand, but we had no problems whatsoever. Just want to say a massive thank you to the owner, Peter, unfortunately we didn't get the pleasure of meeting him, but he was only an email away if we needed anything at all, at any time of the day, and he was great for giving advice on things to do around the island, the place is a credit to you, thanks again, and we'll see you again very soon..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beverly Hills, California
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We did a lot of research before booking a place to stay on Koh Phangan. We picked Awe because it has a kitchen and we liked the location – close to town and the Full Moon Party, but on a quiet beach.

We stayed in #2, which is the second closest to the beach. The ground level has a full, enclosed kitchen with fan and you can open all of the doors and windows to get a breeze. Outside the kitchen is a covered patio with table and chairs. Up a spiral staircase is a cozy air conditioned bedroom with two queen beds, a built in couch with luggage space underneath, and rack to hang clothes. There is a TV, free wi-fi, and a safe. The bathroom is a bit small but functional – there is a pedestal sink and small shelf for toiletries. The upstairs balcony with table and chairs is a good place to gaze at the ocean and catch a cool breeze. There is a nice pool that overlooks the ocean (it is pretty much on the beach).

Wan, the caretaker is super friendly and helpful. Peter, the owner, was always available by email when we had questions.

If you don’t feel like cooking or want to grab a cocktail, head next door to Phangan Beach Resort – no need to put on your shoes, just walk a few steps down the beach (try the banana pancakes for breakfast). There is also a windsurfing school next door. And, if you like animals, you can make friends with some of the dogs that live at the nearby hotels.

Awe is a great option if you seek an affordable flat on the beach in a quiet, convenient location.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Katrin78
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I felt home from the very first second and the profidence of the "houselady" made it a best place to be on Koh Phangan!!
The price/value relation is top!
The beds have been very comfortable and the own kitchen with the offert grill made us have a fine barbecue every second night.
We come back for sure soon, and next time we stay longer!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Awe Resort
Address: 114/3 Moo1, Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 362 Specialty Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Awe Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awe Resort features four modern villas on a private beach. Each villa comes with a kitchen, an open-air living room, balcony, TV, DVD, heated showers and two beds (one king and queen) in an uninterrupted space that spans the entire second floor. Enjoy a dip in our saltwater beachfront pool. Dine at our restaurant on the beach or explore the 6 other restaurants within a 10-minute walk along the beach from the resort. ... more   less 
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