My review of Shiralea will not do it justice, you must go to experience it yourself! My first trip to Shiralea was to attend the infamous Full Moon Party and after traveling the rest of the Thai islands, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines I was back at Shiralea for a month because nothing compared to the hospitality and 'home away from home' atmosphere. I will always recommend Shiralea to fellow travelers as my 2nd home and cant wait to go back in May!
The resort is set in a coconut grove which provides the perfect amount of sun, shade and protection when running to your room in the rain. The rooms are a good size with 2 double beds, large bathroom and either air con or fan. When I was there `Bamboo Village` their 10 new bungalows were under construction, but from what I saw they are the most luxurious backpacker rooms I have seen throughout my travels. The pool is perfect for doing lengths or just lounging around. With raised sections for the baby pool and jacuzzi you are bound to get that perfect tan youve been working on!
The staff at Shiralea are fantastic and are always on their toes making sure that your stay is enjoyable and that you feel like a part of their family. Lay and Ohm's cooking is not to be missed, a generous mix of Thai and Western food to please everyones pallets! We ate at the restaurant pretty much every day..no need to go elsewhere (although there are other places along Haad Yao beach which you cannot miss out on..Eagle Bar for example)
I had the pleasure of being there while the new cocktail menu was being developed and the drinks cannot go without mention. Richie`s version of a Long Island Iced Tea is the perfect way to get the night started. But beware of the Lady Boy Bucket as it creeps up on you..fast! The lounge area is perfect for relaxing, watching endless re-runs of your favourite tv shows or watching a movie when its raining and you cant go to the beach.
Haad Yao beach is a 2min walk and is absolutely stunning. Thailand is known for its beaches and Haad Yao definitely does not disappoint, some of my best days were spent on the beach.
Whilst at the resort I completed half of my Open Water dive course (due to an injury) with Reefers Dive Resort - which is Koh Phangan`s first fully inclusive 5 star dive resort!! Vic and the staff are absolutely amazing, I cant wait to go back in May to finish my Open Water and my Advanced!
Uncle Mike and Richie`s dedication to the resort is endless. Just ask and you shall receive - Whether it is a recommendation for something to do on the island, an impromptu birthday party, a trip to the pharmacy/hospital, flouro paint and taxi rides to the full and half moon parties they are always there to help! I hope you guys get your turtles for your water feature :) Make sure you ask Uncle Mike or the bar to set up a massage while your there - Thai or traditional oil massage you will not be disappointed!!
In conclusion I cannot say more than enough about Shiralea, I was not disappointed and neither will you. The staff are more than helpful and you are bound to meet plenty of travelers alike looking to have a good time. Just head up to the bar and ring the 'infamous bell' your bound to have a good night! If your looking for a home away from home you will find it at Shiralea!
A big thanks to Richie for making my stay in Thailand the most memorable one yet!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the stunning tropical island of Koh Pha Ngan - home to Thailand's famous 'full moon party' - Shiralea is a boutique resort designed to be a backpackers paradise. Welcome to a 'flashpacking' experience. Shiralea was built by a group of travellers who wanted a haven to return to. With a focus on 'good times' we created a friendly and vibrant atmosphere which puts our guests immediately at ease. Shiralea is a place where strangers become friends, we designed the resort with a social aspect which sets us apart, our guests love how they can do exactly what they want at Shiralea- whether that be a crazy night at the bar or a quiet one watching movies. Shiralea is the ideal spot to set up for a few days you'll never forget. Located 1 minutes walk from the beautiful Haad Yao beach. Our resort has all the creature comforts you could want and we cater for all budgets - hot showers, comfortable beds, wall-mounted fan or air conditioned bungalows, an ensuite in each bungalow and your own balcony with a hammock. In addition to our 30 bungalows, we have great facilities to keep you entertained, including a restaurant that offers delicious and well priced Thai and Western meals, a great bar, free wifi, large swimming pool with Jacuzzi and poolside bar, movie lounge, a games room with pool table and a massage hut. Shiralea has everything you need to enjoy your 'flashpacking' experience, but it's the memories that our guests treasure. Lose yourself in the fine art of doing nothing or celebrate balmy nights dancing into the wee hours with new friends. Our staff always welcome our guests with open arms, so all you need to do is bring a bag of basics and a smile. We invite you to join the fun. Book your stay with Shiralea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shiralea Backpackers Hotel Koh Phangan