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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed here beginning of July 2012 for 4 nigths. We were aware that this was the start of the 'rainy' season. Whilst we were here it rained every day at approx 3.30pm, it was like a tropical storm for the first hour, heavy rain and very windy. Then it calmed down to just rain, but remained warm. Even with this weather, the place still looked beautiful, and the wind kept the mosquitoes away!
Location- It is about a 15minute road walk to the town centre and pier area.
This resort is set at the end of a lovely, clean stretch of beach, and there area is a quiet and tranquil.
Accomodation- the room was lovely and clean, had modern decor, and was warming. The bed was comfortable, and the air con was excellent. The bungalows have their own private decking, with hammock, which was lovely to relax in, and take in the view of the coconut trees and lushous green grass which they are set in. The bungalows are situated in such a way, that they provide privacy from the neighbouring bungalow.
Food-It was more expensive that the neighbouring establishments, but worth it as it tasted excellent, and there was a good selection.
The Beach- It was private, and the sea is more for paddling in, not swimming. This is due to it being shallow, and there was lots of sea weed.
We hired a kayak from the reception, and kayaked over to the deserted island opposite.
The staff were friendly and helpful. We have noticed the comments about the male owner. Yes he seems quiet, and keeps himself to himself, and very chilled out. He let us get on with our holiday, but when we had a problem with the sink, he fixed it immediately, and was happy to help.
We would thoroughly recommend it here, if you would like to stay somewhere with a relaxing, and chilled out atmosphere. It would appeal to couples and familes as opposed to those looking for the full moon party and nightlife.
If you fancied a change of pace, a couple of resorts along the beach there are other bungalow resorts offering music, table tennis etc.
in short, we found this place to be a little slice of paradise for our holiday!

Room Tip: bungalows all have a good view of the sea, enjoy it!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rich s
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at Baan Manali at the beginning of February this year for 8 night, during the full moon party.
The location of the resort is excellent, only 5 minutes from the main pier, but very peaceful area. It is more or less the central most part of the island, so if you are looking for explore the island it is recommended to stay near Thong Sala. It is higly recommended to rent a scooter (~ 200 Baht / day) and you can get anywhere on Koh Phangan in 15-20 min.
If you are looking for the full moon party at Haad Rin beach, its only 100 Baht per person to take the minivan.
The resort itself has ~ 10-12 bungalows, all with seaview because of the "V" layout. The bungalows are simply, but nicely decorated with A/C and free wifi.
The owners are a french guy and his israeli wife. You can feel the french impact in the restaurant, they have delicious cuisine. The restaurant might be little bit more expensive than the cheapest one in the "city", but it is worth the money.
Some reviews mentioned that the male owner was rude. Well its true that he is not someone who always tries to chat with you, but his wife and the local staff was very nice.
All together its a nice and quiet place (if your are looking for party all the day, don't go there), with good food and excellent location if you want to look around on the island. I would recommend to stay here if you are looking for a little bit of everything what you can get at Koh Phangan - beaches, food, nature, relax and parties.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed in Baan Manali Resort at the end of june/ beginning of July 2012. We would have stayed longer if they would have had rooms. This place is a haven of peace, you can just sit in the hammock all day and relax in the refreshing breeze. What distinguishes it from most other places is the low amount of bungalows on the rather large plot of land. Most other resorts would put two or three times the amount of bungalows on the same area.

The resort is located just outside Thongsala town, at the beginning of a very nice beach which stretches north for kilometers. However you will think you are in the most secluded spot in Koh Phangan.

Bungalows are excellent value for money, very clean, comfy beds and the interior has a nice touch to it. A small safe is available as well. On your veranda you can choose between deckchair and hammock.

The restaurant is very good and not expensive at all as you would expect from a hotel restaurant. Given the larger serving size than usual the prices are very affordable. Breakfast is excellent, you can choose between fruits and muesli, eggs or omelette any style, delicious french pancakes and homemade bread with homemade marmalade.

You can rent kayaks and explore some small island directly opposite the resort. As a day trip we can recommend a trip to the Ang Thong National Marine Park with Orion tours, which can be booked directly through the hotel.

Staff is very nice and helpful. As for the owner (re the previous review) he might not have a Thai like smile on his face all day, but he is a very calm and nice guy and was actually very helpful in arranging trips and renting a scooter. We got along with him very well and he told us a lot about his family, himself and living in Thailand. His wife is great too and she has put a lot of effort into making the place cozy and stylish.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank hanswu
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We booked this stay based on really good reviews, and we did in fact have a really great stay. The rooms were individual bungalows spread out across serene gardens with coconut trees, and each bungalow had a hammock so you could relax while listening to the ocean. The restaurant serves good food, and really great freshly made shakes. The Thai staff is also very kind and accommodating, but we did feel very uncomfortable with the French owner of the hotel. He did not seem to be able to muster up a smile at any point during our stay, and it felt like we were constantly bothering him when we asked about anything or entered the restaurant (which is also the reception). His wife was very nice, but we have honestly never experienced someone so rude and uncaring, and I think this really brought down our experience of this hotel from a five star stay to a three, perhaps even two and a half star experience. I mean when you're paying money to stay somewhere you shouldn't feel uncomfortable asking for a cup of coffee at breakfast. He was our waiter one day at breakfast, as there was a lack of staff, and when he came over to ask us what we wanted he simply said "Tell me." And then he stood there with a stone face looking at us. Honestly, I thought this was a very rude, and strange way of asking your guests what they would like to eat for breakfast. I also fell one day and asked if he had any antiseptic or a first aid kit, and again I got a rude answer that I could go to the pharmacy. All in all a wonderful place, but the owner could do with a course or two in hospitality.

Also if you order anything extra with breakfast, like juice, you will be billed for it. Which would be fine but breakfast was included in the price and I have never experienced a place where you get billed for a glass of juice.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank mlj87
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Quite simply Baan Manali ticked all the boxes for what we wanted in Ko Phangan if not anywhere I've stayed whilst traveling. Excellent spacious and tastefully designed bungalows nestled within an extremely well kept but natural looking garden which sits literally metres from the beach easily fitting the bill for anyone looking for a little paradise away from the mayhem of Haad Rin.

Family run by a French/Israeli couple with a small team of locals who help maintain a great level of service. Their chef, Carl?, is absolutely brilliant. We rarely ate out because there was so much to try, with the menu reflecting the cultures of the owners and their team.

It's a 10 minute walk to Thong Sala and then about 15 mins by cab to Haad Rin but that was just never a problem.

The place just has so much character, even down to Jimmy the dog who's owned by a neighbour but spends most of his time getting to know the guests. Coolest dog on Ko Phangan. No wonder he pretty much lives at Baan Manali, paradise!!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank Jrstott87
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