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“Ok as a base for full moon party but doesn't rate well against all other places I've stayed for the same price”

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Holiday Beach Resort
Ranked #70 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Ok as a base for full moon party but doesn't rate well against all other places I've stayed for the same price”
Reviewed January 21, 2011

It's probably a good place for people on the island for the full moon party. I wasn't there for the party time, so the resort was full of families and couples, so not too sociable for a lone traveller.

The bungalow didn't have hot water as advertised and it was quite damp and mouldy. The staff function ok in the restaurant and for booking the boat but a bit abrupt with room booking, you're not shown how anything works.

The food was ok but not so good by comparison with the rest of Thailand. The whole of the island has a ketchup on all the tables with burger and chips way of thinking, but that's what most people who are there want.

Not much around in the way of shopping and eating.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 19, 2010

we had an amazing 4 nights staying here, and it would have been the perfect stay if the last hour or so put a big dent in it. we arrived on the afternoon of the full moon party and stayed on longer, and in that time enjoyed every bit of the place. about 20 minutes taxi (which they organise) to the party, and the location is great for that very reason - sure, haad rin is amazing when the full moon party is on, but i couldn't imagine staying there for the rest of the time you're on this spectacular island (it seems like it could get a bit seedy and crowded).
the resort spills out onto the beach seamlessly, keeping in line with the general feel on koh phangan of a very laidback place. the beach itself is pretty good but it's hard comparing if you are used to sydney beaches. the pool was new at the time and always spotless - being cleaned every morning - impressive! the massages were quality and for a pretty good price compared to everywhere else we went in thailand. the restaurant was a bit above average price but the quality was fantastic and the staff were extremely friendly, and not in a fake kind of way... they seemed like genuinely nice and relaxed people. the rooms are small and very unspectacular - don't come here if you're expecting a luxury room. we stayed in the beachfront bungalows which are the most expensive (still very cheap), and it's pretty much a very basic bathroom, very basic beds and a tv... but most importantly, an air con! it gets very humid around here so you want to pay the little bit extra for alot of extra comfort. our favourite part of the resort was the beach bar! a very simple hut literally steps from the water - a proper music system set up pumping chilled house/trance at night, always very quiet, quite trippy with the fluro on the walls, and most importantly, beers are flowing, and other kinds of drinks (shroom shakes are just another item on the menu). general crowd of the place is young, backpackers like us. quite a few brits when we were there by chance.
only bad thing was we hired scooters for a day which were very cheap but they tried to charge us ridiculous amounts for damage we didn't cause! don't give them your passports as insurance for the scooters because if they pull the same trick on you, you don't have much of a choice but to suck it up and pay the charges, especially if you're in a rush to leave and catch your ferry like we were.
but overall - awesome!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

We stayed in holiday beach for 5 nights in a fan bungalow. the bungalow was very comfortable. the pool was a great bonus and was kept very clean. the staff were very helpful and the food was delicious! we went to the full moon party and we booked a taxi to and from haad rin which took around 20 minutes and returned every hour until 8am. we also booked a scooter which the hotel booked as well.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wales
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Reviewed June 12, 2010

In a very quiet area, few bars and shops about 15 minute walk away. We spent most of our time at the resort. Right on the beach. Great common area where you can watch DVDs or listen to music. Staff were really friendly and helped us organise day trips and boat tickets to move on, also cheap transport to Full Moon Party. Only downside was we stayed for 5 nights, and our room wasn't once cleaned. Also the bungalows got uncomfortably hot at night. Overall, a good place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed June 12, 2010

Holiday beach resort is a place i recommend strongly. Great staff, great food, big lounge, beach bar, private beach, massage on the beach. We planned to stay for two weeks but we stayed for almost 2 months. If u are planning to visit Koh phangan u should stay at holiday beach resort. During our stay they didnt have a pool but they are building one now ;)

We will definitly go back.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Holiday Beach Resort
Address: 100/5 Moo 1, Baan Tai Beach | Ao Bang Charu Beach, Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #70 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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Number of rooms: 50
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