We chose to stay here because we only wanted to stay on Koh Phangan for one night during the full moon party and most of the other resorts impose a minimum 3 night stay over the party. Also, we wanted to be close to Thong Sala so we could leave easily the following day.
Upon arriving, we claimed we did not have passports on us and they agreed to allow us to leave a cash deposit. I am glad we did this as another person who was staying there left the hotel without her passport as they forgot to give it back to her!
Considering the price paid, the rooms were not good. Bed sheets were stained and the bathroom was filthy - clearly had not been cleaned properly for a while. The shower was luke warm and upon returning from the full moon party, we discovered there was no water in the shower or taps in the bathroom! For some reason all the water to our room had been switched off and we had to wait until they opened for breakfast before getting it turned on again - this is not something you expect when you are paying so much for a room.
As the previous reviewer mentioned, the resort is far away from everything and you need to get a resort car to go to Thong Sala where the restaurants are which they charge 200baht per person return. It only costs 150baht per day to hire a motorbike so would definitely recommend this. Also we discovered after we arrived that Tharathip offer a complimentary transfer service from Thong Sala pier to the hotel - they never mentioned this when we booked and after checking the website again we have found it in small letters on the bottom of one of the pages - most of the people we met while we were there did not know this service existed.
They also offered transportation to and from the full moon party for 300baht per person - we were told that the transport there went at 8pm and 10pm and there would be a bus returning every hour from 2am to 6am. When purchasing the ticket, I confirmed with them that this transport service was not shared with other hotels and they insisted it was not. We decided to return at 5am - we arrived at the meeting point 15mins early to find that the bus was full as they were sharing a bus with another resort. The next bus arrived at 5.15am and they waited for more than 45mins for it to fill up with people and also offered tickets to those not staying at the hotel so the drivers could make more money! We were not impressed with the service and would recommend another service is used - there are plenty of people offering transport to and from the party for the same price and you can go without waiting around.
We never ate any meals at the restaurant but the breakfast was also covered in flies while we were there. Food seemed expensive for what they served.
As the previous reviewer said, you could do much worse if the island was full but if it is not busy I would recommend staying nearer Thong Sala or going further north of Koh Phangan as they cannot justify the high prices they charge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tharathip Resort is a small, attractively decorated in a typically local Thai style, Tharathip Resort are set amidst a tropical green garden lush with tall towering coconut trees and lots of blooming greenery and also to see sunset view on the evenings most beautiful of Koh Phangan. ... more less
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