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“Cheap & Cheerful” 4 of 5 stars
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Charm Beach Resort
Ranked #17 of 126 Ko Phangan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cheap & Cheerful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Just come back from staying at Charm Beach Resort, it was cheaper to stay there with a bungalow then a dormatory at a guest house nearby.... Even though the service is not that fast (they cook the meals one at a time) the food was pretty good and the banana shakes were amazing :D. The English Manager was incredibly helpful while we stayed there, reading some of the previous reviews I was expecting a completely different guy! They do have a monkey and a couple of dogs so if you hate animals I wouldn't recommend it, the bungalows are all really close to the sea/beach and it is generally quite a quiet resort (even during full moon period), however the sea is very shallow so the pool is needed if you want to properly swim. Will definitely be returning!!!!

Room Tip: Word of Advice: many people complained about the resort not cleaning your room, well you have to ask...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We stayed at Charm Beach for about a week, its a pity we could not stay any longer because of our visa. Anyway, the English guy working there was amazing. Whenever we needed any help we knew we should ask him instead since he would do anything for us, unlike the Thai usually do. He was a great help and friend throughout the stay constantly and patiently advising us on all products and in situations. despite previous comments (which I find riduclous in terms of the British manager, who is not an owner) our stay was extremely good, great customer service, perfect location and awesome set up!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Charm Beach is in a pretty great location, right on the beach - which while not great for swimming, is still nice - and a short walk from plenty of restaurants, night life and a Muay Thai gym (that does classes!). There's a good sized pool for swimming, and the Thai staff were also lovely and welcoming.

That's about where the positives end! The British owner and his sarcasm and idiocy put a damper on the rest of our stay there. We were there for a good several nights, and right when he arrived he set about weaseling us out of the room we'd originally booked into one of the bungalows, claiming that they were bigger, cleaner, etc. and showed us both the rooms.

We accepted the bungalow in the end because it had a fridge and we didn't want to have to eat out all the time, but he was INCREDIBLY smug and condescending about it. He seemed to act like we were personally attacking him every time we came to the front desk to ask a question or to get more toilet paper - they would only give us one roll at a time, and those disappeared quickly with four girls sharing a toilet, and the room was not once cleaned during our week or so long stay.

Sleep quality was pretty average because of the place's proximity to other nightlife; one night there was a music festival or something going on a stone's throw away and we had to rely on earplugs to get enough rest before the Full Moon party the following night. Of course, we expected it to be noisy, because Phangan is a really lively place!

We had to give a sizable deposit, and the bloke reassured us that we would get it back at the end of our stay not matter what time we left - there would always be someone at the desk. Guess what? No one at the desk at 7am, despite us waiting around, shouting and hunting around the grounds with at least one or two other groups of guests who were planning to catch the same boat out as us. Basically, he conned us and several other guests out of their deposits, and his general behaviour throughout our stay led us to suspect that it was a rather common occurrence.

Had we not encountered this guy, I would've been happy to rate Charm Beach 4 out of 5 and give better ratings for service, but he really took the p***.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Jizan, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I have been going to Charm Beach Resort for the past 4 years and I love it. The English guy who is the manager is a great guy and I don't understand the negative feedback on here about him. Yea, he might not slap on the "Thai smile" like you are use to but he is helpful and friendly The resort is great. It is right on the beach, has a nice pool, and it is quiet at night. The location is perfect as it is close to the "real shops" not the overpriced places you see in Had Rin. Also, many of the resorts and bungalows cater to the all night parties and drunk idiots screaming and carrying on all night. I choose Charm Beach again and again because it is clean, quiet, and located very conveniently to the night life on the island. I have been a teacher on the mainland and have come to Koh Phangan well over 100 times. Charm Beach is the place to be for me. Tell them you read Teacher Steve's review on Trip Advisor and give them a shot. They also have a really cool bungalow in a tree the over looks the sea and you can see Koh Samui. It has a nice balcony that you and a few friends can sit on and enjoy the evening. It is also a resort that gives you privacy. Bungalows are not stacked on top of each other and they are not rickety shacks. All and all, I give Charm Beach ten points out of 10. Also, try the Cordon Blue, it is awesome. The Thai family and the English chap that will ensure your trip to Koh Phangan is EVERYTHING you want it to be. If only other resorts knew about taking care of their customers like Charm Beach Resort.

Room Tip: I go for the cheap bungalows because I am a poor teacher. I have found bungalows for 100 baht less a...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Myself and my boyfriend has not long left the charm resort and we can say we throughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed a few days either side of full moon and pretty much had the place to ourselves for the first few nights. When booking I had some problems as my card wasn't accepted by the system that they use here but I was able to go to a bank on koh Samui and pay that way. We were greeted off the ferry with a sign with my name on and driven to the resort. The first impressions were a bit unnerving when you drive off the road as the sign in old and you cross a dubious looking stream of water. But try not to judge a book by its cover. We were in the cheapest of all the bungalows and it was the closest of all of them to the beach. The view out of our window and from our patio(particularly at high tide) was beautiful. We stayed for seven nights but paid for six, so worked at at about 566 baht between the two of us. The beach isn't ideal for swimming as it is based on a reef, but the resort pool was a saving grace. It was cleaned and tested every morning we were here. The bungalow itself was basic, and is crying out for a bit of paint. The wet room was clean, if not dated. Bedding was similar but it was so hot we slept on top of the sheets anyway. Two fans in the room which served purpose. The room didn't get cleaned once in our seven days, in fact we emptied our own bins, but I think this is the norm from our experiences in Thailand, you need to ask. The food was good and drinks were reasonable. The Thai owner even gave us a cool box for the night with ice in to keep our drinks cold after she had gone to bed. There are lots of outdoor areas to sit, and they all have wifi signal. Minimal sunbeds round the pool, but this was never a problem. A ten minute walk to thongsala town which has a great and cheap food market. 15 min taxi to had rin for full moon, there is a decent beach there too. Going rate for scooters is 150baht a day. We rented some and went to total wipeout which was great.
In summary a nice resort run by a lovely Thai family and a grumpy English man. It served purpose for us in being cheap and close enough to full moon without being noisy.

Room Tip: Bungalow 1 is the closest cheap one to the sea. You cross the sand to get to it.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Iida-shi, Nagano, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We booked New Years accommodation for a very reasonable price, and ended up staying two nights longer than we'd planned. A nice place right on the beach, not too far from town (a bit of a walk but fine if you plan on hiring bikes). About a 20min taxi drive from the full moon party, but one of the guys who worked at the resort was really nice and drove us to where we needed to go numerous times! Staff were very helpful and the beachside restaurant was awesome.
The only downside was that the water gets shut off overnight, quite a pain if you get home in the early hours of the morning and want a shower!
Also, beware of the monkey tied to the tree! He has as a fondness for shiny objects, and remarkably fast reflexes!
A good place to stay though, relaxing, quaint and affordable.

Room Tip: We got a room with a/c, well worth it apparently, some friends had a fan-only room which they regret...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

my son and myself went here for his 21st birthday and the people here really gave him one to remember.it was fantastic,
the boss (no.1 cook) prepared a special dinner for him (complete with candles) which was very much appreciated.thai green curry especially nice.
the poolside room we had was very comfortable ,just right for relaxing in the afternoon and within hailing distance of the spacious dining area.It was serviced whenever we asked,the staff being attentive without being in your way.
for me the location was just right,on the beach (the whole of the area was swept every morning)and five minutes from a main rd bar where we could sit at a pavement table to watch the world go by,or a 10/15 minute walk to town that was worth wandering about in.if asked they,ll arrange for hired motorbikes to be delivered.The pool (also cleaned every morning) was really welcome after a day out
i liked best , the fresh home cooked food,the beach,the food,the staff, the food and the general atmosphere,,,oh and the food.
i disliked,,,,nothing
maybe the cockeral at 6 in the morning,so get a room at the beach end of the resort,and the monkey,,who didn,t speak english

Room Tip: at the beach end of the resort,better views
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank peter v
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Property: Charm Beach Resort
Address: 101/2 Moo 1 | Baan Tai Rd, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Charm Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charm Beach Resort is a classic Thai beach resort with an authentic feel. The resort has been around for almost thirty years and is well known to the island. During this time, the bungalows and the other building have changed, but the wonderful, relaxing beach has stayed the same. Today the resort is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, with classic rustic beach huts complimented with AC, WiFi and a guest swimming pool. The resort contains 32 room and bungalows, and a popular restaurant. The centrepiece is an idyllic treehouse, set in one of the trees on the beach, with its own balcony for enjoying the sunset. We have one of the widest beach strips of any resort, on the entire island. This is the where beach activities, such as yoga, beach volleyball, fitness classes, SUP boarding and massage, take place. In the evening, we offer BBQs, music and cocktails in our beautiful beach bar. For the young ones, there's a playground in the shade, and we hold regular movie nights on the beach. We hope you come to visit us, and this marvellous place, on one of Thailand's most spectacular islands. There's so much more to Koh Phangan than the full moon party. Be sure to ask about special day trips that we offer to the jungle, the ocean or the mountains. The resort has been under new ownership since May 1st 2014 and is now managed by a Swedish-owned company who are undertaking a facelift and modernization of the resort. ... more   less 
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