As a travel photographer for a well known guide book, I've been fortunate enough to travel around the world for the past 5 years. I've been to Koh Phangan twice before staying for a few months at a time so I know the island quite well now. I was given a heads up about this new resort opening up in Haad Rin so decided to book myself in for a few days to see what all the fuss was about. I really was not disappointed!
I was among the first of the guests to arrive so everything was brand spanking new! The design through the resort is ultra modern and minimalist but with a slight thai twist on it. Beautiful gardens that run through the resort where it finally opens up to a breathtaking infinity pool that drops on to the beach. As this is the west side of the island, you get the sunsets.. and these sunsets are insane! (check the photo I've attached, took it with my iphone!) There aren't any breaking waves and the sea is SO calm that when looking from by or within the infinity pool.. you get the strangest perspective.. like being at the edge of the world! Trust me, it's special.
Also, whilst doing this, get a cocktail or 2! They are outrageously good. As is the chef! The menu was a bit limited but I was told it was just an initial idea and would be added to and tweaked. We were all there during a soft opening so that is completely understandable. I literally tried everything on the menu and it was all so so good! I'm pretty sure they scouted the chef from Samui? Whatever the case, it was perfect. Try the Lamb Massaman Curry if they still have it!
The rooms themselves are really spacious and simple. When you think about it, there's not really much in there but it's everything you need. Beds are stupidly comfortable, huge flat screen tv with various cable channels (and USB slot) just incase you want to chill out from the madness. Bathrooms are also clean and bright. The hairdryer made me laugh a little bit in its design but that's a minor issue!
Location wise, I'd personally say the best on the island. It's about 5 minutes to walk to the full moon party beach and main shops and restaurants. So really close but just far away enough that you get peace and quiet. Any further away from the FMP beach would not be possible and you'd have to manoeuvre over the massively steep and windy hill pass that connects to baan tai/thongsala area. That's why I think it's the best location!
The main thing I noticed about my stay here was the staff and management. It's clear that the staff haven't just been chucked in together - there's a really positive relationship between them which has clearly been worked on to the point where it's like a little family that work there. Everyone's always smiling and the whole vibe from the place when you walk in is exactly what you'd want whilst your away on your travels/holiday. Happy and laid back. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone.. it was absolutely faultless in service.
Adam, the manager from the UK, was a top guy from the moment I walked through the door and again was faultless. Heaps of information on the island.. which I thought I knew quite well already.. but found out loads more cool stuff to do. Probably the most friendly, helpful manager I've met in my travelling time. Thanks to him if he's reading! And the team!
I had such an awesome time whilst there which is why I've gone to the effort of writing this incredibly long review. I can only apologies if you've got this far.
Basically, if it's in your budget, stay here. It is THE best. You get what you pay for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contact us direct for the best rates available. Stylish and contemporary, our design is based on outdoor living bringing Koh Phangan's picturesque sunset beach and the tropical atmosphere into our resort, making it a special place for everyone to relax, enjoy and remember.Retreat to the peace and relaxation of our Sunset Beach after enjoying the island's colorful nightlife.Be our guest, make friends and experience the unique island of Koh Phangan with us. ... more less
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