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Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
Ranked #5 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Certificate of Excellence
North London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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Reviewed January 21, 2008

What an amazing place, pure paradise basically sums it up.
The resort is out of this world, beautifully done up and the rooms were spectacular. We booked a deluxe cottage and requested a sea view, we were not disappointed. The rooms were stunning and had the most amazing view. We had a bath on our balcony which we made good use of!

The staff are so friendly and will do anything to help you whatever your request. The food at the resort is a little bit costly and to be honest not that great but if you walk for a few minutes down to the beach there are a few bars and restaurants there which are cheaper and the food is fab! We ate at the Beach Bar pretty much every day, they also have a happy hour from 5pm - 7pm and 10pm - 12am where all cocktails are about £1.50.

There is not alot to do at the resort, we stayed for 5 days which was perfect and we will definately be going back to the resort next year.

Ok now for the less positive parts; the drive to the resort is awful, it takes 45 mins and you are literally driving up a mountain which has no proper roads, it was not great but it is worth it when you do get up to Panviman. If you can afford it what i would suggest is to book the hotels speedboat which is a fairly new service. One way from Samui direct to the resort costs £100, it takes about 45 mins door to door and cuts out that drive and also the sea ferry which only goes twice a day i believe. Also at the pier (cant remember the name!) there is a new speedboat service which leaves every hour on the hour and costs about £7.50 per person but only takes 10 mins to get from Samui to Koh Phangan, again this would be worth booking instead of the ferry which although only takes 30 mins goes only a few times each day.

This hotel might not be great for those who find it hard to walk very far, it is on a mountain and there are pretty steep steps to get to and from the beach, also all accommodation is on a mountain to expect steep paths! Certainly kept us fit!

I hope you find this review helpful :o)

  • Liked — The view, the rooms, the bath on the balcony, the people
  • Disliked — The drive to the resort, the food, the steep hills
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2008

We stayed at the Panviman for two nights while on honeymoon. Someone had recommended it after staying there about 3 years ago. The prices have since been hiked up CONSIDERABLY (i.e. up around 150%!!!) I'll try to make this easier to read by using bullet points!

Positives:
- beautiful pool area
- gorgeous views across the bay
- some nice staff (well... one in the shop)
- the area was more what I expected of a Thai island, in that it was remote and fairly undeveloped, which was a plus to me
- some cool bars and restaurants in the area, with nice people
- lovely star-gazing in the evenings

Negatives
- booked hotel via their office in Koh Samui - the woman who worked there was not there at 10am although it was meant to open at 9am. The neighbouring shop called her, and she arrived in 10 minutes, clearly just out of bed!
- when we arrived at the harbour, the people on the hotel courtesy bus had no record of us!! Finally they agreed to take us there!
- even when we arrived at the hotel they did not know who we were - the woman in Koh Samui just hadn't booked us in!!
- Got a ''deluxe villa'. Smelt a little mouldy, but nice enough UNTIL we found biting ants on the toilet seat, lots of mosquitoes and a CENTIPEDE in the bathroom. Discovered the bathroom was partially open air!
- Husband couldn't stand this, so we asked at reception if we could move rooms. We were told 'please come back tomorrow' accompanied by a large smile.
- Came back in the morning and were told to come back at 3pm!
- they did move us to a normal hotel room, which was better, but, as others have pointed out, there were gaps in the door, and anything could crawl in!
- came back that evening and I had left my keys in a bar - it didn't matter, as the door slid open easily, although it was locked!!!
- when I went back to get my bag from the beach, we chanced our arm and asked if we could have a lift in the buggy down the hill (it is really steep). There were about 4 people sitting a reception. They said the battery was dead. On our way back, we saw them driving the same buggy about!! Battery seemed to work well enough!
- upon leaving, we were politely told with a large grin that we had broken ''some glass'' in the room and had been charged 1000 Thai Baht!!!!
- looooooooooooong back and forth discussion about this as we had broken nothing. We were finally told that we would not be charged ''this time''...........errrrm thanks!!!
- 45 minute ride from harbour to hotel VERY bumpy, but would have been worth it for a nice hotel and helpful staff
- there ARE a lot of wild dogs in the area, and we had to borrow a broom from the friendly security guard in order to fend them off on the steep road from the beach to the hotel!!

OK maybe the bullet points didn't make it easier to read, but we were sorely disappointed that there were so many negatives to the last couple of days of our honeymoon.

If you do go to the area, go to the the Luna bar on the west side beach - it's beautiful, good value and run by a lovely couple.

Stayed January 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2008

This resort was so pretty and picturesque! they have done a great job of building the landscape of the resort into the natural surroundings and keeping the natural beauty. The cheapest rooms ( “superior” ) in the 300-series have an amazing view and are really charming and clean. The staff at the hotel are really nice and laid back: if you ask for special requests they will certainly accommodate but will not dote over you- perfect for me as I don’t like high maintenance staff and hotels. The resort is on a beautiful beach that is pretty isolated, so it is great to relax at for 4-5 days, but after that, one might get a little bored. The “town” close by doesn’t really seem to be a proper town, more of a place that sprung up as a result of tourism. This is not a place to go to experience Thai culture; rather it is a place to go to experience a beautiful beach, beautiful resort with great staff, a romantic peaceful get away and all at a very reasonable price- even in high season. I would definitely recommend it to friends and go back again!

  • Liked — the views and lanscape
  • Disliked — there wasn;t movies avalable to watch
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

We stayed at Panviman for 5 nights at the end of October.. We had only booked 4 nights, but for various reasons ended up on Ko Phangan a day earlier than planned. When we arrived, the staff at reception were very polite and were fine with us staying the extra night. We had booked a 'Superior Room', but were told we had been given a free upgrade to a 'Deluxe Hotel Room'. I think this was actually because the room type we had orginally booked was no longer offered due to the resort being upgraded, rather than out of pure goodwill, but it was still nicer than we'd expected so I won't knock it!
The room was lovely - King sized bed, big bath, lovely balcony with a view of the ocean and the decor of the room and bathroom was very nice too. The pool was very nice too and also has a nice ocean view. The staff are very nice here and make you feel very welcome.
A downside to the place is how isolated it is - it takes about 45 minutes to get to Thong Sala or Had Rin because the roads around Panviman are unpaved and very steep in places (some previous comments moaned about this journey, but we found it to be quite an adventure each time we did it), so if you are after somewhere with lots going on then this isn't the place for you. Also, as we went during low season, there was only one restaurant open out of the three restaurants on site. However, the restaurant that was open offered all 3 menus, so there was still plenty to choose from, and the food was delicious. In the evening, there was a singer and guitarist duo that played nice songs while you had your meal which was a nice touch and really added to the experience - they were a very talented and also very friendly.

All in all, I would say that 5 days is probably a touch too long to stay here in the low season, as you will start to get bored because you are pretty much confined to the resort (there is a village just outside the resort, but it was like a ghost town as there was hardly anyone staying there due to the time of year), and if it starts raining then there is not a lot you can do except go to your room for shelter.Also, if it gets really windy + rainy the power can be knocked out for about 5 minutes at a time, which can be a nuisance if you are watching a film or trying to read at night. Having said this, the views, magnificent grounds and the excellent staff more than make up for these minus points, plus if you are planning a trip in the low season, you can't blame anyone for bad weather so we knew what we were potentially letting ourselves in for.

In conclusion, I would defintely go back, although I would probably wait for mid or high season to begin!

  • Liked — Room and views
  • Disliked — How isolated it was
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2007

we arrived in koh phangan with great expectations - many friends have advised us that many of the best beaches in the world lie in koh phangan. this may be the case but as far as hotels are concerned this is quite possibly the most average 5* hotel that we have ever stayed in. we've stayed previously in the sila evason which i will comment about later but lets just say if there was an award for 10 stars this would be first. this particular hotel is about 45mins from the port on an extremely dangerous and unpleastant drive. the staff that greeted us were extremely unhelpful and unpleasant. there was no information on where we were, how long it took to get to the hotel, or nearby shops/restaurants etc. we abruptly arrived at the hotel which from the outside looked like a common village, a very steep drive towards the reception, where we were asked to check in. upon checking in we were informed that 2 out of the 3 restaurants were unavailable. the bar/pool restaurant was average at best. it rained heavily, and the screens to protect us from the rain were covered in insects. our room was distinctly average, there was no room service, although the view was fantastic. the air con was only on when present in the room. So when we arrived it was totally roasting and didnt set a good example at all. The room was that off an average hotel, no mosquito net, no bath, actually there was a bath but it was on the roof top and it was riddled with bugs and leaves. The beach was not that easy to get to, a very steep walk down where you had to walk across a knee deep stream to reach the main areas to eat in . The village or so called village was very daunting, do not go there between 12-5, there is nothing open at all.....even at night, the restaurants are nice but there are far to many dogs running free. watching you as you eat, plus the constant power cuts are not impressive at all. Sorry if this is a rant, but we only came to this hotel based on the reviews give on this site also the fact we had been told to visit the island. This is a rotten hotel, windows, where covered in bugs and it simply was not 5 star. Avoid at all costs, the view, granted was outstanding but other than that there was nothing else positive to take from the area, location, hotel or staff.......

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — everything!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for 8 nights from September 12th. We had booked a Deluxe Cottage with a hotel directly and got a good discount for a long-term stay.

We were promptly collected from Samui airport by car and brought to Panviman by a speedboat. It was expensive but lots of fun and rather quick.

The Deluxe Cottages come in various shapes and some have lovely big terraces but some don't. They are also very close to one another. Most, however, have great views over the bay. We were lucky to get a cottage on a lower level and didn't have to hike up or down that funky hill all that much.

Overall, we loved the location, the friendly staff and that lovely Thai food at the Stone Beach restaurant and BBQ. The pool is out of this world and the beach is pretty private, too.

Panviman is really special. There are fewer and fewer places in Koh Phangan so quiet, relaxing and beautiful. The staff were very chilled out and quickly put us at easy.

We rented a kayak once or twice to explore the area and went on a snorkelling tour. Also, we tried a massage in the Spa and loved it.

There is a tiny village nearby and we used to buy some beer and snacks in the shops. There were ATM machines there, too. There were other restaurants there and we stopped once or twice in the evenings during the happy hour for some cocktails. Highly recommended. But the food was disappointing and afterwards we only ate at the hotel's restaurant. Here the portions were enormous and delicious.

Afterwards, we spent few days in a 5 star hotel in Koh Samui, Bophut Resort & Spa, but it wasn't as relaxing as Panviman. We would be happy to return in the future !!

  • Liked — Food, staff, pool, location
  • Disliked — Old and too short beach towels and dated bathroom
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2007

I can say nothing bad about this resort!! I really loved every minute. We were staying in a beautiful wooden cottage, with a bath tub on the roof terrace. With a amazing view over the bay. The swimming pool is great, also try the Spa! Lovely, I really felt in paradise, drinking my cup of tea after a wonderful massage. I dont understand the moaners... Its paradise!

  • Liked — Our cottage
  • Disliked — The hugh spider on the way to the dining room... :)
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
Address: 22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay | Bantai, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
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Hotel Class:4 star — Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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