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“Pretty nice place amongst other nice places” 3 of 5 stars
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Central Cottage Resort
Ranked #77 of 91 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Pretty nice place amongst other nice places”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

There are a number of similar places along this Bay. So, you can shop around so to speak. This place had a nice pool, not as nice as the pics on the site, but good enough. This Bay is excellent and i enjoyed it very much. It's about a 40 minute drive from the Ferry Pier that i got dropped off from Koh Tao, kinda far, but this bay is not into the Full Moon stuff, so that was nice for us.

The bar right next to it was awesome and i met some cool people there and sat in the hammock. My wife got a massage and got pretty beat up lol...compared to the many other massages she got from other places. funny.

Had an average restaurant but i really liked the breakfast as it had french toast and i didn't see that anywhere else over my 3 weeks and 8 different hotels. :)

so, i would stay here again but i by 'here' i mean this Bay, i would check out some of the other options too next time along this Bay. Either way you go, it'll be great and you will enjoy.

Oh, but for the people that got those 'family deluxe' villa beach side rooms, those looked REALLY nice. maybe i'll get one of those next time.

Room Tip: Check out the bar next door
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Stayed here in a beach hut for 500 bhat a night during the full moon party in March 2012. Hut was basic but diddnt spend time in it as the beach was so amazing! Service was brilliant, very friendly, food was cheap. On the day of the full moon party they set up a taxi bus/ boat depending on tide, can get that there and back at set times and was very cheap. takes about 40 mins to get there but the drive isnt too bad. very quiet and relaxing atmosphere, would deffinatly go back again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We found central cottage by a random google site and had a great stay. We were looking for cheap basic beach huts which is what we got but it had everything we needed! Mossie net, comfy bed, wifi and it was clean! The staff were lovely! Thanks very much for everything!

Room Tip: Garden Villas are cheap but you can't see the sea (but you can walk to the sea in 2 mins!)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Ko Phangan, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We booked one night just to find out if this was somewhere we could stay for a few weeks. We were shocked to find that around 10pm, loud music starts up at the neighboring bars. So the 2nd night we moved to bungalow #1 for the same price as our garden bungalow and no late night music the 2nd night. Guess it just depends on the night of the week and how many people show up and start drinking. The late night music became a minor inconvenience after we switched bungalows. Not because the new location provided better acoustics, but rather it had a top notch view of the ocean for the same price! So we booked a month to receive a fabulous discount (500b/night normally and 300b/night for one month). I would highly suggest if you are staying here on a budget to specifically book Bungalow #1 or #2, if the first isn't available.

The customer service is definitely not here like it is in other resorts. It seems as thought the staff are generally unhappy. Could be a result of their working/living conditions or the fact that the big boss is a bit of a grump himself, making everyone quite miserable. The fact is, it is probably not their fault, but rather the big boss' inability to understand that happy workers means happy guests and better reviews. When the staff is off work, you can see that they are happy go lucky when they're out there kicking the ball around or splashing in the pool playing with the kids.

If you're worried about your stuff getting "lost" then I would suggest bringing your own padlock. We just put our own lock on the door and we haven't had any problems. We have a trash can in front of our bungalow and have to remind staff to empty it every couple days, something you might also have to do if you're here for a while.

Also, the restaurant has great prices for a beachfront eatery and almost all services (taxi, laundry, elephant trekking, etc) can be handled right here at Central. Elephant trekking includes pick up and drop off!

Bring earplugs if you're not into joining the bar scene!

Don't forget to enjoy the fabulous pool.... it's great during the day and at night!

Room Tip: Bungalow #1 is beachfront and super budget!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Let's face it, when you are out in the backpacker country, don't expect 5 star hotels.
Central Cottage offers fairly clean bungalows at OK price located in the midst of a fabulous tranquil beach. Perfect for families or when you got tired of the party noise.
Oh, and don't be scared of the taxi trip over the island. It is by far not as bad as some reviews say. We did it with our 4 and 6 year olds in an open taxi and were just fine.
Pool area is well maintained and fresh, beach is swept clean every morning. Outside our beach hut, we had a decent fresh water shower.
Just one "warning" if you have small kids. The "orange juice" in the breakfast is probably loaded with preservatives, too strong for kids stomachs. Both ours threw up after drinking it and we heard of others experiencing same thing. Buy a fresh squeezed instead. Except for that, breakfast was pretty good, including bacon & eggs, pancakes, corn flakes, toast and fruit.

Room Tip: #22 was the mid room of three in a "bungalow" style hut directly on the beach. You open th...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We have just spent 5 nights at central cottage, and were a little apprehensive to stay there from the previous reviews. However I have to say that I really don't know what people are complaining about, for the type and price that we paid, we were more than happy. We paid about 1000 baht per night for a superior island bungalow. For that we got a bungalow near the beach, ac and hot water from what was a great shower with plenty of water pressure. The bathroom was 'wet room' style but that was ok as everything was clean. We also got breakfast included, it wasn't amazing but it was fresh and all you can eat. The swimming pool was clean and nice and there were plenty of poolside loungers. The location was great, in the middle of the beach. And the restaurant was pretty good, we ate there a couple of times for lunch. Ok a couple of downsides, the tv didn't seem to tune in (who cares?!) and they only cleaned the room once during our stay. There also was a fairly large yet empty fridge/minibar but again we were only steps away from the bar and minimart. All in all I think this place doesn't deserve the out and out criticism that people give it for the service they provide. You want more? Then pay a bit more for a swanky room you won't spend much time in anyway!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Johannesburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

This was the best holiday we have had in many years. Central Cottage Resort is in the middle of the most beautiful stretch of beach in Tong Nai Pan Yai. This is a family-run resort and as I understood it, the family is from Burma. They were very friendly and went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed our stay there.

We stayed in a poolside room, which was quite adequate. The beds were comfortable and air conditioner worked fine. Refrigerator and TV with only Thai programmes in room. The bathroom had a shower with no walls, toilet and basin. Room was cleaned every day, botteled water provided free of charge. Fresh linen every second day. Laundry service at 40 Baht per kg.

The resort has an infinity pool that goes right up to the beach with beach chairs to sleep your days away on in the sun. Lockers at reception to lock away valuables. WiFi and internet service also available. The resort provides for transport from and to the ferry terminal at Thong Sala and the full moon and half moon parties at a nominal fee. Motorbike hire available at 200 Baht per day.

The beach front restaurant offers a very broad menu with some of the best hamburgers I have ever tasted. From 7pm to 10pm every evening, they also offered a barbeque with steak, chicken, a variety of fresh fish, langoustines and prawns. On New Years Eve, we were treated to a stunning buffet. Breakfast (included in our room rate) consisted of fruit and yoghurt, cereals, bacon, eggs, toast, coffee and tea.

Central Cottage Resort is flanked by the Yai bar to the left and Flip Flop bar to the right. Both bars have their own distinct styles. Both also offer good food and late night snacks. The resort is an ideal base to do day trips from. These include elephant treks or hiking in the rainforests, snorkelling in the Angtong marine park (boats leave from the beach in front of Central Cottage) or simply exploring the wonders of Koh Phangan on a motorbike. On the beach there are several excellent Thai massage parlours.

Central Cottage is an established resort and does look a bit more rustic than on its website photographs. However, for what we paid, about $40 per night for both of us, including breakfast, I must say we really got value for our money and I’ll recommend Central Cottage anytime. I am planning to stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Central Cottage Resort
Address: 6/3 Moo 5 | Haad Thong Nai Pan Yai, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#50 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
#52 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
Number of rooms: 63
Also Known As:
Central Cottage Hotel Koh Phangan

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