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“Beautiful secluded beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Havana Beach Resort
Ranked #23 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Kelowna, Canada
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118 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Beautiful secluded beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Thong Nai Pan Yai is a beautiful secluded beach with lovely sand and water, and the Havana Beach Resort was a great place to stay there. We were upgraded to a deluxe room which was nice and large. There was a safe and umbrella provided, as well as A/C and a TV (which had sporadic coverage). There was also a large porch area with a drying rack for hanging bathing suits, etc. The resort had a beautiful tropical garden setting, as well as a pool with many loungers. The beach had some lounge chairs, but definitely need more, so be prepared to lie on the sand. There are several restaurants on the beach offering BBQ in the evenings with a selection of fish - we found the Havana to be a bit more expensive for the BBQ than others in the area. We got there by share taxi from the pier at Hat Rin for 300 THB per person, and the resort provided a share taxi to Thong Sala pier for 200 THB per person when we left. The resort was a bit pricy, but for the location and the upgrade we got, it was worth it.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

i really liked everything about this resort. it is located on a lovely, secluded beach. there are hardly any day tourists coming so it never felt too crowded. the small village offers everything you need for a convenient stay. the food/breakfast at the restaurant and bar was good, clean rooms, nice staff. i would definitely come back!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Beautifully situated quiet hotel, on a lovely safe beach. A pleasant walk from end to end of the beach. A little school was hidden away at one end just off the beach.The sea was good for swimming,
Our ground floor room which was clean & comfortable,although it was somewhat lacking in storage space looked out over trees,inhabited by many birds.
Good breakfast with well cooked eggs etc We also enjoyed our meals in the evening.
All the staff were extremely friendly & helpful
Some shops & bars just outside the hotel, making for a change of scenery, instead of walking on the beach.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Victoria, BC
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We had three rooms as a large family (aged 5 - 60) at the Havana and arrived after spending Christmas and New Years on Koh Samui. It was such a relief to be picked up at the ferry to avoid the chaos of taxis and touts. The drive was beautiful, bumpy, and about 45 minutes. We were all pleased with our rooms, enjoyed the restaurant (after being in Thailand for a month (it was nice to have some Indian food to choose from), loved the clean pool, and above all loved the staff. People seemed genuinely pleased to work at Havana. From what we saw on the occasions that we left this beach, we felt that it was the best beach - quiet, nice water, and beautiful scenery. Our only issues were the garbage that washed up on the beach (a problem all over Thailand it seemed)....the owner or staff did go and pick some up. Another caution is the jet ski rental kiosk on the beach (run by a French man) seems to be getting a reputation being untrustworthy and do not rent from him (I think he may be involved in the car / scooter rentals). Overall - the Havana was a perfect spot.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was our 4th time at the Havana. First time was when they just opened in 2006. Since then we said we probably would not come back, mpstly due to the fact that places seems to never be as good as you remember them when you return later. However we did return. Many times. And the thing with Havana is: it is just as good as you remember it...

They say location is everything. Well let me tell you, if you´re looking for some place to go where you kid of feel you have found a secluded peace of Thailand where things are as you imagine it would be on a remote yet civilized beach in Thailand, Thong nai pan yai is the place. There are no words of how much we love this place and it is with mixed feelings we share it with others.

The hotel is perfectly located on the beach. Rooms are great, nothing over the top but what you expect it to be. There are cheaper places to stay at, but if you consider they have the best pool, extremely professional staff, good breakfast it´s woth the extra baths to stay here.

Mr Raja, Meenu, City, Addy, Nono and everyone else: Thank you for making our three weeks with you wonderful! We are still travelling Thailand for some more weeks and still your place is the best! Keep up the good work and I guess we´ll meet again soon...

/Emil, Åsa, Elliot and Junie

Room Tip: Depending on what you´re looking for. If you travel with kids, I´d said close to the pool. If you wa...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Havana Beach Resort is a small family run hotel in a great location on a beautiful beach. The bedrooms were very clean and as we were on the second floor ( only two floors) we were up in the trees listening to the birdsong. We had a lovely large balcony with rustic table and stools. The whole resort is rustic and just as we expected for a small island like Koh Phangan. The bedroom and bathroom did lack storage space, a few drawers in the bedroom and a long shelf in the bathroom would sort that out.We were very lucky to have a bath as well as a shower in our bathroom so we could use the end of the bath for some storage. The food was very good with the most wonderful BBQs on the beach where you could select your own fish or meat and veg and they cooked it for you the barracuda was delicious. Eating on the beach with the beautiful bay illuminated with colourful lights was magic. The staff were wonderful always smilling and ready to help. Snorkelling trips are available from the beach. There are a few deck chairs on the beach and the hotel say they are going to get more. We stayed at the Havana Beach for three wonderful nights.

Room Tip: Ask for room D6 if you would like a bath and shower, see previous comments.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We booked here for a few nights because they were one of the only hotels with rooms around the time we arrived in Koh Phangan. We were silly and forgot about the full moon party and should have known better to book hotels in advance (weren't there for the full moon party). We ended up at Havana. We were a big fan of the beach, the hotel is situated in a very nice cove and is somewhat peaceful and quiet compared to the rest of the island. Our room was clean and had a nice big balcony. It was pricey for what we were getting, in our opinion, but we enjoyed our stay nonetheless. The Indian food (especially the garlic naan bread) at the restaurant was really good. The restaurant is expensive though so we often went into town for cheaper meals. One thing I have to mention is the owners (2 brothers....) were really awesome. They are easy going and we saw one of them having drinks on the beach with other hotel guests one night until 2 am...looked like a great time and was neat to see them interacting with guests like that. The day we left I took the hotels vehicle to get dropped off on the other side of the island. Not only did one of the brothers go out of his way to take me to another hotel a long way away on the other side of the island for cheap, but when he couldn't find it initially he kept patiently looking for it until he found it. I would go back for the nice staff and quiet beach, not the price of the room though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Havana Beach Resort
Address: 47 5 Haad Thong Nai Pan | Surat Thani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Ko Phangan
#8 Spa Hotel in Ko Phangan
#10 Romantic Hotel in Ko Phangan
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Havana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the best beach in Koh Phangan. We offer a variety of food from Asian cuisine (Thai, Indian, Chinese etc.) to European cuisine (Italian, French, Italian etc.). Our rooms are brand new and our Fidel's bar has all of the varieties of drink that you can think of! ... more   less 
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