The Havana Beach Resort was recommended by the travel agent and I found it perfectly fine. It is hotel style rather than the bungalow style more common along the beach. I was there for 8 nights. My deluxe AC garden room was shady, large, clean, comfortable and quiet and I'll second the comments about the less than relaxing balcony furniture (a minor quibble). The lovely garden is well maintained. Breakfast was included and served in a pavilion overlooking the beach. The quality and quantity of the breakfast was good though I should add I'm not a foodie - so long as coffee and fruit is available I'm happy. There is a bar and restaurant with tables on the sand, the meals I ate were fine. I had the Thai food only but they also serve indian.
When I was there the hotel was half full with older couples and young families (all european), plus a few backpackers staying for a night or two for the Full Moon party down south (warning to full mooners - this place is nowhere near the party). The hotel is on the beach front and I spent all day wandering up and down the beautiful beach, swimming, reading and generally doing absolutely nothing. Only used the pool once or twice, mainly because it was full of small children. But with the beach a couple of metres from my room, why use a pool?
The main comment I have about the Havana is that I was "anonymous" through out my stay, which unfortunately is the lot of quiet, middle aged women travelling by themselves. In a half full, smallish hotel it doesn't take long to work out who the guests are and which rooms they are in, but every day it was as though the staff had never seen me before. I'd checked with reception to see if it was fine to put any meals or drinks on my room tab and was told yes, however after a couple of days when I got up from my table to go back to my room I was challenged not too nicely by the hotel owner as to where I was going. As I had seen him multiple times a day for the preceeding days I found it rather strange that he didn't seem to know one of his guests. I'm a low maintenance guest who doesn't need any special attention but it would have been nice to have my presence acknowledged :( Especially when I saw the owner do the "meet and greet, how is your stay" to other guests while I was there.
That question mark aside, I did enjoy my stay at the Havana and I would definately go back.
I'd happily fgo back to Koh Phagan, adn yes I'd stay at teh Havana again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Havana Beach Hotel Koh Phangan