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Phuwadee Resort & Spa
Ranked #62 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Reviewed January 10, 2008

We arrived December 30 at Raiwin Beach Resort.

Arrival - We had pre booked a fold out bed for our room. The hotel staff couldn't remember if they knew about the bed or not. We arrived to our 'average' room and the fold out bed was sitting on the front porch. They promised that when we returned to the room it would be set up. When our third guest arrived and took her bags to the room there was no bed set up and no bed on the verandah. Finally, they organised the bed, after much probing.

Food - the food at the restaurant was the most expensive of all the cafes and restaurants on this beach and by no means value for money.

Massage - As too were Raiwins massages the most expensive on the strip but again, they did not offer any superior service.

Cleanliness - while the bed sheets were crisp and clean the bathroom left much to be desired. The glass left in the bathroom for brushing teeth which was wrapped in plastic usually represents a hygically cleaned glass ready for use. When I removed the plastic I found dried up toothpaste and water marks all over the glass.

Towels - there was a serious shortage of towels at this hotel. We were given one for showering. When we would ask the desk for a towel to take to the beach they would suggest we needed to use the towels from the room and they would then replace them in our room. We were well aware if we took this advice we would be left without a fresh towel to shower with. Again, after much probing, we were sometimes successful in securing a second towel but it could take an hour or two. One time my husband requested a towel and was told to come back in Feb or March when they weren't as busy.

Our overall impressions of this hotel were fairly poor and based on the above instances I would NOT recommend Raiwin.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

First time to Thailand and we weren't disappointed. Flight from Bangkok to Ko Samui and ferry to Ko Phangan. Once on the island, 45 minute taxi (bench n the back of a truck) along windy bumpy, dusty and mostly dirt road - where are we going!?. Once we arrived and saw Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, all anxiety disappeared. Beautiful 1 km long sandy beach with turquoise water.

Ten days of complete relaxation in a beachfront hut at the Raiwin Beach Resort and Spa. We woke every day at 5:30 AM to move to the porch to watch the sunrise. Great swimming, enough wave for some body surfing. Every morning we were greeted by the friendly staff that positioned our beach chairs strategically so that we could catch the last rays of sun as it set in the evening.

The hut was clean with AC, fridge, safe and TV (satellite with about 3 English speaking stations). Our beachfront unit was 3200 Baht per night although we understand units a few rows back were less than 1000 baht. For us the rates were reasonable, but everything is relative. Down the beach, very nice clean huts could be found for less than 500 baht.

The Raiwin had a spectacular beachfront restaurant, however the food was mediocre. Breakfast was disappointing and dinner was worse (oven baked pizza was ok). As a result, we had lunch and dinner at the three/four very good and more reasonably priced Thai/Burmese restaurants along the beach. Almost every guest at the Raiwin felt the same - surprising since we heard that the owner is a restaurateur on Ko Samui.

Overall, we’d return to the Raiwin in a heartbeat. The hotel was everything that we wanted for our ten-day escape.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2007

Thong Nai Pan Noi is one of the nicest beaches I have ever been to: turquoise waters and pale golden sand the texture of talcum powder. It's truly beautiful.

We stayed in the Raiwin bungalows for a couple of weeks in October. The bungalows are very clean, modern and fairly spacious. They are tiled throughout and have a large balcony, hot shower, TV, fridge and A/C or fans.

We stayed in the cheapest fan option which was located at the back of the resort (2 mins to get to a sun lounger on the magnificent beach).

They were doing a special off-season promotion of 900 baht a night which was a really good deal. This included a pretty lousy breakfast. The food selection at the resort next door was much better quality.

Location is a key factor in terms of price at Raiwin and some of the bungalows closer to the beach were 3000/4000 baht a night which seems like a bit of rip off. I presume the prices are even higher during peak season and I don't think the resort merits these kind of rates.

There is a lot of development going on at Thong Nai Pan and they seem to be moving away from backpackers to a more up-market kind of tourist. Hopefully some of the cheaper options will remain on this wonderful beach.

I would stay at Raiwin again if the price was right.

Stayed: October 2007
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Address: Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#40 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: $15 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Phuwadee Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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