"Best resort ever - the resort, the surrounding and the staff - It just won’t get better."
To keep it short: Just go here. Best hotel ever!! This is absolutely the best resort I have ever been at. The resort and surrounding (located on the best beach on Koh Phangan) are just amazing and the staff is just as good! This is barefoot luxury as it best. Not luxury in terms gold everywhere but "the feeling"... We stayed in an Ocean Pool Villa. The Villa is just beautiful with beach access/ocean view, a private pool and the most amazing bathroom you can ever imagine (the Ocean Garden Pool Suite is almost as good except from the bathroom – a really nice bathroom as well but not as good as in the Villa). I loved every inch of the resort; the beach, the Villa, the jungle like green garden you walked through on the way to the villa (if you didn’t chose the beach way), putting the feet in the sand while having an excellent breakfast - and the staff. Toto, May, Jenny, Cindy, Rebecca and all others – Thank you for a great stay!! @toto, a sepcial thank you for entertaining our kids! They are still talking about you. We stayed here in November and it was very quiet at the resort, about 60-70% of the room occupied. I guess it is more action/buzz here high season but still think it is very relaxing and quiet. Onlys 60-ish rooms. Nothing really to complain about but if I should mention something it is the restaurant (the breakfast was just world class and so was the kids menu) but the normal menu could have had a bigger selection of courses – and it is high priced – But the food is very good. There are also other alternatives just five minutes’ walk from the resort, both on the beach and in the small village. We also stayed at Chewang beach at Ko Samui for a couple of days. My recommendation: Skip Ko Samui and spend a couple extra days at Koh Phangan– off course at Anantara Rasananda. We will be back!
"Honneymoon Became A Disaster"
Ok Guys, This is the story how your honneymoon can be turned into a disaster if you pick a trash hotel. We booked shared speed boat transfer from hotel management to go from samui to phangan. Weather was so nice and no any waves. But the crew surprisingly telling due to the weather conditions we cannot take you to the hotel directly. They took us to a pier and after the pier we took a minivan for 35-40 mins! Then when i met the other customers i just understpod that that they are making this when there is not much people in the shared boat due to the costs. So even if the weather is perfect, if there are only 3-4 people booked that shared transfer, they just leave you to the far pier for not spendin more for the boat. So i strongly advise you to make your own transfer with arranging the transfer companies. You can even take ferry its no any different. The check in was done in the pier and the meeting by stuff and showing our villa was nice. Stuff itself is nice like in general in thailand. Our villa seemed perfect to us at the first sight. We took the best villa (ocean pool villa) which is just 10 steps away from the sea and with a pool. Then we realised the failures when the rain started. The roof is constantly dropping water in the entrence area (not in the room, its is the hall which consists of bath, toilet, changing room etc.) to the marble ground. Guess what happened' Yes i fell down in the night coz the ground was like a flud! Then you are seeing a nice bath and want to just relax. You try to fill it with water. You are waiting waiting waiting. After like 40 mins it is nearly full. Guess why' Because even the hole is closed, bath is loosing water near the hole! Then you are telling ok just dont care. Relax have some fund and laying. And then you are lookin up and seeing the nets became yellow and brown coz of the dirt and died spiders and mosquitos and flys! (You can see in the photos). They have no dental kits serving. Bring your toothpaste and brush (nice 5 star huh') First they are putting every complimentary things fully. Then they are becoming greedy and putting 1 by 1. Even we are the honneymooners they presented us a HUGE bottle(0.18CC :):):) like a joke) of a champagne!!! Ok lets try to enjoy our honneymoon because we payed huge money and even didnt choose maldives (stupid i am!). Ok its morning and we are hungry. Lets go to breakfast! They met us nicely in that breakfast area we sat near the beach which is nice. And i ordered a omlette with tomatoes and cheese. Buffet is so less choices and they are not renewing their hot dishes. Generally they are ended and empty. For sure not a 5 star hotel breakfast( not even serving mango in the fruit buffet coz it is costly). Ok lets try to feel nice! There you go! My omlette came! İ just see a little strange thing in the omlette. İ am putting my knşfe in to it and something is coming out! YES YOU GUESSED RIGHT! A LONG HAIR WRAPPED INTO MY OMLETTE!! Yummy! ( they were excusing for days for that ) they were sending us complimentary things from the chef. ( better then not doing anything ) The best thing about the hotel is the beach i guess. Clear water and nice beach. Lets talk about the prices guys! You can see all of the funny prices of this hotel in the photos. You will be just laughing. The nice thing is, every solution is 100 metres aways from the hotel. I just wonder who is taking this services with this prices when they are 5 times cheaper just 100 metres away. 1. Laundry: You can see a lot of them when you just walk out of the hotel. It is 100 bahts for 1 kg with ironing. 2. Massage: Go to tana porn ( porn means happiness in thai dont expect such thing). It is just on the back side of the biggest market and the prices are 350 bahts for an hour massage in average. Where in hitel it is 3000 +++ :):):) 3. Exchange: Never change in hotel! Jip Shop Restaurant always gave the best rate when we were asking all of them. 4. Restaurant: There are like 10 options for you in the village. Cheap ones: Rasta Baby was the best in the cheap ones. They sell some stuff as you can imagine by the name. Luxury: Luna was wonderful but little bit expensive. Beach Club is just near the hotel, you can either walk from the beach. It is really perfect foods and stuff. Prices are normal. In happy hours coctails are 120 bahts 1-3 pm 5-7pm 10-11pm. They have live music dj performance and some fire shows. Anyway you will see all of the people from your hotel is going to beach club in the nights. Hotel restaurant is always empty. 5. Market: Go to the biggest market with the auto slide door( cant remember the name) the prices are like half from the other markets. ALL IN ALL Choose another hotel. It is not a 5 star hotel for sure! If i would be the manager of this hotel i would feel so much insulted when i see all of my customers going to the neigbhour restaurant and not taking any service from me. (How they cannot see that nobody is buying with this prices i dont know') Please check their prices for laughing in the photos! PS: All of the prices you will see in this hotel is WITHOUT the taxes and service fees nearly 20% u should add to the every price you see!
I stayed here as a solo , November 4th. for 3 nights. The resort is situated beachfront , on a white sandy beach . A minute walk into the village I have to say I was impressed with my first point of contact , young woman named Krate at check in. ( I hope l have the correct spelling ) . When l saw a problem with me not being able to get in and out of the lagoon pool safely , she quickly made a few calls to see if there was an alternative villa I would be more comfortable with . I did get moved and paid for an upgrade to a ocean pool villa. Far easier for me to step over and into the pool , rather than a big step down . ( I find most private pools in villas in Thai resorts don't have steps that you can walk down into the pools , but one big drop onto a seating area . No problem for people with good knees , but terrible for me ) . The resort is very nice . My villa was very clean , modern . The bed was probably the most comfortable I have slept in , on all my travels. So soft , dreamy , heavenly to sleep on /in. Body lotion , shower gel , shampoo, conditioner , mosquito spray supplied . Thankyou to my excellent housekeeper Fon , for looking after me . Staff are very professional , polished and attentive. I did not use the day spa . ( it was having renovations) They also have a fitness centre, gift shop and library . Main pool is in the centre of the resort and has a swim up bar. Breakfast was quite substantial. Loved the Eggs Benedict. It was also a nice touch to have a daily small "news paper " from home with the latest , to read over breakfast . I had dinner at the restaurant , which was also very good. I did enjoy my chats with Tua at breakfast and during the day, as she oversaw to everyone being looked after . She is very personable. Very customer focused and a great asset to the Anatara team . Whilst my time there was short and the weather mainly wet ... it was overall a great stay . The Anantara may be a bit pricey , but it reflects in the fabulous staff , attention to detail and the little touches . I would definitely recommend for the more discerning travellers. Thank you again .
We stayed, two couples, in this lovely and beautiful hotel for 4 nights and the experience was just great. Located in a small lovely beach (30 min drive from Haadrin beach) it is quite and ideal for couples. The facilities are great and well maintained, the breakfast is great (especially the eggs Benedict) and the staff are the best. Very recommended hotel
"Beautiful resort and lovely staff"
We had the most amazing holiday here and this is an overdue review of this beautiful resort. The staff are friendly - they gather on the beach to greet and say goodbye to every speed boat which drops or picks up guests from the hotel. Upon arrival, we were treated to an upgrade to a beach side villa with two private sun loungers right in front. This place is lovely and romantic and even though we had a beach front villa opening straight onto the beach, it was arranged in such a way as to make it extremely private. There was an enclosed outdoor shower area and a little plunge pool for relaxing in when we did not fancy sun bathing. The complex itself if very well arranged so none of the rooms feel overlooked. This was one of the loveliest resorts we have stayed in and one of the finest Anantara resorts. The beach was also quiet and peaceful, with lovely clear and calm water. Great destination for a honeymoon or romantic escape away from nearby Koh Samui. The spa pampering was also top notch. Thank you for making our stay so wonderful and we will definitely recommend this place to our family and friends.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM