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Good Location but could do better
Reviewed 22 Jan 2013
I stayed at the Peace Laguna Resort for 8 nights in January 2013. The resort is built around a small lagoon and has a mixture of hotel rooms and cottages. There are 3 separate pools and so you are never far away from one wherever you stay and although they were clean and well kept the surrounding space was quite cramped.

During daylight hours there is a direct access to the beach through a rear gate which will get you to the sea in a leisurely 5 minute walk. Out through the main gate takes you to the town which has a good selection of bars and restaurants. Peace Laguna is situated towards one end of town and so to explore all the options can mean a 20 minute walk or there are always tuk tuks available.

I stayed in a hotel room which was a good size although it had a musty smell and would have benefited from a makeover as it gave the impression of being a little tired. The beds were comfortable and the aircon worked effectively. Wifi was available but at a cost.

The inclusive breakfast was of good quality with a more than adequate selection of hot and cold dishes including breads, cereals, fruits and eggs. A nice touch was the free afternoon delights of tea, coffee and cakes at 4pm each day.

In general the staff were polite and efficient but without the normal Thai sparkle. A personal niggle was that I asked the receptionist to call a taxi to take me to the airport but she would not do this and would only arrange the hotel van which was double the cost.

Overall it was a reasonable place to stay but I would probably look elsewhere if and when I return to Krabi (which is a delightful place).
Date of stay: January 2013
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Where to begin...We were greeted by the hotel staff upon checkin, which was really quick and easy. We also got a nice beverage to kick it off. The staff did not speak English well, which was common throughout our stay.

Immediately we could tell the grounds were not well maintained, with small pieces of trash throughout the property. The outside of the property was dated and the normal wear and tear. The buildings could use to be cleaned and better maintained. A building next to us had been painted, yet the ground was covered with splatters of white paint and the old paint can, which never got picked up.

The worst part of our stay was noticing an old plate of food with a dead mouse on it, just outside the restaurant. It was in plain view but just beyond the pathway. It was also littered with soda cans and other trash, none of which were picked up while we were there for two nights.

We felt the restaurant was overpriced and were personally better off enjoying the street food and restaurants out the front door. We enjoyed Parichat (on left facing hotel entrance) a few times and the food and service was great, although it looks a bit skeptical from the outside. We highly recommend the papaya salad!

We stayed in one of the Laguna private cottages with a great view. The room was actually pretty nice, but the Bali shower is only cold water, so it's best for a rinse after the pool or beach. The indoor shower was the tub, which you used the sprayer to shower off. Also, the hot water was scalding. I truly could have burned myself, and the extreme heat could be terrible for a child who turned the water even just slightly.

We had an ant problem in our bathroom. The outdoor patio over the Laguna was nice and looked appealing until we realized how poorly it was taken care of. The lounge chairs were covered in bird waste and we had to flip the mattresses to sit in them.

The morning breakfast was good.

We paid 2500 baht for a shuttle from the Phuket airport to the hotel. $85 US dollars.

We also got a private boat through the hotel tourist desk, which was actually the cheapest price in town. 11000 baht, about $350 US dollars - which was quite expensive but we'd heard horror stories about how busy the islands were, so we paid to beat the crowds. We visited Maya Bay, Phi Phi Don, Viking Cave, bamboo island, chicken island and another lagoon during our time and beat the hundreds of other speedboats.

The beach was also a quick walk, about five minutes out the back door, where you can find about 15 massage vendors. They lock the back gate right at six, so expect to go around into the town to get back to the hotel.

The benefits are that the hotel is right in town and very convenient to the night market, shops and bars. The downside is the potential of the hotel is nowhere near the reality of the property.

Room tip: We were in a private cottage and couldn't imagine staying in any of the other room options, but also didn't see them so can't comment.
Date of stay: January 2013
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Beautiful place, calm and peaceful but just stone throw away from all the shops, restaurant and the beach. Location is amazing: feels like being in a secret garden away from any civilization while in fact everything you may want is just couple of steps outside. Hotel is not situated on the beach but it takes max 5 min walk through the back gate and you find yourself on a wide stretch of beach near the massage tents and 'The last Fisherman Bar' if you get thirsty/hungry. Don't be fooled by promises of other hotel's that claim to be on the beach because unless they have a private beach they are located across a footpath and have no hotel facilities on the beach itself . Basically you'll end up on the same beach as guests from the Laguna Peace and have the same facilities. it will take you similar time to get there but the hotel feels more private..
Rooms are spacious with very good facilities (we were supposed to be upgraded to the room in cottage on 1st floor but got the bungalow over water instead-amazing!). Jacuzzi in bathroom helps to relax, cold outside shower helps to refresh after hot day and bed has plenty space for 2 to sleep in comfort. Just remember your room number as late at night it may turn out to be tricky to find the wright room:). Cleaners did good job and if you stayed out for too long the night before you could just put 'do not disturb' sign and you were left alone.

Pool clean, and area around tidy but we didn't spend much time there. Drinks in the hotel are not overpriced but not as cheep as in town or on the beach (prices in the menu exclude vat so you pay more than what you initially think). Generally didn't see many guests in the hotel bar/restaurants even though hotel had live music every night - prices outside the hotel were more tempting. We had one complimentary meal there however and i have to admit it was very tasty. Breakfast was ok. Not amazing choice but what was on offer was tasty (it was the 'middle season so not as many tourists).
Complimentary massage was very invigorating. girls knew what they were doing and it was nice to be offered biscuit and tea afterwards.

Excursion-we have organized them in a shop in town - owed by a French gentleman - very professional and honest. Main attractions like Phi Phi island, James bond island or even beach from the movie 'The beach' are easily accessible. You can even take a trip to pukhet if you want to see other locations in Thailand.

Town is just a 1min walk outside the main gate. You come out opposite all the tuk tuks selling food. turning right you will get to places serving amazing fish/sea food that couldn't be fresher. going that way will also take you to few bars. One of them that we really liked was 'Mr Long's'. Turn left and you going towards beach and some more restaurants and bars. due to bigger concentration of all the attraction we called it 'city center'. You can also get to the city center strolling along the beach. In the evenings remember to use mosquito repellent because you can get eaten alive even town.

All in all Peace Laguna hotel is greatly appointed hotel with a specific charm that allows you to forget that you are in a busy town with many attractions. They say you cant have it all but in here it looks like you can. Peace and tranquility of a boutique hotel in the middle of nowhere and center location with beautiful beach at it's doorstep.

Highly recommend.

Date of stay: May 2012
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Looks a bit tired but it is a really good place to stay. Almost everything just as it should be. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. Perfect location for walking everywhere but far enough for peace and quiet. Yoga outside in the evening. We were given tickets for wine tasting, got tree half hour after it started - nothing left. New Year's Eve party was horrendous although some did seem to enjoy it. I don't like buffets and didn't come close to changing my mind.

Room tip: We had superior cottage then moved to cheaper deluxe cottage, wished we'd had the deluxe from start. Both had lovely outdoor showers but water cold. Everything in deluxe much newer but outside drain blocked
Date of stay: December 2012
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

After my trip to Krabi, I could definitely return here, but I would not come back to Peace Laguna Resort & SPA.

We have stayed now 14 days in a Superior room in the building seven, third floor. The location is very central in Ao Nang, and our views facing the rock hills are wonderful.

This hotel has many strengths. The area is beautiful and large, it's a relaxing big area with three pools. Staff is very friendly, but... often so helpless. The breakfast is quite nice, with an omelette frying station, fresh fruits and vegetables, at least two types of cerials and yoghurts, some Thai food, many cold cuts (cheese, ham, turkey, salami, et cetera), and nice juices too.

But, there are problems, why this hotel does not deserve four or at times even three stars. First of all, the hotel staff doesn't speak English very well. Once a lady went to the reception to report having seen a snake next to the swimming. The reception girl just kept asking for "loom numbel" (meaning "room number") without understanding the matter.

The superiour room in building seven was modern and well kept. The problems were related to their service.

During three evenings, we only got freezing cold water from our shower. We complained about this to the reception and our travel agent, but it took some time to fix the issue. Now, for the last two nights, the air-conditioning just stops working during the night.

Peace Laguna Resort would have potential to be a 4-star hotel, but it's currently a far away from that. These have been my most expensive, but also most modest stay in Thailand during my about 11 trips so far.

Date of stay: December 2012
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

I stayed here with my parents in November, 2012. My parents stayed in the Privacy Cottage and I stayed in a Deluxe room with my fiance.

The hotel is a short walk to the beach and they have a direct path open until 6pm (at night you just walk back via the main beach road). The grounds are beautiful, some of the best I've seen in Ao Nang. It has a beautiful lagoon that stretches around all of the rooms with an island with pool/villas in the middle. The breakfast is great, with many options and an omelet bar (big bonus!). The staff were wonderful, very accommodating.

I think this is a great resort tucked in a quiet setting in the middle of Ao Nang. Highly recommended.

Room tip: Privacy Cottage or Upstairs Deluxe are the best options
Date of stay: November 2012
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