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Cookies's Salad Resort
Ranked #17 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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“Great place with a view of paradise”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

Cookie's Salad Resort is a great place for the midrange budget, or the backpacker looking to splurge. Haad Salad is paradise: an intimate cove of crystal clear water and soft powdery white sand. Because it is a cove, there are no waves.

Cookies is perched overlooking the beach. Seems to attract a mix of travellers, from singles to couples to families with small kids. I think I stayed at the "oversea view wooden hotel" room and it huge: spacious, airy, cool, lots of natural light, with its own balcony space and hammock. Balcony was so big, I could do yoga on it overlooking to water.

Breakfast is included and it's good. Food at restaurant is hit and miss, a bit pricey but you'll find that the food at Haad Salad a bit more expensive because you need transport to go elsewhere.

A few small drawbacks: There was no safe in my room. Cookies is on the end of the beach that is rocky and isn't nice, but you literally just have to walk 100 m down to get to the white sand. If you are walking back from a bar/restaurant on the beach at night you'll get accompanied by barking stray dogs. It is pretty terrifying at first but once they approach and see you, they stop barking and just happily tag along. Also, I noticed that because it is a sheltered cove (and therefore not breezy), there were a lot of mossies at night.

But also a few perks: beach towels, snorkel rentals, beach rinse off shower, free pick up from the pier.

I did suss out cheaper options on the beach but you definitely get what you pay for. And likewise, there were many other hotels and bungalows that were charging a lot and were completely full for weeks.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Great stay, being a family business this probably helped alot, staff always "truly" friendly and helpfull. Salad beach is known to be one of the best on the island. For snokelers 200meters after swimming or walking 1m to 1.5m lagoon there is a nice coral reef... (30m past the white flag) saw blue spotted ray, a few pufferfish, a barracuda et al.

Room Tip: room 11 has a great view and a hammoc, any of the ocean panoramic are probably the same if anything...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Stayed 10 nights in Cookies in December. Although the weather was not perfect, everything else was. The staff in the restaurant was so friendly and helpful, thank you so much Yan and the others! :)
We got possibly one of the best cottages, just next to the beach but still a bit elevated which meant a beautiful panorama of the beach and also not too much climbing wherever we went. The cottage had a huge room and big bathroom and also a big terrace with lovely view as I said.
The hotel has a lovely pool too with sunbeds and even a slide for kids, and there was also a small catamaran which we didn't see to be used but I guess it was due to the windy conditions.
During our stay we wanted to check all the different restaurants on the beach but in the end we ended up spending every evening in Cookies restaurant, since it had nice food, great choice of dishes, a lovely view to the beach, cosy seats, nice cocktails, cheap prices, the friendly staff, good music and a biliard table as a bonus - also two book shelves in case you finished all the books you took to your holiday. All in all we had a wonderful time, no complaints at all (except the not so perfect weather but who to blame.... :)) and we would definitely go back or advise it to others.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Vejle, Vejle, Denmark
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Cookies are excellent. Very good rooms, excellent food - most thaistyle but made for western people - very tastful and served with charm from a very kind staff.
Every body is help full and they do a good job - they are family - in the best way you can think.
The restaurant has a beautiful view to the beach, where you can swimm and snorkling. It close at 22.00 - and that is very good when you are a family.
Our best recomandation from Denmark.
"Mama and Papa"

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We really loved to stay at cookies salad and enjoyed the stunning view from our overseaview bungalow, the chilled atmosphere and nice food on the restaurant deck overlooking the beach, friendly and helpful stuff...The bungalows are stylish, combination of concrete and teakwood, big terasse with hammock and sitting table...
So if you like a chilled out place with charme then cookies is the right place.
If you are expecting 5 star service maybe you better choose some other resort.
We loved it there and would come back anytime!

Room Tip: Overseaview bungalow, poolside is too busy...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

I went to Cookies Salad in November with my fiancé, we had a fantastic time there and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone.

We stayed in the wooden panoramic cottage, which was amazing, very spacious and cool (important in Thailand). The Jacuzzi was awesome and had a beautiful view out to the ocean and the hammock on the balcony was a great spot to chill out or read a book.

The restaurant / entertainment area was fantastic. The food was great, with the menu having a good mix of Thai and Western dishes. The deck next to the restaurant has a relaxed vibe and looks out to the beach.

The hotel is situated on the side of the beach, over looking the water. There are a few hotels and restaurants on the beach, however it seemed like one of the quieter beaches in Phangan which was nice. In November there were days I was the only person swimming there!

The owners and staff are great people!! They were very knowledgeable about the island and could speak English very well. Nothing was too much trouble. There were a number of guests that had been there a number of times which was a sign this place knows how to treat their guests. I hope to return this year or next year.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

My husband and I stayed at Cookie's last year, we had a group of 13 of us and the staff were fantastic. We love the food in the restaurant and staff we very welcoming. We stayed in the brand new bungalow over the sand down by the pool. If you want your room cleaned you simply left your room key in a little basket near reception in the morning and it was done that day for you. Haad Salad is a beautiful beach. The rest of our crew had various rooms throughout the resort and they were equally fantastic, the other bungalows were great and the hotel rooms were great also. All offering lovely views. No one had any issues with the rooms or the beds etc. Yes, the resort is on a hill but even the high season rates here are very affordable. We also looked at it as our daily exercise. We hired mopeds through the resort too.

The pool is great too, the kids that were with us loved it. Any activity we wanted to do we booked through the resort and they organised a car to pick us up and take us to our destination. For those who didn't ride a moped we just asked the staff if they could organise us a taxi and that was never a problem.

We're heading back to Cookie's in January, we can't wait to relax there and see the staff again.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Cookies's Salad Resort
Address: 61/8 Moo 8, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cookies's Salad Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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