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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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“Little things that made our stay special”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed at Rasananda Anantara Koh Phangan in September 2013. Travelling as a couple, we were looking for a relaxing beach holiday in the sun with some touches of luxury - and we found it. Our holiday started the moment we jumped off the back of the speed boat and our toes touched the water. Symbolic of the start of our fantastic holiday. Welcomed by many smiles we were guided through the beautiful garden setting to our Thai Pool Villa. Wow - what an oasis! How great it is to have your very own infinity pool, and the upstairs bedroom does catch the cool sea breeze at night! We also stayed in an Ocean Suite which was just as nice for different reasons. Accommodation was comfortable, private and exceptionally clean. Each night the housekeeper would turn down our bed and leave us a special 'sweet Thai treat'.

Lead by Chef Don, and his kitchen team, and supported by the waitering staff combined to produce a gastronomic Thai dining experience at every occasion (although at times we did ask for a little more chilli!). We tried everything, and Don would be happy to know we did put on a few extra kilos by the end of our stay. Special mention and thanks to Goal, Nui and the 'Wine Guru' for their expert knowledge and professional, friendly service. We will always remember our fire lantern rising into the full moon sky. Thank you.

Do yourself a favour and book in for a massage at the Spa. I think I had a Rasananda Signature Massage which was heavenly - it's worth it just to go for a walk up the stairs to the massage rooms set amongst the tree-tops. Very tranquil as it should be. We also had a yoga class with Melanie on the tree-top platform - however watch out for the mosquitoes at dusk. Only one of us had tried yoga before but that didn't matter. We contemplated using the gym facilities, and whilst the equipment all looked very new, we didn't ever seem to make it there for a session.

This is a resort for couples to relax, unwind and enjoy a beach holiday, and Rasananda Anantara mostly lived up to this promise. The resort is well run, and I think management really listens to the wishes of its guests and does their utmost to ensure they deliver and even exceed on their promise.

And the best entertainment... sitting at the beach watching the many guests arrive and depart each day, and being happy that you're still there.

Room Tip: The Thai Pool Villa is private, spacious and a little oasis. Just like having your own little house.
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
Thank you very much for your great review on Trip Advisor. We are delighted to read that you have enjoyed the facilities and services you have to offer.

Now we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back to another island experience at Anantara Rasananda.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Both
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

It is always risky revisiting the best places you have ever stayed, I was a little apprehensive as the Rasananda was unique because it was built by a small hotel chain, what would Anantara do to it?

Well to keep it short they left it the same, smart people, they just performed a miracle with amazing staff and service. It was almost like staying with old friends, we were met by Patrick the hotel manager, then had a chat with Chef Dom about what we would like for dinner in reception! Crab says my 4 year old, no problem, will you try my new crab ravioli for an entree this evening? I am thinking of adding to the menu? Oh okay if we must!

Excellent food, faultless service, the sommelier made a great recommendation , their selection is excellent here unusual in Hotels in Thailand

I really can't express how friendly and efficient the staff at Rasananda are, we live in Asia so are used to the up and down service whatever you pay. We know how hard it is to find and keep good people, without being too gushing Anantara deserve their success.

I think the fact you get a free drink when you check out says it all, they are still looking after you after you have paid the bill! Elsewhere you might get a welcome drink, I'll bet it doesn't change colour when you stir it though?

These guys go the extra mile, hotel of the year for me, can't wait to come back. They deserve an award for excellence, it is that good

Room Tip: Have only stayed in a sea view pool villa, fantastic, if you don't need the view am sure other r...
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear SteveG10,

Thank you very much for your review on Trip Advisor and I am delighted to read that we able to convince you that the property did not lose its charm. We hope you will come back soon and give us another opportunity to pamper you. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any future arrangements directly.

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Patrick Both
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

This year we chose to travel South-East Asia for six weeks including Laos, Thailand and Malaysia. After stressful three weeks traveling the Laos and the Golden Triangle we planned to have a relaxing stop-over in the South including two days Koh Samui and afterwards 6 nights on Koh Phangan: we should have skipped Samui (it is nowadays like Phuket) and should have stayed the full eight nights on Phangan! If you are seeking luxury in an unpretentious and casual setting, if you are looking for a paradise away from the crowds and if you are up for the real Thailand, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan is THE place to stay. We have toured Thailand many times, including Phuket, Samui, Lanta and the North. However, Phangan has its very own charm and this resort blends perfectly in the eclectic vibe of Phangan while delivering luxury on the level of a Ritz Carlton (as at very reasonable price!!!). Before coming here we were a bit concerned as we read some reviews complaining about the pricing. I am not sure where these people usually spend their holidays but this was one of the most affordable luxury experience we have ever had! You go to the St. Regis or a Ritz and you almost pay double.
We were greeted upon arrival by the whole management team including the General Manager and Front Office team. The speed boat ride is beautiful and you already feel relaxed when just sitting in the lounge at the pier in Samui.
This was already a good omen of what we were about to experience throughout our complete stay: how many places do you know where the General Manager is stopping by every day (!) to check if you are doing alright, to provide you with tips and to have a casual chat? Everyone including your room maid, the restaurant team, the beach boys or gardener seems to know your name. The resort is not large, it feels very homey and boutiquish. The gardens and beach front are just stunning. The rooms (we stayed in one of the higher categories with direct beach access) are spacious with a subtle elegant Thai decor and wonderful bathroom. The beach is impeccable without any flying vendors or trashy all-inclusive tourist bothering you. If you are more the pool person you jump into the beautiful pool located in the center of the resort and swim up to the wet bar! We loved to hang around the pool bar in the afternoons, slurping the fantastic tropical cocktails and having a snack. If you are more up for privacy you just stay at your own private plunge pool and enjoy the scenic views of the ocean... the beach is literally six steps away from your private pool! You wont find that anywhere else anymore. What we loved about the resort was not the elegant and discreet luxury of the rooms, restaurant and Spa. It was more the perfect personal touch and heartfelt welcome we received from everyone working there. Breakfast is superb, the Chef is always around and happy to have a chat. A breakfast without shoes sitting in front of the ocean is probably the best it can get! We mentioned our addiction to waffles and the next day the Chef welcomed us with fresh waffles and homemade mango chutney. When returning from breakfast our room was cleaned with all attention to detail you expect from a five star resort. The only two times we met our maid, we were wowed by her friendliness, attitude and huge smile. The turn down service in the evenings is great and as others already mentioned, you receive every night a different little surprise from the kitchen. We spend all evenings except two in the resort. Every night there is something going on: DJ (great lounge music), fire juggler shows, live music (the best I have heard during our trip). Food is great to fantastic depending on what you fancy. The seafood is outstanding and extremely affordable, the Thai food the best we have had in Thailand. We tried some food in the small village. The village is charming but certainly not an untouched country side village but a bit touristy. The 'restaurants' are dirty and food expensive for what you get. Of course it is much cheaper than any hotel food but checking out the kitchens and looking at the products they are using we felt it to be pricey and very average for Thailand. We do not understand why you would sit in dirty wooden shacks alongside a road if you have the opportunity to dine on the beach in one of the best resorts of Thailand! The Spa is a whole story for itself. An amazing setting of small rooms build into the hilly back side of the resort. Its like a jungle paradise with a beautiful koi carp pond. The partner treatments are excellent, the ambiance magnificent. The manager made some great recommendations and really understood how to surprise us with two fantastic Spa experiences! A special thank you to the restaurant team and Mr. Arnold who created every dinner as a it was a special event. Best restaurant service we have received in many years with a remarkable consistency of great food, lovely attentive service and superb recommendations. We will be back next year and are already counting the days...

Room Tip: Beach front it is!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear GregHarrisPA,

Thank you very much for your thorough review on Trip Advisor. The whole Anantara Rasananda team is thrilled by making your holiday so special. Reviews like this are a great motivation for all of us.

Now we hope we will get another opportunity to welcome you back to our little island paradise.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Both
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We arrived in a speed boat and received a warm welcome from the management (farewell the same). We booked a private villa and did not regret it. Spacious, private and own swimming pool. We treated ourselves with a romantic beach dinner. A gourmet's treat and unforgettable. The other meals we enjoyed in the resort as well, as there were many delicious choices available. Breakfast offered a nice selection of everything. And not to forget the staff. Everyone offered warm and sincere hospitality at all times. Keep up the good work!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Thank you very much for reviewing us on Trip Advisor. It is great to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us and that you felt that every body of us offered sincere and warm hospitality.

Now we hope we will get another opportunity to welcome you back to our little island paradise.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

We are so glad we chose Anantara for our holiday. We have had the most fabulous time at this hotel in such a splendid location.

We stayed in a pool view room, which still had its own private plunge pool. It was very spacious and the bed comfortable.

Aside from the beautiful facilities at Anantara, what makes the place great are the staff. From the welcome on the beach to every encounter thereafter, they are truly special. I'd like to make a special mention to Tom and Jazzy and the bar who always looked after us. Also Nui for her constant happy disposition and always looking after us at breakfast and dinner, and also Gulia. These are just some of the many staff who contributed to a generally great time.

The food at the hotel is also very good. I recommend trying their 'street food' which they often put on at the beach. Also the Tamarind duck on the dinner menu (amazing!).

Highly recommend this hotel. Hopefully we'll be back!

  • Stayed September 2013
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 27 September 2013
Dear Alec L,

Thank you very much for reviewing us on Trip Advisor! We are thrilled by your positive review and especially K. Nui, K. Tom, K. Jazzy and K. Gulia are delighted to be mentioned by you.

Now all of us hope we will get another opportunity to welcome you back to our little island paradise.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Both
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Woodside, California, United States
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at four 5-star hotels while visiting Thailand. The Anantara Rasananda was by far the best of these.

The Villas were so calm and private...we stayed in villa 17. I think these garden villas are possibly even better than the beach villa's because of the privacy...and the beach is still only a few steps away. They all seem to feature a private outdoor area with your own little pool for a romantic private swim in the evening.

The public parts of the hotel were very nice and appropriately hip. Nice pool with a good view of the beach and the ocean. The entire hotel felt very personal and intimate...boutique for sure.

The international staff was very friendly and helpful. They did a great job of being there when you needed them but fading into the background when you didn't.

The spa was one of the highlights...it's set back into the hillside with suspended steps taking you up into the tree tops to the private massage villas. My wife was pregnant during our visit, and they made sure to give her an expert that knew all about pregnancy massage...and the entire staff was so careful with her...it inspired a lot of confidence. The massage therapist she had was named Parn.

The clientele at the time of our visit in September was mostly European...primarily Italian and German.

The North East side of the Island was very nice and quiet...not the horrible party scene you hear about for Phangan. And the Island is so much less developed than it's neighbor Samui.

The Anantara is more expensive than most other hotels in Thailand, but it is well worth it.

Room Tip: Don't be turned off by the garden villa's. They are more private, and more calm and serene...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 27 September 2013
Dear Alec L,

Thank you very much for reviewing us on Trip Advisor! We are delighted to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us; especially our spa team is very proud that they made you stay so enjoyable.

Now all of us hope we will get another opportunity to welcome you “three” back to our little island paradise.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Both
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Bremen, Germany
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

I still traveling around Thailand, but I cannot forget the amazing time that I have spent at Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan. It has been one of the best experience ever. Since the very beginning, arriving to the stunning beach by the Speed Boat, you can feel the warmness and hospitality of the staff and management team, who come to welcome you with some local flowers and drinks. The smooth check-in process gave me an idea of how professional they are and we went quickly to the room. I have been in many 5 Stars Hotels around Europe, but I have never had such a relaxing experience.
The room category was Ocean Garden Pool Suite, which is really impressive. The private pool in the beach front and the big sofa with the panoramic view of the bay, makes you forget everything and get lost in the paradise. The room was always very clean and every night we had a tasty local desert at the turn down service with flowers and candles.
The food at the restaurant was really good, everything was fresh and there is a wide variety to choose. The breakfast buffet was outstanding!!! We tasted the food at the hotel, and after that we always ate there. Every night they prepare a different theme night, my favourite was the seafood barbecue with the fireshow at the beach, it was amazing.
To complete our visit to the Island, we make a tour around and we could explore the jungle, visiting the elephants and some beautiful beaches of the Island. After that we visited the Spa, where we had the most relaxing experience ever. Thailand is well-know for their ancient massage techniques, but I am sure that nowadays there are not many places were they still practice them as in Anantara Spa. They make you feel relax since the very first moment.
Around the Hotel everyone is pleased to help you and great you with lovely smiles. We were seeking for relax and we found it there, without no doubt the best 5 Stars Hotel where we got lost in. We are looking forward to come back!! Thank you for everything!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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PAB77, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Thank you very much for your thorough review on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled that you selected us as the highlight of your travel through Thailand and that we were able to provide you with one of the best experiences ever.

We hope we will have another chance to welcome you back to Anantara Rasananda and please, do contact me directly for any future arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Both
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Property: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Address: 5/5 Moo 5, Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Family Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked discreetly at the base of a lush mountain, amongst towering coconut palms and just steps from the powdery sands of Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, 64 private pool suites and villas in seven distinctive layouts face the turquoise sea. Comprising indoor and outdoor living spaces ranging from 100 to 250 square metres, each sanctuary reflects its own charming character. In natural harmony with the exotic surrounds, wood and stone features provide a striking backdrop to rich hand woven silks. Luxury comforts inside range from a “blissful dreams” mattress adorned with 500 thread count linens, to a 32 inch flat screen TV with home theatre entertainment, and outside to an indulgent private plunge pool.Guests keep in touch with complimentary WiFi throughout the resort, accompanied by an extensive library with PCs alongside international magazines and newspapers ... more   less 
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