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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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Bangkok, Thailand
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46 reviews
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“Love the Beach”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed at this hotel for three nights during a long weekend in Thailand. The best thing about this hotel is its beach. The hotel sits at the center of long beach and the beach section right in front of the hotel is the best with the water so clear and the sand so soft. It is one of the best beaches I have ever been to in Thailand. Besides Anantara, there are couple of hotels and restaurants on the same beach, but the place was relatively peaceful. Unlike other beautiful beaches in Thailand, there were no vendor wandering around the beach and no tour boat dropping day-trip tourist on this beach.

The hotel itself is very peaceful although relatively small with only one restaurant and two small connected pool which can be packed with kids. But other adult guests seemed to be happy lounging by the beach. The bedroom and bathroom in our garden villa are spacious but the pool is just a dipping pool. The room and the entire hotel were very clean.

We arrived by a private speedboat and were very impressed with appetizers awaited for us on the boat. Breakfast was good but we were not very impressed with lunch / dinner. Luckily, there were many restaurants behind the hotel and some of them were very good.

Having member of staffs waiting to greet us on the beach when our boat arrived was a nice touch. Although there were some friendly and helpful staff, overall service could have been better as we had to keep looking and calling for waiters (particularly during lunch and dinner time) and pool staffs (for towels and drinking water).

Overall, I still consider this hotel quite a gem and recommend.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Tara0713,

Thank you very much for staying with your family at our resort and thank you for your comments about our beach being the best in Thailand. We are also very pleased that you enjoyed the private speedboat transfer and the arrival experience. However, we are disappointed to read, that we did not fully meet your expectations at our restaurants. This is certainly not what we strive to achieve and we would like to apologize for that. If time permits, I would like to find out more details about your experience and it would be great if you can contact me directly at mkrebs@anantara.com.

We do appreciate your recommending our hotel by calling it a “gem” and look forward to welcome you and your family back.

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

I had my 40th birthday at the Anantara Rasananda. I chose to have it there because we looked at the resort for our wedding but it was slightly outside our budget. However, they gave us a taster meal and the food was so good I knew I needed to do something there!

It can be hard to arrange an event for 36 people abroad but both Arnaud (Food & Beverage Manager) and Chef Don (Head Chef) were very helpful whilst I was still in England doing the planning.

They asked what type of menu I wanted for the day, sent through recommendations and made all the adjustments I wanted – including adding mango and sticky rice as a desert even though it’s not on their regular menu.

We dropped in to see the Anantara when we arrived on the island to check everything was in place. We made the table arrangements and discussed payment options.

Come the day, as expected, the food was awesome, the service was seamless, the drinks and food arrived quickly and everybody had a great afternoon. We chose a timed drinks package which, when it ran out, The Anantara didn’t hustle us to leave, we had all the time we wanted to finish up, use the pool and loungers and have after drinks at the pool bar.

I was very happy and the whole experience was very special for me – thank you Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Mr. Cuthbertson,

Thank you very much for celebrating your 40th birthday with your family and friends at our Resort. It is great to read how well Arnaud and Chef Don took care of your needs and it so wonderful that you and your guests had a great experience from the planning stage and throughout the event.

We look forward to see you again,

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

It was the first 2 nights of our honeymoon, and couldn't have asked for a better kick off to our romantic get away. From the speedboat transfer from Koh Samui (really and truly worth it) to the welcome and check in, it was effortless and we didn't have to lift a finger. I had mentioned via email that it was our honeymoon and the gorgeous welcome of flower petals and leaves on the bed was such a beautiful touch and would have taken the staff hours. A bottle of bubbly was waiting for us also! We stayed in the Thai Villa was was lovely and spacious with the bathroom almost as big as the room. Downstairs we had a day bed with plunge pool. The only thing not so great about being on a jungle island is the mosquitos which seem to love me, but leave my husband right alone. I used a lot of Incognito natural spray which worked a treat!

The private beach with its silky soft white sand is what you find on postcards, with crystal clear and warm water it was heaven to swim in. Breakfasts are mind boggling here, anything you could ever dream of is there, exotic fruits, home made pastries, even noodles but you must try the Crab Benedict, yes you read right, the blue swimmer crab is a local speciality on Koh Phangan and it's just as you think, with soft toasted english muffin, deliciously sweet crab meat, 2 perfectly poached eggs and a creamy hollandaise sauce - simply divine!

We really didn't bother to leave the Anatara as there was no need, except for a walk down to the main town for a look. The dinner in the restaurant was fantastic, and I'm always a bit wary of hotel dinners but the food was great, and very authentic flavours. If you go, you MUST visit the Spa, it's magical bliss, we had the Anatara signature massage which was one of the best treatments I've ever had. My husband and I both had this and again although pricy for Thailand it was an absolute treat - just think to yourself 'because you're worth it' and make sure you book yourself in.

All in all we had a wonderful time, the head chef and manageress said good bye to us upon leaving, but to be honest I wish we had stayed a couple more nights. Only thing I regret is not getting an ocean suite (they look amazing!), and when we come back for our 5 year anniversary you can bet I'll be putting in 2 pence so we can stay in one!

Thanks to the amazing staff - superb!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Leytonleslie,

Congratulations again and thank you for celebrating your honeymoon with us! We really enjoy to read about your arrival experience. Thank you for highlighting our breakfast offerings, especially the Crab Benedict and your experience with at our Anantara Spa.

We are looking so much forward to welcome you back to your 5th wedding anniversary!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Great location. Not a far walk at all (5 min) into the little village behind resort, where you can find great restaurants and thai massages. The rooms are so spacious and beautiful. The hotel is hip and modern. They had a movie night on the sand with a projector. so great!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 28 March 2014
Dear d r,

Thank you very much for staying at our resort and thank you for posting about your experience. We in particular appreciate your comment about how spacious and beautiful our suites and villas are.

Our associates are looking forward to welcome you back soon!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Abu Dhabi
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We recently returned from Thailand after getting married in this incredible hotel.

From the moment we stepped into the resort we felt looked after and extra special. We stayed at the resort for 7 nights and we didn't want to leave. The one thing that struck both my partner and myself about the resort was the staff and their commitment to the small details. The hotel itself, it an exceptional 5 star hotel. We stayed in the Ocean Pool Beach Villa room and it was spectacular, well maintained clean, Apple TV, surround sound, everything you would hope a 5 star hotel room to be.

What makes this stand hotel of from many other worldwide 5 star resorts is its staff and their commitment. They have a sommelier, who gave us great advice about wines to try and food and helped us pair up food, Don the Chef runs a efficient kitchen, producing food that is exceptional, so much so you won't want to go anywhere else!

In reference to our wedding everything was taken care of to perfection and Arnaud, who ran the day for us, made sure of this. The beach is stunning and overall it is a little bit of paradise that you will LOVE. A wonderful testament to such a well- managed establishment, that happy well-managed staff equals very happy customers.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Congratulations and thank you again for choosing our resort for your Wedding. We love to read your posting and that we exceeded your high expectations, especially you mentioning about Chef Don and our F&B Manager Arnaud who made your celebration so special. We absolutely agree with you that a high associate satisfaction is fundamental to ensure great guest satisfaction and we are honored that you felt this way when staying with us.

We are looking forward to welcome you back!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We have stayed here three times and feel more than happy to comment on what is simply a wonderful hotel in a great location doing what it does very very well indeed.Professional management and staff make your stay a total pleasure.I could go on and on waxing lyrical on how good this place is but i'm not going to as we love it and hope you will too!!!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Dear Big D,

Thank you very much for being a loyal customer to our resort and the Anantara brand! To return to our hotel the third time is one of the best compliments you can pay to us and we really appreciate your comments about the professionalism of our staff and management.

We are certainly looking forward welcoming you back soon again,

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We spent ten lovely days here, celebrating a 50th birthday, and recommend it very highly. The location is great, the beach is wonderful, and the accomodations are very comfortable. We enjoyed spending time at the pool bar for the daily happy hours and had fun talking with the staff and meeting other guests. We also took advatage of the spa several times, and though I don't typically seek out massages I became addicted to the experience at Anantara. I could feel my blood pressure dropping just walking into the place.

The restaurant does excellent work, and we saw a little bit behind the scenes when we took a cooking class with the Thai chef. We learned how to cook three dishes we had selected beforehand, and then had our results for lunch. I would definitely recommend that if you have the time and are interested in Thai cuisine.

The best part, though, is definitely the staff. Such truly wonderful people! We were sorry to leave at the end of our stay, mostly because we knew we would miss our new found friends.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Dear craighdc,

Thank you very much that you selected our resort to celebrate your 50th birthday!

We like to read your review and appreciate you took advantage of our outlets, experienced our Spice SpoonsCooking Class and enjoyed treatments at our Anantara Spa. Mostly we are pleased to read your comments about our staff and that you became friends with them.

We are looking forward welcoming you back.

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
General Manager
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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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Family Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Top resorts 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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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort And Spa
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Hotel Koh Phangan
Rasananda Hotel Ko Phangan
Rasananda Resort Ko Phangan

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