The hotel is located in a small bay and consists of two wings centred around reception, pool and restaurant. Accommodation (64 villas/suites) is set back from the beach, fronted by two-story beach villas whose pool and outside area are largely visible from the beach and are therefore rather public. Other accommodation is located in the garden area and seem to be more private. Although there are a number of other smaller hotels nearby, the Anantara is the highest grade of them all and has much the largest beach front.
Despite the large footprint, loungers are primarily clustered in front of the pool region (large umbrellas provide reasonable shade). This arises because the beach villas have several ‘reserved’ loungers in front, on the beach; there are few other ‘free’ loungers along this part of the beach but little shade. Iced-water and fruit slices are given out during the day. Towels are complementary. Because the hotel faces almost due east, the beach is in the shade for the latter part of the afternoon. The beach is public and there is a constant flow of people walking along, the majority presumably from neighbouring hotels. Jetskies are available from the two ends of the beach but do not generally impinge on those swimming in the sea. On occasions, the sea can be very rough, the red flag signalling it’s too dangerous to swim. Indeed, the majority of private transfers are not able to use the beach. At low tied, the sea is normally quite calm and easier for those who are not confident swimmers.
The hotel spa is in a beautiful location. It is extremely expensive. Spa treatment is available in the village behind the beach. Masseurs can also be found at various places on the beach.
The village has a couple of small mini-marts as well as several low-key restaurants. There’s an ATM. Taxis and trips can be booked here.
We stayed in the garden section, the villa having a large bedroom/sitting room and separate shower room, with a reasonably-sized plunge pool and outside area; seating is located here as well as a ‘nature’ shower. There is good shade. There are tea and coffee-making facilities. Wifi is free throughout the hotel.
The hotel has a good breakfast buffet, with seating on the sand near to the pool; in addition, there are tables undercover, both on the ground level and above the open kitchen. Pool food is generally good. There are special ‘themed’ food events in the evening that are not particularly good and can be very expensive. Local food, either from the nearby beach-based restaurants or from the village running behind the beach, is much better value and far more enjoyable; note that the temperature away from the beach can rise considerably even in the evening.
Service is excellent. The people working there can’t do enough for you. The beach ‘boys’ deserve especial mention. More senior staff and managers are largely invisible.
As the beach can be quite busy, and there can be quite high density, not everyone might enjoy the location. We really appreciated the opportunity of using the whole beach and eating/drinking at a number of different places.
Koh Phangan is commonly accessed from Koh Samui. Public transfer as well as private boats (at a considerable cost) is available. When leaving Koh Phangan, with the aim of catching onward flights from Koh Samui, allowance must be made for weather, and strong seas can make the crossing uncomfortable, especially in small boats.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort And Spa
- Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Hotel Koh Phangan
- Rasananda Hotel Ko Phangan
- Rasananda Resort Ko Phangan