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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Ranked #3 of 91 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2014

.....The moment you have to leave!!
We have got a great time in Rasananda. Very friendly and helpful staff, extremely good food, very clean everywhere in the resort.......and a wonderful location.
If there is one "but", it is only the fact that breakfast can be maybe a little better organized, sometimes a little hectic and chaotic.
Hope they can keep the numbers of tourists and visitors in the area and on the beach as it is like now, and that the whole island is not making the same evolution like Koh Phi Phi did, and become overcrowded......Because this is now a fantastic, wonderful and pristine place.
Even the mosquito's like this wonderful place....but they are a part of mother nature, so they were there first, before the tourists came.....
Boattransfer was perfect. About 40 minutes directly from Koh Samui to the hotel-beach. Hotel is situated in the north-east of the Island, and I'm almost sure that Rasananda is the best place to stay there.
Hope it takes a lot of time before they start building an airport on the Island, but I heard some rumours about it...... So let this be an extra reason to visit this place as soon as you can!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2014

Dear guyvangent,

Thank you very much for staying at our resort in June and thank you for your review. We are sorry about your breakfast experience and will review with our F&B team. We do appreciate your high ratings and you mentioning our resort being the best place to stay. There are plans to add a small airport to the island; however, the details have not being revealed yet and we do not expect this this project to be completed for several years.

We hope to welcome you back.

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Our seven night stay at this resort was memorable for many reasons. From the speedboat arrival to speedboat departure, our holiday there almost put me into a hypnotic state! The way this hotel is run is the key I think. If there are 'hiccups' they are managed quietly, professionally and almost seamlessly. The gardens and ponds are tranquil and the rooms and bathrooms very comfortable. We couldn't fault anything but can certainly praise and commend Rebecca who we hope achieves all her dreams in the hotel industry in the years ahead.

Room Tip: I think all rooms would be good, it just depends on whether you want to be directly on the beach, at...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maust
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear Maust,

Thank you very much for staying at our resort for and your posting on tripadivsor, which we enjoyed reading. We appreciate you mentioning about Rebecca and we certainly look forward to welcome you back to our resort one day.

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Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We visited the Anantara Koh Phagnan on our honeymoon.
On arrival, we had been travelling all day and we were given cold refreshments and a seat which was a great start. We had some confusion as I thought that the entire funds had already been paid, in fact only a deposit had been taken from my card. We were a little tired and frustrated at first as we though this had already been taken care of but the staff did an excellent job of being patient and helping us to get to the bottom of the confusion. I must say that this exchange was expertly handled and could have led to us getting off on the wrong foot, but the opposite happened. The staff all seem to have a wealth of previous experience, this was not apparent from asking them, but only from their professionalism and approach to handling situations and their work. It seems like they have brought a great and experienced team on board across the resort.

The room was faultless, we had a private pool villa which was stunning: air con, Apple TV, our own pool, wifi, a hair dryer, and more. We always returned to our villa being cleaned and tidied, someone even came to turn our bed down in the evening!

There were lovely small touches such as a flower to aid sleep on arrival, free water and a small snack supplied to the room daily, nibbles served with drinks and drinks and fruit served when using the sun loungers.

The resort is a very short stroll to the village, which meant we could pop out to use the local facilities. We had a 2kg load of laundry washed and ironed in the village for the same price as it would have cost to wash one item in the resort. It was easy to step outside and drop off and collect.

We selected the thai cooking course with Chef Wat. This was an amazing experience. So much effort had gone into preparing the station for us. I come over feeling a bit unwell during the course, but they pulled up a chair so I could still watch my husband flex his culinary muscles. We learnt so much from the course and can't wait to put into practice what we learnt at home.

We also did the dining by design, which is a private dining experience on the beach, with flowers, decorations and all the trimmings. It is quite a sight to behold and an incredibly romantic experience. It was also quite expensive for us, but it is something that we will never forget.

The room, location, service, food and staff were all first class. My only gripe was that some things we're priced well above the that found outside the resort. I understand that we paid for quality, but for things like laundry, the local quality is already excellent.

Special thanks to Chef Wat, his fun personality really made the cooking course experience memorable. Special thanks also to Rebecca who always made sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible, helping with any queries that we had and special requirements.

We had a fantastic honeymoon at Anantara, the experience was incredible. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Private pool villas, we loved these as there was much more privacy than the ocean view villas.
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear J0Mack,

Congratulations again and thank you very much for spending your honeymoon in one of our private beachfront Pool Villas. We are very happy that your enjoyed your stay, especially the Spice Spoons cooking class. We are sorry about any confusion during your check-in process but certainly glad that we handled all to your expectations.

Hopefully we can welcome you back on day.

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We stayed for 11 nights, 6 in the Thai Pool Villa and then 5 in the Ocean View. We travelled with our two children aged 8 & 6 and had the most beautiful relaxing time. We were picked up from Koh Samui airport and taken to the Pier. From there we enjoyed our speedboat ride to Koh Phangan and were greeted on the beach by the Resort Team. Both our rooms were lovely however we loved the change to the Ocean View. There is nothing better than waking to the view of the gorgeous beach.

Buffet breakfast was great, such a selection of food and the staff were lovely. We also ate a few times at the Resort for dinner and the food was lovely. We organised a trip to the Elephants through the Resort and we had the pleasure of going with Sam (Island Guru) who was wonderful. All the staff were great and I am sorry I can't name you all. Rebecca, Guest Services who made us feel so special and nothing was a hassle for her at all. Rebecca is a beautiful person and the Resort is lucky to have her working there. Pla (Mr Fish) was also great at lunch/dinner time. Also, the staff by the pool had some fun playing football with the kids.
It was also nice to see Markus, Manager, frequently at breakfast for a chat and to make sure we were enjoying our stay.

The location of the Resort is great. The beach is lovely with nice sand, clear warm water. There is a little village directly behind the Resort with convenience shops, restaurants, massages.

There are two swimming pools and even when the Resort was full the pools were not. When we were there most people liked to lay on the loungers at the beach. The Resort never felt crowded.

There is a small gym with good equipment, open from 6 in the morning. Perfect to run off the buffet breakfasts..

Lovely goodbye on the beach from the Resort staff. We had a wonderful time, so thank you all. Hopefully we will back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear Koop 2014,

Thank you for spending your vacation with your family at our resort and thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review. We are glad we made you and your family feel comfortable and appreciate you mentioning about our associates, which we proudly will share with them.

We certainly hope we will welcome you back soon,

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile


Not much is to be said what other guests didn't mentioned. This was our Third time and we plan to go again next year! The bar and service staff was again amazing friendly and helpfull! With Arnaud and Don the Chef being always present and ever so helpful!
My wife had a fantastic cooking lesson with chef Don and his main Thai Chef. Chef Don's knowledge of Thai cuisine was impressive (for an Aussie :-))!
This resort rates in our books to the greatest places in Thailand and we will recommend it to anybody who likes 5 star luxury without the stiffness that usually goes with it!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Petkyte
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2014

Dear Petkyte,

Thank you very much for being such a loyal visitor to our resort. We appreciate your comments, especially you mentioning about Chef Don and our F&B Manager Arnaud. Thank you for recommending our resort to the readers and we are looking forward to welcome you back next year!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The hotel was booked in error but it was the best mistake I ever made.
From the arrival greeting to the departure goodbye, there is nothing which did not bring a smile to our face. The children loved the ocean view room which provided an easy access to the beach and the villa pool. The room facilities justify the charge. The staff is helpful, attentive with infectious smile.
Already looking forward to the next trip.

Room Tip: Request for ocean view villa.
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1  Thank avnishmisra
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear avnishmisra,

Thank you so much for visiting our resort, even if “by error” and thank you for your high ratings. We are very glad you had a lovely time with your family and we are very happy to read that you are planning to return soon.

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were greeted by a manager and welcomed to the Hotel. We were then pleasantly surprised to be given an upgrade. As a newly married couple this was a wonderful present from the management especially as they had upgraded us to an Ocean Pool Villa. We spent the most relaxing and special week there. The staff were wonderful even assisting us to hang the wedding dress up in our room. We did the Hotels cooking course 'Spice spoons', Jak and his Thai kitchen team were fantastic and we got to eat what we cooked. We also had 'In Villa Dining' on the deck of our Villa, the team came along and set up the most beautiful dining experience, the BBQ seafood and meat was out of this world, with the Fillet Mignon being probably the best we had ever eaten. Also the location is fantastic too, with shops, bars, restaurants all being in easy walking distance. We happily recommend this Hotel to everyone and would like to say once again a million thank yous to the Rasananda for making our Honeymoon perfect.

Room Tip: We stayed in Ocean Pool Villa 41, which was wonderful.
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Markus K, General Manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

Dear Gra_and_Kat,

Congratulations again and thank you very much for celebrating your honeymoon at our resort. We are excited to read, that you enjoyed staying in one of our Ocean Pool Villa and that we made your stay perfect! Thank you for experiencing our Spice Spoons Cooking Class and a private barbeque in your Villa.
We appreciate you recommending our resort and hope to be able to welcome you back one day!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Krebs
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Additional Information about 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 Romantic Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Family Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: £168 - £1,144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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