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Shiralea Backpackers Resort
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“The Ultimate Experience!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

I recently stayed at Shiralea and I could not fault the place one bit.. It was absolutely amazing.. The accommodation was great, the food was delicious and the staff were soooo friendly and more than happy to help out in any situation.. Shiralea was the ultimate Thai experience and something that I will definitely be going back to!! When you think Shiralea, think "The Ultimate Experience"

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Shiralea had the best vibe. Stayed here through Contiki and it was amazing. Chilled atmosphere, strong drinks, awesome staff and fun people. All day and night pool parties made for great memories. Full/half/black moon parties are a must - so much fun getting painted up. Would definitely go back.

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The floor of the bar made for a good night's sleep after too many shots and many lost rounds of beer pong.

The beer pong, icing and shot bell are dangerous.

Get a massage in the massage hut.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

On first arrival I was suprised by the beautiful location of resort. . Our rooms were another surprise as was quite skeptical of the quality considering the cheap price but they were alot better than anticipated!! Everyone was super friendly(staff and the visiting contiki group) going out of way to include us, as my friends and I were not part of any visiting travel group.. drinking by the pool sun shining surrounded by nature is my favourite memory! Shiralea will always hold a special place for me!! And would love to go back !! I wasn't ready to leave..p.s food was amaze too

  • Stayed August 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

I initially booked a three-day stay at Shiralea and within a few minutes of arriving, I knew I'd be staying much longer. The staff is super awesome, very friendly, down-to-earth, and legitimately interested in their guests. You can go to them with any question/concern and they'll help you out. The bar/restaurant is fantastic; it almost feels like a bamboo treehouse for adults. The food (especially the Thai food) is excellent and cheap; don't miss the pad se-ew and the tom sum (which comes with lots of grape tomatoes). The bungalows are big, clean, comfortable, well-sealed, have great bathrooms and hammocks, and are just what you need after a long day of sports/beach/partying/whatever. The swimming pool and massage hut (onsite) are also both great; treat yourself to a coconut oil massage, you won't regret it!

There are a few drawbacks, but none of them are major. There are occasional contiki parties in the bar/restaurant (which go a bit late and make some noise); use earplugs when you sleep or just go join them! The WiFi doesn't always reach the bungalows, so just take your tablet/phone with you when you go to the restaurant for a meal or a drink. Shiralea is a bit far from Thongsala and very far from Haad Rin, but these can be good things. Haad Yao is a great beach with lots of resorts for eating and/or drinking. The location lets you explore the western and northern coasts of the island. Rent a motorbike from the house up the street and go to Koh Ma, Chaloklum, and Bottle Beach.

Overall, the bungalows here cost a bit more than others on the island, but you absolutely get what you pay for. I loved my time here and would highly recommend it to any backpacker, solo or part of a group.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the bar/restaurant will be the quietest.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

I'm so disappointed that I have to write a poor review for Shiralea! I stayed here last summer with my boyfriend and we had an excellent time, so good in fact that I decided to come back with a friend, but this time...I was let down. The atmosphere is just not what it was before, the staff were a little bit preoccupied with the Contiki group that no one else really seemed to matter. We felt as though we were a bit left out of all the fun, and hence we went elsewhere to eat and drink. The pool was absolutely disgusting, the filters were not switched on which resulted in murky, dirty water, which I did not want to go in. Simple tasks we asked the staff to help us with were forgotten, namely a boat from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani, the staff member in question called while we were there but the line was engaged, she said to leave it with her and she would sort it all out, we came back the next morning to check and she had forgotten all about it due to the arrival of a Contiki group...not good enough. If the ferry had been full, we would have been left stranded on the island, luckily this was not the case. We asked to look at our bill so that we could pay it off, all I got was a blank stare and was left waiting at the bar while they dealt with, you guessed it, a Contiki member. The rooms were absolutely fine, the food was nice when we ate there, but I will not be returning, not even as a Contiki member!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Shiralea_Management, Owner at Shiralea Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Hi Hannah, Thank you for the review, feedback is very important to us so that we can always continue to improve in areas that need it.
We sincerely apologise for our staff forgetting about your ferry tickets, we are glad she was able to book you onto the ferry in the end, and we are putting processes in place to make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else.
We are disappointed to hear that you felt the focus was only on a Contiki group, we welcome tours to Shiralea from April to October and this has always kept the resort a busy and fun place for independant travellers to come to during the months that the island becomes quieter. In your last review of Shiralea you raved about the Contiki group and the atmosphere it brought to the resort, most people do find it fun to be there at the same time as the tours as the energy is positive and up beat.
Our staff are trained to focus on the independant travellers needs, as well as the needs of those on tours, we are very inclusive and last time you were with us at the same time as the tour groups you had a lot of positive comments about the tours adding to your experience, especially if you get involved. I am sorry this wasn’t the case more recently.
Here at Shiralea we care about everyone who stays with us regardless of how they have found their way to our doors, we always strive to give great island advice, fantastic service, delicious food, great facilities at a reasonable rate. We supply a great place for each traveller to make the most of their own holiday. Every traveller is responsible for one thing during their travels and that is to be the master of their own holiday, at Shiralea we try our hardest to give that little bit extra to all guests and we are sorry that during your second stay here with us you were disappointed. Hopefully see you here for a third time so we can show you the time of your life, hope the next leg of your journey is great, take care, Richie 
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Imagine a place where from the offset everything is just perfect! The price, the rooms, the location, the food and especially the staff. Thats Shiralea! Throughout my stay I simply could not find one fault with this resort! The only thing i was disappointed about was the fact I had to leave! Whether you are staying solo, as a couple, with a family or with friends, Shiralea is undoubtedly the BEST place to stay in the whole of Koh Phangan! Literally the ultimate winning experience.

Room Tip: every room depending on personal preference (A/C or not) is perfectly suitable.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Stayed at this hotel through contiki! was awesome, the staff are great and They're all very friendly! Food is good and the resort has a sweet atmosphere & vibe, especially before a half or full moon party! The rooms are clean and the resort is located right near the beach as well which is perfect for a good tanning sesh! Would recommend staying here to anyone! Great place for a group of friends as well as solo travelers wanting to meet new people!
Big ups for Shiralea! i will be back xoxox

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Shiralea Backpackers Resort
Address: 58/18 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 355 Speciality Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Shiralea Backpackers Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the stunning tropical island of Koh Pha Ngan - home to Thailand's famous 'full moon party' - Shiralea is a boutique resort designed to be a backpackers paradise. Welcome to a 'flashpacking' experience. Shiralea was built by a group of travellers who wanted a haven to return to. With a focus on 'good times' we created a friendly and vibrant atmosphere which puts our guests immediately at ease. Shiralea is a place where strangers become friends, we designed the resort with a social aspect which sets us apart, our guests love how they can do exactly what they want at Shiralea- whether that be a crazy night at the bar or a quiet one watching movies. Shiralea is the ideal spot to set up for a few days you'll never forget. Located 1 minutes walk from the beautiful Haad Yao beach. Our resort has all the creature comforts you could want and we cater for all budgets - hot showers, comfortable beds, wall-mounted fan or air conditioned bungalows, an ensuite in each bungalow and your own balcony with a hammock. In addition to our 30 bungalows, we have great facilities to keep you entertained, including a restaurant that offers delicious and well priced Thai and Western meals, a great bar, free wifi, large swimming pool with Jacuzzi and poolside bar, movie lounge, a games room with pool table and a massage hut. Shiralea has everything you need to enjoy your 'flashpacking' experience, but it's the memories that our guests treasure. Lose yourself in the fine art of doing nothing or celebrate balmy nights dancing into the wee hours with new friends. Our staff always welcome our guests with open arms, so all you need to do is bring a bag of basics and a smile. We invite you to join the fun. Book your stay with Shiralea. ... more   less 
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