This is a long review but I hope you find it informative.
We stayed here from 10th November until 8th December 2013 as we had booked the combined 24 day Agama yoga course.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the team there made it a pleasure and a joy to stay at this resort.
The hotel itself (as stated on their website) is up a very steep hill so you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets whilst relaxing in or around the infinity pool or jacuzzi.
The pool area is open from 8am to 10pm which is great as it's so hot in Thailand at night time, a swim is very refreshing. Most other hotels in Thailand close their pools around 7/8pm so it was an added bonus as we didn't return from our yoga course until well after 9pm on most nights.
We opted for a grand sea view room in the Jasmine building. It was very nice but it was the furthest away from the reception and pool. Very secluded (if that's your preference) and hidden from the morning sun if you prefer to have your breakfast and morning coffee on the balcony without the discomfort of the blazing sun!
The Wi Fi is also much better in this building. Very handy if you want to use soundcloud or other streaming services.
We were VERY unlucky with the weather while we were there. Torrential rain for a whole week! And the walk down to the Jasmine can be very slippery when it rains so we asked to change rooms to the grand sea view in the Rose building (above reception) which was not a problem to the team there. They went above and beyond to accommodate us. Having said that, the hotel was actually in the process of constructing a much more advance drainage system so should not be a problem for future guests.
If you are not bothered about a sea view, you can get the same quality of room in any of the buildings if you are on a budget. The standards are excellent regardless of room you are in. Cable tv (movies are in English with Thai subtitles) with DVD and surround sound are standard in every room. DVD's can be hired from reception but are quite generic so you can bring your own (regional compatibility permitting) We know this as we had visited the rooms of the other yoga students whilst there and the only difference was the view. But it is a great feeling every morning to wake up to spectacular scenery!
In respect of the combined booking of hotel and yoga. The Agama centre is quite a walk away so you should allow for a 30-40 minute walk to the yoga hall. Bare in mind it is very hot at all times and a 30-40 minute walk can be quite tiring so, get to the yoga hall a bit early so you can relax before your practice!
The classes are twice a day. 8:30-10:30 then 16:00-18:00.If you wish to stay for the lectures, you can stay until 19:00/20:00 depending on the lecture of the day. Although they are informative, it is not essential in order to gain your certificate.
It is a very intense course so be prepared!
I had never done yoga before in my life, and although it's challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, I guarantee you will take a lot from this course and I personally will be continuing the practises. Bare in mind (especially for beginners) if you plan on staying on the Island for longer than 1 month and have paid in advance you can re-do any of the classes/lectures at no extra cost as course repeats each month.
In terms of staying at this hotel (minus the yoga course) it's still an excellent place to stay and you will certainly not be disappointed by sunset hill.
If you are brave enough, you can hire a moped for about 4000THB (£80/$140USD) for a month. We opted for a jeep for 2 weeks which was 9800THB (£196/$314USD).
Thailand is cheap but taxis can be expensive and charge per person, so regardless of distance it will cost a minimum of 100 BHT per person 200 BHT to Thong Sala (Main pier town where you find lots of pubs, shopping and excellent food market)
The full moon party is on the south of the island (Haad Rin) and about 40-45 minute drive from sunset hill. The hotel can arrange a taxi for you and there are plenty of taxis there for you to get back safely.
(We visited Haad Rin a few times and it obviously caters for the short term stay! Not the best resort on this island to stay long term! But each to their own)
The nearest restaurant to the hotel is just down the hill. About a ten minute walk but if you're not feeling adventurous, the hotel has a good enough menu and is about the same price as some restaurants in the area. Pai's "no name" (which is deep fried vegetable in batter) is particularly good!!
You can afford to pack light! The hotel offer a laundry service for 70THB (£1.40/$2.24USD) per kilo and its ready within a day! And the quality was much better than some hotels I have stayed in that charge £10 for 1 item!
I can't complete this review without mentioning the team at sunset hill who made us feel like family while we stayed there. Wii, Jani and Pai (sorry if I've spelt your names wrong!) in particular! you are a credit to sunset hill and will never be forgotten!
Everyone at sunset hill were so friendly and I'm sorry I've forgotten your names!
Thank you for a great time and we will definitely return here when we come back to Koh Phangan.
Thank you for a great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the spectacular sunsets from the west coast of natural Koh Phangan island. The Sunset Hill Resort is located on a stunning hill overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao, Koh Samui and the Marine Park. This area is famous for snorkeling and diving as well as for the beautiful beaches Haad Yao, Secret Beach and Chao Phao, which are located within 10 minutes walking distance or 2 minutes by scooter. The luxury apartments have majestic ocean views from their round design terraces. Penthouse apartments also have a kitchen in the dining and living room. The resort has an amazing infinity pool and cozy viewpoint lounge bar/restaurant and open air deck where great food and beverages are served. Our knowledgeable multilangual reception staff can assist you to discover the island and any other holiday wishes you may have. We are looking forward to help you to create the fantastic holiday experience of your dreams! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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