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Sandy Bay Bungalows
Leuven, Belgium
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40 reviews
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“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Nice bungalows, they are small but you don't need more space. There is a swimming pool and it's next to the beautiful sea. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. There is a cocktail bar and it's also not far from the half moon party. You can get very cheap and good massages at the beach. Watch out for sea urchins when you go nightswimming :) . The location with the beautiful beach is really heaven on earth.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Essex, England
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

This is our second recent stay at Sandy Bay Bungalows, staying last July as part of a round the world trip we returned last week for 6 nights and I can honestly say the beachfront deluxe bungalows offer the best location and views of anywhere we have stayed in Thailand. Other aspects unfortunately stop this resort from being 'perfect' however the location and views are simply stunning. Haad Yao beach is the best on the island in my opinion away from all noise of the Full Moon party.

I would only stay here in the beachfront deluxe bungalows as the views from your bed make this a bargain at around £55 per room per night. The rooms are basic to say the least, reasonably clean (ish) and have aircon, fan, tv, safe and fridge which if you have come to Koh Phangan to relax, then this is all you could wish for. You will have your room made up with fresh towels and toilet roll as and when the management feel like it......on this recent trip we had it done every day so we were quite impressed compared to our stay before.

On our stay last July we had an ok experience here and unfortunatly the only thing that lets this resort down is some of the staff and their attitude. As someone who works in the service industry I find it so hard to understand rudeness for no reason, but we tried to find another similiar resort to stay at this time but for the location and money we couldnt get anything even close so decided to give this resort another try. I am glad we did.This time however we came with lower expectations and knew what to expect and we had a great stay.

The resort has a restaurant over looks the beach, a great place to cool down in when the beach gets too hot.

Overall, don't come here expecting a luxury resort with high standards as you will be disappointed. This place is basic and chilled out, and in my opinion despite the downfalls, one of the best locations to stay on Koh Phangan.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Rafael, California
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We had the weirdest experience here. Our room was decent - nothing fancy, but it was clean. The pool is amazing, but full of kids during the day. You can watch the sunset from the pool which is quite special. We didn't eat in the restaurant because of the way we were treated. The staff was not friendly and would even talk in Thai about us right in front of us and laugh at us - it made us very uncomfortable. Of all the places in Thailand (hotels and restaurants) this was the only time we felt ridiculed and not treated with kindness. Like I said it was really weird and if we hadn't paid in advance we would have left there immediately. There's a new place called See Through Bungalows close by that looked super fancy, the people were super nice and they would have given us a bungalow for 1200 baht instead of 1700 baht. Just sayin...

Room Tip: We had room 307 which was in a good spot, but not right on the water so it was a little cheaper.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

The room we stayed was basic but we love it. Relax and enjoy with our holiday. The foods what we eat, it's yummy!! Love it too. All the staff, they were nice and friendly with me and my family. We love them. Sad to say goodbye..... But we will back to stay there again!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We didn't stay in the bungalows, but after trying all the other restaurants, we ended up eating here all the time. The staff is really friendly and we were really sad to say good bye...
Thank you very much, we had a great time! Love u Danny ;-))) Kate and Lucie

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Sandy Bay Bungalows was a great resort in an awesome location - far, far away from the madness of Haad Rin and the Full Moon Party activities. It has a great restaurant with delicious food and awesome fruit shakes. The pool is lovely, there's tonnes of loungers along the beach for hotel guests to use and a bar on the beach also.

We were on Ko Phangan to celebrate New Years Eve with some friends at the Full Moon Party. I will never, ever return to this island - and the party in particular - because I found it polluted, scary and out of control BUT that's another story altogether....

In terms of a place to stay on Ko Phangan, Sandy Bay Bungalows and Had Yao Beach is ideal for those who want a beach holiday in Thailand, combined with some happening night life and good restaurants - bars and eateries line the beach and are open well into the wee hours.

Our room at Sandy Bay was clean, but very dark and outside swarms of big mosquitoes buzzed around eagerly awaiting a moment to get inside. The bathroom was basic but pretty clean. We just had a fan room and because the room is out of direct sunlight for most of the day we found that having just a fan was adequate enough.

So all in all Sandy Bay can definitely be recommended for its food, bar, pool, location, beach and rooms BUT..... not its staff. Prior to arriving I had read some bad reviews about the staff, but just thought: "We are laid back Kiwis, we get along with everyone" and thought that if we treated them with respect and a smile then they would do the same. Alas this was not the case. Despite our patience and friendliness towards the staff we were met with either no service, slack service or simply a bark from the mamasita who seems to run the show. The men who work at Sandy Bar seem to have succumbed to this woman's bossy, demanding nature, and slink away when they see her coming. Eventually, we got sick of her constant barking - at both guests and staff - so we boycotted even eating breakfast at the resort, and instead walked down the beach to a friendlier restaurant.

We are good-natured, chilled out people who never demand anything and always treat everyone the same way - with friendliness, kindness and a big smile. But at this particular place it didn't seem to matter, and we were growled and barked at like misbehaving school children by the scary boss lady who rules the roost at Sandy Bay.

Other than that, I would return to the resort ..... if I ever made the mistake of going to Ko Phangan again.

Room Tip: A bunglow on the beach as opposed to a room on the side of the rocks/cliff!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

The room was very much overpriced for what it was, very old and plain and the bathroom was not 'western' as it had been described (the toilet was western, you just had to shower over it.) However in saying that the room was comfortable with a nice balcony.

Danny was great, a real asset to the hotel - he seemed to be a man of many talents, whether he be the receptionist, waiter, porter, fire twirler, barman, just to name a few. The other staff were absolutely hopeless and were more interested in the games on their mobile phones than us as the customers, I think just reading all of the reviews saying this explains it all.

The location is great and so is the food at the Restaurant, we love Haad Yao but will not stay here again. We know from personal experience that the accommodation next door is much cheaper and much better quality and a lot friendlier.
We would change our minds and return if the customer service from the staff was stepped up quite a few notches.

Room Tip: Many rooms are up high with steep steps so if you have difficulty with stairs, maybe request a room...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandy Bay Bungalows
Address: 54/1 Moo 8, Had Yao Beach, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 367 Speciality Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family Owned Beach resort with private beach, pool and genuine beachfront rooms, majority of rooms not directly on our beach have a sea view ... more   less 
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