My husband and I booked one night at Starlight Bungalows at short notice during our honeymoon. We didn't realise that it was the night of the full moon party and most places down south were either fully booked or had a minimum stay of 3-5 nights.
So we panic booked without reading enough reviews I think! It wasn't great for me personally...
Firstly, it's pretty much the opposite side of the island to where all the action is - sadly we didn't know this in advance. So we had to endure (or survive) a terrifying taxi ride through Koh Phangan to get there - about 40 minutes long! Our bad.
Upon arrival, the women on reception weren't very approachable and we had to pay a key deposit of 500BHT, which was unexpected but fair enough. Also, there were cockroaches in our room - and I'm pretty sure we had one of the nicest rooms available. I know you should expect some form of wildlife when staying in Thailand but out of the nine hotels we stayed in, only two had cockroaches... so there must be some way of keeping them out!
That being said, the resort was peaceful and the pool looked nice. I'd actually had food poisoning the night before coming to Starlight so slept most of the day we were there, and didn't go into the pool unfortunately.
The room was clean enough but we had to spray bug killer everywhere after finding the cockroaches - along the gaps in the doors and in the bathroom walls (the bricks have holes in them).
We had a lovely seafood dinner at one of the beach restaurants nearby. The resort is pretty much on the beach and was very quiet when we stayed. We had to miss the full moon party sadly :( However, the resort can arrange shuttle bus transport and tickets, which is a plus.
Overall, not too bad: good location with restaurants and beach nearby and two big comfy beds, but if you're squeamish like me then maybe avoid! It wasn't bad value for the price we paid though.
I wouldn't, but my husband would probably stay here again!
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