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“Great location, shame about the owner.”
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Seaview Rainbow
Ranked #43 of 137 Ko Pha Ngan B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 January 2013

I'm of the mindset "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", unfortunately after a recent stay here, I can't keep my mouth shut about this one. Seaview Rainbow's owner was terrible towards myself and my friends. The bungalows themselves are clean, comfortable, superbly located on a beautiful stretch of beach and the one breakfast I had in the restaurant was very nice. The rest of the staff who work there were also extremely polite and very helpful. Why the owner took a particular dislike to us I will never know. Firstly, he gave away one of the bungalows we'd booked without warning - not ideal over Christmas/Full Moon/New Year's week. When we asked why, he was rude bordering aggressive and offered no hint of an apology or that it was down to a misunderstanding, he'd just decided to sell it to someone else. Secondly, when we asked for an extra blanket and pillow so that I could crash in a hammock as he'd given away our bungalow he, again, was rude bordering on aggressive and bluntly told us that he only had enough for one in each bungalow at any given time, while his friends sat drinking with him shouted 'The shop is open, why don't YOU buy it?!'. Nice. But, lo and behold, his wife (who was great throughout) brought one over for which we were very grateful, much to the owner and his friends' dismay it seemed.
Later the next day (Christmas Day), my friends and I came back from lunch at a local restaurant - one of my friends had brought back half a club sandwich left over and asked the waiter if it would be possible to put it in their kitchen fridge until later as there were no fridges in the rooms. He was brilliantly helpful as usual and told her of course it wasn't a problem. Minutes later, however, the owner arrived at her bungalow to inform her (shouting, I might add) that what she had done was disrespectful and that she and her boyfriend were no longer welcome at Seaview. My friends immediately apologised and said they hadn't meant to cause offence or be disrespectful, of course. They had no idea it would be such a massive problem, particularly when they were told it wasn't by a different member of staff. He would not hear a word of it and told them to leave immediately. After yet more apologising my friends had to admit defeat and attempt to find alternative accommodation. On Christmas Day. What a nice man. While one packed, the other went on the search. After 5 minutes, the owner returned to their bungalow and shouted from outside 'Have you finished packing?!' It was just utterly unnecessary and, frankly, bad business practice.
Why this man felt the need to attempt to ruin our holiday by being always rude and aggressive, I do not know. Having a bad week? Annoyed that we didn't eat every single meal (just the majority) in his restaurant? Did he have someone at the desk offering more money than he was charging us?
Whatever, we found wonderful alternative accommodation next door with bungalows of a higher standard (hot water - yay!) but the massive advantage here was a hospitable owner!
As somebody who's worked in hospitality for over 10 years, I'm fully aware that you can't please all the people all the time. But if you work in hospitality, you really ought to be hospitable.
My advice would be to tread carefully if you choose to stay at Seaview, you never know which side of the owner you'll get, apparently.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 December 2012 via mobile

Seaview Rainbow is North-west part of Koh Phangnan in Ao Srithanu, completely away from the partying and crowds at Thongsala - which may or may not be what you're looking for. A songthaew ride away from the ferry port of around 20 minutes, also further to the North is the bottle beach which is worth the trek. Seaview Rainbow is basically a collection of beach huts set out in a semi circle facing towards the sea. We were welcomed by Gao (sorry bad spelling) the owner who was very laid back and after showing us to our hut, told us to relax and enjoy his swimming pool (the sea) with a cheeky smile. Rooms are spacious with Thai style bathroom/shower, veranda and hammock attached. This family run place is so friendly and homely, it's like your own slice of paradise. Couple restaurants, pharmacy and ATM nearby. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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2  Thank Crumpsquigadventures
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

It seems there is some confusion about this place. Seaview Rainbow is located in the village of Ao Srithanu, North of Thong Sala harbor. The pictures here do not represent this resort, unless there is another resort with the same name on the island.
The bungalows are on a big, white sandy beach. There is a mosquito net over the bed and a fan in the room. The bathroom is in the Thai style with cold shower and a western toilet. Simplicity in a great spot. So quiet and so beautiful. The restaurant has a full card with delicious food at very, very moderate prices. Overnight for a bungalow costs B 500. Ao Srithanu is small but provides everything from ATM machines, restaurants, cafés, small supermarket and a 7-Eleven open round the clock!

Room Tip: All the bungalows are on the beach and look very much alike.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Christmate11
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

stayed here for nearly a week longer than expected but didnt want to leave its very clean the staff were great. very good place for relaxing nice and quiet but only a short drive or walk to bars and night life defo go back again next time

Room Tip: all rooms are perfect
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Vic2388
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

We stayed at Rainbow during the Full moon party week so the area was a bit crazy. Rainbow was a nice retreat close to the entertainment but thankfully not in the throes of it. It is owned by a local women and her Australian husband. They provide a beautiful setting at a very reasonabl price. There is a restrauant on site and the food, both local and western, is very tasty. You can get there from Koh Samui by ferry and rent a car or motorbike about 200 hundred yards from the ferry. If needed Rainbow will be happy to recommend area attractions and dive guides. We had this arranged before we arrived so didn't need the service. I have recommended this hidden gem to lots of my friends heading to the area.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2017
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Room Tip: bungalow con aria condizionata situati vicino al mare
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 20/1 Moo 8 | Ao Srithanu, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #43 of 137 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: £17 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaview Rainbow 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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