This was a 2 night stay prior to our return ferry to Koh Samui. We arrived here having just checked out of the 5* Santhiya Resort & Spa in the north of Koh Phanang...perhaps this may have been why we were slightly disappointed.
The check in process was not straight forward, and seemed to take quite some time. We were given a welcome drink (glass of water) and asked for our passports and confirmation. When we said that we had booked two nights, but on separate booking numbers, this caused confusion, and resulted in us having to change our room after the first night which was not ideal but we guessed this was due to operational reasons...
The resort offers beach towels at reception, and a small amount of deck chairs and of course, the new pool. The pool is small, but adequate for the size of the resort, and offers some lovely views out to sea.
Breakfast is simple, offering guests a choice from 4 or 5 options, as well as tea and coffee, fruit juice and water. Breakfast is not of great quality, and again, perhaps we are just fussy having just arrived from an amazing resort. The bread is not good quality, nor is the bacon, however if these two things were changed, this would massively improve the concept that the resort is trying to offer. It would also be good to see a small selection of cereal on offer for guests to help themselves too, giving them the continental option, which also allows the staff time to take orders and prepare food.
Rooms are clean and adequate, but do not offer a home from home feel. The showers are warm, but our shower head was so low it was more like washing your 'bits' rather than your body. Rooms do not offer any tea/coffee making facilities or a TV to keep upto date with world affairs - this again would massively improve the image and overall rating of this resort.
Overall, if you want a clean basic stay, that is quite pricy for what you get, then this is the place to go. If you want luxury or a little more choice nearby, then perhaps choose a different accommodation or resort on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at only 10 min walking from the main village of the island, Baan Manali Resort is a quiet and relaxing nest, surrounded by coconut trees, facing the lagoon. Spread in a tropical garden, our 11 cozy bungalows, built in traditional way, offer all the modern comfort (AC, hot water, new beds, private balcony and hammock). At our bar-restaurant facing the sunset, you will enjoy our cocktails, family Thai cooking or European dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baan Manali Hotel Koh Phangan