We spent just three lovely days at Baan Manali and wish it could have been longer. I booked over the internet after checking out the reviews on Trip Advisor and YouTube - check out the great kite surfing video.
We couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised; Baan Manali consists of just 11 bungalows nestled in a coconut grove. Our bungalow had a beautiful view, wood floors, comfy beds, a big fluffy towel, a hammock and a hot shower! The resort is small and intimate, it is easy to chat with other guests and Leit and Sebastian go out of their way to make you feel at home. We got tips on scooter rentals, restaurants and "The Jam" which provided us with one of our more memorable evening of our entire trip! I discovered the lagoon was a superb place for a morning swim and at sunset we enjoyed a cocktail or two on the lounges over looking the lagoon. It is ideally located, close to Thong Sala - which, despite what the Lonely Planet says, is a great place to hang at night. It's not bursting with charm but covers the basic needs. Cheap food and local atmosphere is plentiful at the night market and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to chose from. It is also a 5 minute walk from Baan Manali!
Hiring a scooter is an easy way to see much of the island. We hired a 4 x 4 to go to the east side of the island - the roads are non existent in places and if it's raining a scooter will be a rough ride! After 9 days in Koh Phangang and Koh Samui this was our favorite place to stay.
- 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