We stayed in one of the two-storey bungalows for 5 nights in mind-February. This was my first trip to Thailand and I had a vision of the perfect beach and Bottle Beach certainly lived up to it. Beautiful soft sand, warm ocean to swim in and not too many people.
The bungalows at Smile lived up to out expectations. Comfortable bed, brilliant view from the balcony. Can't fault the staff - they were very friendly and generally helpful. Sometimes it got a bit disorganised in the restaurant/bar, but we were there to relax so who cares if it took a bit longer to get a drink. One thing that would have been good is a top sheet as it wasn't that hot while we were there and we hadn't thought to bring a cover or similar.
We arrived by boat, which has to be done as seeing Bottle Beach from the sea for the first time is a real treat. Although the hotel will come and pick you up for a fee from the pier. We got them to drive us on the day we left as we wanted to see the legendary "road" up from the beach. We didn't leave the beach for 5 days once we arrived, but that was just what we needed.
Don't go to Bottle Beach if you want to spend your time on Koh Phangan partying, but do go if you want to relax and forget about the world. We'd recommend Smile Bungalows if you want simple, comfortable accommodation without too many bells and whistles.
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