A very cosy and friendly resort, situated centrally in Ban Kai between Thongsala and Haadrin (both 10-15min by motorbike). Ban Kai is developing into a destination on its own, with, of course a 7-Eleven and several party areas nearby (Ban Sabaii, Jungle Party, Half Moon, Black Moon). There is also a herbal sauna nearby. The stretch between Ban Kai and Thongsala has nice beaches, covered with palm trees. The stretch between Ban Kai and Haadrin is hilly and has smaller, more secluded beaches. The beachfront at Blue Lotus is very natural and nice, offers a great view (towards Koh Samui) and beautiful sunsets.
The resort itself is very nice, set in a beautiful garden. The bungalows are simple (cold shower, fan) but offer value for money. There is also a bungalow with hot shower and airconditioning available. There will be a second one available soon. The resort has a restaurant that offers great breakfast/lunch/diner/snacks/drinks. Prices are competitive, considering the size of most meals, that can easily be shared. The restaurant functions as a central hangout, ideal to meet up with fellow travelers (however more and more of them seem to be occupied with their smart phones and Social Media constantly). In the restaurant area free WIFI is available, in some bungalows too. The owner, Pong, is a great guy offering great hospitality, together with his crew. Pong is really looking after his guests and willing to give advice or help out when needed. Blue Lotus feels like home (the home where you should live, instead of cold Europe). There are (good) rental motorbikes available, expect no problems or hassle returning your motorbike when you took good care of it. The fancy resort next to Blue Lotus has a nice beachfront pool. During our stay they offered pool access for 300 Bath per person/per day. Reasonable, considering the quality of the pool and the pool setting. Make sure to contact the general manager before using the pool. Blue Lotus offers (free) pick-up and drop-off services from and to the piers in Thongsala and Haadrin.
Blue Lotus resort is a great place for couples or friends traveling together. We have been going to Blue Lotus since 2005. First as a single traveler, then as a couple and the last few years as a family with kids. We will keep returning.
If you are up for a genuine Koh Phangan treat, you will not be disappointed choosing Blue Lotus.
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