The hotel has the most wonderful views and the powder beach and clear sea are the best on the island. The resort itself however is tired, out of date and needs some serious refurbishment. With a bit of love it could be fabulous. Staff seem miserable to be working there. Very little of the magical thai hospitality we had experienced in Bangkok and samui.
We stayed for 6 nights in a family cottage. One wardrobe for the four of us which meant we had to put clothes on chairs and tables. Single beds on the lower floor were just dumped in the middle of the room. No headboards so our children's pillows fell off the end each night.
Pool is lovely with views over the sea. But pool towels torn, stained and full of holes. Only one pool attendant and often no clean towels available.
The resort is spotless and housekeeping kept things looking tidy. But this is at best a 3-star resort and it feels like it is in a 1980s time warp.
I love independently owned resorts and hotels and would hate for the Panviman to be taken over by a big multinational chain. But restaurants and bars there are virtually empty because guests like us preferred to be out of the hotel.
We stayed at the anantara in both Bangkok and bohput-samui and here is a perfect example of an Asian chain offering contemporary, relaxed luxury. Panviman needs to plan for the future.
I hope these comments are taken in the spirit in which they are intended. Our stay was fine, no one did anything wrong etc. But all hotels need investment and love
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