For me, this resort gave the best trade-off between nature and accommodation quality. Salad beach is a small, charming beach shared with perhaps a dozen more hotels/resorts on the north-western part of Koh-Phangan. The beach is clean. No longboats littering the shore. Great snorkeling location. Not many shops/restaurants around, which contributes to the quiet.
The hotel's restaurant has honest prices and a huge selection of dishes. Very surprisingly, all food is excellent, be it Thai, Indian, Italian, American and whatnot, so you can easily spend 2 weeks eating breakfast, lunch and supper without getting bored of it.
The hotel has a beautiful garden and a cozy swimming pool, which is great for toddlers and non-swimmers. But the beach is so calm and the slope so gentle that non-swimmers can enjoy it too.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, I won't forget the cute receptionist that was bouncing up and down with joy when we arrived, saying "I have soooo much information to giiiive !" :)
The only downside to the hotel was the non-free, slow internet.
North and south of that beach are other laid-back, not-yet-over-developed spectacular beaches, all excellent for snorkeling and diving. There are also a couple of waterfalls around. Transportation is either by taxi (expensive due to a local cartel) or by renting a bike, which is commonplace around here.
I stayed here for 4 days out of a 21-day vacation in Thailand that also included Bangkok, Krabi (Ao Nang) and the other side of Koh-Phangan (Haad-Rin, Full moon party). In retrospect, this was the best location, and I wish I could've stayed longer.
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- Also Known As:
- Salad Beach Hotel Koh Phangan
- Salad Beach Ko Phangan