I was here with a couple of friends for the Mar 1st Full Moon Party, and we stayed for 4 out of the 5 minimum nights booking that we had to make to secure our rooms. Overall, it was a lovely experience: service with a smile, good food, clean stretch of beach, and a really nice pool...couldn't have asked for anything more.
However, just to be objective, there can be quite a difference in room quality depending on what you pay. One friend and I shared a ground floor Villa A-type room (right next to the pool) which was really quite nice - probably 3-4* hotel quality, complete with complimentary toiletries and a fully stocked mini bar (which was very cheap!). However, our other friend had a 2nd floor basic room which worked out to be exactly half the price of the Villa A room, and nowhere close to as nice. Granted, it had clean towels/sheets/hot water/aircon, but the furnishings were a lot more basic, and he seemed to have a bit of a bug problem. We talked to a few other guests there who were paying the same basic room rate and they had slightly better equipped rooms, hence our conclusion that it's their "spare" room they keep for last min Full Moon Party goers like ourselves who book late.
To walk from the hotel to the center of town is a quick 7min along the beach, so it was always easy to get into town to book day trips/buy whatever we needed. The craziness of the party is centered about 3-min away from the hotel so on the night itself, you *will* hear loud thumping trance music unless you get one of the rooms that are a bit further in, away from the beach. Because the mayhem wasn't right in front of the hotel, our stretch of beach the next morning was surprisingly tidy compared to the "eye of the storm" a bit further up. What's also nice is that the average age here (probably because of the slightly steeper rates compared to other places) is in their mid-late 20s/early 30s, so there isn't a crazy backpacker party scene like at Drop-In, for example.
I would absolutely stay here again on my next trip back to this beautiful island...would definitely recommend it for a really relaxing time too, if you don't want to party it up during the full moon!
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