Milky Bay Resort was hands down the nicest place I stayed in during the seven weeks spent traveling throughout Southeast Asia.
My girlfriend and I booked this one months in advance because we were eager to have decent lodging for the week of the Full Moon party, and through Trip Advisor were able to get an amazing deal — 75% off if we booked for four nights or more. We knew at the time that we were trading closeness to Haad Rin beach (which is where the beach-raving occurs) for comfort, and it paid off hugely in the end.
When we first got out of the taxi we were a bit stunned — there was just a massive sign that pointed down a non-descript concrete lane, but once down, it opens up into an impressive and immaculately manicured semi-jungle resort.
Leaving reception you pass through wood-chipped trails and overhanging bamboo, past private huts of various sizes and specifications. There is a car-park holding dozens of cheap motorbikes (150 B per day), an open-plan massage parlor with lightly tinkling sea-shell wind-chimes (300 B for Thai massage), a badminton/volleyball net, a tabled area serving free tea and cake every afternoon, a swimming-pool, and a most-impressive small private beach with a bar and restaurant.
The menu at the restaurant was amazing — bit expensive but so good we ate here a lot (great pizza fresco, pastas, and Thai food) — and the waiters are all so nice and a bit hilarious too! The view from here is unreal, with islands in the distance, scenic sunsets, daytime kite-surfers, and strings of fairy-lights beading the palm-trees together after dark.
There were some minor problems. Our room/hut was big and spacious, but so were the gaps on the outer-walls of the wooden panels. This made the air-con ineffective (thank Ganesh for the additional fan), and allowed a lot of small bugs into the room at night (at least they provided a mosquito net). It was easy getting taxis from here (200 B per head, fixed price), though getting home at night sometimes meant a little waiting around for other passengers heading our way.
Overall, it was heaven. Spectacular location with great staff and amenities (did I mention table-tennis, steam room, DVD rental, computers, and free UV paint?). Plus, who wants to be on Haad Rin beach between 6am and 10pm anyway?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Milky Bay Resort is peacefully located on Koh Phangan at Ban Tai beach makes it is easy to travel to all parts of the island. Haad Rin, the location of the monthly full moon party, is only 15 minutes drive away, At Milky Bay all bungalows are equipped to meet the highest of standards. All bungalows are air-conditioned and have western bathrooms with hot and cold water showers. The room decor is a blend of modern sophistication with local Thai and traditional African decorative elements and furnishings. Each room has a spacious balcony with sea or garden views. The bungalows are surrounded by lush vegetation All pathways are covered with soft wood-shavings, which give the resort a special rural character, and make it comfortable to walk barefooted around the resort. Set under a crisp tropical sky, overlooking the calm inviting ocean and spilling onto a soft milky beach all huddled between beautiful lush gardens is Milky Bay. You can savour sunset cocktails, taste the delectable flavours of Thai cuisine and pizzas or enjoy a beachfront barbecue Thai style with fresh seafood.Keep yourself busy with the wide range of activities available at the resort cool your senses with a swim in the pool after a day of adventure and unforgettable images or relax with a massage followed by a herbal steam. If it is relaxation and tranquility you are after or a holiday filled with adventure, then it is all waiting for you at Milky Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Milky Bay Hotel Koh Phangan
- Milky Bay Ko Phangan