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Aqua Resort
Ranked #19 of 31 Hotels in Pai
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Den, the owner is incredibly accommodating. He built every part of this gorgeous resort himself. Wonderful place. We booked one weekend and came back for a second. It is a bit from town, although accessible by motorbike easily and walk if you are up to it. Den was kind enough to take us!

  • Stayed June 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

The Aqua Resort is a brilliantly crafted, peacefully relaxing, and wonderfully lazy bungalow-style resort a few minutes drive from the center of Pai social life. The resort is a dream - literally. It's the creation of one man, his dream and his vision. Den, the owner, built practically everything himself, crafting each bungalow, table and hammock down to the last detail.

Bottom line, the place was beautiful - straight out of a romantic novel. The service was unbeatable - Den drove us and picked us up from town, and went as far as inviting us to join he and his friends at the resort in the evening to hangout over food and drinks.

I would highly recommend the Aqua Resort to anyone looking to relax and unwind in Pai.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 June 2013 via mobile

One reason to stay here is that there's a lovely (if very small) pool. The staff are quite helpful, but can seem a bit unbothered.
Sadly, there are so many more reasons not to stay here.
The bathrooms are outdoors, which in this part of Thailand, means a LOT of bugs and lizards. And not small ones either!
The bed is small, basically a mattress on the floor, and the mosquito net around it comes with tears and holes.
It's about a mile and a half walk from town, which is not so bad during the day but at night it's unlit and uphill, so taxi is an added expense.
There are holes in the roof and a gap between the wall and the ceiling. This means your room is full of ants, spiders, mosquitoes, flies, moths and lizards!!

For me being this close to nature, I may as well camp (not that I would!) for a lot less money.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Hue, Vietnam
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

When I first checked in I couldn't believe how beautiful the setting was. The cabins are gorgeous. Unfortunately, after a few days, I discovered the place was a mess. The bathrooms were impossible to keep clean as the floors are gravel. I doubt that they had ever been cleaned. The roofs leek and ooze some strange substance that ruined my clothes. The decks are made with decayed wood and your lucky if you don't go thru the floor. You need a scooter to stay here. Do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else. There are many better and cheaper options.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I booked and paid for 4 nights at Aqua resort. I didn't even stay one night! Ended up forfeiting the money and booking elsewhere. It was alright, little bit out of the main drag - 20min walk, nice grounds, beautiful gardens, pool looked nice.. I found the rooms looked ALOT better in the pictures. The bungalows are cute, but it's literally just a mattress on the floor with mosquito net around it. Nothing more, nothing less. The toilets are to the back of your bungalow so you need to go outside to use it. They were basic, not the cleanest but certainly not the worst. My main issue - and the reason we left - the ceiling had large holes in it, big enough so you could see the sky, and the mosquito nets were laddered and covered in holes also. Obvious problem with lizards and mozies aside, what if it had rained!??
Asked to see another room - was shown two others both of which had the same problem. I don't know, it could be amazing, and I'm not out to tarnish the reputation of these hardworking people..but it was just something I couldn't overlook. Again - what if it had rained!!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

stayed in December for 3 nights and it was fantastic!! We arrived after thinking we could fly into Pai but taking a taxi instead for 3 hours which was an experience. Den the owner had been waiting around to collect us! The rooms are just perfect nothing more is needed, it was so great to be in the gorgeous grounds and lovely area where everyone sits and chats. we felt like we were part of the family they way they look after you. Den took us to the hot springs and even paid for us all to get in! this was the 6 people all of us staying at Aqua. During the evenings they cooked us BBQ and fresh fish on the open fire for free! They ran us around before we got us scooters and one of their friends even gave us a lift home the night we got Dens phone number wrong.

I wouldn't have any bad comments to say about this place! Pai is amazing and northern thailand is so much more beautiful than the south. I will definitely be returning

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

We booked two nights here without knowing much about Pai, and based on the Tripadvisor ranking.
Our check in was disheartening, we booked by agoda and upon checkin the receptionist seemed to not have any idea about our reservation, and for the few minutes that she silently reviewed her booking logs with a concerned grimace on her face, we thought that we wouldn't have a room. Despite that, however, service was very accomodating on the whole!
Once we were checked in everything we asked for was provided to us. Unfortunately we required quite a few things:
The towels are that kind of slippery material that doesn't really absorp any water, so we needed more of those; no drinking glasses in the room; no minibar or refrigerator so some ants got into our things; the comforter is smaller than the bed, so we needed about two extra blankets to keep us sufficiently warm.
The grounds are beautiful and exceeded expectations! You can tell by the nature of the ground that it was all built on old rice patties. The plunge pool is nice, and there is a rushing stream running right through the resort.
The rooms were very tastefully decorated and just as good as the pictures you see - but the bathroom is not connected to the bedroom so you have to go out into the cold in the middle of the night! For me this was great, it was like a combination of camping and luxury living - but some people might find it maddening. One big boo boo i found, and only because i was hounding around - I found a used condom just in the bushes next to our porch, amongst some other trash that had been dropped there by previous guests....
No breakfast included with the room rate, which for some reason seems to be the industry standard in Pai, at least in the two places we stayed in. No food or roomservice available.
The staff were kind enough to build us a fire for one night when we had a marshmallow roast!
We would probably not come back - not because it was bad or service was terrible, everything was pretty good! Its just that Pai has SO many options and we would probably look around some more next time. We would recommend doing at least a night here for the novelty of the rooms and the grounds.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aqua Resort
Address: Pai, Pai 58130, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Mae Hong Son Province > Pai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Pai
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Aqua Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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