Far from being just an island that’s known for its beach parties, Koh Phangan is a stunning island with fantastic hotels and resorts to match. From private pools to ocean views, here are the best luxury resorts and hotels on the island.
Upon arrival, it’s obvious that this is going to be a Thai-style hotel, but it’s one that pulls it off without looking dated. Rooms are rustic and wooden, but never look in need in renovation; instead, they look authentic and welcoming. Featuring a welcome mix of both green and beach spaces, Kupu Kupu works perfectly as an island getaway location, and its private pools provide that sense of seclusion and being on a desert island that we’ve all fantasised about. There’s a bar and restaurant onsite, as well as one of the best spas on the island on hand to give you the moments of bliss that you deserve. Sitting right on the beach, it’s a top hotel in a top spot that’s worthy of gracing any list.
Located right on the beach, Anantara Rasananda is the textbook definition of a luxury island resort. Its mixture of suites and villas, with both garden and ocean views available, provide the perfect relaxing backdrop to your stay. Whereas garden view rooms are usually less vaunted than their ocean view counterparts, here they’re just as stunning, as they’re accessible via a rustic wooden walkway over a scenic pond that’ll make you feel as though you’re deep in the jungle, despite being right on the beach. As well as an inviting pool located right on the beach, its beach seating areas are the perfect places to sit back, relax and enjoy the views from — that said, the top-quality restaurants and winery on site aren’t a bad spot to drink it all in from either. With comfy rooms and private pool suites available, it has everything you need and more, making it one of the top places to stay on the island.
Located right on a private beach, it’s easy to see why people love Panviman Resort. Despite it having 91 rooms, there’s a boutique feel to the resort, where guests are provided with service levels worthy of their unbeatable surroundings. From the hotel rooms to the cottages and private pool villas, there’s a sophistication in the decor and how the rooms are presented. Rooms are comfy and bright, with many featuring sweeping views of the sea and spacious balconies, hot tubs and private pools to enjoy them from. Panviman’s spa is the perfect place to get pampered on Koh Phangan, whilst the numerous restaurants, bars and its roof terraces means you’re never far away from a memorable night. Worth every penny.
Any stay in the luxurious 5-star Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa is bound to leave guests in seventh heaven. From the moment you check in the tone is set, with its ornate wooden carvings and quintessentially-Thai decor, and the resort continues to impress throughout your stay. Its rooms and villas are Thai elegance personified, with detailed wooden features and a range of amenities available, from private pools to outdoor bathtubs to ensure complete comfort and luxury. It features two outdoor pools, seating areas on the gorgeous Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, three restaurants and a full-service spa for the more indulgent among us. A visually stunning resort that doesn’t disappoint, it’s comfortably one of the top resorts on the island, if not in the country.
Forget any pre-conceived perceptions you had about bungalow rooms in Thailand being dark, dingy and disappointing, because at Cocohut Beach Resort and Spa they’re everything but. Located in the busy district of Haad Rin, Cocohut features a number of stunning bungalows with ocean and mountain views, spacious rooms and inviting balconies that’d be hard to leave if it wasn’t for the wealth of activities nearby. With a fitness suite and spa onsite, as well as a restaurant, bar and pool, there’s enough to keep you busy if you don’t feel like venturing out into the island. For those who do want something a little more, the gorgeous beach on your doorstep and lively bars and restaurants of Haad Rin that are located nearby should more than suffice, before returning back for a nightcap on your ocean-view balcony. Now that’s what we call a perfect island getaway.
A hotel that’s simultaneously vintage and modern, PingChan is a beachfront resort that’s bound to wow its guests without hurting their pockets too much. Its mix of beachfront, ocean and garden view villas each provide a sense of calm and relaxation amongst the paradisaical surroundings, whilst the rooms themselves are spacious, comfortable and well-lit. Its outdoor pool is located right on the powdery-sanded beach, where guests can enjoy unrivaled views of the bay and the serene turquoise seas. Set in front of thick, rain forest bush and hills, it’s an idyllic spot on an idyllic island that serves as a great base from where you can explore the surroundings, or simply while away the hours in its onsite restaurant and bar.
Everything about the Chantaramas Resort screams luxury. From the high ceilings and outdoor jacuzzis, to its elegant beach cabanas with their curtains blowing in the sea breeze, a stay at Chantaramas is one to remember. Its deep blue infinity pools looks out onto the serene beach surroundings, whilst the onsite nightclubs, spas, restaurants and bars ensure that nobody is left twiddling their thumbs. There’s a keen sense of being at one with nature here, thanks in part to its green garden areas and use of wood in the rooms, and its comfortable outdoor seating areas and private pool villas are the perfect spots in which to recover from your adventures around the island. A perfect choice for the discerning traveler.