Known for its legendary Full Moon Parties, Koh Phangan is far more than just body paint, Thai whiskey buckets, and EDM. Past the fluorescent-drenched base of Haad Rin, there’s an entire island of pristine coastline, hidden beaches, dramatic jungle passes, and waterfalls. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Koh Phangan.
This quaint collection of cottages and suites are hidden away within a beachfront coconut grove on the quiet, rustic north cape of Phangan, with two beautiful seafront infinity pools and plenty of sun loungers spanning its private stretch of sand. Rooms are basic but charming, accentuating attention to detail in its Thai-inspired design, with some suites boasting private plunge pools and cozy balcony terraces. The property also has a variety of activities available on-site, including free kayak rental, cooking classes, and indulgent spa packages.
This stylish and contemporary property was developed by a group of friends with lifelong backgrounds in design and construction, manifesting in a stunning, minimalist concept that’s simply a visual masterpiece. The adults-only resort is conceptualized around the nexus of where nature meets modern design, bringing the sunset right into the rooms and across the infinity pool, which itself seems to melt into the ocean from the view of your sunbed.
A mid-range resort right in the energetic heart of Haad Rin, Cocohut features a number of beachy bungalows with ocean and mountain views, spacious rooms and inviting balconies that’d be hard to leave if it weren’t for the wealth of activities nearby. The on-site fitness suite, spa, restaurant, bar, and pool make for a complete resort experience, while the gorgeous beach right off its doorstep is packed with lively bars and excellent dining options.
Right in the main area of Haad Rin, this property channels the design and architecture of famed Angkor Wat, bringing the classic style of Khmer culture right to the beach. Two elevated pools—framed with bas-relief sculptures and concentric galleries—look out toward the ocean expanse, a view you can also get from some of its teak-inspired rooms. For its charm and location, Le Palais Hotel is one of the best value design hotels in the region.
As it’s located on Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, the Anatara hotel—like its other properties in the region—exudes luxury in every aspect, from private plunge pools and terraces to in-room massages, Apple TVs, and espresso machines. Complimentary SUP boards and kayaks are available for off-the-beach exploration, or stay land-bound and spend the evening at the swim-up ocean-facing pool bar before checking out the property’s regionally-famous Yukinoya fine Japanese restaurant.
A boutique oceanfront resort just steps from the beach, Buri Rasa’s gorgeous rooms are charming and bright, sporting floor-to-ceiling windows to drench the rooms in natural light and inviting in the blue hues of the ocean view to balance the overall design. A variety of accommodation options are available to suit your style and budget, from deluxe poolside villas to oceanfront bungalows, with the beach lapping right up to your private terrace. Its adjacent Buri Rasa Village Square is a quaint little center of cobbled paths with small wine bars, fresh fruit carts, and shops showcasing local textiles and artisan goods.
From the high ceilings and outdoor jacuzzis of its rooms, to elegant beach cabanas with curtains blowing in the sea breeze, Chantaramas prioritizes luxury in every element of its design. Its deep blue infinity pools look out onto the serene beach surroundings, with on-site nightclubs, spas, restaurants and bars completing the resort experience. Teak-inspired rooms are perched within expansive green gardens, boasting amenities like private terraces, plunge pools, deep-set jacuzzis, and charming day beds.
Set on a rolling hillside on Koh Phangan’s west coast, guests at Sunset Hill enjoy dramatic panoramic sea views from within unspoiled jungle and garden grounds. The luxury accommodation options include simple—but elegant—garden view rooms, multiple bedroom apartments and suites, and its jaw-dropping two-bedroom penthouse wrapped by a private balcony and encased by walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up to incredible views of the ocean and the Gulf islands in the distance. Just 350 meters from the beach below, the property sports a luxurious infinity pool, free morning yoga classes, massage services, scuba diving courses, and amenities like in-room home cinema systems.
This peaceful, family-run resort sits on the laid-back Western stretch of the island. Just off the beach, the property has a number of Thai-style bungalows that boast careful details and bright design to elevate the traditional architecture to meet a more contemporary style. All rooms include private terraces and access to the resort’s expansive infinity pool, and the property is decorated with an array of local handicrafts that add a unique, authentic flair.
Designed with impeccable detail and charm, Kupu Kupu combines classical Thai style with a modern twist. Tastefully decorated, it delivers a luxurious experience, from its complimentary L’Occitane toiletries to world-class in-room coffee machines. All villas come with a private pool, and the property’s western-facing location means you’re getting Instagram-worthy sunsets on a nightly basis. There are also two bars—one poolside and the other atop the roof—an award-winning spa, and the resort’s private boat which is available for both snorkeling and sunset cruises.