The rooms at Panviman are beautiful. We loved the swimming pool and the views...wow! The beach was average (there were cigarette butts and plastic bottles on the sand, which really detracted from our swimming pleasure) and it costs extra to use the kayaks.
We were extremely disappointed with the way we were greeted. There was a mix-up regarding how we were to get from the ferry (an hours drive in a dark on unsealed and winding roads...e.g. nightmarish) to the hotel. When no one picked us up the hotel refused to send their courtesy bus (which isn't a courtesy bus as claimed, it costs an extra 300bht). We eventually paid an exhorbitant price for an open taxi. The trip was terrifying in the dark and therefore our first impression was pretty bad. [As we arrived we drove past the courtesy bus in the driveway, the driver sitting in the back with his feet up. Sigh.]
The restaurant is lovely and the food amazing. Ditto with the complimentary breakfast spread in an open restaurant looking over the stunning bay. Both of these were highlights of our stay.
It was really disappointing to have so many extra costs (internet, kayaking, courtesy bus to name a few) when the price of the accomodation was quite high in comparison to other places. The staff also seemed a little on edge. We 'joked' that it was like they were being kept there against their will. (I'm sure they're not!)
I wouldn't recommend staying here when there are so many other better choices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Resort with 72 rooms, 8 categories, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and room service, infinity view swimming pool, private beach, kayaking and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan Hotel Koh Phangan
- Panviman Hotel Ko Phangan
- Panviman Resort Ko Phangan