Samet's hippest resort
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Of Ao Noi Na's handful of newish places aiming for a more funky attitude, Bar & Bed is the hands down winner.
We often find ultra-modern urban-style Thai hotels like this one to be over-the-top, but the designers have produced a gem in Bar & Bed. With graffiti art adding an urban-industrial flare, wide terraced decks lead down to a triangular swimming pool complete with a DJ booth in one corner and a drop-off to the sea on the other side. Cushioned lovers' nooks protrude from other corners, a billiards hall is set to one side, and steps lead down to an attractive beach. Rooms are in attached concrete rows high on a hill on the opposite side of the road, ensuring that sleep will be possible when the fun is going on down below. While they didn't blow us away like the bar did, rooms are spacious, spotless and stylish if you don't mind a lot of cool polished concrete and slippery hard woods. Comfy beds are set on wide raised platforms and each room comes with air-con, safe, TV, fridge, rain shower in modern bathroom and little roofed terrace out front. Staff were extremely friendly and seemed proud to show us around their establishment. Even if you don't stay here, the bar should be on any night owl's shortlist, and the food looks great too. Rates include breakfast and ferry transfer from Ban Phe.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.