Moroccan/Haad Rin fusion
Sprawling Neptune’s Villa was one of the places we stayed in on our very first trip to Ko Pha Ngan in the early 1990s and, well, it has changed quite a bit.
Stretching from beachside to the road and then running back from the road, Neptune’s offers a wide variety of rooms from simply furnished upstairs and downstairs rooms towards the beach and hotel style lodgings overlooking the pool on the far side of the road through to quite swish deluxe beachfront rooms with a bathtub looking straight out over the ocean.
Throughout the rooms are well maintained and clean – all are air-con – and the gardens are as lush as they are loved. The hotel style rooms on the non-beach side of the road are comfortable, if a bit dark and are in a multi-storey building which overlooks the swimming pool. The long pool is a very good size – if you need lap length, they have it and the rooms back here also have a good outlook (the cheapest rooms near the beach have no view to speak of other than the garden and the rooms facing them).
Neptunes Villa is a professionally run place and feels like it has done a good job straddling the guesthouse to resort divide. The restaurant for years was very well regarded, but on on 2016 visit was mediocre, over-priced, and empty – eat elsewhere. Reservations are a good idea in high season. They have a wide variety of prices on offer, not all of which include breakfast – see their website for details.
Address: Haad Rin sunset side
T: (077) 375 251; F: (077) 375 301
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'46.61" E, 9º40'34.56" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
1,600 for a bungalow
|1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Dorm air-con||750 baht||1,000 baht|
|Superior double room|
1,600 baht for a pool view
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
5,000 for beach front
|4,000 baht||4,000 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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