Blue Marine Resort
Nice huts, good vibes
110/6 Haad Rin West, Ko Pha Ngan T: (077) 37 5079 F: (077) 375 079-80
Family run and family friendly, if you're travelling with kids and don't mind the lack of a swimming pool, the absolute beachfront location with a pleasant patch of lawn and palm-lined beach makes this a good option for those looking for solid bungalows.
The blue-roofed cream coloured and marble faced bungalows are spacious and clean with firm beds and cold (though noisy) air-con. The decor leans a little towards the frumpy – especially the dated curtains and old TVs – but there is a hammock strung out front and the bungalows near the beach collect plenty of seabreeze.
Blue Marine has a second clutch of rooms on the far side of the road, but you're far better off with a seaside one to catch the breeze and enjoy the view. The lawn area makes this attractive for those with kids, as there is plenty of space for small kids to run wild on relatively unattended (as many were during our most recent stay here) and one of the palms has a great rope swing.
Quite oddly for Ko Pha Ngan, Blue Marine has no restaurant – they closed it a couple of years ago – and while they do still sell cold drinks and so on for anything more substantial than a Beer Chang you'll need to head elsewhere – luckily there are plenty of restaurants just a five minute walk away.
The beach out front is ok, the waters are generally pretty calm, but are better for a paddle than a swim – we'd recommend walking to the other side of Haad Rin (or Haad Saikantang) for your swimming needs.
If you're looking for something more hotel style, or with a pool, then Neptune's Villa
right next door fits the bill as it has a quite good, longish lap pool on the non-beach side of the road, with smart hotel-style rooms overlooking it along with a clutch of bungalows and other rooms on the beach side of the road.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:
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