For families looking for creature comforts on Haad Rin, but wanting direct beach access, the very long-running Phangan Bayshore Resort is difficult to beat.
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Fronting directly onto a great slice of Haad Rin Beach, the resort offers comfortable bungalows towards the rear of the resort's grounds and two multistorey hotel wings, running down both sides of the generously-sized swimming pool, towards the beach.
Both the bungalows and rooms are spacious and well kept – if you're after more privacy, the bungalows are considerably more private, though a walk through reception to reach the pool and beach. There's a fair-sized lawn area between the pool and reception that has a modest kid's play equipment on it suitable for kids to run around on and the waters out front are calm and longtail free.
Staff are courteous, helpful and very professional – quite a contrast to the sullen mob nextdoor at Tommy. Rates are very reasonable for the standard, though, as with everywhere here, they jump up across the Full Moon Party. This is the closest of the resorty style hotels to the epicentre of the Full moon Party, so expect to catch nightly racket from the party and guests coming and going.
Do note the amusing sign behind reception – you smear dayglow body paint over the bed sheets – you'll be paying for them! Overall if if fits your budget and you're after a hotel-style resort, this is a solid bet. Tommy next door has similar offerings at a slightly lower price, but this is a better option in just about every regard, particularly the friendliness of the staff. Recommended.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,850 baht, high season 1,850 baht. Notes: Bungalow
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 2,500 baht, high season 2,500 baht. Notes: Hotel style
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 2,800 baht, high season 2,800 baht. Notes: Villa