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Fantastic stay at Sunset Cove
I really liked Sunset Cove. The staff is excellent and very friendly, the food is great and the sunset magnificent. The rooms are also top class. We first stay in a smaller room but decided to move the bigger rooms by the pool and with a sea view. Both rooms were great but the one by the pool was excellent.
We'll be coming back sometime - probably soon.
The best holiday we've had in ages at Sunset Cove
This is a great place, I wonder if the people who don't like it perhaps are used to Europe? Having backpacked around the Island before we wanted somewhere a little nicer than your usual bungalow place and this is what we got. Granted it's not a five star hotel but you don't get those really on this Island (unless you want to pay over the odds). This place is great value for money.
This place is beautiful, relaxed, clean, the staff are lovely. The swimming pool area is amazing and has a great view onto the beach. The beach, although pretty, itself isn't that great for swimming in March but the pool more than makes up for it and if you want swimming there are other beaches that are really easy to get to. I disagree with the reviewer who said Haad Yao was nicer, we found HY alot more touristy, although the sand is a little whiter.
The huts are based in a lovely jungley place. We paid for an A cottage off the swimming pool area and it was amazing. Clean, lovely bathroom, hot shower.
The DVD library is great and the breakfasts are tasty. The food here isn't quite as nice as some of the closeby places but that is the only thing we could fault it on. The owners are so nice and go out of their way to be helpful.
Try eating at Had Yao divers - turn right and walk down to end of beach. The Village Green is also ace. Don't forget to get a Thai massage at The Massage House close by and have a drink at the beach bar (not Pirates unless you're into techno!).
Great sunset view
Really a great place in the more silent part of Koh Phangan. Stayed there for five nights and it was magnificent! Great rooms (choose the sea view rooms if you can), great staff, lovely food, nice pool and a fantastic place to view the sunset. It is not just a fancy name it is sunset cove!
Nice but not perfect
We found Sunset Cove very small and intimate resort, even a little too much. We booked it based on good reviews in Tripadvisor. There are good sides: the staff are nice, the rooms are well kept and the resort looks nice. However, there were too many downsides to us. First of all, I'm a person that loves the beach. The beach at Sunset Cove is satisfactory, not more. The whole resort is build around the pool and terrace. There are no sunbeds on the beach at all (actually there are a couple, but they are lacking matresses etc). Laying on the terrace, you don't even see the beach. The pool looks nice, but I hardly ever swim in pools, so to me the lack of beachlife was a real problem.
Another problem were the kids: there were about 10 little kids during our stay and they were very loud on the small pool area, so there was no opportunity to relax when they were around and in the pool.
We had a suite room away from the pool area. The neighbouring bungalows were right next to you, so no privacy at all. The rooms did not have glass windows, just mosquito nets and shutters so if the neighbours are on their terrace talking or even inside watching DVDs, it was almost impossible to sleep as you could hear every sound.
All in all, we did prefer Haad Yao with gorgeous beach and with just a little more going on. I'm not saying that Sunset Cove is a bad place, I just want to highlight the negative issues after everybody raving about the resort here.
We absolutely loved Sunset Cove. I stayed here with my boyfriend in a seaview cottage for 6 nights. We were looking for a relaxing island getaway on a budget - that's exactly what we got.
This place is great for couples or small groups looking for a quiet island escape away from the big resorts and hords of tourists. If the idea of sleeping in, breakfast on the balcony overlooking the beach, swimming in the pool, tanning on the sundeck, a cheap massage, more eating and sleeping sounds good to you - then this is the place for you.
The hut itself exceeded my expectations. The pictures on the website are totally accurate. Very private, overlooking the pool, separate bedroom, tv/lounge area, bathroom (with tub), outdoor shower, fridge, aircon, ceiling fans, dvd player. Don't be put off if you don't get a seaview cottage, the deluxe ones are identical and set in a nice tropical garden with plenty of privacy.
Great pool with plenty of sun chairs. We loved the reasonably priced restaurant and ate there most nights. The beach itself is really beautiful, although I didn't exactly swim there. The town is very quiet and consists of a few other bungalow operations and restaurants. Not much action, but that's why we stayed here. The resort also has a massive collection of DVDs in case the weather packs in.
Staff are really friendly and organised our transfers to and from the ferry pier. They charged all the meals etc to our bill which was accurate when we went to pay at the end of our stay.
All in all sunset cove was really good value and exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries. Enjoy your trip :)
enjoyed our stay
This was our second time at Ko Phangan but this time we stayed at Sunset Cove at Ao Chao Pao bay. This is on the West side of the island. We are a family of 3 with a 3 years old child.
The resort is nice although when it was full, we felt it a bit crowded. Fortunately out of the 8 days we spent there only the first two were like that. We were staying in a sea view, which is rigth next to the pool. When you enter to the cottage there is a living area with TV and DVD player (there are lot of DVDs to choose from and it is free). From here you get to the spaceous bedroom and the separate bathroom with an outside shower as well!
The room was clean and the resort as well. The vegetation is very nice! Food was also good, nothing to complain about.
The beach is a bit narrow in front of the resort, but very nice.
The resort has sea kayaks for rent and give you help in organizing trips. There is free wifi or desktop internet.
Just outside of the resort you can find a small shop and car-bike rental agencies.
We were satisfied with the resort and services. Communication is a bit difficult with the staff as they do not speak good English, but I think it is general in Thailand. Owners could speak English with no problem.
great for a relaxing time
We chose the Sunset Cove based on the recommendations on trip advisor. We were not disapointed. The staff was very helpfull. The location on the west side of the island was quiet. The room was a two room unit with a seperate redwood tub in the bathroom where you could watch movies if you open the shutters and an outside shower. No TV but who cares when you are on vacation. The resort has about 1000 videos so when it rained we caught up on all the movies we had meant to see but never got around to. That and a bottle of wine it was a great day. Pool is awsome with lots of loungers. No Bar as such but a cooler where you get your own beer and you tell them later to add to your bill. Bikes are free but recommend you rent motor bikes lots of hills. Menu is limited at the resort but Village green, red moon, peppercorns, and an italian place offer lots of variety. If you go to Village green say hi to Ben and order the red snapper, its really good. The resort is like a village in the jungle lots of trees so its cool in mid day. Raised walkways connect your room with the restaurant, the pool and the beach so if it rains you are not walking in mud. Very clever. Hotel is very relaxing and sunsets are awsome. Highly recommended
Very nice resort
This very quiet resort is held by very helpful and friendly people. We stayed with our 3 yo daughter in a seaview cottage, next to the pool.
Even if people stayed close to the pool and bungalows seem to be very close, the place is very quiet and each room enjoys its privacy. Indeed, we could stay near the pool or at the restaurant lounge even if our kid was sleeping in the bungalow.
And DVDs are a real great rescue when you have to deal with tropical rain!
Finally, we love the outside shower and the small TV room in the bungalow, which permitted us to read or watch dvd even during oru daughter's sleeping hours.
To conclude, if you have children, that's a very nice place, far away from Full Moon places.
Tranquil at a quality price
The surroundings are fantastic, with its own style the resorts raised maze of footpaths surrounding the private bungalows with the canopy of the old trees creating a magical feeling as you walk to your bangalow. The rooms themselvs are like no other with their own style, your little paridise. the only problem i had was that there were no tv chanels, just a dvd player. being Thailand there is no shortage of dvd's so it was ok. the outdoor private rainwater shower really sets a fantastic mood for the day. The staff are really helpful and the island just fantastic. Just far enough away from the full moon beach party to enjoy two drasticly different feels.
Great place to stay
This was our first time in Koh Phan gan but not our first time in Thailand. To be honest as we got off the ferry we were a bit worried about how busy and crowded it was, but as we drove a couple of miles up the coast it soon quietened down ( if you phone ahead before you catch the ferry they will pick you up at the other end and also drop you off at the end of your stay )
The resort its self was great and so were the staff, one guy in particular, who we nick named "smiler" as he was always laughing or smiling when he came to wait on us, we never did get his name. The food at breakfast was always fresh and fast to arrive. To be honest we never ate there at night as the evening menu was the same as the day time so opted to walk down the beach to the italian/Thai restaurant or down the road to any number of nice restaurants.
The only small down side to our stay, was the clean the room once every three days. We had to ask after the 5th day for our room to be cleaned as it hadn't up and till then. But after asking they cleaned it straight away and for the next couple of days as well.
All in all a nice place to stay and would recommend to friends thinking of heading to Koh Phan gan.
Koh Phangan – Where to stay
Me and my girlfirend have been looking where to stay in Koh Phangan and it's driving us crazy. We want to stay away from Haad Rin but close enough to visit the full moon party.
We were thinking about Sunset Cove it's rated number 1 on tripadvisor but people say there is nothing for miles around? What about the beach Haad Yao?
We want to relax but would like to visit different restaurants/bars
Any other suggestions?