Koh Phangan is the cornucopia of islands in the Gulf Of Thailand. The island is only a couple of miles in diameter but offers something to every single traveler; culture, backpacker nights out, infamous full moon parties and incredible insta-worthy beaches and sunsets.

The island is a mecca for the Banana Pancake Trail but is a burgeoning yogi and health tourist destination too. The island can be a minefield for accommodation and trying to find your prefect place can be as hard as locating a sun lounger at the busy, corporate resorts. We have filtered through the long list of accommodations to find the very best, whatever your holiday type:



Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa – Ban Thong Nai Pan



Coast Of Koh Phangan


Who Is It For: This is the spot if you’re looking to indulge in a little bit of everything, but the primary purpose of your holiday is to relax and recharge. Romantic and enchanting, the Santhiya is perfect for couples of any age and is truly one of the best places to stay Koh Phagan.

Where Is it: The Santhiya is located in the north east alcove of Ban Thong Nai Pan. The small bay is naturally carved into the island and boasts uninterrupted views over white-gold sand and sparkling turquoise waters.

The downside is that you are more removed from all the action, but the island isn’t very big. It will only take 40 minutes to get to Haad Rin the southernmost part of the island and the party region and 40 minutes to Thong Sala on the South West coast of the island. Thong Sala has the most restaurants and is the commercial center of the island. Other natural wonders you might want to explore, including iconic, soothing waterfalls also aren’t too far away. The hotel provides some shuttle services but travelling around by scooter is now part of the Thai experience.

Tell Me More: The resort itself offers everything you could possibly want from a relaxing holiday, including private pools and decks, restaurants, bars and activities such as traditional cooking classes, evening entertainment and snorkelling. Unlike many other resorts or hotels on the island, The Santhiya also has private access to Koh Phangan’s best, most exclusive and well-preserved beach. The resort is utter tranquillity.

Rooms at The Santhiya are outfitted in elegant teakwood in the typical Thai-style. The spaces all emphasise the breathtaking views and natural beauty of the island. Some rooms have private outdoor jacuzzi baths, pools and terraces.


The Joy Beach Villas – Hin Kong



Beach Huts Koh Phangan



Who Is It For: The Joy Beach Villas can sleep up to four people and villas are clustered together in an adorable village. The area offers as much privacy or community as you want, making it the perfect deluxe option if you are travelling in a larger group.

Where Is It: The villas are located on the Hing Kon road that runs along the Hin Kong bay on the west coast of the island. This is one of the most convenient and best places to stay in Koh Phagnan for the best, hip restaurants and beachfront bars.

Bikes and scooters can get you wherever else you fancy visiting and are available to rent from the villa owners, but with fantastic, bustling beaches on your doorstep, where else do you need to go? Haad Rin is a mere 30 minutes away by scooter and Thong Sala Pier is only 15 minutes by road or an hours walk along the stunning beaches.

Tell Me More: The villas are all equipped with kitchenette facilities and basic amenities such as air conditioning, private terraces, fans and access to the pool. Each villa also boasts deluxe walk-in showers and extra long, plush beds and soundproofed rooms.

You can watch the sun set over the mainland on the horizon from the cool, beach-side pool or comfortable sun loungers. Enjoy glasses of wine and relax on your private terrace for an evening of low key entertainment.

The villas are all modern, tiled and fully equipped for the stunning Thai heat. If you are looking for a more rustic and basic, beach-front accommodation in the same area, check out the Castaway Beach Bungalows as an alternative.


The Cabin Beach Resort – Haad Rin



Haad Rin Beach Resort


Who Is It For: The Cabin Beach resort is an exclusively stylish and chic accommodation in the heart of the noise and action. This makes it perfect for younger professionals or anyone looking to be in the thick of it all the excitement but who also want little luxuries of tranquil paradise.

Where Is It: The west side of the Sunset Beach peninsula, the heart of the action and parties and is amongst the best places to stay in Koh Phangan. The resort is minutes’ walk from all that Haad Rin has to offer, including beaches (more crowded than the other two options), buzzing bars and a full range of restaurants. This is also the place to be for the monthly full moon party!

Tell Me More: The Cabin Beach Resort is a new feature on the island but is quickly emerging as one of the best places to stay in Koh Phangan. Rooms are decorated with chic, industrial reminders of the western world but with Thai sea views.

From the deluxe rooms, you can wander towards numerous poolside hangouts or to the fantastic spa and wellness centre. The 5 star facilities at the Cabin Beach Resort make it the perfect place to visit and detox or revitalize yourself after a heavy night at the full moon parties. You can be satisfactorily and happily contained within the resort, with numerous places to sip coffee and cocktails and an on-site restaurant.