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Visiting Koh Phangan

One of the things that put people off going to Koh Phangan is the lack of stylish accommodation. In Koh Samui there are several such places to choose from. It is not simply a matter of ‘stars’ when it comes to accommodation but a whole ethos to luxury that defines the best resorts. The dearth of style has now come to an end in Koh Phangan with the inception of Rasananda Resort and Spa.

In Chaweng in Koh Samui there is The Library and Buri Rasa Village. In Bophut there is B1 Villa and Spa and at Big Buddha there is Punnpreeda Hip Resort. The list does not stop there. There are many unique resorts to stay at all over Koh Samui.

All these places are different but what they have in common is a clever theme that produces an interesting architectural effect. Minimalism, Mediterranean, traditional Thai are all ways to capture a unique style that makes a place special and worth the premium for a room.

Boutique is a movement in hotel accommodation which shuns the mass replication of units; the notion is to make something personalized and small. Rather than 100 rooms maybe a boutique resort will have only 20 rooms each with its own nuance.

On Koh Phangan for the first time are the traces of style in accommodation. Hotel architecture in Koh Phangan has tended to be functional in the past – the function being to maximize profit per square meter. Now 1 resort on Koh Phangan has bucked the trend and made something unique.

That is Rasananda on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. The concept is 5 star completely beachfront villas. It is the best beach on Koh Phangan and the prime land is now dedicated to 44 villas and suites. Each place has a private pool and sala. Inside the villas have plasma TVs and iPod docking centers as well as all the other amenities you’d expect from a 5 star room.

Each villa also has its own garden and outdoor rain shower. The main resort building has some stylish features including a glass wine display and art piece chairs. There’s also a pool with swim up bar on the beach. The restaurant serves food that combines ‘local techniques and Michelin trends’ and also stocks a wide selection of wines and champagnes.

The theme of the resort is defined by the traditional Chinese colors of black and deep red. The villas are Thai minimal. In short the style emanates off Rasananda and sets it apart from other places to stay on Koh Phangan.

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