The beachfront infinity pool (and swim-up bar) overlook the Gulf of Thailand
Close to Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party
Free activities from kickboxing to clam hunting
Large plunge pools in the Pool Villas
What To Know
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
There are no flights to the island yet; travelers must fly to neighboring Koh Samui and hop a ferry or speedboat
The beach is family-friendly and the water is shallow
Parking on site
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Lush retreat on Koh Phangan’s pretty west coast, with a beachfront infinity pool and swim-up bar
Surrounded by towering palm trees, this compact beach retreat encircles a manicured central lawn. Tropical foliage lines tiled walkways that connect the main buildings and the public areas, ensuring that every room feels private. With the phases of the moon so strongly associated with Koh Phangan (up to 30,000 revelers congregate on the island for the full moon party every month), curved lines and circles are subtly integrated into the design elements, and colorful gold accents and soothing earth tones enhance the handsome teak floors and polished woods. The infinity pool and breezy restaurant sit right on the beach and overlook the nearby island of Koh Samui. Sunsets take center stage from the Moon Bar; despite the proximity to the lively party scene down the road at Haad Rin Beach, this quiet resort is resolutely laid-back.
Bed and Bath
Styled by two sisters native to Koh Phangan, Chantaramas has a design inspired by the moon’s phases. Each room is decorated with circular mirrors, round door handles and curved headboards, with gorgeous polished teak floors, black lacquered ladders and hill tribe baskets that evoke an old Thai residence. Some have thick slabs of teak fashioned into tables and bathroom counters with hand-carved stone sinks. Mosaic tile floors are found in both the showers and toilets; some ground-floor rooms have outdoor showers. The upper-level rooms come with large private terraces and two-person Jacuzzi tubs. Hand-carved wooden doors lead to the five stand-alone pool villas, which come with private plunge pools (some wrap around the exterior on two sides). While some villas have canopy beds, all feature vaulted ceilings, his-and-hers sinks and spacious outdoor wooden decks that can accommodate a private BBQ.
The Sparamas spa is made up of three cozy pavilions draped in gauzy curtains; it's perfect for a private yoga class or a traditional Thai massage. The turquoise-tiled infinity pool overlooks the Gulf of Thailand, and the 22:56 swim-up bar brings the party to the water, offering drinks and snacks all day. While the resort’s beach is not totally private, it is tranquil and secluded, and the water is shallow. Underneath a breezy, open-sided pavilion, the Moon Deck serves à la carte meals from a menu that changes daily. Polished concrete floors and comfy couches are bathed in cool ocean breezes, and the outdoor area is shaded by large palm trees.
In the Area
The island’s Full Moon Party is the biggest event each month, drawing revelers from nearby Koh Samui and the Thai mainland. Don't want to party hard? A more subdued Half Moon Festival is staged between the Full Moon Parties high in the mountains rather than down by the water. Ride an elephant through the palm-studded jungle and see how these revered animals have been used to work on logging plantations for centuries. Ang Thong Marine Park is great for snorkeling and diving; it's reached by a speedboat that departs daily. The Phaeng Waterfalls make a good stop along a hike to the island's tallest mountain, Khao Ra, which stands 2,066 feet high.