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5/5    Score based on 60 reviews

5/5 =
Excellent
28%
4/5 =
Very Good
25%
3/5 =
Average
13%
2/5 =
Poor
15%
1/5 =
Terrible
18%
5/5

Excellent

Fantastic bay, funny staff, nice bungalows in all prices - highly recomendabel
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Sandy Bay Bungalows is one of the earliest resorts in the fantastic bay, family owened and with updated standards of the bungalows along the way. Was recomended by friends, who have been here several...

3/5

Average

Fantastic resort, bad management
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We just got back from an amazing trip to Thailand and we spent 4 nights at Sandy Bay. We were a group of five, with three in one bungalow and myself & my boyfriend in another. We had a great, basic...

5/5

Excellent

A great place in paradise!
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We stayed here for 5 days and had an absolute ball. The pool and beach area was awesome and the whole vibe was enjoyable. The staff are very friendly (Danny is a nutcase, in a good way) and assist...    

4/5

Very Good

It's all about the location
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Sandy Bay is located directly on the beach at Haad Yao giving guests fantastic access to the beach and the sea. You don't 'go' to the beach at Sandy Bay, you 'are' the beach at Sandy Bay! Rooms...  

1/5

Terrible

Absolutely terrible
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We attempted to stay here so booked a fan room advertised for 500baht with complimentary transfer tv and wifi. The staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. When we arrived we looked at the room as the... 

4/5

Very Good

Awsome
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Sandy Bay is undoubtedly the best we chose. Its a beautiful place - You will feel at home.Beach bungalows are nicely done,neat and have own hammock for every bungalow/room. We went to phangan for...

1/5

Terrible

Time to put a stop to it
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Right everyone please please please listen to me as i write this review. i tell you with total confidence that this hotel should not be visited. its is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT when people have said that...

1/5

Terrible

Don't go !
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I never write reviews but for this resort I really want to warn! The beach is nice, the bungalows ok, but the problem, no, the BIG problem is: the staff. Not friendly, not helpfully, they treat you...

3/5

Average

5 star for location.......1 star for service & staff attitude.
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We left this place with such mixed feelings that I still think a 3 is quite generous. My husband & I stayed here for 3 nights in a Deluxe Bungalow directly on the beach, and although the location is...

5/5

Excellent

Another fantastic stay
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This is the third time I have written a review about this resort. Having staid at most beaches on the Island I can say it is without doubt the best place to stay on the island. The location is...

4/5

Very Good

Sandy bay
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Definatly sandy right on the beach a fantastic location, the staff sometimes are either way to clingy or far to passive never got it quite right, I was asked to pay for something I had already payed...

4/5

Very Good

Loved it.
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25yr old British male - stayed for 4 nights during the Full Moon party period with 5 other of my friends. Stayed in a beachfront deluxe bungalow. I was so impressed with the place, I came on here...       

5/5

Excellent

Favourite Thailand place!
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I can't quite understand bad reviews on this place! We loved Sandy Bay! We had a beach front bungalow which was basic but more than adequate and stepping out onto such a perfect area of beach was...

1/5

Terrible

Not recommended!
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Booked sandy bay for a group trip to Thailand. I have never been so appalled by hotel staff before. The staff at sandy bay are rude, nosy and argumentive and very money oriented. There was a strained...

5/5

Excellent

Got engaged here
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Sandy Bay is the best beach bungalow resort I have been to on my several trips to Thailand. I was so appalled at the negative and prejudiced reviews here that I decided to register on Tripadvisor just...  

1/5

Terrible

Don't stay here!
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Don't go! Very rude staff and not very helpful with anything and very money oriented. To blow up a small swimming ring for kids with an air pump had a price - 100 baht! When ordering a drink they said...

5/5

Excellent

A TRUE JEM!!!!
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Only ever recieved Lovely, friendly, generous, funny and caring. A lovely family with the perfect spot on the beach....A must!! DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE PEOPLE....Some people clearly don't know a...

1/5

Terrible

Stay away from Sandy Bay - DO NOT recommend
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We pre-booked and paid for a premium room with AC, freezer,TV and hot water shower. When we arrived and got to see the room there was no freezer, no TV and the hot water didn't work. When we...

3/5

Average

Gorgeous beach, Very relaxed service
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The location is amazing; white sand, turquoise water, swaying palm trees, glittering star-filled night sky. And if you are expecting 4 star service to match the idyllic setting, you will be...

1/5

Terrible

DO NOT recommend - lazy, rude thieves, bad comments are so true
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First of all, I have to say I have not stayed in Sandy bay bungalows and this review is only about their restaurant and the staff. The experience however was so significant for several times that I...

2/5

Poor

Believe bad comments
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Never book with them a room, especially by phone or mail. They promise you a room, the deal is done, you have a mail confirmation. The day of your arrival, the staff gently inform you that your room...

4/5

Very Good

Great room, beautiful beach, aggressive manager
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This is one of the best places to stay on Haad Yao, since there is still a decent sized beach at that end (no sandbags to speak of here) and the rest of Haad Yao is a short walk away. I stayed here...

3/5

Average

Great promise, a little under delivered, HIDEOUS music
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Firstly, the staff here are the best. Generous, friendly, incredibly helpful, as you'd expect from the Thais. The odd immobile or grumpy family relo, but generally lovely. And the head honcho...

4/5

Very Good

Best spot on the beach
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Stayed here over christmas and new years with my girlfriend. We had one of the beach front bungalows as well as one of the rooms further back, we switched rooms half way through our trip. The resort...

1/5

Terrible

avoid at all cost
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After booking 5 nights here with my girlfriend the place sounded amazing from the website, upon arrival I had a whole different view. Ill tell you a little from my experience. 1. On arrival I...

4/5

Very Good

Great spot on a great beach
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I stayed here with my fiancée in mid-Dec 2011. We got one of the bungalows right on the beach (there are about 5 of them), which I would highly recommend. The rooms were clean, but there was no room...

1/5

Terrible

The only good thing about the staff here are their sandwiches!
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The rest of the reviews you are going to read about the poor service here are completely true and after reading them we have experienced exactly the same and you will too.. If people say the rudeness...

3/5

Average

Good Value Accommodation if Service isn't important
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After having a wandered around Haad Yao we decided to stay at Sandy Bay as it was the only bungalow we looked at under 500 Baht with a sea view. Sure it is a bit of a climb up some step that look like...

1/5

Terrible

TERRIBLE STAFF,IGNORANT,RUDE, BAD SERVICE
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Hi Just came from there, if you don't mind very very rude staff, then by all means go for it,, really left a bad taste in my mouth,, was there for a wedding and people spent a hell of alot money...

2/5

Poor

Disappointing
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Although the accommodation and facilities here deserve more than 2

4/5

Very Good

Hard to complain when you are in paradise.
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You know, we spent a long time reading the reviews on this place and came with mixed ideas. But you know what, the rooms and cheap for a solid hut with fan, clean bathroom and a big bed. It's RIGHT on...

4/5

Very Good

Lovely relaxing holiday!
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We stayed in bungalow just set back from the beach which was fine. Beds really hard if you like that and bathroom very simple but adequate. Air con very good. We tried several restaurants along the...      

3/5

Average

Its a good place but service could be better;)
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I was reading the comments about the soso service from home and thought that people we too demanding... But once we hit tge spot i knew exactly what they were referring to:its the laid back island...

3/5

Average

When do the new towels come?
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This hotel was on the good end of Had Yao Beach, but the hammock on the bungalow deck seemed to be one of the only good parts of it. Our bungalow was not swept nor the towels changed for the three...

4/5

Very Good

Awesome beach location - have been coming back for 10 years.
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Newly upgraded bunglaow on beach, good food, spectacular sunsets, swimming pool - what's not to love?

5/5

Excellent

yet another great time at sandy bay,,
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just returned from a month at sandy bay, what a great time again,, bungalows brilliant,,staff all layed back but very helpfull if you aproach them with any problems, reasonably priced as your right...   

5/5

Excellent

Once again a perfect stay
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This is our ultimaste destination in every way I will agree that the service is not to the standard of European Hotels but the price is also very different!! We satayed in a room on the beach front...

5/5

Excellent

SERVICE NOT INCLUDED! AT ALL!!!!!!!!
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Having stayed in Hadd yao before I kenw the beach was beautiful! Firstly to get to the point, if you cant get one of the beach front rooms, DONT STAY HERE! My partner and I stayed in room 102 on...

5/5

Excellent

Wouldn't have wanted to spend my last month anywhere else!!!!
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1st trip back to sandy bay in 10 years and was truly impressed. Initially was only going to stay 4-5 nights but my love for the amazing setting that they provide kept me for a month. I loved the fact...

4/5

Very Good

buena relacions calidad-precio
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we took a fun Bungalow 2nd row for 800thb and we were ok...only one night music on th ebeach bar was loud till 2 a.m......good swimming pool and good food, also a beach restaurant with good...

2/5

Poor

DO NOT GO.... unbelievable rude and horrible staff
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Picked Koh Phangan as a change for Koh Samui, because Samui is getting so crowdy. Koh Phangan is a great and beautiful island. We are experienced Thailand travellers and visit Thailand twice a year...

2/5

Poor

lovely place but horrible staff
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I went there last year with my family and i have to agree that the staff can be very rude sometimes. Luckely they were verry nice to us. But i think that was because they tried to milk as much money...

4/5

Very Good

Great beach, nice bungalow, but horrible staff
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My wife and I spent 4 nights at Sandy Bay and we loved Haad Yao for all it had to offer and we really enjoyed our beachfront bungalow, however the staff at this hotel are some of the most miserable,...

2/5

Poor

Nice beach, lousy service
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Sandy bay bungalows lies on the Haad Yao beach wich is a splendid beach. The hotel though is not that great. Mainly it comes down to the unpleasant, unhelpful and sometimes snotty personel that works...

5/5

Excellent

My perfect paradise getaway, since 1997!
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I have just returned from my 10th visit since I was a backpacker in '97. I absolutely love it for so many reasons. This year I needed a solo 'chill-out' away from work (and I knew Wan and her family...  

2/5

Poor

Worst service ever, the manager Jean only wanted our money, very
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I have to say the resort is nice enough, we got a villa and it was beautiful. But my critic here goes to the manager, Jean. She was very nosey, she would sit in the table with our group when we were... 

3/5

Average

Bad service
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The location of the hotel was very good, but... 3 people only got 1,5 litres of mineral water for the whole staying at the hotel; as the orders of the staff we can not throw toilet paper into the...

5/5

Excellent

Paradise
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great location, great food, great people - our room was about 30 metres from the sea and was newley built, it was truley a genuine beachfront room- this type of room would cost hundreds a night if it...

5/5

Excellent

best beach paradise you could possibly want!!!
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we stayed at sandy bay in april this year for 3 weeks,wish it was more, the beach is amazing and the resort is comfortable and fairly priced,the restaurant food was realy good and the barby at night...   

5/5

Excellent

if your thinking of going to koh phangan - stay here
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we stayed at sandy bay in may at the end of our 3 month travelling spree. every aspect of our stay was perfect. the locaion was the best we have seen on our travels - the best way of describing it...

5/5

Excellent

absolute paradise,,best beach ever stayed on!!!!
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just a wicked place to have a holiday,,was told about it by friends and they werent wrong,,the resort, the staff and the nightlife were all really good, will definately be going back asap!!!!

5/5

Excellent

our top destination for last 10 yrs!!!!
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weve been staying at sandy bay for the last 10 yrs, its got the best beach ,its relaxed and the staff and occomadation is spot on,,its easy to get anywhere on the island from here but when you return...   

1/5

Terrible

Theft! Lazy, rude staff - Nightmare on Koh Phangan
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My girlfriend and I were staying at Sandy Bay Bungalows until our hut was broken into while we slept. This accompanied by the poor service we received throughout our stay forced us to leave with a...

4/5

Very Good

Great stay!
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We had an amazing time at Sandy Bay, the food was really good, best I had on the island. It had a really relaxing atmosphere and the other travellers and staff were very friendly. We stayed right on...

5/5

Excellent

Great place,fantastic beach,good value ,lovely pool , sunsets and
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My wife , duaghter and i had a great stay here,we know the island very well and Sandy Bay on Haad Yao is one of the better resorts.Its at the southern end of the beach which is quiet and they have a...  

4/5

Very Good

Great Stay
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We can for 1 night and stayed 5. Nice place with a good spot on the beach. All staff were very helpful and helped to make our holiday.

4/5

Very Good

Another good 2 weeks at Sandy Bay
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I don't usually take the trouble to write reviews as I visit so many places on my travels. However, I was incensed by the negative comments placed on this site. I have been staying at Sandy Bay a...  

2/5

Poor

En alldeles underbar katastof
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Detta hotell ligger perfekt placerad på en helt underbar strand. Rummen är mycket fina. Den bungalow vi bodde i var placerad med fin havsutsikt (om man bortser från byggarbetsplatsen framför dörren,...

2/5

Poor

If you want a peaceful resort don't stay here!
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We booked 3 nights on line. Soon after we found that our connection would not get us there in time and we asked if we could push the dates on one day. The answer was a catagorical 'no'. So we loose a...

2/5

Poor

uncomfortable feelings
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Booking: there are many websites offering booking at that resort, and I was not able to find one "official" website. However the pictures on the website make every facility and room much bigger than...