Best Hotels in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party Experience

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit Thailand, chances are you’ve heard of the Koh Phangan full moon party. It is potentially one of the most famous beach parties in the world – and for good reason too. Of course, if you plan on making a trip to this popular paradise island for the monthly full moon festivities, you’ll want to know where to stay, right? But if you want to know the best hotels to stay at for the Koh Phangan full moon party, there’s a few things you’ll want to consider first. Namely, location, cost, and most importantly, facilities and comfort. Believe us when we say these last two will benefit you the day after the biggest party of the month! Of course, on an island like Koh Phangnan, there are tonnes of hotels to choose from, and unfortunately, the best ones get booked up fast.

With travel to Thailand shooting up the list of places to visit next year (who isn’t craving a break on a tropical island right now?), the Koh Phangan full moon party is going to be more popular than ever. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the best hotels in Ko Phangan for the full moon party. So, you can get planning your ultimate trip to Thailand and get the countdown underway!

We’ll tell you the top resorts in Haad Rin for this popular lunar party, and accommodation that will guarantee you remember this trip for all the right reasons!

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9 Best Hotels in Koh Phangan For Full Moon Party (2020)

On an island like Koh Phangan that is geared for tourists of all types; backpackers, couples, honeymooners and holidaymakers, accommodation isn’t in short supply. So, when it came to us choosing the best hotels in Koh Phangan, it wasn’t easy.

Luckily for you, we managed it – and we’ve narrowed it down to 9 of the best hotels in Koh Phangan for the full moon party experience. How did we choose? Well, we looked at guest reviews, cost, cleanliness, facilities, and of course, any luxurious extras we think you might appreciate.

Ready to see our top 9 picks? Well, let’s dive right in!

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Chantaramas Resort and Spa

This privately owned 4-star hotel and beach resort is certainly at the high end of the hotel spectrum in Koh Phangan, but it really does have a lot to offer. Aimed at those wanting to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, this is perhaps one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan for those wanting a taste of luxury after the full moon party experience.

Location
The Chantaramas Resort and Spa is a little further out of the nightlife action, located right on Koh Phangan beach. The location is a little out for those wanting to attend the monthly full moon party. However, it is only a 10-minute drive to Haad Rin Sunrise beach, and local taxi firms are available. For some, this might be too much inconvenience. However, if you’re looking for pure comfort, luxurious facilities, and a place to recover post lunar activities – we reckon you won’t regret checking into the Chantaramas Resort one bit.

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Accommodation
Rooms at the Chantaras Resort and Spa are beautiful and feature stained wood flooring and furniture, stylish decor, and an earthy but classy feel to them. Each room has an outdoor balcony with tables and chairs so you can sit and enjoy the surroundings. If you choose to upgrade to a villa, you’ll be lucky enough to get your own private plunge pool or whirlpool hot tub – seriously, we’ll take either! But, as a standard, each room and villa comes equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, fresh linens, and walk-in shower. Breakfast is also included in the cost of the room and is served daily at the on-site Moon Deck restaurant which is located right on the beach.

Facilities
The facilities at this hotel are certainly not lacking either. Do you fancy relaxing and taking it easy after a man one at the full moon party? Well, take a dip in the infinity-edge pool whilst taking in the sunset over the ocean. Yep, the views from this pool are incredible. You can also visit the spa for a hot stone massage, or treat yourself to one of their many high-class beauty treatments. This beautiful resort also leads right on to the beach, so grab one of their private sunbeds and chill out with a book on the beach.

Overview
This might not be one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan in terms of location for the full moon party. However, if you’re planning on sticking around the island for a few days to relax and soak up the tropical island vibe, we think this is the perfect place.

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Cocohut Beach Resort

Another popular Koh Phangan resort is the Cocohut Beach hotel. This 3-star, mid-range hotel is a great choice for those wanting more luxury than a hostel, without stretching the budget too far. With excellent facilities and free breakfast, this is certainly one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan for all of you full moon party visitors.

Best hotels in Koh Phangan for full moon party
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Location
Surrounded by palm trees, and with a pool overlooking the glorious Thailand coast, the Cocohut Beach Resort lives right up to its name. Sat right on Leela beach, this hotel is also in a perfect location to reach all the must-see beaches on Koh Phangan. Full moon party beach, Sunrise Beach is a mere 10-minute walk away. You can also walk into Haad Rin village in less than ten minutes, so if you fancy a bit of daytime exploring of shops, this is a great place to stay. The relaxing and picturesque Haad Rin Nai – or Sunset beach, is also a mere 8-minute walk away. So, if you fancy sunbathing on a different picture-perfect beach one day, then you can tick this one off your list too.

Accommodation
The 79 rooms at the Cocohut Beach Resort are a mix of standard doubles, family villas, and sea view suites. But no matter which one you go for, you’ll get your own private balcony, air-con, flat-screen TV, and free wifi. The decor in all the rooms is clean, modern, and in traditional Thai style. Some of the pricier villas also come with a private plunge pool, and an indoor hot tub depending on your budget!

Facilities
The Cocohut Beach Resort delivers on the facilities, starting with two mid-sized swimming pools that overlook the gorgeous Leela beach. Also on site is a private kids pool, plus an outdoor hot tub and plenty of sun loungers and parasols to go round – even during high season. The onsite restaurant serves a free breakfast each morning, and also has an extensive menu including Thai food and international dishes too. If you’re looking for a place to have a few pre-full moon party cocktails, you can visit either of the two onsite bars. Of course, we can’t forget the onsite spa and fitness centre. So, if you’re feeling like you’ve neglected the self-care during the party antics, you can hit-up a cardio machine and then top it off with a Thai massage – amazing!

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Overview
When it comes to location, and value for money, we definitely think this is one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan for the full moon party. Guests staying here can make the most of a short walk down to Sunrise Beach and experience the full atmosphere of the lunar festivities, without sacrificing peace and quiet during the rest of their stay. And the cost? Well, for the number of facilities available at the Cocohut Resort, the price really is excellent!

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Le Devine Comedie

A popular boutique hotel for Koh Phangan party guests, Le Devine Comedie books up fast during high season. In a perfect location for the full moon party, this resort is aimed at couples, and all those looking for the party island experience.

Location
Prime location for the full moon party, Le Devine Comedie is situated right next to Haad Rin Nok, the popular full moon party Sunrise beach. To the other side, is Thongsala Pier, the main ferry port and point of arrival onto the island. So, if convenience is what you’re looking for in location, you won’t need to much look further than this! You can also access plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops in only a short walk from this hotel if you want to explore further.

Accommodation
Le Devine Comedie is a small boutique hotel, with only a small number of rooms. Each one is small in comparison to other hotels on our list, but these are certainly more unique. With a modern and funky decor in bright colours, you can’t help but be impressed. Depending on your budget, you can go for the standard double room with basic amenities and a private bathroom. Or, you can splash out more on a superior room and get slightly more space, plus an outdoor terrace too. Ok, so the rooms might be small. But included in the cost is an all-inclusive breakfast. And the real bonus? Well, it’s served ALL DAY. Yes, this boutique certainly knows its clients. And if you’re heading to the Koh Phangan full moon party, you won’t feel like rising at dawn for tea and toast that’s for sure!

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Facilities
When it comes to facilities, Le Devine Comedie doesn’t disappoint. They might not be quite as flashy as other hotels on our list. But they still include an infinity pool overlooking neighbouring island Koh Samui, which we think is pretty good for the cost. Added to that is a small fitness centre, plus an infrared sauna which is also pretty cool. You can also enjoy food and drink at the onsite restaurant which is always popular and a great place to meet fellow travellers.

Overview
If you can get a booking at Le Devine Comedie, we rate it as one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan if you’re visiting for the full moon party. Not only because of the all-day breakfast (which is a definite win), but also for location, and the simple, yet enjoyable facilities.

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Buri Beach Resort

One of the best hotels for the Koh Phangan full moon party if you’re on a budget, is the Buri Beach Resort. Featuring a surprising number of facilities, and with excellent location, you can’t get better value than this.

Location
When it comes to location, the Buri Beach Resort is hard to beat. A mere 7-minute walk from the full moon party itself and set on a quiet, and beautiful beach, you’ll find it hard to believe it is a budget accommodation. Restaurants and shops are also within a few minutes of the hotel, and the beach sprawls right out the front of the resort. It’s worth bearing in mind that because of this location, it can be noisy in the evening. However, if you’re there for the party atmosphere you’ll likely be contributing to the noise yourself!

Accommodation
The Buri Beach Resort has a huge 102 rooms in total, all of which are ever so slightly outdated, but clean and tidy nonetheless. If you’re looking for modern, you won’t find it here, but for the price, the rooms are decent. Depending on the budget you can choose a standard double, or splash out on a deluxe suite with a sea view. As a standard, all rooms come with a flat-screen TV, air-con, tea and coffee facilities, and Wi-Fi.

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Facilities
With two pools and onsite spa, the Buri Beach Resort delivers on facilities, despite being in the lower price range. Each pool is lined with sun loungers and palm trees, and provide a peaceful spot to kick back and relax. The onsite restaurant gets exceptional reviews and is also reasonably priced. You can enjoy local Thai cuisine, or order an international dish whilst soaking up the sunset on the beach. There are also sun loungers and parasols on the beachfront side of this resort, which is a nice touch and gives guests plenty of space, despite the size of this popular hotel.

Overview
If you’re on a budget and looking for somewhere with clean rooms and good facilities, you can’t go wrong with the Buri Beach Resort. It might not be the most stylish on our list, but there’s a lot to be said for this budget hotel.

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The Coast Resort

Potentially the best hotel for young travellers visiting Koh Phangan for the monthly full moon party is the Coast Resort. Aimed at young couples, solo travellers, and anyone else up for the island party vibe, this resort is located in the heart of Haad Rin.

Location
The Coast Resort is situated right on Haad Rin beach, although we might add here at the quieter end. Although, in only a short 10-minute walk you can be in the centre of Haad Rin village where you’ll find shops, bars, and restaurants. This is also where you’ll find the monthly full moon party – so you can see why so many party-goers choose the Coast Resort!

Accommodation
The rooms at The Coast Resort are clean, modern and brightly decorated. They are on the small side, in comparison to other hotels in the area. However, they do all feature large glass windows and doors. This not only gives the illusion of more space but also provides excellent views – particularly in the more expensive deluxe rooms. As a standard, all rooms come with a flat-screen TV, large bed, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

Facilities
For many guests at The Coast Resort, it is the facilities that are the highlight of the stay. The resort has an incredible infinity pool that overlooks Haad Rin beach. The best part? Well, the in-pool bar, fully equipped with seats and tropical cocktails! In the same vicinity as the pool, there is also an on-site restaurant and cafe. This whole area creates a social atmosphere and is where much of the party begins in the evening too. Other facilities at the Coast Resort include a small fitness centre, although I think we prefer the pool bar!

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Overview
We really love The Coast Resort and definitely rate it as one of the best hotels for the full moon party in Koh Phangan. It is slightly on the expensive side, and whilst the infinity pool is amazing, we’re not sure it’s as good value for money as other hotels. However, if you’re looking for a strong party atmosphere and a top location, this is the hotel for you.

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Neptune’s Villa

A mid-range hotel equipped with luxurious facilities, and in a prime location for the Koh Phangan full moon party, Neptune’s Villa is fast becoming a popular choice on the island.

Location
Neptune’s Villa is located on the south side of Haad Rin town, known for its peace, quiet and tranquillity. However, if you’re looking for a party atmosphere, don’t let those three serene words put you off. Neptune’s Villa is only a 5-minute walk to the full moon party, so you can be right in the centre before you know it!

Accommodation
The accommodation options at Neptune’s Villa are vast, ranging from standard rooms to garden rooms, from bungalows to suits, there is something for all budgets. Regardless of your choice, you won’t be disappointed. Each room is decorated with sleek wood furnishings, wide-screen TV, air-con, and Wi-Fi. Those looking to spend more can choose from private balconies, sea views, and garden views too.

Facilities
Neptune’s Villa is designed for those wanting to come and take advantage of the party atmosphere in Haad Rin. The facilities are a huge part of that, including the large swimming pool centrally located in the resort. The onsite restaurant also gets great reviews and serves local and international cuisines. You can also get local beers and excellent cocktails here. Perfect for enjoying the Haad Rin beach sunsets in the evening!

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Overview
Neptune’s Villa manages to incorporate the Haad Rin party atmosphere, whilst remaining a relaxing, upscale hotel. It’s certainly one of the best hotels in Koh Phangan for the full moon party. Especially if you also want to relax, explore, and socialise.

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Palita Lodge

If you’re a couple visiting Koh Phangan and want to check out the full moon party, without committing to a full-on party hotel, we recommend the Palita Lodge. Rooms are excellent value for money, and the location is central to Haad Rin, but the outdoor garden is a true highlight at this hotel.

Location
Set in a beautiful garden, on the edge of Haad Rin beach, the Palita Lodge is a prime location for the Koh Phangan full moon party. Guests can walk down to Sunrise beach and be right in the middle of the action within minutes. The downside to this is that it can get a little rowdy. So if you aren’t 100% sure you want the party atmosphere, this might not be the place for you. On the other hand, the hotel is also mere minutes away from shops, restaurants, and bars. So, if you’re up for exploring the local area, the Palita Lodge is really convenient. Arriving and checking out is also super easy at this hotel as the arrange transfers to Haad Rin Pier for a small fee too.

Accommodation
Rooms at the Palita Lodge are clean and modern and decorated in traditional Thai style. Whether you go for a beachfront villa or a standard suite, you’ll get a large room with living area. Plus, a furnished balcony, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and air-con. The bathrooms are also beautifully decorated, and we have to say, for a hotel in the party area of the island, it does give a taste of luxury. Breakfast is also included in the price of the room and is made to order daily.

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Facilities
More basic than other hotels on our list, the facilities at the Palita Lodge are still enough to make spending time at the resort both fun and relaxing. A large pool is the main feature, which is located under lush green gardens. This creates a relaxing, secret-garden feel, a great place to chill out after a crazy full moon night! Past the pool is the beach, where guests can play table tennis or take a dip in the sea. The restaurant is also located on the beach and is the perfect place to grab some local Thai cuisine and watch the sunset. The only downside is that there is no fitness centre or spa at this hotel. Although, for the cost, the facilities are more than adequate.

Overview
Palita Lodge is a really pretty hotel and certainly wins points for location. Is this a party hotel? No, and there are better places to stay if you want the backpacker party atmosphere. However, if you’re looking for a place to stay that is local for the full moon party, but provides a quiet place to chill out, the Palita Lodge is number one.

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Sunrise Resort

Located on Haad Rin beach, this is easily one of the best hotels for the Koh Phangan full moon party. Rates are reasonable at the Sunrise Resort even during high season, and the rooms are clean, modern and spacious. Perfect for travellers looking to get in on the party action without sacrificing comfort and facilities.

Location
The Sunset Resort is located right on the front of Haad Rin Beach. And, as those who have done their full moon party research will know, this is where the monthly lunar festivities take place. Also in the surrounding area of Haad Rin, are plenty of local restaurants and bars. So, even if it isn’t the night of the full moon, you can still enjoy a few sunset drinks. Haad Rin Pier is also close by and can be reached in a short 5-minute drive. The hotel will also arrange transportation on arrival and departure. Although, being central means easy access to taxis if needs be.

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Accommodation
The 60 rooms at the Sunrise resort range from Deluxe rooms with a pool view, to the higher-end Beachfront Villas with outdoor terraces. However, no matter your budget, your room will be clean, spacious, with traditional Thai decor and dark wood furnishings. Air-con, minibar, rainfall shower, and free Wi-Fi are also a standard throughout all the accommodation. Breakfast is also included in the cost of your room. And it is served daily at one of the on-site beachfront restaurants, so picturesque!

Facilities
The large beachfront swimming pool is a particular highlight of the Sunrise Resort. And also provides guests with enough sun loungers and parasols. So, no mad dash to be first down to the pool in the morning! The pool itself is a great place to chill out the day after the full moon party. Or a great place to meet fellow party-goers the night before. The onsite restaurant is also beachfront. Set out in traditional Thai style on cushions with low tables, the traditional Thai cuisine gets rave reviews from guests. Again, for those wanting to get in the mood for the full moon party, there is also a lively bar at the resort. Which, on the night of the full moon party, turns up the music and turns into a club! So guests can start the party before they’ve even left the resort!

Overview
If you’re looking for a good mix of a party atmosphere and relaxing vacation, the Sunrise Resort is perfect. With decent facilities and a prime location for the full moon party, the Sunrise Resort remains a popular choice. Not only for couples, but for holidaymakers, and backpackers alike.

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Sarikantang Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for the best hotels in Koh Phangan for both the full moon party and a little bit of luxury, the Sarikantang Resort delivers. Aimed at those with a higher budget, this upscale hotel is local to the hustle and bustle of Haad Rin. Having said that, it is also set on a serene stretch of white sand beach. So, you really do get the best of both at Sarikantang!

Sarikantang Resort and Spa - hammock on beach
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Location
A mere 5-minute walk from Haad Rin – full moon party central – the Sarikantang resort gets top marks for location. This hotel appeals to couples who are keen to check out the party scene. Without sacrificing the peace and quiet of their vacation! The hotel itself is situated on Leela beach and is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and beach shops. So you’re never far from somewhere new to eat, drink, or shop. There are also plenty of tour guides in the area. So you can easily arrange trips to nearby Phaeng Waterfall if you want to explore further!

Accommodation
Rooms vary greatly at the Sarikantang Resort, depending on your budget. Available are deluxe rooms, beachfront villas, and even beachfront bungalows. Whatever your budget, the rooms are clean, modern, and decorated in natural, but classy decor. Think dark woods, rattan furniture, and soft, white linen. Sounds perfect, right? Again, no matter what accommodation your budget permits, you’ll get an outdoor terrace with hammock. Plus, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, and coffee and tea facilities too. Higher-end rooms will come with whirlpool bathtubs. However, the standard bathroom is equally as luxurious with rainfall shower and free toiletries. A free breakfast buffet is also included in the price of the room and receives exceptional reviews from guests.

Facilities
As you’d expect from a more upscale hotel, the facilities at the Sarikantang Hotel include two pools. One of which overlooks the beach, and both with access to sun loungers and parasols that line the pool edges. As the hotel is located on Leela Beach, you can access the beachfront directly from the hotel. Unfortunately, low tides mean that swimming in the sea is impossible at certain points of the day. But the views are still impressive – particularly at sunset. The Sarikantang Resort also has access to an onsite spa, plus a the well-reviewed Sea Terrace Restaurant and bar.

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To Conclude

So, there you have the best hotels in Koh Phangan for the popular full moon party. Whether you’re on the island purely for the lunar festivities or are planning to stay longer and explore, you won’t be short of choices!

We hope that we’ve helped you find the perfect place to stay to not only rest your head post-party. But to also make your time on Koh Phangan even more enjoyable!

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