Review of Buri Rasa Village on Koh Phangan: A Secluded & Tranquil Beachfront ResortWe review our stay at Buri Rasa Village on Koh Phangan
Arrival in style
After a wonderful stay at Buri Rasa Village Samui, it was time for us to go to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.
We sailed from one island to the other for about 40 minutes with Buri Rasa’s speedboat service which included complimentary beverages and some guided sightseeing along the coast of Koh Phangan.
The speedboat arrived directly on the beach and we were greeted by the front office manager, Banana.
After five minutes by car, we reached the village where we were once again greeted by smiles and refreshments.
Buri Rasa Village is located on the northeast side of Koh Phangan.
The beautiful beach with clear turquoise water has an upscale feeling, yet it’s very relaxed. It’s all about enjoying life here.
Even though the village is in the more remote part of the island, there’s a small street leading up to the resort with mini-marts, souvenir shops, restaurants, street food, bars, a dive shop, tattooists and other tourists necessities you might desire.
You will not miss anything during your stay here.
If you feel in the mood to explore other parts of the island, the main town Thong Sala is just 30 minutes away, and Buri Rasa arranges sightseeing tours – both by land and sea – to Koh Phangan’s many attractions.
We stayed at the Ocean Front Deluxe Room with 45 square metres of indoor space.
The blue colours and ocean-inspired details brought the decor together in a stylish way and left us feeling refreshed, free and happy.
Laying in bed we could easily hear the song of the gentle waves outside. There’s simply no better lullaby.
Buri Rasa even offers a speciality pillow menu with four different kinds of pillows for connoisseur sleepers.
In the room, there was also a sofa, a desk with a tv, a huge closet, a fairly priced minibar and a safe.
We each got slippers and a bathing robe. In the bathroom, we had free water in glass bottles and Buri Rasa-branded toiletries.
Opening up the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, we had our own little patio and two sunbeds reserved for our room only.
We could tread out into the soft sand with a view to the blue water in less than five steps from the room. Amazing.
Facilities at Buri Rasa Village
The resort area retains a really charming village and garden vibe mixing old and contemporary styles with great lighting, murals, tasteful details and lots of different trees, plants and flowers.
A large pool is located in the centre of the resort with a beach view. It’s 1.20 metres in depth and very swimmable.
The gym overlooks the ocean and is well ventilated and air-conditioned. Apart from the cardiovascular machines, there’s a cable tower and good quality free weights plus two benches.
Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are free to loan. We tried to SUP for the first time and it was a lot of fun – especially to the onlookers who watched us fail miserably. Just body surfing on the waves is great, too.
Every day, guests can freely participate in afternoon activities like a Thai language class, animal towel folding or fruit and vegetable carving.
Relax in Buri Rasa Village’s own spa, Nam Thai Herbal Spa, where you can get facials, body scrubs and body wrap treatments. Save some money by going for their specials during the daytime.
When you finish your book, there’s a book exchange.
Everywhere on the property, there’s high-speed wifi available.
Restaurant and bar
Buri Rasa’s restaurant The Beach Club serves everything from Thai to Western cuisine directly overlooking the ocean.
The Beach Bar has a variety of soft drinks, fruit juices, wine, beers and cocktails for you to enjoy.
There’s almost always something going on. Some evenings you can enjoy live music while on others you will be entertained with fire shows.
A really cute detail: all of the bartenders and servers change into colourful Hawaii-inspired shirts in the evening.
A diverse morning buffet is set up from 7.00 to 10.30 every morning.
All of the classic morning staples are present, while the exact dishes and ingredients of some exotic and fresh newcomers vary slightly each day.
We really enjoyed the fresh fruit station where pineapple, watermelon, pomelo, mangosteen, papaya and other fruits were freshly cut in front of our eyes.
The fruit lady turns those fruits into a fresh juice daily as well.
You can also choose between a few different canned juices such as mango juice and orange juice.
Of course there’s an egg station, cooking your morning scrambles to your exact liking.
Different cereals are lined up with milk, yoghurt and soy milk plus different toppings and jams. The homemade coconut jam was really tasty, and both the passion fruit jam and the kiwi jam were interesting to try.
We asked for coconut milk for our cereals and coffees and got it without hesitation.
There are also pancakes, croissants, pastries and other sweets for you to fill up on including some Thai desserts.
In the middle of the buffet is the ubiquitous bread station with different types of loaves of bread and toasts as well as a toaster.
In the savoury department is where you’ll find cheese, ham, sausages, bacon and potatoes.
There were lots of salads – including greek salad, papaya salad, mozzarella salad and a delicious salad with mango, pineapple, bean sprouts and tofu.
The warm Thai and Asian dishes rotated daily – we saw steamed rice, fried rice, different vegetable dishes like fried morning glory as well as Pad Thai, dumplings and miso soup. The variety was quite impressive.
Coffee and tea are made fresh to order and the servers were incredibly kind and attentive.
In front of the resort, there’s an open yet intimate cobblestone village square. In the evenings it’s especially inviting to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere.
Here, you can grab a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in front of In The Mix Café and Bakery or enjoy a fresh fruit shake or a glass of wine.
There’s also Pita, a small outdoor bar serving falafel and shawarma sandwiches as well as ice cream while showing football matches on a flat screen.
Who should stay at Buri Rasa Village?
Buri Rasa Village on Koh Phangan is a great choice for any holidaymaker; young, old or in-between, looking for a relaxing tropical vacation on one of Thailand’s most unique islands.
If you’re looking to unwind and have fun, the natural splendour of the northeastern part of Koh Phangan and the charming setting of Buri Rasa Village offers you the perfect place in which to do so.
The personalized service is utterly professional, yet not as stiff as at some luxurious resorts. The food is great. The beach and ocean are delightful. The facilities probably offer you all you need. If you need anything else, the rest of the island is just a scenic drive away.
All in all, a wonderful holiday is almost guaranteed at Buri Rasa Village Koh Phangan.