Consider Koh Phangan the Ibiza of Southeast Asia -- the Thai island's monthly Full Moon Party in Haad Rin is one of the world's most famous beach parties. Here are the best Koh Phangan hotels for those in town for the lunar festivities.
Le Divine Comedie is a small boutique resort on a quiet strip of beach equidistant from the local ferry pier and the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin. It's location means the best of both worlds, as it is close to the Full Moon Party, but also far enough away to be peaceful and quiet between parties. Standard Rooms are tiny -- more suited to solo travelers than couples -- but Superior and Deluxe rooms and Junior Suites offer more space. All rooms are ultra-modern and snazzy, featuring platform beds and polished concrete floors, plus terraces. The resort doesn't offer much in the way of facilities and features, but its infinity edge pool somewhat makes up for the deficiencies, offering a place to relax right next to the beach. Best of all, the hotel caters to its young party crowd by offering inclusive, all-day breakfasts.
Sleeker (and pricier) than Le Divine Comedie, The COAST is a hip boutique hotel, just minutes from central Haad Rin and popular with well-heeled partiers. Most guests forego hanging out in their tiny rooms, congregating instead at the hotel's infinity pool, beach, or restaurant with drinks in hand until late in the night. However, the resort is far enough up the beach to ensure it is quieter than most spots, and its steep room rates (higher than the ones at Le Divine Comedie) tend to deter a large chunk of the backpacker crowd.
Situated right on Haad Rin Beach, this little lodge is very attractive to partying couples and groups in town for the Full Moon Party. The The hotel is within walking distance of the party, as well the shops, bars, and restaurants lining the beach. Despite its location in party central, the property can sometimes feel peaceful, with a large outdoor pool surrounded by tall palm trees and other tropical vegetation. Lounge chairs with umbrellas are lined up on one side, and cushy wicker sectionals are located at the end facing the beach. Other activities include table tennis on the sand under the trees, beach volleyball, and billiards indoors. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Travelers wanting a more modern vibe and a fitness center might prefer The COAST, though that hotel is expensive by Koh Phangan standards.