Bottle Beach 1 is the original resort on Bottle Beach and still a great favourite with both new visitors and returning friends to Bottle Beach. The resort offers a good range of accommodation that includes bungalows and dormitory beds as well as a popular restaurant, communal swimming pool and bar. It is located at the northern end of the beach.
Standard Bungalow with Fan – from 600 Thai Baht
The standard bungalows are set back from the beach in a pleasant garden environment. The bungalows are made in the traditional Koh Phangan style with wooden floors and walls and a corrugated roof. They all have a small balcony where you can hang a hammock. The bungalows have 20 square meters of living space. The bungalows have a double bed, en-suite toilet and shower (cold water) and safety deposit box.
Standard Bungalow Beachfront with Fan – from 700 Thai Baht
This is a standard wooden bungalow with corrugated roof built in the traditional Koh Phangan style. Same as the standard bungalow it has 20 square meters of living space. The big plus is that it is beach front with uninterrupted views of the ocean. These bungalows have a double bed, a fan, balcony and an en-suite shower and toilet. The shower is cold water. This is not a big deal for most people as the water warms up during the day; and in fact the weather is so hot in Thailand that a cool shower is actually refreshing.
Deluxe Bungalow A/C – from 900 Thai Baht
The next step in terms of luxury is the Deluxe Bungalow A/C. It is a bigger bungalow, better made with 25 square meters of interior space. The bungalow has air-con that soon makes the place cool. The bungalow has a tiled bathroom with shower and toilet. The room has a TV with a few English channels as well as DVD player. There is also a safety deposit box in the room to store valuables and money. The Deluxe Bungalows are in a pleasant garden setting, a short walk from the beach.
Deluxe beachfront bungalow- from 1,700 Thai Baht
These are pretty bungalows with pebbles and plaster on the outer and inner walls. The interior design includes curves. They are cool bungalows with 30 square meters of space. The rooms have 2 double beds as well as air-con, TV, DVD player and safety deposit box. They also have an en-suite bathroom that includes bathtub, shower and toilet. Hot water is available. Double Deluxe Bungalows are comfortable accommodations ideal for families or groups. They are set in a garden setting next to the beach. They have ocean views.
Grand Deluxe Triple Bungalow A/C – from 1,400 Thai Baht
These are comfortable bungalows with double roof designs. The bungalows boast 35 square meters of internal space, as well as private balcony. The main room has a line of 3 double beds, ideal for families and groups of friends. The room also contains TV, DVD player and safety deposit box. The TV has cable channels with a few English language channels. The en-suite bathroom has an attractive corner bath as well as a shower and toilet. Guests have both hot water and cold water. The Grand Deluxe Triple Bungalows are set in a garden environment near the beach.
Mixed Dorm – from 400 Thai Baht
For budget conscious travellers there is a dorm. This has a collection of bunk beds for guests. The dorm has air-con as well as lockers to store valuables. Guests are provided with sheets and towels. The dorm is mixed and fairly small by Koh Phangan standards. This means you don’t feel like you are sleeping in a train station. The dorm has a pink theme.
Bottle Beach 1 Resort has an attractive beach front restaurant and bar. It is a popular restaurant that serves delicious Thai food and the usual collection of Western dishes such as burgers, sandwiches and fries.
One of the big draws for people choosing Bottle Beach 1 is the communal swimming pool. It is the only swimming pool on Bottle Beach. The pool has an attractive triple circle shape. The pool is in a scenic jungle setting near the beach and has sun loungers for those who like to sip cold drinks, soak up the sun and cool off in the pool. It is a good meeting place and shady. Bottle Beach 1 restaurant is a good place to get out of the sun and refresh with a cold beer, fruit juice or shake. There is a separate bar with bar stools for those who like to be sociable. Other facilities include resort-wide free wifi connectivity, a tour desk to book tickets, a taxi service, a laundry service and a left luggage facility. The staff at Bottle Beach 1 are friendly and polite and more than happy to deal with guest requests and questions. The reception staff speak good English and are welcoming. Bottle Beach 1 is the original Bottle Beach Resort and still the best.
Bottle Beach 1 has plenty of good reviews on Trip Advisor, much more so than bad reviews. People mention the great location and beautiful beach. They also mention the delicious food at the restaurant and the great pool. Negative comments mention that not all items for sale have displayed prices. This is Bottle Beach; there aren’t any shops and so guests buy cigarettes etc. at the reception. Some people mention the noise of day trippers (hardly the fault of Bottle Beach 1). Others feel that the isolated setting and the lack of competition have made the owners less driven to improve customer service.