The Gulf Coast Beaches Hotels



AKWA guesthouse

At a Glance


  • hip feel
  • fun crowd
  • stunning design


  • can be noisy
  • not ideal for families

Fodorite Reviews

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AKWA guesthouse Review

Rooms at Australian proprietor Timothy Schwan's guesthouse have giant pop-art paintings on the walls, chairs in the shape of giant hands, and kitschy lamps. Small details, like shelves of books (including Thai language manuals and beach novels), a stack of DVDs atop the TV, colorful beach towels, and even the odd stuffed animal make it feel like you're crashing in a friend's well-designed bedroom. A penthouse room has a huge terrace with two teak sun beds, an outdoor dining area, and a lazy banana bed with a sweeping view; indoors, a private bathtub overlooks the terrace towards Chawaeng Beach. Breakfasts are arguably the best on the island. Other meals are decent as well, and the vibe in the lobby's bar-restaurant is friendly and easygoing.

    Hotel Details

  • 5 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • No credit cards.
Updated: 05-29-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    simply put: NEVER stay here

    Save yourself grief and do not consider staying here.
    The room (penthouse) was filthy on check in- mens shavings in sink, etc. The 3 sliding doors to the deck do not close or lock so expect wildlife in your room. Breakfast was good though. Fixtures in room with phallic intent, ie: bedside lamps (man shape) have penis as off/on switch. Owner helpful but seemed to treat staff very poorly. Wallet mysteriously stolen upon checkout-- i could go on and on....but really, just don't stay here.

    by semorrell, 8/17/08

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