BanPu isn’t a resort to get over excited about. It’s on the beach, although not the best section, and is conveniently located for shops, restaurants etc. But it has a very dated feel to it. Lots of dark wood used on the interiors – for the floor, walls, ceiling, furniture etc.
The good news is that in 2020 the new beachfront extension opened, and that’s much brighter, lighter and modern.
Banpu Resort is one of the places you’d end up if you book a package tour having ticked the box requesting an aging 3 star bungalow on the beach. It’s got what you need, AC, mozzie nets, minibar, cable TV and a very small pool – but unless you are easily pleased or on your first trip outside a former republic of the USSR, it’s unlikely you’ll be overly impressed by it. But it does the job and compared to may resorts offers pretty good value for money.
However on the plus side the staff are attentive and the rooms are kept clean and tidy. Plus there’s an extensive breakfast buffet and resort restaurant serves up very good Thai food at reasonable prices.
In late 2019 the owner bought the adjacent Alina Resort and spent six month renovating it and refurbishing the rooms. These rooms are a big improvement. They aren’t too spacious but are much more airy and have a far more modern feel to them. This new block houses the Superior rooms, and they represent much better value fro money than the older bungalows.
The main downside would be the very small pool – which now has to cater for twice as many guests. You can pay the same and stay in the nearby Kacha Resort which has two pools for guests to use.