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.
(This score is based on the number of written reviews on Booking.com since 1 November 2018. Because recent reviews are more relevant than those from many years ago.)
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.
Banpu 😀 - Swimming pool on site and breakfast. 😞 - The room for 3 people wasnt big enough for us . We were moved to the room with plastic grass outside which was bigger but felt like a storage room.
Excellent view 😀 - Location personal beach 😞 - Stones. In the beach area
Good hotel for access to amenities 😀 - Everything was fine for this property. Good location in the Whitesand beach stretch of amenities - restaurants, shops, tour desks, ATMs. Rooms are spacious, we were upgraded to a sea view room which was lovely. Beach towels are provided. Nice pool. Breakfast is buffet style, and the food in the restaurant at the hotel is fairly priced (a little cheaper than some of the restaurants on the main strip). The hotel has the sunset view right on the sea 😞 - It’s quite far from the actual sandy length of the beach - at high tide there is no beach outside the hotel. You have to walk along the road to get to the better part of the beach. There are only a few sun beds so they get taken up quite quickly. The hotel itself is quite dated, as well as some of the items found in the hotel.
Very good 😀 - Good value for money 😞 - None
It’s like being at a school camp, but grosser 😀 - The location was good. 😞 - The bed sheets (on both beds) were not clean at all. There was mould in the bathroom and in the bedroom. We booked 4 nights but left after the first because it was so dirty and the staff were unhelpful. Walls were super thin. Breakfast was terrible.
Holiday with kids 😀 - Very peaceful place to stay. Room was clean and familyroom very big for five people. The view from restaurant is really beautiful and the see is Good to swim even if there are some rocks in that part of the White Sand Beach. 😞 - The brekfast could be better if there was some more fruits like pine-Apple.