(The life and times of Panya Resort) Panya Resort is a Samui original and well known in this part of the island. It opened in 1993 as the Samui Dream restaurant, but when more and more people asked to stay, the friendly Thai owners Sam and Da gradually added bungalows to accommodate them. Choeng Mon has now developed into one of the island's most sophisticated beach destinations, with several exclusive resorts and villa developments set along the hilly coast.
The accommodation at Panya Resort sits on a gently sloping hillside surrounded by coconut trees and tropical vegetation. A small lane winds up the hill past the bungalows and villas to reach a smart new apartment block with its own freeform pool. The original restaurant is at the entrance to the resort and has been upgraded with a cool, Thai-style deck and cushions to relax on.
Panya Resort blends modern designs with traditional Thai decor, drawing on nature's wealth to provide a comfortable, island oasis. Despite the changes over the years, many of the resort's original guests still come back regularly to enjoy the relaxed ambience and hospitality.