Haleeva Sunshine is not a traditional resort, custom built in its own grounds. Instead, it consists of a row of the ubiquitous Ao Nang shop-houses that have been restructured inside and given the contemporary Thai style design treatment. The small open area at the back has been transformed into a pretty pool and garden, with a fantastic view over the Ao Nang Cliffs. So what could have been another anonymous guesthouse, like those on the opposite side of the street, is now an interesting hotel and something a little different on the Ao Nang hotel scene.
Located right next to The Cliff Resort, and opposite Ao Nang Premier Resort, Haleeva is slightly “out of town” – though with the commercial area creeping outwards you will not have far to walk to get to shops and restaurants – there are at least a dozen places to eat on the doorstep. The beach itself is around 700 metres away.
The hotel entrance is directly on the main road down to the beach and all the rooms overlook either this road or the fabulous Ao Nang cliffs to the rear – and the rooms on the upper floors (stairs only) also enjoy that rare thing in Ao Nang – a (very partial) sea view.
Haleeva has recently (summer 2010) seen a complete change in management: a younger family member has taken over, bringing with him a fresh, more friendly and informal style to the place: room rates have been lowered, and more in the way of services (tour and travel arrangements) are now on offer, making this a good value place to stay.
Think of Haleeva as a budget hotel with some deluxe touches: a small swimming pool and a couple of well-priced suite rooms; or an upmarket guesthouse: young flashpackers would feel right at home, as would families or groups of friends.
All rooms are non-smoking, though smoking is permitted on the balconies.
Last updated: July 8, 2014