We wanted a very quiet beachside hotel, as a stopover whilst returning to UK after a long tiring tour of New Zealand. Verano beach was perfect. If you want shopping, water sports, bars etc do not go here. If you want peace,birds and butterflies, and empty beaches, this will be perfect for you.
The hotel was very quiet during our stay, with just 3 or 4 rooms occupied at most, which was not good for business but it was fine for us. We were treated like special guests, the owner even volunteering to take us on a sightseeing tour for a few hours.
Food was very good and well priced.
We had one of the best rooms. Make sure you go for a sea view room. The extra cost will be worth it.
Pros: Just about everything but especially its location just 2.5 hours from Bangkok by taxi. And did we mention the peace and quiet?
Cons: Marketing to foreign tourists? Possibly keeping a very small selection of drinks for sale other than beer. - but you can always take your own!
Location: It's situated right on the beach in an area of a few holiday villas owned but seldom used by rich Thais. No shops, no bars, only walking or cycling.