“Nostalgic touches, clever design and lovely staff raise this resort above the rest on one of Thailand’s prettiest beaches”
The 65 rooms are designed in a style known as Tropical Modern, with dark-brown wood veneer offset against turquoise and orange cushions and durable upholstery. All have a powerful ceiling fan that’s best at a low setting, and air-conditioning to boot. Lighting is energy-saving, but mostly LED rather than fluorescent. A comfortable kingsize bed is separated from the bathroom by a divider of reclaimed wood from Burma, with a louvred window for marital exhibitionism.
The bathrooms are well-paved in beige terrazzo (that can get a tad slippery), and equipped with all the lotions, unctions and gewgaws you’d expect, nicely scented on the lemongrass spectrum and decanted into earthenware dispensers. Wardrobes hold kimono-style bathrobes in the familiar midget size, plus slippers and an umbrella.
The best are the Ocean Deluxe rooms, upstairs and down, which needless to say are also the most popular. Of these we would recommend the ones in the extension stretching towards the spit for maximum privacy. From the walkways they have lovely views of the hills and a jungly peninsula out back. The Ocean Front Deluxes give right onto the beach, with a pair of dedicated loungers out front, while the upstairs Ocean View Deluxes have a nice pitched ceiling. All benefit from something called ‘in-room check-in’ and extra free cocktails.
The rest aren’t at all bad though, if you want something cheaper (Deluxes and Pool View Deluxes). Each has a little sheltered veranda or balcony, angled so that none directly faces another.
Breakfast in the airy bamboo-furnished restaurant (The Beach Club) is a fairly standard buffet, with reasonably fresh pastries and breads and a selection of artisanal jams, cereals, fruit and salad. Eggs are prepared at a little frying station, while juices slosh around in a fountain. There’s also a pre-cooked Thai selection on chromium-lidded platters.
For dinner you can choose between a seafood barbeque or set and à la carte menus, all reasonably priced. Our lamb shank with a thick gravy and mash was surprisingly good, if slightly on the well-done side of medium, as was crocodile with various bits and bobs. For pudding there was crêpe suzette, a little too promptly produced from the fridge. The 'beach restaurant' is quite literally that, with oil lamps lighting your romantic evening and the sea splashing away at your feet. Three nights a week there’s a dinner show, with fire jugglers. Lunches are available every day - sandwiches, burgers, that sort of thing - and there are a couple of coffee shops in the plaza.
For a change of scene, there are a few options within walking distance. Better Than Sex (if you can get past the name) is a stylish hangar-like space, with excellent Burmese curries and interesting starters including potato latkes with smoked salmon. Best to order a selection of these. Luna has good local steak and the best chocolate mousse this side of Limoges. The woman in the shack with the half cartwheels makes a great Thai working men’s lunch, and the Northeastern place under the tree with the air roots attracts authentic Northeasterners working in the resorts with authentic grilled Pla Tu, Larb and Tom Yum.
Children are welcome, and extra beds/baby cots can be provided.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit 1 extra bed and 1 baby cot.
High chairs in the restaurant.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids' menu in the restaurant.