“Tropical island resort near Trang, with an atmosphere of utter relaxation and a setting of natural perfection”
The resort is a collection of detached and semi-detached thatched bungalows built in the traditional Thai style.
Outside, all have terraces or balconies which provide each room with a personal relaxation area, some come complete with mattresses. Inside the décor is sleek and minimalist, the tones neutral, and you get polished wooden floors, bamboo blinds and dark wood furniture. Bedrooms feature huge beds covered with luxurious white cotton, and a bamboo frame suspends a mosquito net prettily - a practical as well as decorative touch. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a porch door provide plenty of light during the day, and long cream curtains shut out the world at night. Feedback suggests the air con units above the bed can be noisy.
Ground floor Deluxe Rooms are set back from the beach, and the slightly larger Premier Deluxe Rooms perch on top; both have garden views. Villas Siam look out over the sea, while the huge Villas Siri and Villas Santi sit on the beach and have their own sundeck and private sala. Do note that most houses are quite close together.
Bathrooms are set behind the bedroom, accessed by doors on either side of the bed. Here, the feel remains modern and chic, but the concept is traditional: an indoor/outdoor bathroom complete with lush jungle plants growing in sand, where prying eyes are kept at bay by the low thatched roof and high wooden fence. Environmentally friendly refillable bottles hold hand wash, a Vitamin A body wash and conditioning shampoo.
Each room is equipped with a large TV with international channels and DVD player.
The large open-walled dining area is separated from reception by a beautiful installation of local white tamarind wood. The evening lighting is soft, provided by candles and funky white bamboo stars hanging from the rafters. Tables for 2 line the sides of the room; in the middle, tables are set for 4, with comfortable grey banquettes instead of chairs.
Breakfast is available here from 7-10am. It is not exceptional, but reasonable - a buffet of eggs, bacon, ham, frankfurters, pancakes, breads, cakes and mini croissants, cereals, fresh fruits, salad and juices.
The lunch/dinner menu is available throughout the day, and there is plenty of choice. We generally stuck to the Thai menu, which included a very tangy chilli chicken salad, a good red chicken curry, a fried rice salad, a spicy Tom Yam soup and a delectable pan-fried king fish. The Pad Thai disappointed, but the delicious fresh seafood was worth writing home about. Perfectly cooked prawns in their shells, and soft-shell crab with anti-social quantities of garlic and pepper; delicious. The international menu was also good - pastas, salads and sandwiches, and some excellent imported Australian beef. There was a distinct lack of dessert choice though - just ice-cream or fresh fruit.
Large, white, woolly orbs dangle over the bar, named Barnacle, and this is a great place to hang out in the early evening. There are plenty of cocktails on offer, and the music selection is generally cool and jazzy - although we were amused to hear several Christmas songs on our visit in February. BBQs are often held on the beach, and these are sociable affairs, with lots of yummy, fresh seafood.
Given the island’s isolation, options for eating elsewhere are limited to the restaurants at the neighbouring resorts.
Children are welcome at Seven Seas, though there are not many kids here, and activities tend to be adult-oriented so unless they are very self-contained it could potentially be difficult to occupy them. That said, there is a special 'Bubblemaker' dive course designed for kids 8+, which sounds great fun. Cots and extra beds can be provided.
One child aged 0-2 can stay for free when sharing parents' room; if an extra bed is required a supplement is payable. Children under 12 get a 50% discount for meals.
The Deluxe and Premier Deluxe Rooms are ideal for families as they can easily be connected (Deluxe Rooms occupy the ground floor of the building and the Premier Deluxe Rooms are on top). All rooms can fit a baby cot or an extra bed.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking