After a busy wedding weekend, some cousins and myself decided to take a short break. From the get-go our objective was not nightlife or the sights and sounds of the city, so being relatively removed from urbanisation was a huge plus in our minds.
Our trip started with a slight blip at the airport, where the taxi taking us to Lamsing (sp?) Pier was not well organised. We we simply dead tired from a week of wedding organisation and festivities, and waited patiently hoping that the resort would more than make up for it. The taxi driver was a friendly chap who spoke candidly and recommended the better offshore restaurants and islands for us to visit. Upon dropping us off at Lamsing Pier, a dedicated Village Coconut boat ferries you from the mainland onto your own private resort island.
We were not disappointed. Upon apologising profusely for making us wait at the airport, the staff briefly summarised the wealth of activities available to us and sent us on our way. Early check-in and return taxi ride to the airport were all settled before we stepped onto the island as well.
A tuktuk took my group to our 3-bedroom villa, one of the furthest from the main lobby. Having said that, the trip on foot takes you barely 5 minutes and is decidedly pleasant. Even with in the noon heat and sun, there is a constant breeze on the island, and my group walked to and from our villa most of the time.
The villa is great. Clean, contemporary and spacious. A well equipped, well functioning kitchen and good dining facilities make cooking in the villa a joy. We also spent a large amount of our time in the living room watching dvds (which you can rent for free from the front desk, just ask) and vegetating.
The bedrooms are also very elegant. In the villas there is usually a large master bedroom and one or two other smaller ones with either two singles or a queen. Toilets work well, no complaints there.
On a whole, the resort is rather new. There are some kinks to iron out due to this, and they did not bother me much. There is some construction around, but this is towards the interior of the resort. The rooms, villas and amenities are also all almost brand new, so there are none of the wear and tear problems that most touristy places suffer from. One thing that puzzled me however, was the absence of clothes hooks all over the villa. Given that this was a beach/sun/sea type place, there ought to be more hooks to hang beach shirts, towels, swimsuits. There are none in the rooms and toilets.
Another small problem that bothered me was the unreliable internet connection. I was unable to get a smooth wireless connection from inside the villa. Things improved as I set outside on the beach chairs near each villa's private pool, but left much to be desired. On my second day I took my work down to the beach, hoping to reply to some urgent emails, but was informed by the apologetic staff that technicians were installing new components in the wireless set-up. I took this as a sign and procrastinated, getting a lovely cocktail next to the resort pool and splashing around for a few hours. I can only hope that the internet connection gets better, seeing as how central it is even for people who are taking the time to be away from the stresses of work and school.
My group of under 30s were probably the youngest there, save for one or two kids from young families. Most people were on extended family gatherings and were intending to spend a good deal more time than our 4 days.
There are my suggestions, if you are seriously considering this beautiful little resort:
1) Before you fly to Phuket, get the front desk's number. As you enter the luggage collection area, look for the booth with the free SIM cards. They are FREE, with a small amount of stored value. Once you use this up you can top it up at any 7-11. This SIM card will come in handy for the rare phonecall you need to make to the front desk, at the Village Coconut. When you collect your bags, call the front desk to make sure your taxi chap is waiting for you.
2) The villa kitchens are really great to use. If you think you will do some cooking, try this. On the way to the pier from the airport, ask if you can stop at the nearby Tesco or any other large supermarket and buy food for a day or two. There is a small mini-mart on island, but only has essentials like butter, bread and beer for fairly expensive prices.
3) Like the other reviews say, there is a nicer beach a short boat ride away. What most don't say is that the boat leaves daily at 11am and returns 3pm. A boat at any other time costs 1200 baht. To prevent these little kinks, ask lots of questions when you first arrive about activities and return boat trips.
It is a hassle dealing with the inaccesibility of the island, but this is the small price you pay for peace and quiet. If you are looking for a party, you've gone off on the wrong foot already!
4) Bring a good book, and rent those dvds from the front desk. The collection (all pirated but who cares) is real quality and up to date.
5) If you really really don't like mosquitoes, I honestly think this might ruin the trip for you. My group had little issue with them, but they are around and about the island, especially at night. They can also get into the villas even when everything is sealed. The occasional bug gets trapped in your bedroom at night, but again this is fair price to pay for seclusion.
I really enjoyed my stay there, and will come back again at the drop of a hat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The most exciting and unique Phuket resort, The Village at Coconut Island is the best place to enjoy your next holiday.With an excellent range of rental villas and hotel suites, matchless leisure facilities and a beachfront island location off Phuket’s east coast, The Village really is the most exceptional Phuket resort.44 beautiful pool villas with sea views116 luxury Jacuzzi suites500 metres of untouched island beachfronta complete collection of watercraftfun and exciting adventure activitiesrelaxed waterfront settingrestaurants, bars and shops onsite.On an island off Phuket, The Village enjoys undisturbed privacy and absolutely amazing views of Phang-Nga Bay.All this is closer than you think! Just 5 minutes on-board our private water taxi to the Phuket mainland. ... more less
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