I spent 4 nights here as a single traveller in mid-Feb. My stay was wholly researched and organised through the Internet, and everything played out as I imagined through the information available without any personal recommendations.
Arrived in Trat Airport with Bangkok Airways, and meet and greet service alongside hotel transfer was up to expectation for THB600. The generic airport transfer shuttle bus service drives from the airport onto the ferry terminal, which provides for vehicles and walk-on passengers. We get off the shuttle bus and move on up to the upper deck for about 25 mins, before returning to the shuttle bus/van to be brought onto the island. The ferry service have an arrangement with the airport and the last ferry service will always reportedly wait for the last Bangkok Airways flight from Bangkok before departing. Upon hitting Koh Chang, I was picked up by a hotel specific car to head down the southeast of the island, whilst the generic airport shuttle bus service continues onto the west (busy and touristy) side of the island.
Arrival was warmly greeted with a fresh cooling towel and cup of tea. The hotel is akin to an international 4 star standard for me, although i am not sure if they are formally rated. Check-in was seamless, and the single villa was beautifully and comfortably laid out. It is air conditioned, with a balcony overlooking the swamp lake across to the chlorinated salt pool, gym and massage centre. The villa contained a well constructed bathroom, with a rainshower area, incorporating an in built grounded bath tub. It comes with local unbranded toiletries/amenities that did not appeal to me too much. If you are particular about your toiletries, I would suggest you might wanna bring your own. The room contains a DVD player. There is a decent selection of DVDs in the reception lounge area with a selection of books that you can borrow at no cost. 2 bottles of bottled water was supplied daily, with 2 sachets of herbal - lemongrass and ginger tea everyday. Although a small room fridge is available, there is no minibar stocks. With that in mind, if you are not fasting, then be aware that you won't be able to buy food/snacks once the restaurant closes.
I did not book into any program because this is my first visit to such an establishment, and it gave me the freedom to choose what I wish to do day to day. You can book massages as you go and yoga sessions cost THB100. You can also get more choices of food.
The hotel is located about 25 minutes away from the main commercial areas. Along the main road that leads on to the resort on this side of the island, there are a few resorts and local Thai eateries and minimal local shops.
The food in the resort restaurant is awesome, with lots of variety. It's not fine dining quality or necessarily hitting every single gastronomic buttons with every dish, but most dishes are at least average or above for vegetarian type food. There are meat and seafood options available too. I personally enjoyed the Komin curry the best.
I had only 1 massage throughout 4 night stay there. It's get booked up fairly early, so if you have specific time preferences, you might want to consider booking and planning your treatments early otherwise you are left to take what slots is remaining. Treatments before 1pm are discounted by about THB100.
They have an open air gym which contained fairly antique, yet functional equipment. I was surprised I did a decent workout there. The pool is nice for a dip, but far from being a lap pool, about 15 metres in length with a narrow waist of a kidney shaped pool.
The resort provides a free boat trip to what the receptionist called "White Island" every Mon, Wed, Fri at noon with the boat returning about 3pm. You get driven to the long tail boat that is serviced by a local Thai, with no English ability who will drop you off on the island. The resort provides a n
Beach mat, life jacket to go along, but not snorkelling equipment, not sure if we could have asked for it. When we got dropped off, without any prior knowledge of the island, I was surprised to have found a ghost resort on what may be a deserted island, giving a bit of an eerie feeling. But there was some evidence of life as I saw 1 local Thai men, with a couple of geese roaming about. Yet evidence of a once lively resort appears so with abandoned furnished rooms with doors flung opened, a satellite dish and machinery that have been left rusting for a long time. Without prior knowledge, I did not feel comfortable exploring further of the island. We spent the next couple of hours lazing by the beach, which was white sand but not exactly maintained to be spotless, and the visibility of the waters fairly poor with only some tiny uncoloured fishes and no reefs. A couple of sea urchins was visible. So upon my return, I found out that the "white island" is actually Koh Phrao Nok, and the ghost resort was once Live but now deserted following the development of west Koh Chang.
Overall, I found my stay very comfortable. Whilst there were no Mosquitos in my villa, they are certainly around and I did get bitten more than a few times, so I think it's best to be prepared. The staff members have variable English capacity, some of them more well versed than others, stick to simple phrases and language, and you will be able to communicate almost everything you want and need to know. This is not a 5 star luxury resort and I did not come hear for that. The hospitality, comfort and experience was everything I expected it to be and truly enjoyed my time and experience there.
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