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“quietly relaxing but a bit past it's best”

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Coral Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ko He
Reviewed May 2, 2011

We stayed for ten days and had a very relaxing holiday. This resort is great if you are not expecting full on entertainment but just need a quiet time. The beach is lovely and the snorkeling was stunning. The rooms were clean and changed daily. The service was very friendly and we were very welcomed. Some of the promised facilities were not present such as massage, boat trips and some of the resort is looking rather tired. I guess the managment make money so why bother upgrading things. A shame as the location is lovely. Yes there are lots of day trippers but you can easily escape to the pool which is generally clean. No electricty for several hours a day but this really wasn't a problem. The food was good and we were always made to feel welcome. Not a top resort but not terrible as some reviews have claimed.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

Resort is unfortunately not entirely as portrayed, small littered beach besieged by tourists (usually Japanese and were so obnoxious they kept them at a separate bar in the evenings), no electric for 5-6 hours a day, cold salty showers, damp musty smelling rooms and very rude young male receptionist. The deck chairs on the beach were small and half didn't have any material on them! The noise of the crickets is virtually constant and drives you mad.

The only positive things were the waiting staff in the restaurant and the head chef were lovely and helpful. Oh, and the hornbills were stunning. The food was ok but not exactly cheap.

Shame - could be lovely. We booked for 5 nights and only stayed 3...

I wouldn't waste £50 getting a return boat there, there are much nicer places in Phuket.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank TraceyH1972
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

10 years ago this resort may hv been up there in quality and facilities now it is dated poorly maintained and staff are care free w no personality. The checkin process is greeted w distain and total in interest by staff the rooms are poorly maintained w the smell of sewerage very strong , shower facilities in room is barely a trickel, the pool is falling apart and cloudy at best, the groups of Chinese day visitors makes the resort even more chaotic. The beach is littered w rubbish and coral debris the beach is extremely rough w no visibilty to snorkel and coral is non existent. The good is very basic and stale at best. There is so much potential but clearly the interest us only on the day to day income the only friendly staff were those in the restaurant of which they should be on reception for there great language ability and friendliness. In short this resort is tired not maintained and lacks the presence if staff wanting to be there ...Sadly Total fail.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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1  Thank jbflyaustralia
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

If you have time to get farther away from Phuket on your holiday, DO!

The Coral Island "Resort" charges quite a healthy premium (we paid BHT4500) but doesn't remove you from the madding crowds. In fact, it delivers them to you every morning. The huge cruise boats arrive packed with tour groups by the hundreds. The best thing about these day-trippers is that they all seem so wiped out by the journey that they crowd into tightly-packed beach chairs in a sheltered area and go to sleep! Bizarre- but at least they were mostly contained to one area of the beach.

The Good:
- Simple clean huts (not bungalows, these are concrete and tiles) are fine.
- I found the food quite good and reasonable value (buffet lunch for THB200, dinner for THB300)
- Only 20 min bum boat ride from Phuket....
- Good small fish life in knee-high water
- Hornbills seem to be flourishing. Lovely birds with a taste for bananas

The Bad:
- Very crowded during the day
- Lots of trash on the beach - much of it in old piles (why don't those tour boats have to take their trash with them!!?)
- Coral is very broken and damaged from so many people treading on it.
- Hotel makes a halfhearted attempt to get people out of the water at lowtide (to prevent further damage) and does not include fins in snorkel kits (careless fin usage causes the majority of coral damage) but does not enforce the ban if you bring your own.
- Most of the staff are brusque if not downright rude. Found the front desk attendant very rude and he lied to us about room availability

Overall, suggest you look farther afield to find your bit of paradise.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank InSearchofGreen
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

Coral island is paradise! To us, it was the beach itself, just the sheer natural beauty, that made the location so special.
- The sand was white powder.
- The shoreline had a great variety of ever changing coral/shells for some great coral/shell scavenging.
- There was a constant breeze that kept things cool and plenty of trees for shade.
- The water was warm, salty, buoyant & refreshing.
- The "hotel" beach is just a part of the beach the day-trippers use, but MUCH less crowded and well groomed.
- Some beach vendors in the hotel beach area, but not aggressive or obnoxious.
- Snorkeling was certainly good, though not as good as other areas we have been to. Lots of fish, but not too much variety. The coral is fabulous though! We had pancakes from breakfast to feed the fish which was a lot of fun! We could not figure out why they recommended a lifevest for snorkeling – it’s really not needed.

The sound of the ocean, the sailboats in the distance, the other green lush islands – all of it was just GREAT. All about the swimming & snorkeling. We were constantly in & out of the water. The days just slid by so fast.

Originally we had planned only 2 days, but we could not leave: it was just too beautiful! I booked an additional 3 nights instead. For the 1st two nights we were in a bungalow overlooking the pool. We noted that some oceanfront rooms were unoccupied & asked the front desk if they would give us an upgrade & they did at no extra charge! With the oceanfront room, we were totally hooked! We had an unobstructed view of the ocean from our room 24/7! What a treat!

The hotel staff here were much better than the staff at the 4.5 star we stayed in when we first got to Phuket! We were nice to them and they went out of their way for us! A smile and a little patience goes a LONG way!

The little bungalow rooms are basic and rather dated. Very firm bed, small fridge/mini bar, only 1 bedside table, and an outside sitting area. The oceanfront room was a clear upgrade from our original poolside room. The windows screens enabled us to enjoy the ocean breeze all night. The room décor was also a bit more up to date (though still quite basic) & pleasant including a wall print with a cool back-light that made the scene come to life! The only negatives: (1) shower in BOTH rooms did not have hot water & water pressure was terrible! (2) every day we had to battle ants that invaded everywhere! But what’s that compared to an ocean view? Nothing really! We considered it like upscale camping!

Resort has no electricity for about 6 hours a day (couple hrs in AM/few more in the PM). No inroom TV, internet. Our perspective: who CARES? We were at the beach! The lobby area was the “communal center” with pool table, book “swap” (in MANY languages!), comfortable chairs & couches, and TV & internet access (when there is electricity!). The hotel staff were attentive, helpful & very pleasant.

Buffet breakfast was served oceanfront. Sometimes eggs to order/sometimes not. Omelets cooked to order were great but eat it FAST (breakfast often cold due to the heavy ocean breeze). Fruit was fresh & good and there was always hot coffee & tea. As the week progressed, breakfasts improved. The outside egg station was enhanced with a little grill where ham, bacon, french toast, pancakes were cooked fresh & hot!

The lunch & dinner were significantly better than breakfast. Most nights had both a menu & buffet (differing themes). Meals & drinks were reasonably priced. At lunch & dinner, there was a musician playing a wide variety of pleasant music.

Access is via boat only. We took the speed boat (arranged ahead by the hotel – 1000Baht pp round trip). We had read about some ferry, but could not FIND it & suspect it is no longer running. The easy ride took about 15 minutes. Expect to walk through ankle-calf deep water to get ON the speed boat – That was a HOOT! The guys on the boat handled our luggage door to door.

My husband also tried (and LOVED) the massage service provided by the hotel. A 1 hour Thai massage (400 Baht), under the ocean front pavilion, was the perfect way to conclude a day of swimming & snorkeling. He was a very happy man.

All in all, we found it hard to leave! What a wonderful, relaxing time!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Kmcoyle
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

We chose this resort as it was a little away from the mainland. A good choice. The speed boat ride was fun as the waters were a little choppy. We spend 3 days on the island and didnt want to leave. The service was very good, they even went out of their way to make for us something that was not on the menu. The breakfast was great with a lot to offer for vegetarians too. Must try the Thai massage we both loved it. All in all a great place to relax.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Travelwish21
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Reviewed April 23, 2010

A beautiful experience, right from the location to food, activities, etc.

The rooms are basic but clean & the service was satisfactory. The room rates too were affordable.

However, watch out for the waiters who always seem to be in a hurry to clear your plate.

Also, watch out for the speedboat transfers, which costs a whooping THB500 per head - one way. It's therefore recommended to stay on the island once on it.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank farhaadsadri
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Address: Coral Island, Phuket, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Ko He
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ko He
Price Range: $54 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coral Island Resort situated 9 km. off the south east coast of Phuket, the island is surrounded by colorful reefs, hence the name Coral Island. Only 15 min. by speedboat from Phuket there is total seclusion in this lovely resort. We have shuttle boat every day from Chalong Pier to Resort and from Resort to Chalong Pier according schedule 3 times per day. For resort customer, accommodation rates include boat transfer on arrival and departure date. There are a total 64 rooms. The rooms are available with four types:- Superior rooms- Deluxe rooms- Beachfront Deluxe rooms- Family roomsAll rooms have air conditioning system, digital safe box, mini bar, coffee table and chairs, hot and cold water, bathroom amenities. Beachfront rooms offers absolutely sea view. Service and Facilities:- Outdoor swimming pool with kid pool- Satellite televisions at lobby- Free Internet access service available in lobby area. - Laundry service- Thai traditional massage and SPA- Shuttle boat service (based on hotels schedule)- Speedboat service- Transfer service- Currency exchange- Tour desk- Russian guest service representative (based on hotels schedule)Dining:- Breakfast is served daily from 07.00 am to 10.00 am- Beach bar- Restaurant serving international food, Italian food, Thai food and fresh seafoodIt is great for family, honeymooner, bird watcher and nature lover. ... more   less 
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