In my solumn opinion I dont believe there is a need to stay on this island as it offers nothing more than you can see on a day trip! The reason for this is a VERY DISSAPOINTING HOTEL! The beach is lovely and the waters are nice and blue. The resort however let down the whole experience. Listed below are the false promises and let downs of this hotel.
Firstly and foremost it felt like we were invading a Russian invite only hotel. Every guest was Russian, It was managed by Russians and we were even given a Russian menu! Staff with the exception of one or two were generallly rude and we were often stared at without so much as a smile! Off duty staff were often seen spitting around the resort, really disgusting! The room had no safe as advertsed and we were given two singles instead of the double as promised! They informed us of a buffet lunch and dinner! We saw zero buffet dinners! The water in the room was sea water, extremely salty and nearly made me vommit when brushing my teeth! The pool had deck chairs with no back which we had to ask for! These were not sun loungers so dont expect to tan your back! The evening entertainment when they felt like it was a singer who literally couldn't hit a note and didn't know the words to the songs! He certainly sped up our retreat to the room.
The resort will reluctantly let you know they have a free speed boat transfer to and from the island three times a day on your check in and check out date! They will more likey try to sell you a trip to and from the island for 500 baht per person! Dont be fooled they do provide this! Free speedboat times from Chalong Pier - Coral Island are 09:30, 13:30 and 17:00. From Coral island to Chalong Pier 10:00, 14:30 and 17:30. Emailing the resort will confirm this for you but email in advance as they are poor at resonding promptly!
I have been to a lot of hotels in nearly 18 months of travelling the world and this one was very UNWELCOMING! There is nothing more to see than you could see in a day trip and with the benefit of hindsight I would have much rather invested my time in another island suck as Koh Lanta or Koh Racha Yai! I will certainly not be returning! If you do make the decision to go, book one or two nights max as they are quiet enough to extend your trip! Good Luck!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Coral Island Hotel Rawai
- Coral Island Resort Ko He, Thailand - Phuket