My wife and daughter stayed at this place in 2012 and this time my wife dragged me over there. I'm not a fan of the beach and reading through some of the reviews I was rather skeptical to start with.
But, the place and the people are marvelous.
We were there just after Songkran, when it was fully booked. The girls at the reception though (and the rest of the personnel too) were very friendly, polite, efficient and helpful. All the time. What a relief!
Although it was a full house, this was not noticeable at the beach. We felt as if we had it just for our own.
Breakfast was lavish with a wide variety of food offered and there was more than plenty of it. There was some queuing at the bread toaster though.
I strongly recommend to book a bungalow with sea view. Not so much for the sea view, but these bungalows can take advantage of the sea breeze which makes the heat a lot more bearable.
The front garden is very beautiful and is designed in line with the nearby beach. With sand and coconut trees and all.
A minus though are the coconuts on the trees. Although very exotic and beautiful, these things tend to fall off the tree sooner or later an you better don't get one on the head. (trust me on that one: they do fall down when you least expect them)
You can rent a bike or motorbike at the reception desk. Go for the motorbike unless you like to suffer on a bike in the tropical heat. The nearby villages are unspoiled treasures, waiting for you to discover. The Wat Tang Sai Temple complex is one of the most beautifully decorated temples I've ever seen. Really worth a visit. But mind you, the temple closes at 5 in the afternoon.
Also the Khiri Wrong Cave, which is actually a temple, is worth a visit. King Chulalonkon left some graffiti on the ceiling when he visited the place. We were not allowed to do the same.
The food at the resort is also very good. We had dinner there every day and really enjoyed it.
The beach is kept clean and although there are sandbanks every so many meters, we could safely go for a swim. We noticed one jelly fish in total. Not a real problem I'd say.
My skepticism disappeared soon after our arrival and we truly enjoyed our stay at the resort.
With thanks to Air and Kae and all the other staff.
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- Rachavadee Beach Resort Thailand/Bang Saphan