Crystal Beach Condo was the perfect place for our family vacation with
• Multiple bedrooms with a large living room/ kitchen extending to the veranda/ balcony overlooking the beach
• It is close to the beach with a nice big pool
• Rayong is our favorite destination with the nicest beaches within 3 hours of Bangkok
Margo was super helpful and very responsive from start to finish with our rental. She was also very gracious and accommodating with my booking problems. She treats you like a household guest instead of a hotel client. Her place is clean and inviting. I just wish we have had discovered her place 20 years ago when we first came to Bangkok to live.
Margo was super helpful and very responsive from start to finish with our rental. The location of this condo is ideal for families with kids looking for a quiet place away from the crowds. Lots to see and do around the area too within a short bus or taxi ride, though the internet ready TV and the great book and DVD selection was also a real plus.
We have stayed at Margo's place several times over the years and always enjoy our stay there. Living and working in Bangkok, it is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The apartment is very comfortable with plenty of space for our family of five and everything we need. We especially love sitting on the balcony overlooking the sea where there is always a gentle breeze and we can watch the fishing boats in the distance. The condo complex is lovely with beautiful gardens and friendly staff. The pool is always well maintained and there are plenty of chairs and loungers around for reading while the kids splash about. The beach has beautiful white sand. When the kids were younger we would spend hours there while they built sand castles and collected shells. Now they are older, they prefer to go hunting for coconuts. At low tide we walk all the way down to the end of the beach where the Marriott is - a decent hour's walk. If you don't want to cook there are plenty of Thai eateries within walking distance. We sometimes hop in the car and drive down to the Marriott or the Novotel if we fancy a more upmarket meal. There's a 7-11 just down the road for picking up those necessary bits and pieces. Margo is always friendly and helpful and the place is always ready for us regardless of when we arrive. If you don't have a car and want to go further afield you can rent little motorbike tuk-tuks at the front gate. We have never had the need but have seen many others do this.
We enjoyed our stay at Margo's condo very much. It was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The views were absolutely beautiful. The pool was great and access to the private beach was very easy. Margo was very helpful with any questions we had.
Great condo, beautiful beach views. Great pool and beach access. Owner very responsive to questions.
This condo is beautifully situated with absolute beachfront access, which was the main draw for me. Apartment was fully equipped and with wonderful views, good wifi. The apartment and block are a bit dated inside, but are stunning outside. Very quiet, must be lots of apartment owners who don't visit much. Given it is a residential condo, don't expect full service, although the staff were helpful. I hadn't really expected to be quite so far from getting groceries etc, so consider that when packing. Good local cafes and easy walk on the street or along the beach.
Stepping into this seaside condo after an easy 3 hour journey from Bangkok is like being welcomed into the comfortable vacation home of your favourite relatives, who just happen to be away. Surrounded by a diverse and extensive library, personal mementos and effects of an international family, soothed by the cool salty breeze blowing in from the large bougainvillea-fringed balcony, and immediately captivated by the panoramic seaview, the anxieties of city life just melt away. Your first reaction is, "why didn't I book a longer stay?".
Everything that you could possibly need is here and available for your use (as of Feb 2016), from tennis rackets/balls to espresso machine to internet-enabled TV and an extensive DVD collection. Wifi is provided, free and fast. Basic kitchen supplies & condiments are there for your use.
The three bedrooms are roomy and comfortable, with the master bedroom opening directly to the wonderful balcony. Master b/r also has ensuite bathroom. Second bedroom is large, with a comfortable futon and mini balcony looking toward the sea, although the main view from the room is from the backside of the building, overlooking the green countryside. Comfy place to hang out and read. The third bedroom is set up for children, with a bunk bed still decorated with and surrounded by child friendly accessories. Toys and puzzles are on hand. Sheets and bedding are clean, complete and comfortable for all three rooms.
The main living, dining and kitchen area is open plan, and inviting place to hang out and relax. Relatively new flatscreen TV with international cable channels, DVD player and library are there for your enjoyment. However, what one really loves to do here is hang out on the large balcony, enjoying the sea breeze and wonderful views toward Koh Samet.
As for outdoor amenities, large, clean and well maintained swimming pool surrounded by villas is available for use, and the of course the development fronts directly onto the ocean. The beach in front of the property is cleaned daily, the sand is fine, and the water is warm and inviting. The beach extends unbroken for kilometres in both directions, great for long, languid walks. As is becoming all too common on many Thai beaches, there is a problem with litter and plastic waste in certain sections as one walks along, but again, the area around this condo is clean and well-kept and your enjoyment of the oceanside will not be undisturbed. No vendors, no tourist hordes, not many locals even - it is a peaceful stretch of beach where one can truly relax and unwind, so unlike the over-populated mass tourism beaches that are so common elsewhere.
There are three nearby restaurants where one can find good basic Thai food. The best of the bunch is Chomtalay right at the intersection about 250 m to the left as you exit the property to the main road. There is newer one a bit closer on the right, but based on our experience, would not recommend it.
This review is perhaps a bit wordy, but then again, we were so impressed with this place, and so grateful to find it, that I just can't say enough good things about it. I must also mention how very pleasant and responsive the owner (Margo J) is - such a pleasure to deal with, so helpful and welcoming. Thank you Margo!!
I would not hesitate to return to this property, and it has my highest recommendation.
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