We had booked 2 nights at Sunset Cove with the intention of finding cheaper accommodation in the meantime and moving on after the 2 nights. We were travelling with our 3.5 yo and 8 month old boys and were a little unsure from the photos and description of the resort if it would be suitable or not, so we arrived with no expectations.
We had made the initial booking via the internet and they were aware of our arrival that evening but didn't know that we had 2 children and that we had also requested a baby cot for the room. I don't think the booking agency passed on that information as everything else was in exact order so didn't feel it had anything to do with Sunset Cove. It was no problem and we were in our room within 10 min, cot and all. They also offered to bring us food and drinks to our room as they must have known we'd been on a tough journey to get there with the kids and hadn't eaten since that morning.
The room was larger than we expected and also there was a couch/day bed which we weren't expecting, so suddenly we had a bed for our 3.5 yo rather than him sleeping in the bed with us which was a pleasant relief for the marriage! The next morning we got up and had a wander around and we were nothing but impressed. There is a great pool complete with kids pool toys which was the highlight of our son's trip and the restaurant was lovely with pretty nice food, and the coconut shakes, lets just say i couldn't stop!!! We had privacy as there didn't seem to be too many people there and the staff were soooo lovely! If we needed anything we just had to ask, complete luxury for us having our washing done! After our first 2 days there we decided that we were still unwinding and not quite ready to move on yet so we booked in for another 2 nights to give us some breathing space. It was so relaxed and easy to be there with the kids and we fell into a routine with no problem. On our 3rd day there, we thought we'd better scope out some other accommodation for the following 4 nights and we spent the whole afternoon looking at all the accommodation on the same beach as Sunset Cove and Haad Yao Beach a little further up. I think we looked at 10 to 15 places, some cheaper, some the same price and some more expensive, but none as homely and as lovely as Sunset Cove. Feeling like we'd wasted a day of our holiday not having found anywhere else we were happy with, and after another coconut shake back at the 'Cove', we decided that we were happy where we were and that it had everything we needed and the kids loved it so other than the price there was no reason to move on. My husband then graciously spoke to the Lovely manager Ben and told her we wanted to stay a further 4 nights but would she do some kind of a 'deal' for us and she offered us the room at a discount rate, that then made it affordable to stay.
I'm so glad that we made this decision and would stay there again in a heart beat. On our final night at Sunset Cove my husband and I really wanted to have dinner together with out the kids and there was also a party down the end of the beach at Pirates Bar which looked rather tempting for a boogie. I asked Ben if they offered a baby sitting service and she said that they normally don't and hadn't been asked before but that she would organise someone to stay in the room with the kids for us for 4 hours. I asked her how much and she said nothing!!!!! Of course we paid the lovely lady that did this for us as we had such a lovely time out and it was the highlight of our stay being able to have a few romantic hours on the beach together. We had a bbq on the beach at a little bar called 'Heaven' and it was so delicious and then had a great dance for 3 hours at Pirate Bar.
All in all I can safely say that this was a fantastic place to stay and Sunset Cove made our holiday fun, relaxed and easy with the Kids, which is what every parent travelling with kids wants. The beach wasn't as nice as some of the ones we saw further north, but it wasn't bad either. I found being in the pool nicer anyway as the water in the ocean was like a warm bath and I needed to cool off from the heat.
The only down side to our whole stay was the dog fights which is by no means the Resorts fault and they happen all over the island and also the bath in our room leaked all over the floor so we couldn't use that but there was an outside shower anyway so it was no problem.
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
See you again Sunset Cove!
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