Due to the steady influx of package tourists some resorts on Koh Chang have lost their charm in recent years. Gajapuri is a welcome exception to this rule. It is a relatively small resort that caters primarily to couples. The rooms are beautiful, large and tastefully decorated. We got a deluxe room that was only 30 meters or so from the sea and right next to the swimming pool. Due to the small size of the resort it has a very relaxing atmosphere and it's a great place to unwind for a couple of days.
Service is great, everyone is very friendly and willing to please. Front desk even managed to change our hotel bookings when our travel plans suddenly changed.
So, nothing to complain?
Well, yes there's always something that can be improved of course. There seems to be some difficulty in maintaining a constant temperature in the showers. The beach is not your typical tropical island fantasy beach; it's a quite narrow strip of sand. On the other hand, there's plenty of shade offered by the many trees along the beach, it's not as overcrowded as the beaches further north and it's fine for a swim (I saw some other people complain about the rocks in the sea but I usually don't walk in the sea, I swim; the bottom is sandy for the first few meters).
The spa and the massages are overpriced, they ask more than double than what is asked in neighbouring resorts. We got a 300bt massage next door and it was perfect (at Gajapuri it's 700bt).
The restaurant is okay but nothing to write home about. We used it mainly for lunch and went outside for dinner. There are heaps of eateries along the main road through Kai Bae so there's something for everyone.
All in all, probably the best choice on Koh Chang if you want a quiet place to get away from it all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GajaPuri Resort & Spa Koh Chang is a Boutique style Hotel at the beach of Kai Bae. Only a short 20 min drive from the ferry pier, the resort offers a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere in-midst tropical gardens. To the west you'll find the beach of the Gulf of Siam while to the east the rain forest with scenic mountain views surrounds your line of sight. GajaPuri and GajaLanai are laid out like cozy villages with unique wooden pathways leading you towards your private corner in paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gajapuri Resort And Spa