Me and my wife together with our daughter and her family, total of 6 people stayed in Amber Sands for 9 nights in January. Amber is not for all as other reviews and Julian pointed out at our first contact true e-mail before we booked but if you read the reviews and find this is what you looking for I am 100% sure you not going to be disappointed. We have visit Asia and especially Thailand many times before and experienced a variety of accommodations and this was easiest the best place we stayed at when comparing all the elements that you get when staying at Amber.
Of course are Julian and Cheryl genuine caring and commitment to their guest wellbeing is very important part of this. The other staff with Debbie, the amazing chef, is also important making guests feeling welcomed from the start. During our visit they were little bit short of staff but still managed to keep everything top notch and Julian and Cheryl always find time to chat with guests and make you felt a special guest. Cheryl for instant went out finding a birth day cake for our daughter which was a nice surprise for her.
The resort has only 8 rooms of which one is a family bungalow, nr 8, with two rooms. One is Beach house with one room upstairs, nr 2, and one downstairs, nr 1. Both of these options are great for families. All rooms are overlooking the beautiful garden with swimming pool in the middle and the beach just behind it. We stayed at the upper level of Beach House with great sea view and spacious bedroom & bathroom. Our daughter with her husband and their two children stayed at the lower level with only 10 meters to the beach. The rooms are large and comfortable, very clean and well managed. At the upper level you have a nice balcony to sit and watch the amazing sun set or just reading. At the lower level it’s a nice terrace to sit and listen to the waves 24/7. There is no TV in their room but you got Wi-Fi in all rooms that works great if you need to keep update what´s happening or keep in touch with your family and friends.
The restaurant is relaxed with wooden furnishings, creating a nice ambience. It's beautifully positioned and overlooks the sea and is a great place to watch the sunset At Amber we had our best meals for a very long time when staying in Thailand. The dishes taste authentic fresh Thai with superb presentations. Debbie and her staff did a great job in serving delicious meals with a varied menu that you not getting tired of. Except for Thai food they also had some western dishes and children menu. We had some meals outside when having tours and one at the resort next doors but none of them could compare with what was served at Amber. Their breakfast, not included in the price for the room, is also a nice start of the day with a la carte menu where it’s easy find the best breakfast for your own taste including Thai rice soup to English breakfast. The restaurant is closed between 2.30pm and 6pm but then you help yourself to drinks and just asked to record what you have had.
The garden, which has beautiful plants and trees, which add to the resort's atmosphere and sense of being close with the nature. The gardener did a great job with the garden and keeping the beach clean. There is a small but lovely pool as well with some sun beds. Our grand-children loved to play in the pool. At the beach you have two Salas that was a favorite with many guest and also some wooden sun beds on the beach.
The sand on the beach is indeed amber colored. The beaches on White Sands are nice to stroll on and fit in more with image one thinks of with the perfect white beaches. However the beach at Amber is a 100% private and perfect when you want enjoy the peace coming back from tours. There are a couple of private homes and small guest houses along the beach near Amber Sands, but they weren't in any way intrusive to the peace and tranquilly at Amber.
The location on the beautiful east coast of Koh Chang is ideal to relax, away from the busy west coast including White Sand Bach but if you want to go their it’s easy to just take a taxi which takes around 15 minutes and cost 300THB. Otherwise you have some small shops at the pier, hidden from sight, a short 10 minutes stroll away from Amber.
We wanted spend time with our family, eating great Thai food and relax in a peaceful and beautiful place and that is exactly what we were able to do. We could easily stay more nights without getting bored with the peace and quiet. We lost track of times and if you when checking out have to ask Julian if they missed to charge some meals & tours then you know you got great value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience peace on Koh Chang's tranquil east coast in our small, family run resort metres from a quiet, almost deserted beach where we bring you a personal, individual experience. Only eight spacious air-conditioned bungalows, set in a tropical garden, all with views of the beach. Our fresh water pool provides an alternative. The thatch roof open-sided restaurant is steps from the beach and offers both traditional Thai dishes and a range of Western foods. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amber Sands Beach Hotel Koh Chang