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Amber Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 110 Ko Chang B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

This place is great. Exactly what it claims to be. Quiet, nice view, great service, great restaurant! Go there!! You will not be disappointed!

Honesty bar very nice too. Spent a couple of nights in the restaurant while our baby was sleeping on the floor with cold singha's.... Just great!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

In England they have a TV advertisement that has the well-known phrase “it does what it says on the tin”. That is how we want to be remembered, and how we set up our web site, for example. We don’t want those glossy photos that one often sees or fancy words and when you get to the hotel, you experience something different. Most of our guests tell us that Amber Sands is better than expected, which is our aim. It’s all about managing expectations.

And your review does that as well Singha13. Short and sweet and to the point, hitting some important points with great style! Thank you.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Amber Sands for 5 nights in November 2012, after finding such great reviews on Trip Advisor....... every single one is true!
Julian and Cheryl are great hosts. They arranged everything for us; every tiny detail, from a taxi from the Cambodian border (who waited almost 5 hours for us while we were stuck on the Cambodian side!), to a scooter for a couple of days, advice about where to see/go on the island, elephant trekking, and another taxi to Bangkok.
I have been on various holidays around the world, including a lot of Caribbean islands and I can honestly say, I have never been anywhere more relaxing, or with more thoughtful hosts.
The location is beautiful, the beach was so quiet, the bungalows so pretty and the bar and restaurant, amazing. The honesty bar/system somehow makes you feel even more relaxed - I can't quite explain why, but wandering over to behind the bar in the afternoon and helping yourself (as long as it's written down!) just makes you feel like you could stay there forever - who needs a minibar!
Before we went, we debated a little about which bungalow to stay in, or whether to stay in the beach house. We opted for a deluxe bungalow and it was beautiful in and out - size was perfect, little thatched roof was cute, no bugs at all apart from one little chit-chat who stayed with us for the duration of our stay. The only difference between that and the beach house was the size, a small veranda and you had a view of the sea from your bed. I think I'd stay in the beach house next time (we WILL be going back!) but only for the view.
To us, it felt very romantic and like our piece of paradise. If we had children I'd take them there too as it felt safe, I'd try to keep them quiet though as it really is such a peaceful place.
I could go on and on about how wonderful Amber Sands is, but really, if you're reading this, don't hesitate - book it NOW!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Gosh, thank you so much Pouts for such a thorough and thoughtful review.

We really don’t know how to reply to that one! You’ve certainly picked up on many of the small things that we try and do behind the scenes, and in the way that we run Amber Sands, to ensure that our guests chill, relax, receive value for money and also want to return. All of those are important to us, and it sounds like we succeeded in your case, thank you.

See you next time!

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Well what can't I say! this hotel is the best on the east coast of ko Chang , Julian Cheryl & all there staff make you feel most welcome the minute you arrive, the food was yummy good choice on the menu ! Number 5 bungalow was cleaned daily very spacious and the bed was really comfy to sleep in ,the shower had hot running water all times of the day.Being a solo traveller I hired a moped to tour this beautiful island not much to see along the east coast the beaches are not as busy as on the west coast but very scenic ,more to see and do shops etc....along the west coast of the island .Being a solo traveller be very wary of the beaches along the east coast as there is a Thai man on a moped reg number 924 aged between 25 - 30 who will join you on the beach and perform a sexual act in front of you this was reported but I don't think the Thai police take cases like this very serious at all ! Apart from the blip above I really enjoyed my stay at amber sands and the island of ko Chang many thanks Julian Cheryl and staff you made my holiday one of the best in Thailand so far ! :-)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2013

We’re so pleased to hear that your holiday was one of the best you’ve experienced in Thailand, embo40. As we say in our video, Amber Sands isn’t a 5 star resort, but we are very conscious that our guests trust us with their valuable holiday time, so we try hard to ensure that they do enjoy their stay at Amber Sands. We appreciate your comments about the resort’s food, menu and cleanliness.

Of course we were distressed to hear of your unfortunate experience on one of the quieter east coast beaches. This is just so unusual in Thailand in general, not to mention on Koh Chang; a sleepy backwater. It’s sad to think that we are perhaps catching up with the rest of the world. But sadder to hear about the lack of interest from the local police, even after you had yourself caught the perpetrator. We will take this up with the Tourist Police who hopefully will have a different attitude.

We note that you say there is not much to see down the east coast. We’re biased of course, but we think that one could spend one or even two days exploring this scenic part of the island. It is just so unspoilt, with lovely walks through two mangrove forests, being rowed in a gondola type wooden canoe, kayaking through the mangroves, or 300 metres over to another small island with two beaches, unspoilt and non-commercial fishing villages, four waterfalls (granted there was very little water at this time of the year), an interesting Buddhist Temple with amazing interior murals, lovely view sites, drives through unspoilt rain forests, a number of very remote and even hidden beaches and some good restaurants, including vegetarian and health foods, Vietnamese and two of which offer great fresh seafood. Our guests are often amazed that in Thailand one can still find these unspoilt areas with so few people around.

But just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we accept that the charm of the east coast will depend on what each person is looking for in a holiday.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

So peaceful and relaxing. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The setting of the restaurant, on the beach, is perfect and the food just right. We stayed in the Beach House literally 5 metres from the beach. The gardens are immaculate with loungers round the pool, under salas and on the beach. Thanks so much to Cheryl, Julian, Debbi and the rest of the staff. We'll be back!!

Room Tip: Garden rooms are good but the beach rooms are ideal.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Thank you for your review Pyjay, we appreciate your kind comments.

We agree with you that the setting of the restaurant is perfect. This is what ultimately sold us on this resort when we bought it. We’ll certainly pass on your thanks to the staff, who do a really fine job and are a great team.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Holidays are wonderful indeed but our recent stay at Amber sands for 3 nights was truly special and this is why.....Amber sands is a great name and this is how I think each letter represents exactly what it meant to us..........
A - is for ambience - the atmosphere was just perfect
M - memories
B - Belonging - feeling like we belonged
E - Excellent Hosts Julian and Cheryl may us feel like we were home
R - Relaxing - sit by the pool or have a massage

S - safe - a small place where everyone knows everyone
A - activites - hire a car or scooter or get Julian & Cheryl to organise an activity for you
N - Nature - fantastic location on the west coast and the have lovely gardens
D - Deserted beach - enjoy the beach on this west coast
S - our souls were recharged after our visit to Amber Sands

We did hire a car one day to the busy east coast. The east coast is so hectic and touristy
and when we got back that night to Amber Sands we all felt like we were home. Julian and Cheryl go out of their way for you. They certainly work hard to make this place what it is and we thank them both. Good luck to you both for the future

Room Tip: we stayed in the two bedroom family room..loved it !
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Thank you for such an original review franjipanikoonya. (Not to mention your original TripAdvisor name and photo. Great!)

You’ve certainly touched on many of the “soft” reasons for choosing Amber Sands, which we completely agree are also important when planning your holiday, and often difficult to sell to guests. When doing their research, many people only focus on the more tangible attributes like food, price, facilities, views, beaches and the like. We try and push the other buttons also, so we thank you for highlighting your experience. We also appreciate the comment you made that you felt like coming “home”, which means a lot to us.

I hope you don’t mind but for the benefit of those doing their research for their visit to Amber Sands, I must just correct one factual error. You mention our deserted beach on the “west coast”, and having hired a car to visit the “busy east coast”. In fact it is the other way around. Amber Sands is on the quieter unspoilt east coast whereas the west coast of the island is the busier side with many hotels, shops, bars and restaurants (and a few other “unmentionables”).

We're glad that you took away happy memories.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Having found this wonderful resort last year we had to return and spend time there during our eight week holiday in Thailand. It was every bit as good as we remembered and it was lovely to be back.
It was wonderful to receive such a warm welcome from Cheryl and Julian. They are fantastic hosts and will do anything to make your holiday one to remember. The gardens are very well attended by two gardeners and are really beautiful. During our holiday we stayed at seven resorts and very few had sun loungers, but Amber Sands had very comfortable loungers with mattresses around the quiet swimming pool.

This year we stayed in the downstairs beach house which is close to the sea shore and has a lovely view. It is very spacious and has an area with a sofa for relaxing and a nice size terrace outside. The gardeners ensure the beach is kept clean daily.

We looked forward to eating in the restaurant as we really enjoyed the food last year and it did not let us down. They will always ensure any spicy dish is tailored to your taste.

Julian will arrange any trips, taxis and excursions for you.

Without a doubt, when we next visit Koh Chang we shall visit our No. 1 Resort, Amber Sands.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2013

Thank you twitham for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

Firstly because we know that you stay at a number of different resorts around Koh Chang and Koh Mak, so you are in a good position to compare. And secondly because you’re in the hospitality business yourself, so you know what to expect.

We do often find that it is more difficult to impress a guest on a return visit because they know our standards and how we operate. We’re so pleased that you both enjoyed your return to Amber Sands. That is fantastic recognition, thank you.

We look forward to seeing you again next time!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We started our trip at Amber Sands and couldn't have been happier with our stay. It is a bit more on the spendy side (for Thailand) but worth every penny. Perhaps one downside of staying at Amber Sands is that they set a very high bar for rest of your trip. From the rooms, to the food (especially), the atmosphere, the staff, and even the Thai massage, it was all great and hard to beat elsewhere. We'll be back someday and recommend this to people looking for a quiet, relaxing location with warm hospitality from a great couple.
As others have said, the trip to the other side of the island is pretty intense. We recommend renting scooters for a couple of days and spend your first day on the east side to get used to the traffic/roads, etc. It's a beautiful ride. When you go to the west side, just be aware of the winding, very steep roads.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2013

Thank you saritatraveler for your review of Amber Sands.

It’s funny that you make the comment about our setting a high bar for the rest of your trip, because we have heard that from other guests before who have said that they wish they’d come to Amber Sands last!

We agree with you about first getting comfortable with scooters down the quieter east coast before venturing to the busier “other side”. Besides, there is plenty to see and do down the east coast anyway.

We hope to see you back at Amber Sands one day.

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Address: 51/3 Moo 2, Baan Dan Kao, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Chang
Price Range: $92 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amber Sands Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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