This is the place to come if you want a relaxing resort, far from the maddening crowd. The grounds are enormous and they have a variety of accommodation. The villas are very well spaced out, so very private and a few different types are available (some with their own plunge pool). However we stayed in a standard room-for 3 nights, in a low rise block, on top of the hill. These rooms were lovely and spacious with big bathrooms and a walk-in shower and separate bath. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the room equipped with everything you'd expect. There was a large balcony to sit and enjoy the sea views and breezes (all rooms have seaviews). We also found these rooms quiet. At night the staff would bring you chocolates and put an oil burner on the scent the room-a nice touch.
Generally the service was really friendly and good but there were a couple of times it needed improvement, for example, at breakfast they could be slow to replenish your tea/coffee, on the 1st day at breakfast no one told us there was a room next to the restaurant full of food, we only saw the small selection in the main restaurant and thought that was it (until the 2nd day), they were very slow to clear plates at the buffet, there were never enough towels by the pool and sometime food orders took a very long time to come. But the service was very good really, especially the reception people were very helpful.
The resort has a pool with a great view of the sea they also have free bikes and kayaks (make sure you paddle across the bay as it is beautiful). Yes it is not the nicest beach (swimming at high tide is good) and the beach chairs are old and grubby, but the setting is so nice you can overlook that. Some of the grounds look a bit neglected, with a lot of weeds and some parts are a bit old, but overall it's fine. The rooms are very well-maintained. I had some great food and some very average food. Breakfast was actually quite good.
The resort offers a free shuttle to white sand beach (the nearest town) 4 times per day (around 11,2,5 &7) but the times were not always ,convenient. If you went in for dinner you would need to get a local taxi back (around 100b per person). They will also take you to the ferry port for no charge.
The resort has just been taken over by Furama so they may have improvment plans for it but I would definitely stay here again as it was a very pleasant& lovely place. I would recommend the resort for families and couples but not for those who need to be near the action or need nightlife
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Pet Friendly Resort- Situated in the Gulf of Thailand is a tropical island paradise, affectionately called Koh Chang or in English, Elephant Island. Koh Chang is the second largest island (429 square kilometres) in Thailand after Phuket. Despite its size Koh Chang is quite undeveloped. It is a picturesque island of virgin rainforest, untracked jungles, high mountains, spectacular coastlines, fine white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, colourful corals, breathtaking waterfalls and an abundance of marine life. Aiyapura Resort & Spa Koh Chang is an independent hotel located on a forty acre beach-front property in Klong Son Bay. Beautiful Thai style villas and suites are surrounded by green tropical gardens with ocean views, set around a large 30 metre leaf shaped swimming pool. We offer the perfect natural environment for rest and relaxation, and a well-located base to explore all the activities Koh Chang has to offer. Koh Chang can be reached from Bangkok by direct flight in only 45 minutes, or in 5 hours by car or the hotel van service.Only 5 minutes from the ferry pier (many high end resorts are up to 1 hour from the pier) and White Sand Beach is easily accessible with the hotel shuttle bus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aiyapura Resort And Spa
- Aiyapura Resort Koh Chang
- Aiyapura Hotel Koh Chang