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Ao Prao Resort
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Ko Samet
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at the resort and it's even better than when I was here 6 years ago. The service and cleanliness are outstanding, the location divine, and the peacefulness from being in paradise simply restorative! I only had a stop over in Thailand on my way home but extended it just so I could come here again. I want to stay here forever!!!

Room Tip: Each hut is separate, but nestled together in a cluster facing the water. Both times my room was fan...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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452 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

The boat ride and transfer to Koh Samet is easy, but sufficiently long for you to know you are decently offshore. Ao Prao Resort is on a truly unspoilt part of the island. When you are there, you see nothing else apart from the stunning beach and sea. The main reception building and restaurant is a beautiful structure and the individual cabins are extremely high quality and very private - complete with wonderful outside showers that are also private.

The service is typically Thai - smiling and gracious.

If you want somewhere to really get away from it all and relax in heavenly surroundings, this is a wonderful choice. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
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27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

This shall be a detailed review as Iam in love with this resort. JUst 2 hours from Bangkok and a 10 minute speed boat transfer from Ban Phe Pier is this hidden gem. There is a private pier with a nice waiting area before the boat takes you right on the beach of the resort. The beach is shared with 3 other resorts all with few guests,it is almost like having the entire beach to yourself.
On arriving we were given refreshing welcome drinks and move to a two bedroom suite (400) which was well appointed and had a good private balcony with a view. The pool area, the swings on the beach and the coffee shop are all fantastic. The staff went overboard catering to our every need and the food was just top drawer. We had rain for 2 days and then sunshine for the next 4. The beach is incredible even if not very long and quite narrow (the same is the case with all beaches on Koh Samed). There is a lot of junk and debris that tends to get washed up on the beach but there are sweepers cleaning it through the day. Overall the experience was very good,the color of the water, the food and drinks,the two band team in the lobby churning out good music, the pool (saltwaterish),just a fantastic combo. It is set on the more exclusive and quiet part of the island which makes it all the while more worthwhile. The three ladies offering massage on the cordoned off area of the beach are magical. If you want to skip going to an over commercialized resort and get away to somewhere real and beautiful this is the place.PERFECT FOR COUPLES.

Two things to note - Stairs,there a re a lot of them, specially if your villa is higher up on the hill,and these stairs tend to be slippery in the rain.

The pressure of water in the showers was inadequate. It just didnt kick in even after minutes of waiting.

Iam going back to this place really soon,thats how much I liked it.

Room Tip: We took 400, a two bedroom suite with a sprawling living room, it was fantastic !
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was a great hotel, the beach is beautiful and clean and the staff offered great service. We actually were upgraded on arrival to the top resort their because our air conditioner was broken. There are three resorts on this beach, all run by the same group and are at varying levels of luxury. The breakfast included option was good with a wide range of food. The rooms were very comfortable and great standard. The restaurant at Breeze was lovely, sitting outside on the balcony in the evening with a fire show as well. The pool was nice and the staff were friendly. Was a relaxing weekend! I'm going back there tomorrow!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The hotel is very well situated, on the other part of the island. The beach is very quiet and perfect for couples and families. The staff is very polite, they are willing to help you. The room vas clean and good standing. I would recommend this place for people looking for relaxation and luxury.

Room Tip: Room 200 is great, just in front of the sea !
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
95 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Small quiet resort on the island of Koh Samet just off the coast south of Bangkok. After a two and a half hour drive from Bangkok, a short but bumpy speedboat ride from Rayong and even more bumps on the back of an open taxi from the pier we arrived at this little oasis. The rooms are nice comfortable bungalows overlooking the small beach. The restaurant was excellent with a great choice of set buffet, fantastic barbeque options or other dishes from the menu. The staff were lovely and friendly and the service was very good. On one evening the meal was spoiled somewhat by the petrol fumes from the 'fire dancers' on the beach but this is typical of Thailand. Small, clean and quiet beach - no hawkers to spoil our relaxation and the sea was delightfully warm. On another evening a short but vicious storm arrived and the whole restaurant was moved indoors very efficiently. There are few sights to see on the island so it is somewhere for a quiet relaxing getaway rather than a full Thai cultural experience, but good for a few days. The downside is the travel but the resort is worth the effort.

Room Tip: Low numbers are best - others are a longer climb up from the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris H
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Warsaw, Poland
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752 reviews
142 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 601 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

Koh Sameth island, the second biggest beach on the island. Nice elegant houses on the clean beach.. We were a group of 10 pax , we had 6 houses ,each house had different standard. Renovated and classical Thai rooms are most elegant. If You can choose take nbrs 100, 108, 109, 226. Don't choose nbrs higher than 400, dark and small. rooms. Tasty cousine, but high prices. No shops and non-hotel restaurants in area. If You need a night life, You have to move abt 4 kmts to another place with restaurants and discos. If You want to forget abt yr problems - come here and rest and breaf a clean air and swim in saphire water.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Ao Prao Resort
Address: 60 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Samet
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Samet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ao Prao Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AO PRAO RESORT - Located in a stunning location at the northern headland of lovely Ao Prao beach, on the west cost of Koh Samet (Samet Island), renowned for its crystalline white sand beaches. Only 2 1/2 hours by road from Bangkok, or one hour from Pattaya, followed by a short sea crossing in our shuttle boat. For the active holiday makers ... Sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, boating, sunbathing, swimming, bike riding or relaxing in your own tropies style cottage set in luxuriant greenery. A vacation on a tropical island has never been better than this. Ao Prao is a resort village located on a secluded beach with spacious cottages , first-class facilities, fantastic food and accommodation that offers real style, comfort and warmth. Here, you are miles away from everyday worries with all the beauty and wonder of a tropical paradise. This is the perfect vacation spot for couples or families and also offers modern facilities for a company seminar or conference for up to 70 delegates. Ao Prao is a tropic island vacation resort that is beyond your expectations. Free hotel shuttle speed boat from/to resort (For hotel guests only) From Seree Pier mainland : 11.00 Hrs., 13.30 Hrs., 16.00 Hrs. From Koh Samet : 10.00 Hrs., 12.30 Hrs., 15.00 Hrs. **Please stand by at Seree Pier (hotel pier) 20 minutes before shuttle boat time. **If missing the shuttle boat, extra cost of a private speed boat will be applied. ... more   less 
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