We originally contacted two resorts on Koh Ngai by email about availability of rooms/prices/transfers from mainland etc for a 3 day stay in Feb 2010 - one of these was CoCo Cottages. Within a couple of days over New Year all the arrangements were in place. (The other resort didn't even bother to respond to our email !). The transfer (by taxi and long tail boat) from our previous hotel on the mainland went without a hitch. We were very warmly received at CoCo Cottages and shown to our beachfront cottage. We returned to the restaurant for lunch about 30min later, by which stage none of the waiting staff needed to be informed of our cottage number when ordering food or drinks - they knew it already. This was our experience throughout the entire stay in both restaurant and bar - and shows a polished attention to detail. The atmosphere in the bar during the evening was very relaxed with some good music and there seemed to be a lot of people from other resorts on the beach coming here to eat. We found the food very good - and, again, the request to prepare ours "thai style" (i.e don't compromise with the chilli) was required once only. Our cottage came with both air con and a fan (plus mosquito netting on the windows and a net over the bed) and, in retrospect, the air con was not really necessary. With the shutters open, the room stayed cool during the day and, at night, the fan alone would have been sufficient. Having previously read a number of reviews about the beach, we came equipped with aqua shoes (also very useful for snorkelling trips around islands in the area) and, therefore, had absolutely no problems with walking on the rocks. This also enabled us to walk out close to the coral reef late each afternoon at low tide. There, the water was about waist height and really clear and calm - it wasn't even necessary to use a face mask or snorkel to observe the fish and it was quite easy to stand on areas of sand - thus avoiding any damage to the coral. Aqua shoes are widely available on internet sites (such as ebay) and cost around £10 - a very small outlay in the overall cost of a holiday. The staff at this resort were delightful and attentive and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at CoCo Cottages and hope to return again next year for a longer stay. Finally, try to get up at least one morning between 6.30 and 6.45 if only for a few minutes - the sunrise is spectacular!
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