Oct 01

The Emerald Cove Koh Chang – Klong Prao Beach

the-emerald-cove-koh-changThe Emerald Cove Koh Chang is one of the island’s premier 4 star hotels.

About The Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Located on the very popular Klong Prao Beach, The Emerald Cove Koh Chang has 165 rooms, set in perfectly lawned gardens with a feature length swimming pool, several restaurants, bar, spa, coffee shop and beach terrrace.

Accommodation comprises deluxe rooms, deluxe ocean facing, grand deluxe ocean facing and one bedroom suites, all with balconies. The rooms are housed in a gently curving 3 storey building that flanks one side of the grounds. A wooden walkway joins the building with the swimming pool and pool bar area, the restaurants sitting opposite in another complex.

The 50 metre lap pool sits parallel to the ocean at the front of the resort with loungers surrounding it on wooden decking and others dotted about on the immaculate grass. The resort is beachfront but you do need to walk a few metres in either direction to actually walk along the sand and wade into the sea. The plus side to this is The Emerald Cove feels delightfully secluded and private.

emerald-cove-koh-chang-roomThe amenities in The Emerald Cove include individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, DVD (in some rooms only), tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar, in-room safe, shower and bath, bathroom accessories, wifi and balconey.

There are several in-house restaurants from which to choose. The main one, The Cove Terrace serves a full buffet breakfast, eggs cooked to order, followed by an all day menu of Thai and European dishes. Just Thai, open in the evenings only, offers a la carte dining, whilst Sassi is their Italian corner. There’s also Breezes Bar, with a happy hour and the pool bar, open daily for snacks and drinks.

emerald-cove-koh-chang-bathroomReviews for the food and drink at The Emerald Cove are generally very good, but if you fancy a change, then you can stroll next door to the The Dewa or on down the beach to the simple thatch affairs at Family and Mandalay. Head up through Blue Lagoon using the pontoon bridge to street level and you are in the center of Klong Prao, with Tonsai and Kati Culinary two excellent spots.

Or simply head out in a taxi to Kai Bae Beach, 10 minutes away if that, and take your pick from the many choices on its bustling main street. Head here for the nightlife too.

The Emerald Spa is located on site, with massage, steam room, and treatments, open daily from 10.00am to 19.00. Yoga Retreats are available during March 2016, all levels, 1 or 2 week courses.

Service and staff seem to receive universally high praise as attentive, alert, friendly and keen to accommodate your requests, however trivial.

The Emerald Cove Koh Chang – Our Verdict

The Emerald Cove was formerly managed by the Amari chain, with the Marriot now due to come on board in 2016, their initial start date bumped from this year. With the management taking the hotel back in house, at the outset, there were some undoubted problems, but since the start of 2015, feedback has been positive with those original failings corrected and ironed out.

The design at The Emerald Cove is practical and corporate, rather than boutique or modern Bangkok. The rooms reflect the design, comfortable and clean, nothing too fancy. It may seem a bit staid for some tastes, but its overall standards and approach are unlikely to disappoint. Indeed, for most satisfied guests, it ticks all the boxes of what a top 4 Star Thailand hotel should be.


Room Types at The Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Deluxe, Deluxe Ocean, Grand Deluxe and Suite

Rates at The Emerald Cove Koh Chang

From 4,500bt (deluxe) to 7,000 (grand deluxe ocean facing) in high season, great deals in low season

Facilities at The Emerald Cove Koh Chang

24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, airport transfer, babysitting, bar, coffee shop, concierge, elevator facilities for disabled guests, family room, laundry service, library, luggage storage, meeting facilities, poolside bar, restaurant, salon, smoking area, fitness center, garden, Spa, massage, outdoor pool, kids’ pool, Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas

Useful Info for The Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Infants up to 2 stay for free, though cots will be charged; children from 3 to 11 use an extra bed (charged); over 11s are considered adults. Breakfast at 345bt (kids up to 11) or 690bt all others, if not in room rate. No Pets.

Check-In from 14:00, Check-Out by 12:00pm.

Read the latest customer reviews of The Emerald Cove Koh Chang over at Agoda by clicking here

Location: Klong Prao Beach

The peaceful Klong Prao Beach is a lovely long 3km stretch of sand split by two canals at either end. With its concentration of large upmarket resorts right on the beach, it attracts families, couples and just a few independent travellers. Around the central temple, it has a good mix of Thai and Western restaurants and plenty of shops, all a short walk only from the sea. It’s not a nightlife area. The area boasts the main waterfall at Klong Plu, elephant camps and cookery schools.

For the full guide, please follow the link here, at Klong Prao Beach

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