In our continuing guide to the best accommodation on Koh Chang, here we present our picks and recommendations for 4 star resorts across the island.
Primarily located in the central west coast areas of White Sand Beach, Klong Prao and Kai Bae, each of the listed resorts listed has at least one swimming pool and an in-house spa facility. Not all resorts are directly on the beach.
For the resorts listed, prices range from 1,500bt for a standard room right up to 13,500bt for a deluxe private pool villa. Prices will rise (considerably) in the peak season which runs from around 25/12 to 5/1 each year. A buffet breakfast is normally included in the price.
The resorts are not listed in any particular rating order.
Koh Chang Paradise Resort – Chai Chet Beach
Koh Chang Paradise Resort, one of Koh Chang’s longest established resorts, is located on a lovely stretch of beach at the southern end of Chai Chet.
Accommodation consists of 80 individual bungalows and villas, closely packed together in tropical gardens, whilst the facilities include an oceanfront swimming pool, spa and massage, fitness center and of course in-house restaurant.
Styled with polished wooden floors and simple dark furniture, the ensuite rooms come as either superior or deluxe, garden or beachside. TV, safe, fridge, tea, coffee failities, WiFi and a terrace with seating are all standard.
The pool villas, again either in the garden or with oceanview, go for the traditional Lanna style of pointed roof and wood panelling interior. It’s safe design rather than anything radical, reflecting very much the solid and dependable nature of the resort itself.
The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, with a full menu available at other times as well as an evening seafood BBQ. You can also get snacks at the poolside bar.
Prices in the superior bungalows are around 2,750bt a night in the garden, rising to 3,500bt seafront. Deluxe go from 3,500bt to 6,000bt, pool villas from 6,000bt to 13,000bt. Expect these rates to increase in peak season. Their website is here or click through below for the latest discounts:-
Centara Tropicana Resort – Klong Prao Beach – Resorts on Koh Chang
Managed by the Centara Group, Koh Chang Tropicana is a large but very laid back resort set in lovely tropical gardens on Klong Prao Beach.
The resort has over 150 rooms and cabanas, some on single storeys, some on double, all built in a similar design of thatch roofs atop textured, ochre coloured exteriors. Interiors employ varnished wood extensively in floors, high ceilings and accompanying fans, screens and furniture, but contrast it with bold colors for soft furnishings, rugs and tiling in the bathrooms. The result, to our untrained eye at least, is an almost Moroccan look and feel.
The ensuite, a/c rooms themselves come in all shapes and sizes from superior to deluxe, moving up through cabanas – deluxe, oceanview or premium – all the way to the largest type available, the suites. All are nicely private, tucked away amongst the surrounding foliage and connected by paths which naturally lead you down to the beach area.
There are 2 swimming pools, one by the sand and one inside the grounds. Each main pool as a children’s section too. Indeed, the resort is known for being very child friendly with plenty of activities laid on to keep the kids happy.
The in house restaurant, Sea Breeze, is located on the beach, serving a buffet breakfast and then Thai and western cuisine at other meal times. It lays on a evening buffet most nights. Food is also available in the smaller lobby diner and for cocktails, you can hang out at the beach bar.
Tropicana has its own fitness room as well as a spa, boasting massage, treatments, sauna and jacuzzi.
You can walk to the central area of Klong Prao with its restaurants and shops in about 10 minutes or the resort provides a frequent shuttle. Alternatively, you can head down the sand to any of the nearby resorts or beach bars and diners.
Superior rooms start at 3,700bt, deluxe at 4,400bt, cabanas from 4,600bt to 6,800bt and suites at 7,500bt.
Chang Buri Resort – White Sand Beach
Situated at the southern end of White Sand Beach, Chang Buri Resort hosts 110 rooms on either side of the main street.
The cheaper hillside accommodation consists of a 3 storey hotel style block, with a decent swimming pool and sometimes open bar at its rear. The rooms come ensuite with a balcony, safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities, a/c and WiFi.
Head across the road and the seaside section is by far the best part of the resort, dominated by a feature sized infinity swimming pool high up over the ocean. It’s also home to a much wider selection of room choices, from deluxes and suites set in the gardens, to villas fronting onto small rectangular pools, private pool villas and seafront premium suites.
The rooms themselves feature dark wooden floors and furniture alongside Thai style wallcoverings to break things up and plenty of light from the floor to ceiling windows. Each room has all the expected facilities, with the bonus of a bathtub in all the choices.
A buffet breakfast is laid out daily in the oceanfront restaurant, which then also offers an all day menu of Thai or western dishes and an evening seafood BBQ. The main pool also has a bar and there is a good coffee shop on site.
Chang Buri Resort runs a good in-house Spa for massage, treatments and a steam room.
Due to the rocks, you cannot swim at this end of White Sand Beach but it’s very easy indeed to walk a few minutes north for the better sand and sea. Similarly, a quick stroll in all directions puts you in the heart of the town’s restaurants and bars
The cheaper hillside rooms start at 1,800bt and are currently undergoing renovation ready for high season 2019-20. Villas across the road range from 2,800bt to 8,000bt.
Ramayana Resort – Klong Prao Beach
Ramayana Resort occupies a vast area which runs back from the main road at the northern end of Klong Prao Beach.
The 75 rooms are scattered about wonderful mature tropical gardens, connected by a myriad of paths going in all directions, little bridges crossing water features and a grand swimming pool at the centre.
The majority of the accommodation is of the same ilk, the so called Hanuman. These ensuite a/c rooms are tastefully designed with dark wooden varnished floors, white walls adorned with splashes of Thai art, a king size bed and tiled terrace. TV, fridge, WiFi, tea/coffee facilities are standard. Next up from that style, Ravana features larger rooms with 4 poster beds. For families, the Rama option gives you a whole Thai style house of 2 wood panelled bedrooms with doubles and twins, a huge open plan bathroom and seating areas.
Ramayana has two restaurants, one in the gardens and one near the lobby. It’s the usual buffet breakfast to start the day and then a full menu at other times, with evening BBQ. You can also get snacks with your drinks at the pool bar.
For health and pampering, the resort has a fitness room and in-house Spa, with a sauna alongside the wide range of massages and treatments.
The one drawback for Ramayana is the location, which is not within easy walking distance of shops or restaurants. You will need to use the taxis to get about or rent a motorbike. It is also not particularly near a beach with the section at Chai Chet at least 15 minutes away on foot. Conscious of this problem, the resort runs a regular shuttle to and from its sister resort, The Dewa, which is right on the sand at the other end of Klong Prao. You can also use the facilities there too.
Hanuman is priced at 4,700bt per night in peak season, Ravana at 5,300bt and the Rana family house at 8,500bt. Outside of this period, look out for their frequent room sales.
AANA Resort – Klong Prao Beach
The long established and uniquely designed AANA Resort sits canalside in Klong Prao, a near neighbour to Ramayana Resort above.
AANA Resort has 71 rooms in total, ranging from single or two storey white washed circular villas, joined by elevated stairways and terraces, to deluxe rooms in two low rise accommodation blocks which front onto a larger central swimming pool. There are also three further buildings which house the 2 room grande deluxes on the ground floor, while on the 2nd and 3rd storeys, you’ll find the top view rooms, some with accompanying plunge pools.
Topped by thatch or tiled conical roofs, the upper villas are built in the round with a pared back design to give a sense of space. At the centre of each tiled floor sits a king size bed with net, whilst light wood shelving and storage hugs the white walls. Leading off this, there’s an ensuite bathroom, the plunge pool and a separate driftwood style balcony. The other room varieties, though not all in the round, follow a similar design styling. All rooms options provide a TV, fridge, WiFi, safe, balcony, a/c, bath and shower as standard.
In addition to all the plunge pools, there are two good sized resort swimming pools for general use. The in-house restaurant, serving buffet breakfast from 06.30 and a full menu at other times, looks out over the river.
AANA provides a gondola boat shuttle service to and from its own private beach (with bar), which is 5 minutes away at the point where the river meets the sea. You can also kayak there or head the other way for a fascinating exploration of the mangroves.
For other restaurants, you will find a few choices just outside the resort along the river but otherwise, you will need to head into either Chai Chet or Klong Prao itself by taxi or rented motorbike.
AANA in currenlty undergoing much needed renovation as it was looking a little tired and frayed round the edges. This should be completed in time for the 2019-20 season.
Deluxe rooms start at 2,400bt per night, grand deluxe doubles at 3,000bt moving up to between 5,000bt and 6,000bt for the villas.
Kacha Resort – White Sand Beach – Koh Chang Resorts
At the northern end of White Sand Beach, the 174 room Kacha Resort straddles the main road with accommodation in either the hillside or seaside wings.
Rooms come in all shapes and sizes from deluxe rooms to suites, chalets to beachfront or seaview pool villas. Design is practical and light rather than particularly eye-catching, but the rooms are clean and well maintained. As standard, each option provides a/c, a seating area, ensuite bath and shower, TV, safe, tea/coffee making, WiFi and balcony.
Each wing has its own large swimming pool and children’s pool, with accompanying bar and loungers. Kacha operates a full in-house spa in addition to a well equipped fitness centre.
For dining choices, there are 2 restaurants, one a seafood concession at the front of the hillside area and the other serving a buffet breakfast, followed by a full Thai and western menu.
Kacha’s location in White Sand Beach is unbeatable. It fronts onto a terrific section of sand, with perfect blue shallow seas for swimming. At at the same time, it’s bang smack in the heart of the town, with a vast array of restaurants, shops, bars and indeed other resorts on its doorstep.
Hillside deluxe rooms start as low as 1,800bt, with the most expensve option, the seaside private pool villas at 10,000bt. Prices will increase in peak periods as is common at most resorts.
The Spa Koh Chang – Salak Khok, East Coast
Moving away from the larger resorts, The Spa Koh Chang is the island’s original health retreat, offering bespoke programmes at its centre down on the east coast.
Built on a small lagoon at the top of the mangrove forest, the resort is a uniquely secluded spot, far far away from the crowds – an ideal place indeed to commit to a fast or a detox.
The accommodation itself sits on the hillside and under the trees looking down on the central lake area and its relaxation salas. Room options are either standard, 4 to a building, individual cottages or the lower/upper levels of a single cottage. The design is heavily centred on natural materials, using plenty of wood, bamboo and thatch. All rooms are a/c and ensuite with WiFi, safe and an outdoor seating area.
The in-house restaurant, Radiance, is up on the 2nd floor of the main building, with terrific views out over the mangroves. The menu is based on raw produce, vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as seafood and white meat options. Alongside these, juices and shakes are a house speciality given their extensive use in the fasting courses themselves.
The resort also offers massage and a steam room at its spa, whilst an in-house yoga instructor teaches daily classes and you can also laze away the hours in the cooling two tier swimming pool.
It is not compulsory to sign up for a health programme to stay at The Spa, but the resort’s emphasis naturally lies with its different fasting and cleansing courses – 1/2 week, full week, anti-candida, gall bladder and many more.
This area of the island is isolated, perfect for escapism but trickier if you want to get out and about. The resort should be able to rent you a motorbike or a car but be wary of the bicycles as local distances are deceptively further than you think and it’s hot out there. You can also use the songthaew taxis, which run 3 times daily in both directions up towards the ferries, 100bt per person. Unfortunately, late afternoon or evenings, those services have stopped running so you would require a much more expensive charter.
Exclusive of the courses, prices per night start at 1,700bt for the simple Oriental room, with the upper storey of the cottage at 3,700bt. Course prices can be found here directly at their site.
Barali Beach Resort – Klong Prao Beach – Koh Chang Resorts
Located in central Klong Prao, Barali Beach Resort is an understated, modern resort of 40 villas, all set in pretty lawned gardens down by the sea.
The accommodation comes in a variety of guises – premier or deluxe villas towards the rear of the property, beachfront villas with or without a private pool at the front and finally, a couple of junior suites also looking out to sea.
All ensuite a/c rooms are equipped with king size beds, shower and bath, TV, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi and an outdoor seating area. The pool villas have both the private pool and a double terrace. The suites, meanwhile, are distinguished by their unique location, facing both the main swimming pool and the beach itself. The styling of all the rooms is in a light and contemporary design of polished dark wood floors, offset by whitewashed walls combined with cream and pastel furnishings.
The resort swimming pool, which has an accompanying children’s pool and jacuzzi, is right on the beach, with an all day bar and a terrace restaurant alongside.
The main restaurant, also oceanfront and on two levels, opens for buffet breakfast from 06.30 and then moves onto a full menu, Thai and western, at all other times. There is also a separate spa for massage and treatments.
You can walk up to the main village area in about 10 minutes or stroll along the beach for other restaurant and bar options.
As another of Koh Chang’s excellent under the radar resorts, Barali is well worth considering. Its service is unfussy but attentive, it’s convenient for all the amenities on the west coast, but it also manages to remain also apart from all that bustle, in its own peaceful world.
Rates for the premier villas begin at 4,000bt, deluxe at 4,500bt, beachfront villas from 6,000bt to 10,000bt (with private pool) depending on dates.