Luxury resorts and hotels on Koh Chang have increased in number over the last few years to meet the growing demand for accommodation at the top end of the market.
The island now boasts an excellent selection of 4 to 5 star places to stay in all the major areas of White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae Beach and Lonely Beach, as well as options in Klong Son and way over on the east coast in Chek Bae.
You can find a standard room priced as low as 3,000bt, but it is better to budget somewhere in the 4,000bt to 6,000bt range. For the top rated deluxe suites and pool villas, rates will be from 12,000bt all the way up to 20,000bt.
The resorts are not listed in ratings order. Instead, we have started with the larger luxury hotels – Emerald Cove, KC Grande, Awa – then moved onto the biggest resorts – Santhiya Tree, Seaview – and finally finished up with the smaller luxury spots – The Dewa, Gajapuri, Parama, Peninsula Resort and the The Chill.
Located on the beach at the southern end of Klong Prao Beach, Emerald Cove is a vast 165 room luxury hotel set in lawned gardens, with a 50 metre swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, Italian and Thai restaurants and bars.
Rooms are housed in a series of 3 storey blocks, which enclose the grounds on one side, all with balconies looking out to sea or down over pool and gardens. Design is crisp, fresh and airy – light wooden varnished floors, combined with wooden screens and features, contrasting nicely with brightly coloured soft furnishings and cushions.
The a/c ensuite rooms themselves come in deluxe or ocean facing, with those same two options available in the premium wing nearest the sea and also in the top luxury item, the suites. WiFi, safe, TV, tea/coffee, bath and shower are all standard.
In addition to the 50 metre pool, you can also relax in the jacuzzi pool, while the kids, meanwhile, can play in their own smaller version. The spa has a steam room together with the normal massage and treatments.
For dining, Emerald Cove runs 2 restaurants, Just Thai or for western cuisine, The Cove. For drinks, the pool has its own bar or you can head to the The Macao Club, which opens each evening from 20.00.
The hotel can point you in the right direction for all sorts of island activities, but water sports, in particular, are easily arranged via the in-house team at Dolphin Divers, who run a speedboat directly from the beach.
It’s a lovely section of beach in front of Emerald Cove and you can saunter along it in either direction for restaurants, bars and other resorts. The main road itself is about 10 minutes walk away, though where you emerge has little to offer – better to simply jump in a taxi and head to central Klong Prao or round the corner to Kai Bae.
Deluxe rooms start at as low as 2,675bt, but the majority of accommodation lies the between 4,000bt to 6,000bt range. The suites go all the way up to 20,000bt.
KC Grande Resort sits at the northern end of White Sand Beach, offering a dizzyingly wide selection of villas, suites and rooms in its two accommdation areas, oceanfront or hillside, close to 210 in total.
The hillside block is built over 4 storeys, with a choice of deluxe, ocean view, pool view or pool access. Wherever you stay in this area, you will never be more than a few steps from a swimming pool, with a stunning one up on the roof and another great one, with water cascade and water slide at the front. In addition, pools run alongside those access rooms too. Design in all the rooms is cool and sparse – neutral colours, greys, light wood features with cream coloured tiled floors, large bathrooms and jacuzzis.
Over in the seaside area, deluxe rooms in KC’s original 3 storey hotel block look out over the sea or down onto yet another fabulous pool, this time beachside. For your luxury options, separate ocean and garden villas run northwards in a prime location parallel to the sand. They too have their own smaller pool.
All rooms in all areas provide WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, fridge and safe as standard.
It’s also worth remembering that even with all these swimming pools, this section of beach is one of Koh Chang’s finest, so swimming in the sea is a must.
Buffet breakfast is served in the one of the restaurants by the sea, the other is home to the evening BBQ. The hillside block has an Italian diner, Gusto and at the front of the hotel, you’ll find a good coffee shop. Each of the pools has its own bar. For pampering or working out, KC Grande provides a full spa and fitness center
White Sand Beach is the most developed town in Koh Chang, so step outside the hotel and you’ll find everything you need from restaurants to bars and banks.
Rooms in the hillside area start at 3,800bt, going up to 5,500bt. By the sea, 4,500bt for the oceanview through to 10,000bt for one of the villas. Peak season rates will apply.
The 120 roomed Awa Resort, which sits in the centre of the bustling village of Kai Bae Beach, has one of the most striking designs of any luxury hotel on the island.
After entering through vast 20 metre doors into an equally high ceilinged atrium, you arrive at the feature length swimming pool, which runs another 50 metes or more down to the dining area, itself facing the sea. Surrounding this, the rooms themselves are housed in a series of 4 storey minimalist accommodation blocks. Throughout the hotel, stone work latticing on every balcony and many of the walls in turn combines with taseful ornaments and vivid hanging plants to break things up. It’s magnificently striking, modern and opulent.
As for the room options, you can choose between deluxe, deluxe premium, beachfront or the suites. Their interiors too are uniformly white in design, everything from walls to floors to furniture, linens and indeed the bathrooms. Each offers WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, safe and TV.
More rooms, this time with a thatch roof are found over the road in a low rise two storey block, which looks over a lawned garden. Their interiors follow the resort theme of white with its uncluttered sense of space and are just as comfortable.
Buffet breakfast is served at The Spoon restaurant – look out for the birdcage lighting fixtures – whilst you can also eat indoors by the sea at The Sala or out on the sunset terrace. The pool itself has a sunken bar at one end. Finally, you can grab a massage at the in-house Spa.
The one drawback to Awa Resort is the beach itself. It’s rocky just in front of the hotel and the sea is unsuitable for swimming. You can stroll, however, to a much improved section in under 5 minutes.
Kai Bae Beach is known for its wide array of restaurants, bars and shops – you just need to walk out those magnificent doors and you are in the heart of the action.
The double hillside rooms are priced at 3,000bt, deluxe beachside 4,000bt to 6,000bt and the most luxurious suites, 9,500bt. Like many hotels on Koh Chang, New Year’s Eve dinners are obligatory and charged, whether you attend or not.
Over on Klong Prao Beach, Santhiya Tree is a vast high end 4 to 5 star luxury resort with two separate accommodation areas alongside two pools, massage and a handful of restaurants.
The original part of the resort consists of three styles of villa – garden, pool access or hideaway pool. These are all linked together via interconnecting paths which lead down through the immaculately kept gardens to the beachside swimming pool. The villas themselves are designed in the Lanna style, with pool access as pictured above, The more expensive hideaway variety are tucked away with their own private numbers.
Meanwhile, on the canal at the rear of the resort, the newest accommodation is housed in a fabulously indulgent faux Thai Summer palace of four storeys, with magnificent views out over the Koh Chang interior. The rooms themselves come with 4 poster beds and are clad from floor to ceiling in ornate lattice work and wood panelling and uniquely, each has its own plunge pool instead of a balcony. On the ground floor level, a further swimming pool runs the length of the building.
In all rooms across both areas, you can safely assume all the requisite facilities expected in resorts of this calibre – TV, safe, fridge, tea/coffee facilities and so on.
There are three restaurants – two down by the sea and a new one, Saaitara by the pool on the canal.
For other dining options as well as shops and the odd bar, the resort runs a shuttle up to the main village area, which is a good 15 minute hot walk away. Alternatively, turn either left or right on the beach and you’ll find plenty of other choices such as the very acceptable restaurant at Tiger Huts.
Of note, Santhiya Tree operates a speedboat service, private or share to and from Trat Airport using a small pier at Ao Tan Khu.
Prices start at 8,500bt for the garden villas, with the deluxe river view at 16,000bt upwards.
At the southern end of Kai Bae Beach, Seaview is perhaps the most family friendly of the luxury resorts.
Its 150 rooms are centred in two areas, down by the ocean or up on the clifftop. In the former, you have a choice of deluxe rooms or ocean villa suites in the main hotel five storey hotel block. Design throughout is ultra modern and crisp, with sections of light wooden flooring combined with white gloss tiling, white washed walls complimented by wall coverings and Thai art, all offset by pastel coloured furnishings. The balconies too allow lots of light into the rooms to give it that summery holiday vibe. In room WiFi, TV, fridge, safe and so on are of course supplied.
Up on the clifftop, grand deluxe or panorama suites are housed in a 4 storey modern block clinging to the hillside. These rooms too have that elegant and light design, but from every balcony, you also get a simply stunning view both out to sea and of Koh Man Nai, the uninhabited island just offshore.
To finish up the room options, you can also stay in a very sleek family pool villa finished in brushed concrete, complete with its own roof terrace and jacuzzi. Or, for the newly weds, Seaview offers an equally luxurious honeymoon suite with panoramic views of beach and ocean.
Seaview has two swimming pools, the better and quieter one up the hillside at the top. There is also a (slow) funicular railway which runs from the cliff to the beach. Given the amount of steep steps which connect the two distinct areas, this becomes more useful than you would think, especially if mobility is an issue.
Breakfast is served buffet style at The Lighthouse Restaurant on the cliffside, with it then open all day for à la carte dishes. Down by the sea, the Sunset Restaurant opens at 10.00 in the morning, with its speciality an evening BBQ.
The resort offers in house massage and treatments at its spa. It can also organise activities such as kayaking to that offshore island as well as snorkeling at its neighbour, Koh Yuak.
Rooms at Seaview start at 5,000bt, with the pool villa the most expensive option at 16,500bt. For peak season, rates will undoubtedly go up, with a minimum number of nights rule applied.
On the beach and an immediate neighbour to Emerald Cove above, The Dewa is one of Koh Chang’s smaller 5 star resorts, with just 40 deluxe rooms and 19 villas.
The deluxe rooms are housed over three floors in a uniquely styled main building which elegantly curves alongside a feature length swimming pool. The in-house restaurant dominates the opposite side, with evenly placed fountains firing jets of water from its base.
The main building itself combines brushed concrete exteriors, with wooden facades and narrow internal stairways, whilst up on top, a modern Thai motif, also of concrete, spirals out at regular junctures from the slated roof. Like its sister resort, Awa, the eye-catching design is integral to the luxury and what gives The Dewa, together with its location and service, that feeling of staying somewhere special.
Inside the a/c ensuite rooms, the brushed concrete style is carried through onto the floors and walls, with darker furniture and fittings serving as a contrast. They feel cool but very comfortable. WiFi, safe, fridge, TV and balcony are needless to say all included.
Nearer to the front of the resort, the Villas are built in the round, either upper or lower storey. They are styled in that brushed concrete again but this time, the exteriors are also partially bedecked in thatch. The seriously decadent, Grand Villas, are standalone, with jacuzzis and a beach view.
As well as the main restaurant, which serves a buffet breakfast and full menu, you can also dine on the sea terrace or in the cafe by the lobby. The pool has its own bar too. The Spa does include a steam room.
The beach and sea in this section of Klong Prao Beach are excellent. Head down the sand in either direction and you’ll also find plenty of other life, including some nice cheap beach diners, Family, Mandalay and Pilot. Alternatively, it’s just a few minutes walk up to the main road for more choices or to grab a taxi to another area.
Deluxe rooms start at 5,500bt a night, Villas 6,500bt and the Grande Villa at 10,000bt upwards. Expect those rates to rise in the peak period of 25/12/ to 8/1.
Back in Kai Bae and the the second of the trio of luxury resorts in this area, Gajapuri Resort sets an all together different tone in its 46 room offering.
The resort is comprised of wooden, tiled roof cabanas joined together by slightly raised walkways, which lead through mature tropical gardens, past canals filled with water lilies, down towards the sea. As Gajapuri very much intends, a stay here feels like retreating into a minature eco-village, an oasis of peace and tranquillity away from the crowds.
The resort has a wide range of rooms from superior to Lanai (deluxe with seaview or jacuzzi), to wonderfully private pool villas or the top of the range, 2 bedroom suites also with their own pool. Interiors use wood throughout – walls, floors and ceilings, bedroom, bathroom and terraces. Wifi, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, safe, TV, a/c, ensuite with shower or bath are all included.
There are 2 excellent swimming pools, the newest one just a few steps from the sand. It should be noted that the beach immediately in front of the resort is by no means the best on the island and realistically, you can only swim in the sea at high tide due to the rocks underfoot. It’s certainly not a problem, though, as you can pop north up the sand to a much better section within a few minutes.
For dining, you can choose between Chaan Gaja,home to the buffet breakfast and its mixed menu or Matang and its International cuisine. For a break from those and indeed, the peace and quiet, Kai Bae village is on the doorstep.
Gajapuri has its own Spa for massage, treatments and steam.
The superior rooms are priced around 5,000bt a night. Beachfront, deluxe of jacuzzi, are between 6,000bt and 7,800bt. The pool villas go from 13,500bt all the way up to 19,000bt for the premier suite style. You should confirm the child policy on booking.
The original part of the resort is split into two sections. Superior and deluxe rooms, with balconies, are located in a handful of 3 storey buildings overlooking a lagoon. The suites, meanwhile, are upstairs in the main area, which sits on the water’s edge of the bay, with magnificent views out to the islands in the middle.
This main area also houses the reception, restaurant, bar and a lounge, with an underfoot canal filled with huge carp running around its perimeter. Wood features heavily in all the buildings and their heavy timbers and beams, combined with floor to ceiling windows, give the resort a immense sense of scale.
Between the lagoon and the main building, you’ll find a swimming pool and an excellent full Spa. There is no beach by the resort and though you can kayak in the bay, you won’t be jumping in for a dip. Instead, guests are shuttled to and from the tiny but charming golden sand beach at the tip of the island, Koh Sai Khao, in the bay. You can also rent a bike in the resort and cycle to the small beach at the far end of Chek Bae at Karang Bay View. For Long Beach, which is about 10km away, you will need a motorbike.
A few hundred metres up the road, Parama has another 20 standard rooms, a renovation of an older resort it took over. The accommodation here is a much more compact and intimate affair centred on a small swimming pool. Interiors are nautically themed, light and sunny. Ensuite a/c rooms come with WiFi, safe and fridge included, as of course, is also the case in all of the choices listed above in the luxury area.
A buffet breakfast is served in the luxury section of the resort, with a shuttle from the smaller one laid on for those guests. The main restaurant then offers a very good à la carte mixed menu, with a terrific wine list to boot. You can also eat in the evenings at an in-house diner in the smaller resort.
Perhaps the most important factor in choosing Parama is understanding its location. Chek Bae is way off the beaten track in a very local and isolated part of Koh Chang. Outside of the resort, there is really very little happening and if you want to get over to the action on the west coast,35km away, you will need specially chartered taxis. If you are happy with splendid isolation, then none of this is a problem, but do bear it in mind in your planning.
The superior and deluxe rooms are 5,700bt and 7,500bt a night respectively, whilst the suites are priced at 16,500bt. Standard rooms in Parama 2 are around 2,800bt to 3,000bt. Always check carefully when booking which part of the resort you are in.
Located under 10 minutes from the fast ferry at Ao Sapparot, Peninsula Beach Resort sits within Siam Royal Bay, the largest private development on Koh Chang.
The resort itself comprises accommodation in beachside rooms and ocean or hillside facing villas, with a stunning 40 metre infinity swimming pool, a bistro restaurant and a Spa.
The beachfront suites are housed in a single low rise block that fronts onto a lawned garden, steps away from that magnificent pool or the sand and sea. Interiors are painted in the resort’s signature orange, which combined with the full length patio doors and neutral coloured faux wooden floors, gives the rooms a spacious, light feel. TV, king size bed, safe, fridge and WiFi are standard.
The villas, meanwhile, are either beachside or hillside over on the other side of the golf course. Each follows the same design of the pointed Lanna style roofs, orange exteriors, interiors with light tiled floors and white walls, ensuite bedrooms with balconies on the upper floor, open plan kitchen and sitting area opening onto a terrace on the ground floor. Some have excellent deep plunge pools. Overall, the design is uncluttered and very comfortable with all the amenities you would expect of a luxury private villa.
For dining, Beach Bistro offer a part buffet breakfast/part cooked to order and then a limited menu at other meal times. You can also pop into other spots within the complex – the small budget resort, Little Sunshine, the new hotel over by the marina Marina Sands or the beach bar at Shambala – there is another great pool there too.
Guests staying at the resort also have access to all the other facilities available in the development from the pitch and putt 9 hole golf course (disc golf too) to the Kids Club, the water sports, Spas with steam rooms and sauna, Fitness Center and even yoga. The 200 metre beach too is one of the island’s best, though the sea itself is very shallow for a long way out.
The resort provides a regular shuttle both around the complex and into Klong Son, the local village. In truth beyond the 7/11, a few other shops and cheap diners, there’s not much on offer and that is one of the caveats on staying at Peninsula Beach. Yes, you have all you might need within the vast area of Siam Royal Bay, but you are a little isolated. To get out and about, you will need songthaew taxis, which will rack up if you want to frequently head over the mountain to White Sand Beach. As long as you aware of this when booking, it should not be a problem, but it is certainly worth bearing in mind. That said, with so much on offer, you can happily stay within the resort for your whole holiday, without wanting for too much.
Beachfront junior suites start at 4,500bt, pool villa suites similarly priced. Beachfront suites go from 5,500bt, villas, beachfront and pool at 9,500bt. These are room only, with breakfast not included. There are a whole host of charged add-ons if you want them. Peak season rate apply and may be subject to minimum number of nights.
Sandwiched between Awa and Gajapuri on the seafront in Kai Bae Beach,The Chill is considered one of the most luxurious 5 star resorts on Koh Chang.
Stepping off the bustling main street into an immense white tiled reception, with its huge sofas in contrasting black gloss finish, you immediately get a sense of The Chill’s cool demeanour. Continue on past the artworks and sculptures and that sense of ordered calm reveals itself still further when you emerge into the main resort area. Here, immaculately kept lawned gardens, regularly planted palms and a single straight path line one side of the resort, a 100 metre tiered pool runs down its centre and the accommodation in 3 storey ultra sleek whitewashed buildings lines the other. It just exudes coolness and sophistication.
Five different styles room are on offer – deluxe rooms on the 2nd floor, the splash pool rooms on the first, sky jacuzzi rooms on the top floor, 2 pool villas over 2 floors and the top of the range, a single beachfront villa. Interiors, indeed the whole resort, continues the design from the reception – white gloss floors, gloss black fixtures and fittings, soft furnishings with a splash of colour. Each room of course comes to the highest specification – ensuite bathroom, storage, a/c, LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi, safe and more.
The restaurant is open all day, with full menu for Thai and western food and a great Happy Hour every day at the bar. The Spa includes a steam room, jacuzzi and massage. There is also a fitness center with everything from bikes to cross trainors, weights to treadmills and yoga mats.
The resort is in the middle of the village, so just by stepping oustide the front, you’ll find a vast choice of restaurants, shops and bars. The beach in front of the resort is not the best, but you can walk along the sand to a much better section within 5 minutes.
Prices are from around 6,300bt to 15,000bt per night but there are some deals to be found.