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Dusita Resort Kohkood
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Ko Kut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Fourth year staying at Dusita. Family-run resort with great food and clean and comfortable beach-front cottages. The cottages are small, but have a mini fridge and the option of fan or ac(for an additional fee). No hot water, but not needed.

Run by a family, this isn't the place to be waited on hand and foot, but the kitchen is open all day, breakfasts are made-to-order rather than a buffet, they'll cook any fish you catch on a fishing trip (if you want fresh crab, ask a day ahead and they'll get some from the nearby fishing village) and the grounds are lovingly cared for, and the wide expanse of lawn is ideal for sunbathing and there's plenty of shade. The family pets (a dalmatian, a german shepherd and some cats) are in residence, but keep to themselves. The beds are very comfortable and new this year, the beach is white sand with a very gradual slope, ideal for kids or sitting in the ocean with a beer. The dining area fronts the sea (many other resorts have dining areas away from the ocean) and there are several tables within feet of the beach. As there is not a large staff, sometimes meals are ordered at the kitchen window and then brought to your table. Very informal, but the food is varied and delicious and not dumbed-down for western tastes. There are some western options in case you tire of thai food. There's a small onsite shop where you can help yourself to beers, etc., and just bring them by the front desk to be added to your bill. Motorbikes can be arranged to tour the island. The photos on their website don't do the place justice. A wonderful place to relax and laze about. We brought some friends here this year who normally vacation at high-end Carribean resorts, and they loved it and now understand why we fly half way around the world each year to vacation here.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed here on the recommendation of friends and it was excellent. We changed rooms to one of the newer ones which were really light and airy.

The shore is stoney and corally but very soon it is sandy with amazing snorkeling. The sea is so clear and clean.

The rooms are only cleaned every other day and given the heat I think it would better every day. And my only other feedback would be to have a few more deck chairs. However these are small details on what was an amazing holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Dusita Resort is a great place!
It has pretty much everything one would want to see in a high-end resort for a really decent price!

Bungalows are neat, clean, open-air bathroom is also clean and funky. The bungalows are all well situated in the amazing tropical garden, the beach is unspoilt and shared with only one small resort nearby. The food is also really nice and if you want a bit of change you can always go to other resorts, it is always easy to reach. I don't see any negative points and I have been meaning to write this review for a while. I feel like I should share this place with other people but at the same time I really don;t want to many people to go to Dusita and Koh Kood since it is such a great holiday spot. Please do go to Dusita because the owners deserve to have a great business running, but please do respect the island and the unspoilt side of Koh Kood.

To conclude, I'd just say that the family who runs this place is so really nice and friendly and the resort is so great that they came to us the last night of our stay and reminded us that we had to leave the next morning. We enjoyed our stay so much that we didn't realise that it was time to leave. If only we could have stayed a bit longer!!!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Dusita is a very nice bugalow resort with a perfect garden just of gras and palm trees, very calm and relaxing ambience, beaufitul and with love build bungalows. Very clean. Very nice staff, one of the nicest people we met in Thailand. The beach next to it is nice too. Very good value for money.
The place where we definitly would come back too!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AstridP19
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

"Pretty close to paradise."

My husband and I stayed 15 Nights at Dusita, and loved it. The longer we stayed the harder it was to leave.

It took us a long time to choose a place to stay on Koh Kood, and only after several hours of reading Trip Advisor Reviews was Dusita Resort the place we chose. Our primary selection criteria was price and a nice beach. Most of our expectations were met in full, but the beach isn't as pristine as Koh Samet or Koh Samui which have long-stretches of silky sand. However, on the island there are some beaches of that quality, in particular Haat Ngam Kho Beach (Tinkerbell Resort is on this beach) is a fifteen minute walk from Dusita. Though the beach at Dusita is better than many resorts on the island and definitely inviting to swim in. In fact we swam there at least once a day!

In this review, I am adding some additional details of the differences between the bungalows and cottages offered, and some photos of each:

1. Cottages: We stayed in one of the newer cottages. As far as we could tell, they currently only have three: #14, 15, and 16. The cottages are significantly larger than the stand-alone single bungalows, which is great for a couple as the beds are pulled together, making into a king. The bathroom is fully enclosed within the cottage, with a real door and full wall. The cottages have some nicely made shelves for storing your belongings, and all the bungalows and cottages have a refrigerator. There is a back deck for hanging wet towels and clothes, although really no good place to dry wet clothes outside if it rains. The cottages and bungalows have A/C option which you pay more for and a good working fan. From what we could tell, it looks like all the bungalows have good screens on the windows, however the cottages don't. All of the units have mosquito netting. We paid 1800 THB for our cottage w/ A/C while our next door neighbors both went with the fan option and were saving significantly.

All the cottages and bungalows are on the ocean facing the courtyard. They all have a good view of the ocean and beautiful swaying palms, except for the first cottage (#14). #14 has the most obstructed view of the ocean, but you can still see it. We stayed in #16 and it had a great view, #15- still good but not as good as #16.

2. Single/Couple Bungalows: Small but cute bungalows for 1-2 people. The biggest difference between the cottages and single bungalows, besides price, is size and the overall design. We were going to book the bungalow initially but since we were staying a long time we figured the extra space would be good so we opted for the cottage. However, the bungalows are quite nice. They are perched up a bit higher than the rest of the cottages and family bungalows, and have a sweet functional deck in front. They have an outdoor bathroom so you could have an unexpected but friendly visitor such as a frog, as our friends did. The main draw back for a couple is the bed is more like a double-queen size and it's pushed up against the wall. As opposed to the cottage, the bed is more like a king when pushed together and there is still walking space around the bed for both people. I talked to a few couples who stayed in the bungalows and they were happy with it, but one of our friends (a single male) felt it would be too small if he traveled with his wife. There is a significant price difference for all the units if you do not use A/C. If we come again, we'd save the money and stay in a bungalow w/ just the fan. The visitors we talked to seemed quite happy and were not bothered by mosquitos. They were all smiling, having a good time, and not complaining.
3. Family Bungalows: The family bungalows are like a duplex and are closest in size to two cottages placed side by side, but with outdoor bathrooms. They have darker wood inside, less windows, and are older than the new cottages. They share the same roof, and have two nice and functional decks in front for easy visiting, drying clothes, or just hanging out if the rain comes. The family bungalows each have outside bathrooms but one is on one side and the other in back so good for privacy. They are nicely enclosed by some decorative rock and shell inlaid cement walls. A potential drawback to staying in one of the family bungalows would be the possibly of getting a noisy neighbor on the other side. This wouldn't be a problem if you were traveling with another couple, friends, or family and then rented both sides.

Per the tourist map, Dusita Resort is located near quite a few other resorts, however it doesn't feel that way. The roads are rural, windy, and hilly so it takes some effort to walk to the other resorts. Dusita is run by a friendly Thai family, a few speak some English, although limited. The food is good, although a bit more expensive than finding a local eatery, which is true of most resorts. The servings were on the small size as well. They have a little store on site where you can purchase a few things, such as water and beer.

Pros (positives):
1. Lovely cottages and bungalows right on the ocean.
2. The grounds at Dusita are truly beautiful and quite peaceful, with tall and healthy swaying coconut palm trees and golf course short grass. The seating area in the restaurant is separated by little open bungalows to enhance privacy. They have a little area where they have hot water all day long, free tea bags and instant coffee, dried creamer, and sugar. Until 12 p.m. every day they provide free white bread and a grill so you can make toast. Jam and butter is also available at no cost.
3. There are descent size mini-refrigerators in the rooms, and they provide 2 glasses and 1 plate. Housekeeping is every other day. Bedding, pillows, and mattresses are comfortable and of a high quality, but no top sheet which is common in Thailand. They provide fresh towels and bedding, and two complimentary waters each time. The floor stays wet for a while after showering or having it cleaned, but the fan in the room works well for getting it dried (at least for the cottages. The bungalow outdoor bathroom/shower stays wet if it rains).
4. We snorkeled nearly daily right in front of the resort, although to see larger fish you need to go out a ways because the water is pretty shallow initially. We were so content with our daily snorkeling experience we never paid for a snorkeling tour, although if snorkeling is your thing and need to see lots of fish you may not be as content as we were. There were always some colorful fish of some type to see, enough for us. Some days we were both thrilled to find a school of 50-100 medium-sized yellow fish.
5. Clean, clean, clean. The housekeeping staff are very thorough and diligent in keeping the rooms cleaned and the grounds looking great.
6. Dusita Resort seems to attract a great group of travelers from all over the world. We made several new friends.

Cons (negatives):
1. There is no internet at the resort, which was a bummer for us. (See travel tips for more comments).
2. Besides having a bathroom in each of the cottages/ bungalows, there are some shared bathrooms near the restaurant off from the main courtyard. However, they are only Thai style which I found a bit disappointing. Other resorts we visited had clean western style toilets for public use. The one's we visited were nicely decorated with shells, and a nice sink. This would certainly enhance Dusita if the owners decided to do this, even converting just one or two of their public bathrooms would be a great.
3. The beach in front of Dusita is beautiful, although as a person who has tender feet I would rate it a 7/10 in comparison to Koh Samui and Koh Samet. Depending on high or low tide, there is often four feet of little sharp shells and broken coral pieces you need to dodge before you can stroll in the sandy and clear tropical water. Other resorts on Koh Kood we visited raked their beach regularly or created an easy place for guests to enter. Once in awhile I'd see someone raking, but usually not. If Dusita ever decided to keep up the beach better it would really enhance the beach experience for visitors. But saying this, it is certainly nice when you're out there, and the little extra effort it takes isn't really a big deal. Several of the other resorts have even more rocks, and big ones, compared to Dusita.

If Dusita had a perfect white sand beach, internet access, and a western bathroom option for their public restrooms, a 5-star rating would be easy to give. But as my title says... it's still pretty darn close to paradise. If we return to Koh Kood, we'd be very happy to stay at Dusita again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Family-run property on one of the prettiest, least-developed Thai islands. Beautiful grass lawn leads to a white sand beach. We are heading there for the 3rd time in as many years. It's not a 5-star resort, so don't expect to be waited on hand and foot. (See the $3,000+/night Soneva Kiri for that) The bungalows are small, but impeccably clean, the outdoor bathrooms are great. The mattresses might be a little thin for some, but are comfortable.

Food is very good, cooked by a member of the family that owns the resort or one of a few staff members. The whole family pitches in to help, including their son and grandfather. All food, including breakfast, is cooked to order, which is really nice vs. buffets at other resorts. English isn't super well-spoken, but sufficient to communicate. If you're looking for nightlife, this isn't the island for you. Board games or cards are the options here, though there's a beach bar at the resort around the bay from here. We rent motorbikes and occasionally eat at another resort for variety. There are at least 3 other resorts within a reasonable walk or kayak ride if you don't have a motorbike. We've checked out most all of the other resorts on the island, and found most of the others somewhat generic, with fake waterfalls, plunge pools, etc. More polished and with more amenities, and more "upscale" but we always come back to Dusita. If you want a plunge pool when the crystal blue and calm ocean is at your footsteps, there are several other options.

A decent amount to explore on the island, including 2 swimable waterfalls, and a fishing village on the other side of the island.

From Bangkok, you can take an early morning bus that arrives into Trat around 11:30am, where you can take a shuttle to the pier for the speedboat ride to the island. The speedboat needs to be booked in advance.

We stay in an ocean-front bungalow here for about $40/night, and even after adding in all meals, as much beer Chang and Sang Som Thai whiskey as you can drink, motorbike rental, several massages, transportation to/from Bangkok, 7-nights is under $100/night all in-what are you waiting for???

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank travelerguy5
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

We stayed at Dusita Resort for 5 days in Dec 2011. This place is terrific, clean, tasteful and newly renovated. Best of all the bungalows are all situated in a fantastic tropical garden in a coconut palm grove with seaview. During the last 10 years we have been at 12 thai islands and stayed at around 40 resorts, Dusita is absolutly best value-for-money. Only drawback is that there is no wi-fi at the resort.
We stayed in a 2 person bungalow with a/c turned off for 1200 bath.
Troels and Mona, Denmark

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank trjor
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Address: 45 Moo 2 , Ngamkho Beach, Baan Ngamkho Village, Ko Kut 23000, Thailand (Formerly Koh Kood Dusita Resort)
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Kut
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Price Range: £58 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dusita Resort Kohkood 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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