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Andaman Princess Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Kho Khao
Certificate of Excellence
Oxenford, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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“Andaman Princess”
Reviewed 11 February 2012

The hotel is beautiful, but it is run down. The pool is amazing, it is so big. When we booked, the website said there was 5 restaurants. Although only 2 were operating when we arrived, one for breakfast and the other for lunch and dinner. The bar area has been turned into a library/ sitting area( hardly any of the reading material is in english). I would recommend walking to main street to get dinner. It's cheaper and there is alot more choice. The staff are friendly enough, but they aren't very helpful and they only speak limited english. Make sure you ask the hotel how much you should expect to pay for the long tail's to and from the island. The drivers try to rip off westerners. The hotel is perfect if you are after a quiet and relaxing holiday.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We spent 10 thoroughly enjoyable and totally relaxing days at The Andaman Princess from January 10 to January 20. Although the resort was close to full it never once felt crowded. We had booked a garden villa and found we had been upgraded to a Pool Villa which was a fantastic surprise, the villas are well worth the extra expense as they are like a small house with a totally seperate living area and bedroom. Each room, including the bathroom is huge, the bedroom easily accomodated an extra single bed for our son and could have fitted up to 3 extra beds if necessary. The buffet breakfast has a wide range of choices and the staff re-fill your coffee or tea very promptly. As stated in my previous review, the highlight of the resort is the magnificent huge pool that meanders its ways towards the seafront. We ate dinner exclusively at the 'Coconut Palm' restaurant in the 'town' - where the ferries and long tail boats dock. Just a short walk from the restuarant, turn left at the end of the road and the restaurant faces the sea. This is by far the best restaurant we've found in the greater Khao Lak and Phuket area, (bar Mom Tri's Kitchen in Kata Noi, Phuket), the proprieter Annie, speaks excellent English and fluent French and is a gem. The cooks are talented, the food fresh, delicous and incredibly cheap. Stand out dishes are Duck a La Orange, the steamed fish with chilli, lemongrass and thai herbs (absolute knock out), the sliced beef with thai sauce. Annie perfectly understood my requirements for steamed broccoli with my fish and was fantastic at recommending dishes. Each table is welcomed with a plate of roasted peanuts and garlic and is given fresh fruit after the meal is finished. The prices are unbelievably cheap too, i can't recommend this restaurant highly enough or Koh Koh Khao island especially if you like complete peace and quiet.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

There is no doubt, that when Andaman Princess opened is was supposed to be the flagship of koh Koh Khao. Probably the Tsunami in 2004/2005 sat the hotel back enormously. And the fact is that is has never recovered ! The hotel is worn and all over you see the signs of lack of money. From the broken tiles in the pool, to the fountains without water. From the lack of pool towels to the shappy looking pool bar. From the dirty beach area to the sad empty reception area. It’s actually very sad! We had a feeling of visiting a hotel in the end of a season, right before closing down, even though we were there in the absolute highseason.
We spend 4 nights from jan 05.2012 to jan 09 2012 and paid no less that 8200 bath pr. night for a beach villa, and that’s a lot of money and even though the villa was nice, you expect the surroundings to be of a certain standard – it is not ! As I wrote, the beach bar is shappy looking and really does not give you the feeling of wanting to eat there. The same applies for the restaurant. Therefore our impression was, that the only ones who ate there, were costumers on half board. The hotel seemed abandoned at night time. I think everyone fled down to the little harbour area. The spa I will not even mention, expensive and not good ,employing the only unfriendly Thais I’ve have ever meet!
Koh Koh Khao is a lovely island, as Thailand was 40 years ago! Very quiet a night time with wonderful beachlife at day time. And we do recommend the Island and even wants to go back, but not back to Andaman Princess . We checked out some of the other hotels and no doubt that next time we will stay at the C&N Beach Resort, cool, relaxed and upbeat !

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Very nice, if a little bit run down hotel, with friendly staff. Very clean and nice rooms with ok views. Speaking with the staff is mostly only possibly through common hotel sentences, as their English isn't that good. (Conversation not possible)

Extremely large and spacious pool. (by far the best feature of this hotel!) Maybe a bit shallow for a 1.94m bloke :-) It's only 1.50 meters,.... if they remember to top it off once in a while.....)

The gym is a mess. Don't bother bringing work out clothes to this hotel, the equipment is lacking, not very well maintained and the whole gym is not very inviting. We took long walks down the beach which is also very nice.

Absolutely no room service.... (Why???)

If you're visiting off season, prepare to stay at a hotel where the airconditioning is turned off in the lounge areas. The fountains, jacuzzis etc. are also not working (due to savings issue??)
Bring a towel if you plan on using the pool table in the lounge.... :-)

The beach is NOT for swimming, to muddy, you need to take a hotel further north, or preferably closer to Khao Lak or Phuket (south), but the pool makes up for this.
For snorkeling you need to travel a bit in order to get to the good spots. Do NOT take the snorkeling tour to Phi Phi and Similan islands which are an absolute nightmare with thousands of tourist occupying a small stretch of the beach both places. In stead take the the trip to the Surin islands. This tour departs further up north, and as such there are not very many tourists and the boats are smaller and more comfortable. By all standards there is also a lot more to see on Surin than any of the other places.

To summarize, we had a very nice vacation in this isolated part of Thailand. There is absolutely nothing to do on this island, and the focus is on total relaxation. Entertainment was had by buying the extra (excellent) tours with various tour operators. This hotel is NOT a 4+ star hotel as advertized. It probably was when it was new. As of now, it's a not very well maintained, but clean hotel. But definitely not 4+ stars standard.

If you're looking for a very quiet and relaxing vacation this is the place for you. If you want to be able to step outside into the hustle and bustle of city life, pick a hotel closer to Phuket.

Drinks advice: At the pool try ordering a watermelon / pineapple shake... Great thirst quencher!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

Me, my husband and my 9yr old son stayed in a garden villa from Jan 3 until Jan 10 2011 and we totally loved it. The villas are designed in traditional Thai style with vaulted ceilings and are huge and very well appointed. The lounge/kitchenette area, seperated from the bedroom with a heavy sliding door, was excellent, especially as my husband is a night owl and I like to get up early. The extra bed and breakfast for our son was free of charge (which is extremely rare). The bathroom was also huge and the spa had coloured underwater lights - very funny. It was great value for money and we plan to stay next January for 10 -12 nights. The villa is tastefully fitted out and although it was advertised as a 'garden villa' it faced the sea towards Ban Nam Ken, we couldn't have asked for more. The resort itself is huge, with attractive, well tended gardens and the villas are incredibly spaced out and not on top of each other like other resorts. The pool is 'to die for' - 1400 square meters meandering through the property and lined with frangipani trees, luckily for us they were in full flower, the fragrance adding to the ambiance. There is a large room off the lobby with 2 huge pool tables, a kid's corner and another room with 2 computers with high speed internet. I also used the gym everyday (to try to balance the food and drink!). The staff were absolutely fantastic and were great with our son, all the staff went out of their way to make our stay memorable. We ate at the restaurant a couple of times and the food is very good and reasonably priced. I have read other reviews which gave poor ratings for the buffet breakfast, to be honest, when I am at home I eat only porridge or meusli so I found the buffet breakfast to be very good with a great variety to choose from, a special mention must be made for the chocolate waffles - brilliant (hence the daily gym workout!). Kho Koh Khao island itself is an absolute gem, so quiet (I have never before seen an empty beach in Thailand in the high season) , we also loved the long- tail boat rides between the island and the mainland. The 3 restaurants at the harbour were great. We only 'discovered' the Coconut Palm restaurant on the second last night and were were kicking ourselves for not trying it earlier in our stay as the food was sublime; Duck in Orange sauce for $6 Australian. We went on to stay in Khao Lak for a further 10 nights and we hired a car twice and drove back to the island just to eat at the Coconut Palm. Do yourself a favour and go there for dinner. If you are looking for total relaxation and value for money you can't go past the Andaman Princess.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

We stayed at the Andaman Princess Resort for two weeks, over New Years Eve. Travelled with our son, 1.5 yrs. Had a wonderful time, peace and quiet, and the staff was fantastic, especially with our son. The hotel pool, and the surrounding beaches, are perhaps not the best for a toddler, but it was ok.

If leisure and relaxation is what you are after, Andaman Princess is a great place to stay, and the villas can definitely be recommended. The hotel was pretty fully booked around New Years Eve, but it never felt crowded.

We generally dislike staying in the same place for as long as two weeks, so during the second week we got a little restless and made a few trips into Khao Lak, both daytime for shopping and evenings for dinner variation. The food at the hotel is alright, but nothing special.

Andaman Princess is located at walking distance from the harbour, which is nice since that allows you to walk to the harbour restaurants for lunch or dinner. If you feel the 5-10 minute walk is too far, most of the time the hotel gives you a free ride to the harbour. There's also a couple of restaurants within walking distance along the beach.

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Cleanliness: nothing to criticize, our room was very well cleaned during our entire stay, and we got prompt replacement of towels upon request (after our son had been ill and towels had become soiled).
Location: as mentioned Koh Kho Khao is very much about peace and quiet. Perhaps a bit too much for our taste.
Rooms: we stayed at a poolside villa, and it was great. Close to the pool (like 10 meters), but still felt pretty private. Very good when travelling with a young child.
Service: all of the staff are very helpful and friendly, but only a handful actually speak english (the front desk and the managers). However, all of them always do their very best to accomodate you.
Value: our trip was rather expensive, booked as a package deal including airline seats and transfer to/from the hotel. If you book the hotel on your own I would guess you'd get away cheaper, and hence better value.
Sleep Quality: There was never any noise or disturbances.

As always, your experience is biased based on your expectations. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing family vacation, and that was exactly what we got.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Kristiansand, Norway
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

Two years ago we stayed at the Andaman princess resort for 2 weeks over Easter and left with a wish to return (see my review dated May 2008). This Easter we used the excuse of celebrating an anniversary to return with our family, and we were not disappointed!
Last time we were two adults and three children (aged 2, 5 and 10). This time we were thirteen! That is: seven adults, (me, my husband, my mother, my father, my sister, her daughter (aged 23) and my sister’s husband) and six children (aged 4, 7, 12, 6 months, 6 and 10 years).
Unfortunately for different reasons we have not been able to write a review before, but better late than never.
The big rooms, the beautiful bungalows, the magnificent pool area, the quiet atmosphere and the friendly employees were still as we remembered, or better. In addition several aspects were considerably improved!
When we arrived we were met with an orchid wreath each and tea while checking in .
A very friendly gesture and they even remembered us from our last visit.
In addition it was our luck that the hotel arranged a thai festive evening with a great buffet including, among many different dishes, a good selection of seafood, meat and vegetables of own choice being grilled on request. And accompanying a wonderful meal was entertainment by a group of thai musicians and dancers who gave us a wonderful start to our holiday.
We were fortunate enough to continue the kick start with a trip to the Surin Islands, well arranged by the resort. As I mentioned in my previous review of the resort the Surin and the Similan Islands are reasons alone to visit Thailand (and to return to do more snorkeling in an unforgettable underwater World)! My only suggestion is that beverages could be included as they have been on the other snorkeling trips to the Similan or the Surin islands we have been to.
We also went on a trip to the Similan islands with Medsye Travel this year. Last time it was easy to book from abroad, but not so this time, perhaps because of the size of our group? Anyway we managed to book the trip we wanted from one of the travel agents on Kho Kho Khao. And as last time: the snorkelling is just unforgettable!
I will try not to make this review too long, I just have to mention a few things that really pleased us:
The breakfast was excellent now! For instance there was a great selection of hot and cold dishes (including thai dishes and rice), they had a selection of yoghurts in a fridge, cereals, fruits and a salad buffet, and last, but not least appreciated, they had a chef making waffles, pancakes, eggs and omelets made to order.
The employees were very friendly with the children and even carried the baby sometimes during the meals
We used the hotel restaurant extensively and were very satisfied. As mentioned in the last review the restaurant is immaculately clean, the food is good and reasonably priced and travelling with small children it is very convenient to be so close to the rooms for the evening meal. Unfortunately most of the children in our company were not very fond of spicy food, but then they made us a signature dish: fried sausages, squid style, with rice, deliciously prepared and served as the other dishes.
The children corner opposite to the restaurant was perhaps not very extensive, but the two Playstation units and the small playground for smaller children was very convenient at the end of the meals.
We also enjoyed the small band playing every evening in the background. Sometimes a perhaps a little bit out of tune, but they played a great collection of old hits and made good atmosphere in the restaurant.
The hotel now also offers cooking courses and we had a really good experience trying it.
The three female adults and the two girls aged 12 and 10 attended the session. The course was set in the pavilion outside the seafront kitchen and when we arrived they had prepared all the ingredients deliciously. Two persons at the time were instructed to prepare a thai soup, spring rolls and a chicken + cashew nut dish, which we all had for lunch afterwards. We invited the rest of our company and ordered some more dishes from the kitchen, so that all could try the “home made” dishes as well as be satisfied. A great activity where we enjoyed learning some thai cooking as well as being rewarded with an excellent lunch afterwards.
In a previous review the reviewer was proposed to. We were there at that evening and what a celebration! First we saw the seafood pavilion being decorated as for a romantic wedding, although only seating two persons. Then we heard and saw the couple being transported to the pavilion accompanied by a traditional thai orchestra drumming and chanting their way to the seafront. Later that evening we saw lanterns rise up in the black sky followed by wonderful fireworks.
Having observed the “proposal celebrations” we looked forward to celebrating our 40+50 years anniversary, and the hotels arrangements did not disappoint us! With respect to thai prices we paid an considerable amount of Bahts, but it was good value. Again they decorated the sea front pavilion as for a wedding just for our company and there was a great salad and fruit buffet, a good selection of warm dishes including soups and thai dishes. But not least there was a chef preparing delicious seafood or different meat of own choice on the grill.
The meal was first accompanied by the band from the restaurant. Afterwards the traditional thai orchestra and dance group entertained us excellently!
After a while we sent up numerous thai lanterns, a beautiful experience. Not very easy though as there was a breeze tending to send them towards the waves, but even better then when they slowly decided to rise to the sky. All in all an unforgettable celebration thanks to the staff at the Andaman Princess.
To finish off this very positive review I would like to suggest an improvement: as the 2-3 computers often were occupied we would suggest a Wi-fi area in the lobby. Then you could use your mobile (for which otherwise surfing abroad is very expensive) or a private laptop.
Both our family and our fellow travelers loved the stay at the Andaman princess and would love to return for new holidays!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Andaman Princess Resort & Spa
Address: 111 Moo 3 Tambon Koh Kor Khao, Ko Kho Khao 82190, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Kho Khao
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Kho Khao
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Hotel Class:4 star — Andaman Princess Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 82
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