Escape the crowds and enjoy this great place. Coral View is a secluded resort where you can escape that 'farang' feeling, chill out and meet some new friends. This is a great place to learn to dive, just do some snorkelling or simply enjoy the ‘dolce fare niente’. We stayed here six nights and despite an initial glitch with the service we loved the place and we will definitely be back.
We stayed in a 'Mediterranean Villa' and although this may detract from your romantic expectation to stay in a traditional Thai teak house built on stilts (which they also have available), the villas are well built, the rooms were very clean, spacious and with good views over the bay. The facilities are very good, breakfast is served all day and the restaurant menu is extensive enough not to be 'pad thai'd' out in a few days with a mix of good quality Thai and western food. Other services included Wi-Fi, renting of snorkelling gear, arrangement of excursions and transport, pool table, laundry, sea kayaking and SPA/massage treatments. Rooms are cleaned every second day. Although the place is a bit isolated due to the treacherous road to get there (at some point you feel you are walking vertically), if you have good legs and a bottle of water it will take you 20-30 minutes to get to Chalok Baan Kao. We met 'solo' travellers, older and younger couples, families as well as group of friends. The atmosphere is very relaxed and if you pop down to the blue decked bar during happy hour (6-7) you will definitely meet some new friends, divers and non-divers alike. A ride to Sairee beach will cost you THB100 per person just in case you need a bit of hustle and bustle.
We were unsure whether to learn to dive, but luckily we came across Neil, the very friendly owner of Coral View Divers and he gave us a good insight on what was involved and arranged a course for both of us with a private instructor at the same cost of joining one of the big diving operations schools to get our Open Water PADI licence. No hard selling here and you can ask questions until your heart is content. Our instructor Stefan had the patient of a saint as most of time we were laughing or trying to work out how to use the diving equipment. Learning to dive should be safe and fun, and that's exactly what it was. Thoroughly recommend it if you want a more personal approach to the whole experience and don’t want to feel part of a heard. It’s a whole different world down there...
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