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Amber Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 111 Ko Chang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 December 2011

with only eight rooms you are gong to feel more like a house guest. a beautiful tropical setting with immaculately tended gardens and comfortable accomodation. i stayed in the Beach house, literally a few yards from the sea, and waking up each morning to the gentle lapping of the waves was such a relaxing experience. The owners, Julian and Cheryl, make sure the emphasis is on informality and friendly service. its very good value too. o k, there are better beaches on the other side of the island, but if your priority is relaxation in a perfect setting look no further.

Room Tip: all rooms are nice, beach house is best location
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2012

We appreciate your comments michael w, thank you. We think you're right about a house guest kind of atmosphere, which probably comes from being smaller and having time for our guests, either just to chat, or to offer advice. We do strive to offer value for money, so we're very pleased to hear that was your experience.

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Reviewed 4 December 2011

It's hard to add anything that has not been said in the positive reviews about Amber Sands before! We absolutely loved the peace and quiet and the informality of this place. Julian and Cheryl hold the recipe for making their guests wind down, and they cook it every day ;-)

Room Tip: The Beach House is worth the extra money - sound of waves 24/7!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2012

Thank you ankaplanka for your kind words. We do try and maintain a quite and peaceful environment, with the minimum amount of formality, to enhance your relaxed experience. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 25 November 2011

Our family stayed at Amber Sands for 5 nights in July 2011 (this review is long overdue!) and it truly is a "a little piece of heaven on earth".
Would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to recharge their batteries. Julian and Cheryl are perfect hosts and you immediately feel at home. That's the joy of staying in a small resort rather than a large, impersonal one. They make you feel very special and go out of their way to make your stay on Koh Chang a memorable one.
From the time we made our booking, Julian went out of his way with regard to recommendations on travel to Koh Chang as well as suggestions on an itinerary for our stay which was really helpful.
We stayed in the Beach House and found it extremely comfortable & stylish, with the added attraction of being 10 metres away from the water. You literally open your front door and take a couple of paces to reach the water for your early morning swim.
The location of Amber Sands is perfect - you have got the peace and tranquility as well as the option of a 15 min drive to the "busy" part of the island so you have the best of both worlds. Hiring a car to get around was inexpensive.
Restaurant was excellent and had a great choice of Thai & Western food. The head chef, Debbie, and her staff were always wanting to please.
We will definitely return!

Room Tip: Beach House would be my first choice
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Alayne M
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2011

Thank you Alayne M for taking the time to submit a review of your family's experience at Amber Sands. Better late than never, so yours is still much appreciated.

We think that you are so right in that while we are on the quiet side of the island, we are also pretty close to all the "action" and lovely beach of Whitesands, only 15 to 20 minutes away. In our view this does give our guests the best of both worlds. We are not too far down the east coast at all.

Happy to hear that you'll be back! We look forward to it. Book early for the Beach House though, that is the best room choice, either upstairs or downstairs!

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Reviewed 23 November 2011

Our experience in this little paradise was the best, which is why I am motivated to take the effort to write this down.

We found the best description for this well managed resort, surrounded by nature and palm trees, a 'sanctuary'. Amber Sands only has about 8 houses which are all overlooking the very beautiful, well kept garden with swimmingpool in the middle and the beach behind it. The rooms are spacious and offer the comfort one needs. Don't expect mega slick designed interiours. The rooms are simple but stylish enough with only genuine local materials used.

This intimate resort is run in a very personal way by a South African couple. The atmosphere is casual and easy but with an european standard (which all resorts we visited that week lacked!). Some of the staff in the resort speak good english and all staff were very dedicated to giving good service.

Their restaurant/lobby/bar is a really nice, easy going place, situated right on the sea. Their 'honesty bar' works well, the food is of good quality and the service is fast. I asked to look in the kitchen to see how they made stir fried vegetables and the kitchen looked professional and very clean. We really liked the fact that the restaurant is open almost all day, except for some hours in the late afternoon, but there is a good little thai place only 30 meters further on the beach open all day.

We really enjoyed relaxing in the very well layd out garden, which has very tastefull local wooden/bamboo furniture in it. The sand on the beach is indeed Amber colored. The beaches on White Sands are bigger and fit in more with the postcard image one thinks of with the perfect white beaches, however the Amber Sands Beach is a 100% private and all we wanted was to enjoy the rest and peace, which the very private Amber beach guarantees.

The quiet side of the Island is very local and truely worth exploring. We were overwhelmed by the beauty, tropical forrests, views and wonderfull food!!

Koh Chang is a truely wonderful Island and well worth visiting. It has a busy side and a quiet (local) side. Amber Sands is on the quiet side, about 20 minutes by scooter to White Sands.
We came to Koh Chang for a wedding. Our intention for the week was to recharge our batteries, check out the island, and if we felt like it do some shopping or beaching in White Sands. THANK GOD we booked at Amber Sands, we got exactly what we were needing. Some of our family were staying in White Sands (a long stripp of busy road full of tourists, thai shops, bars etc) in the KC Grande resort. We were astonished on how run down this place was and how unappealing the little houses 'on the beach' were (€150 a night!!!), as well as the apalling quality of the (Thai!!) cooking they served. This made us realise even more how good value Amber Sands is.

p.s. Their Pina Colada is really good!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2011

Wow! Thank you so much SannevdH for such a comprehensive review of Amber Sands. You have touched on so many points that it is difficult to know how to write a response that would do justice to your kind words.

As you experienced, we try to create an environment where our guests can relax and chill, so your whole experience is geared to that, from a lack of formality of not having to sign in and pay when you've just arrived, to not asking you to sign each and every order. Being small and personal also means that we have time for you and the ability to accommodate our guests' wishes - well, as many as we can that is!

We are so glad that you managed to compare our resort to others because that is the real test. It is not only about price.

Thank you again for the time and trouble you took to submit this review.

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Reviewed 15 November 2011

My wife and I stayed here in November for 5 nights, and loved every minute of it.
Being on the East coast, there are no other restaurants nearby, however every meal we ate was really good. The menu has a good variety of Thai and Western meals.
We chose Amber sands as we wanted total relaxation, which is exactly what we got - we only left the resort once to go on the Ban Kwan elephant trekking which Julian kindly booked for us. The rest of the time was spent lounging by the pool, beach or open air bar and restaurant which was perfect for us.
From the moment we booked online 8 months ago, to the moment we checked out, Julian and Cheryl were amazing hosts who do everything they can to make their guests feel welcome. During our stay on Koh Chang, we stayed in 3 other resorts on the west coast but Amber Sands was the one we'd love to return to.


  • Stayed: November 2011
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KCsaffas, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

Thank you S2ask for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate your comments, and hope they will assist other travellers in deciding how to spend their valuable holiday time.

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Amber Sands. For us that is the best reward in this business.

We would like to add just one comment, and that is that there is another small resort next door to us, with a good restaurant serving mostly Thai food. Not to say that we're not proud of our own food, but we do understand that often guests want some variety when travelling, which is one of the attractions of a holiday in Thailand.

We do indeed hope that you return one day!

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Reviewed 18 August 2011

What a lovely resort, everything is just perfect...the location on the quiet side, the beautiful lawn and gardens, the rooms ( we stayed in the Beach House), the food and most of all, the owners who care so much about everything...we truly loved every minute here and will be back

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Julian and Cheryl host a lovely resort that truly is excellent. Excellent facilities, Excellent service and most of all an excellent location.
We stayed for 3 nights with our parents and it was a lovely experience. Food was excellent and my vegetarian family had no trouble at all. The pool and the beach were fun to be at. We will recommend this to anyone looking for a tranquil time on the island. All this at an excellent value for money.
Please note that in case you dont have your own car and are planning to visit other places frequently in the island, transport will be a problem.

Room Tip: All are beach cottages. the favorite is big one at the end. the ocean seems at your foot when you sl...
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  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Niranjan R
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Address: 51/3 Moo 2, Baan Dan Kao, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 111 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Chang
Price Range: £70 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amber Sands Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience peace on Koh Chang's tranquil east coast in our small, family run resort metres from a quiet, almost deserted beach where we bring you a personal, individual experience. Only eight spacious air-conditioned bungalows, set in a tropical garden, all with views of the beach. Our fresh water pool provides an alternative. The thatch roof open-sided restaurant is steps from the beach and offers both traditional Thai dishes and a range of Western foods. ... more   less 
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