We needed a place to stay for one night on Ko Chang prior to taking the boat to Ko Wai. We got off the ferry and having looked at the map decided to just walk to Amber Sands and hope they had a room. The resort is beautiful and very well cared for. The garden is full of palms and brightly coloured flowers that surround the pool and line the beach giving a really tropical feel.
Fortunately they had just one room available and when we saw it we decided we just had to stay a second night to really enjoy what Amber Sands had to offer. The room was large and beautifully decorated, as well as being private as most rooms are separate bungalows. We could see the sea from our french windows, which was wonderful to wake up to.
The restaurant was lovely, mostly wooden furniture and overlooking the sea. Not cheap but good food and cocktails, and the service was excellent. All the staff seemed very happy to be working there.
The beach is lovely although quite a lot of clay underfoot when in the water. We tried to snorkel but couldn't see a thing at the time due to visibility. It looked like the reef was much further out but difficult to tell.
All in all a wonderful place to stay and the owners were incredibly helpful. The rates were way higher than those quoted in the Lonely Planet, I expect from significant upgrades to the property which I can understand. This was our 'treat' of the holiday, having planned on staying in fairly budget accommodation in Thailand.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amber Sands Beach Hotel Koh Chang