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Amber Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 110 Ko Chang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed at Amber Sands recently for 5 nights with our 2.5 yr old daughter. Julian, Cheryl and the team were so helpful from the start, arranging a smooth and easy transfer from Bangkok with a stress free check in after a day of travelling. We booked the family bungalow and were not disappointed. Lovely big 2 room bungalow with a nice view. During our stay the team were so warm, friendly and helpful, especially with our little one. The food is fantastic, very tasty Thai dishes and a good variety for children too. The resort is so relaxing, with lovely views from a nice beach, good size swimming pool and free kayaks to explore. There are some toys too that little ones can use for the pool and beach. The location is on the quiet side of Koh Chang so definitely worth taking a car or bike out to explore. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, could not fault Amber Sands, highly recommend staying here....a big thank you to everyone there.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

A beautiful place to stay, away from the bustle of the main beaches on Koh Chang. Julian and Cheryl were genuinely hospitable hosts and felt like friends after just 2 nights at Amber Sands. We had the two-bedroom family bungalow, which was perfect for a family of 5. We were very pleased that the extra bed we requested was a comfortable, full-size single - as the 3rd child usually gets the lumpy truckle bed! A very comprehensive information pack was provided, the food was lovely and we enjoyed massages in the open-air, looking out over the water. We were only sorry we weren't able to stay longer.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Arrived on 7th May for 7 nights relaxation after some hectic city sightseeing. Ambersands had been recommended to us by friends whose taste and judgement we trust and we were certainly not disappointed. Upon alighting from the taxi we were whisked without fuss straight to our bungalow where Julian took a few minutes to show us the facilities and then left us to unpack and start enjoying Ambersands Resort.

The ethos here is on informality and relaxation, but anything from a hire car to an elephant trek is arranged speedily and efficiently. Julian , Cheryl and Debbie and all their team are very helpful and accommodating, nothing is too much trouble.

One of the most important points to make about Ambersands is the quality of the food served in the delightful, open-sided informal restaurant overlooking the beach. If you find yourself wondering whether you might need to find other places to eat out, don’t, you won’t. The standards here are high and Thai food being what it is, vegetarians are well catered for, as are the carnivores. Curry fiends will be delighted at the selection available, as spicy or not as you like, but “western-style” food is also available from a simple omelette, a cooked breakfast, fish and chips to a handmade burger; there is something for everybody, and all offered at very reasonable prices.

The Restaurant and Bar are open for meals from 8.00 am for breakfast (or earlier if you require) through until 2.30 in the afternoon, so if you are a late riser you can make it brunch instead. The staff then have a few well deserved hours off, but if you are lazing by the pool and a cold drink beckons, beers and soft drinks are still available by way of an honesty record!

To summarise, Ambersands is conveniently situated, being only a few minutes drive from the ferry terminal . It is a lovely, small and intimate resort where you are far more than just a room number. The location is beautiful, and quiet and peaceful being on the uncommercialised north east side of the island. Service and food are first class – Ambersands is everything you could wish for.

Room Tip: There are only 8 rooms, 6 in thatched bungalows and 2 in a two storey property that directly overloo...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MALCOLM C
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We loved our visit in amber sands, the grounds are beautifull, hosts are friendly and helpfull.
We had breakfast an dinner at amber sands every day because we coudnt imagine it could or would be better anywhere else, wich we found was true, because we ate out one day for lunch and found the quality of the food lacking elsewhere.

We took an eliphant ride, visites nearby fisshingvillage, vissited tempels, went to lonelybeach, swam in the ocean wich is Nice and warm, took a kano trip several times, but above all just enjoyed the view and the peace and quiet at amber sands.

The children miss the food, miss the friendly people, miss the swimmingpool, miss the ocean. We are all determined to return.
The first night during diner in the restaurant my husband and I decided that the long trip, (20 hours) was well worth it, we would even have travelled this far for just 2 days of bliss. Our kids agreed.

We were travelling with two kids, Gijs en Julia , 8 and 5 years, they are still talking about our visit to koh chang.

Room Tip: We stayed at the beach house , but all the rooms Will be perfect.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Barbara v
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We decided to stay at Amber Sands after recommendations from friends who stayed there previously and we are so glad we did! Julian & Cheryl truly are the perfect hosts.
Our emails to Julian regarding accommodation, transfers and general questions about the area were answered promptly and comprehensively.
We got there quite late and Julian showed us to our room - top floor of the beach house, which was large and beautifully decorated, but nothing prepared us for the stunning view we awoke to the next morning! (See attached photo)
The resort itself is so beautiful and has a chilled and relaxing ambience about it.
The gardens and beach are immaculate and all around the resort you will find quirky little touches!
The restaurant is right on the beach and the food is varied and delicious, catering for both Thai and western tastes.
We spent many days around the pool and usually had it to ourselves! We did hire a scooter one day, which Julian organised for us, and also a taxi to White sands one evening.
We went out on the free kayak early one morning, which was brilliant as the sea is so calm and not scary at all.
All of the staff are a credit to Julian & Cheryl, so friendly and smiley, so a big thank you to them also!
As you can tell, we really loved it here, so much so that we ended up staying 2 extra nights and even then we did not want to leave! Julian got up early to see us off and to make sure our transfer arrived. Where else would you receive a service such as that?
Julian & Cheryl it was an absolute pleasure meeting you and your team and thank you for letting us share your bit of paradise with you! Hope we can come back one day.
Linda & Mark Beardsley

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LindaB10
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed a total of 8 nights at Amber Sands in Mid-April.

First and most importantly, the owners. They went out of there way to help and organize our trips in any way they could. By far the most friendliest customer service we received on our whole trip!
They organised our tours and moped hired for us and always gave us honest information when we needed it.
FOOD: The food was just amazing!!! AMAZING!!!! Did I say amazing?! We tried pretty much everything on the menu. Our favorites were the pineapple fruit shake, thai omelets, pork mince ball soup, pad thai and red curry with prawns and pineapple.
Our room was large enough and the grounds were kept immaculate.
The Resort: Small with only a few bungalows on the quiet side of the island. WIFI was never a problem. Pool was nice, beach was OK.

Things to consider:

The resort is a 20 minute moped ride to White Sands (the closest touristy area).

Whilst the beach is relaxing and beautiful, I would have preferred to swim at White Sands. Softer sand, less chance of stepping on coral etc.

Lots of kids whilst we were there. Now this may appeal to those who are traveling with kids but unfortunately we must have come when families were out on their holidays (and good on them for finding this gem). We always tried to be at breakfast/dinner first because once the other guests arrived with their children it became a little to loud for us. This was not too much of a hassle but we usually retired back to our room with our deserts quite early.

I can see why this is ranked so well, it is WELL DESERVED. Personally it was a bit too family orientated for us (or that time of the year was).

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Shell M
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Julian C, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2014

Many thanks for such a thorough review MatShell. We do appreciate the time you took to cover all the angles for other guests who may be looking at our wee spot.

Oh, and we're really happy that you mentioned enjoying our food. And so many mentions too!

As it happened there were a number of children when you stayed. We have thought about introducing an age limit, which we haven't ruled out altogether. If children get noisy we won't hesitate to step in and speak with the parents, as we'll do if adult guests disturb others too. The mix of guests does vary through the year but you'll see from the number of reviewers on this site that most of our guests are couples.

And lastly, thank you so much for your comments about our customer service.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

when we decided to come to koh chang for a long weekend away from bangkok, we were looking for just the right place. we wanted a hidden treasure, to be connected with nature, find a spot with character and run with a personal touch. what we found at amber sands was that, and so much more.

what cheryl and julian have created at amber sands is a very special gem. arriving feels like coming home. from our initial emails with julian, to our daily chats and recommendations, it is clear that they invest personally with each and every guest. their 9 staff are also wonderful: the gardeners keep the grounds impeccable, the kitchen and cleaning helpers learned our names and always greeted us with a smile. the food was incredible! healthy, fresh, and prepared with love. definitely high quality for almost street food prices! highly recommend the mango smoothies and healthy start for breakfast. we loved the south african white wine on offer and appreciated the honesty bar - open 24 hours a day! while the beach is not as inviting for swimming as the other side of the island, we never cared as we loved sitting by the pool, playing cards in the restaurant and enjoying a drink in one of their many covered sitting areas.

cheryl and julian took care of every detail of our transfers to and from the airport, called in a masseuse when it was raining (so pleasant to have a massage in the outdoor palapa hut!), rented motorbikes for us and gave us a recommended exploration route (while we definitely loved motorbiking we do not recommend the trek to long beach, the road is too treacherous!) and took the time to share stories about living in thailand.

do not come here if you are looking for crowds, or busy white sand beaches, or nightlife. but if you are looking for a place built on nurturing relationships, a corner of koh chang that is peaceful and rejuvenating and a comfortable place you'll want to come back to - then amber sands is definitely for you, too.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Julian C, Owner at Amber Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Gosh globetrotter3636, how can we respond to your glowing thorough and comprehensive review, other than to thank you so much? We're so pleased that you enjoyed your short break.

We enjoy what we do and meeting the lovely guests who spend time in our little corner of the world. Most of them already have something in common because they've read the reviews and know what they're getting. And perhaps above all, this is why these TripAdvisor reviews are so valuable for us, and helpful to those who do their research. They let everybody know in our guests' own words, exactly what Amber Sands offers.

It is so important to manage our guests' expectations. We don't want to sell something super glossy and shiny only for guests to find something different when they arrive. For us, our resort should be "what you see is what you get". Or as you found, to exceed expectations is even better still.

Lastly we'd also like to thank you sincerely for noticing so many of our intangibles. The home from home, the character, our personal service, our emails during your booking process, the honesty bar, our staff, the chats, our recommendations, the food being prepared with love and many others. This is what we find travellers are looking for today.

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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 110 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Chang
Price Range: £70 - £111 (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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