The Panviman resort is beautiful in its setting. The pool area is paradise (I'm not a pool person really). The rooms (we had a deluxe cottage) are very special. Huge baths - we moved rooms to one where the bath was on the balcony above our hut - so it was possible to have a bath listening to the sound of the ocean. Was amazing, even if the bath did take an hour to run. It was worth it.
There are lots of little things wrong with this place however. It really needs new management to shake things up a bit. It's just too boring. It's a gated complex but nothing happens inside. They have a restaurant on the beach (Stoney Beach Restaurant) where a band (Duo Band - yes there are two!) play really cheesy numbers. They seem to be the hotels crown jewels. Go figure. Breakfast is OK - there are no fresh juices which I find unacceptable for a five star resort, especially with fruit falling from the trees all around you. The restaurant by the pool is the same. They need to rip off the table cloths, turn on some chill music and get the staff to remove the pokers. It breathes uncomfortable. The prawns are really awful too - mush.
There are lots of cool little places in the village - in particular a little hut run by a German dude called David. Does amazing Thai food. There is also a place opposite it that does non MSG food, run by a couple. Also excellent.
All that said, it's a beautiful resort. The road to get there IS as bad as everyone says. I have never been on a worse road in my life. After about the 6th time doing the run (that lasts 35 minutes), you don't want to do it anymore.
If you want a place to completely chill, you don't care about the atmosphere so much. Go here. They also do really annoying things like make you pay 60 baht for a broken glass. 5 Star resorts don't do this type of thing. I also complained about a massage I got - instead of immediately taking my word for it, I had to talk to 3-4 people before anything happened, and at that stage, I was getting very pissed off. They just don't the 'service' thing very well. I'm sure that will change.
All in all, a nice place to stay, but stuffy, and lots to learn when charging that sort of money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SANTHIYA TREE KOH CHANG RESORT (Formerly Panviman Koh Chang Resort) We are in the process of rebranding Panviman Koh Chang Resort, which will be called SANTHIYA TREE KOH CHANG RESORT effective immediately. We look forward to welcoming you to our new Santhiya destination soon! Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort is located at Koh Chang, the second largest island in Thailand, only about 300 km east of Bangkok. Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort is a traditional Thai retreat majestically set on the stretching fine sandy beach at Klong Prao. Klong Prao beach is not only tranquil but also idyllic for swimming. Not to mention it is one of the most spectacular spot to enjoy the view of sunset. Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort nestled at Klong Prao beach, a tranquil part of the island and idyllic for swimming, offering a unique blend of serenity and relaxation within a traditional Thai architectural setting. Great value for money and a unique experience of traditional Thai hospitality. All of the resort’s 50 deluxe rooms are majestically set in a tropical lush garden; it reflects the mood of pure comfort. All rooms feature private spacious terraces, and beautiful back-to-nature style bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panviman Resort Koh Chang Hotel Koh Chang
- Panviman Hotel Koh Chang
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