Centrally located jungle hideout
If the Somkiet Buri’s designers had only been allowed to design the whole of Ao Nang, it would be a far more beautiful place.
The small resort’s grounds are so packed with foliage that it can feel like walking through a jungle village dotted with Thai-style houses connected by paths and catwalks leading over small streams and waterfalls. The lush greenery completely transports you from the concrete blocks and jammed traffic that’s only a few hundred metres away. Rooms come in two-storey villas, one room on each floor, made of brick down below and attractive wood with thatched gabled roofs up top. Though all rooms are decorated with lots of bamboo and rattan to go with tasteful paintings of seafaring ships and all expected amenities, the lower-floor editions are darker and less inviting. If you can swing it, the family room is notably gorgeous, with wall-size windows, hardwood floors, bamboo walls, comfy living room, two bedrooms, private Jacuzzi and huge private deck with four loungers. The grounds include a pavilion for playing cards or checking email, a spa, restaurant and small but nicely formed swimming pool set under towering trees. Nearby construction only slightly detracted from the atmosphere during our most recent visit. If you’re in the market for a resort away from the beach, the nearby Paradise Resort has an interesting urban theme with a Mars red pool, while Tipa and Vogue resorts offer a more straightforward experience, all for around the same price as Somkiet Buri. There’s also the Peace Laguna, a pricier luxury resort with villas overlooking a lagoon.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.