A sweet choice
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Honey Cottages on Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon beach lies on an expansive garden-filled property shaded by large trees. The beach at the eastern end where the cottages are located has shallow waters, and at low tide, a short walk takes you to a small island not much more than a rocky outcrop called Ko Fan Noi. Those preferring deeper water for swimming can stroll about 100 metres along the beach for a more satisfying splash.
Honey Cottages has an unpretentious feel, and offers a great social scene on the beachfront, with a well-stocked bar, a pool table, chill platforms in the shade, and sun loungers closer to the water for sun worshippers. A small but well designed pool next to the bar isn’t big enough for lengths, but perfect for cooling off or sitting in while sipping on cocktails. Expect tunes like Otis Redding’s ‘Dock of the Bay’ over the sound system while travellers and locals hang out under the trees. Even if you are staying elsewhere, Honey is a great place to spend a day, and they don’t mind you using the pool as long as you order some lunch.
Honey Seafood Restaurant sits about 100 metres from the bar, around the bend, with tables on the beach and under a thatched sala. Unsurprisingly seafood is their specialty, but they also offer a selection of Thai and European dishes. A condensed snack-type menu is offered at the bar, including burgers and sandwiches. If you are spending a few days at Honey, be sure to try Mr Coppi’s delicious grilled corn — buttery and grilled on the coals while you wait. You will see him lugging his ‘kitchen’ up and down the beach, with a steady following of soi dogs hoping for any leftovers of grilled chicken-on-a-stick. Should you tire of Thai curry, but still fancy a spicy meal, try Akbar Indian Restaurant on the main road, only a few hundred metres’ walk away.
The accommodation is in the form of 25 individually styled bungalows, some on the beachfront and some set in the garden or surrounding the pool, and ranging from standard rooms to deluxe as well as family suites. All bungalows are air-con and have WiFi, with facilities such as satellite TV, safety boxes, minibar and spacious bathrooms. Rooms are serviced daily and each is decked with a small patio with garden furniture. Rates are fairly reasonable for midrange, with standard air-con rooms starting at 1,800 baht a night.
Honey is perhaps not the best choice around for those seeking cheap drinks, as they lean toward the pricier side; but those longing to escape the mad crowds of Chaweng or Lamai while still wanting a great beach and a bit of a vibe without breaking the bank, Honey Cottages is a good option. Those preferring a more secluded beach and cheaper alternative in the area, may want to give Thongson Bay Bungalows in the neighbouring bay a try.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.