The Coco Cottage is arguably Ko Ngai's most stylish place to stay.
The priciest standalone dark-wood villas are perched over a small canal just back from a seawall with steps leading down to the beach and a nearby coral reef. From there, a cluster of similar rooms blend into a sandy area filled with palms and flowers. They've pulled off a natural theme by preserving many trees and creating rooms with shiny wood floors, coconut lamps, high thatch ceilings, coconut-wood and woven bamboo walls, bamboo headboards to go with cushy beds, bamboo showerheads and wooden sinks in the partially open hot-water bathrooms. Every room comes with air-con, safes and large terraces, but no TVs or fridges, and the air-con is only switched on at night. Larger rooms have daybeds and/or fold out sofas. Apart from that, rooms are identically equipped, with prices depending on proximity to the beach. The staff members we met were stylish and polite but also nice and laid back. The small resort also boasts our favourite common area on Ngai: an open-sided wood-and-bamboo structure with high thatch ceilings, dangling bamboo art and an array of tables, communal computers and floor cushions.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.