Spanning the hillside between a pair of pricier and more pretentious resorts, the Lima Coco shrugs off Ao Phrao’s serious air with its Mediterranean-style villas sporting bright red, blue and yellow accents.
Check rates at Lima Coco Resort on Agoda.com
Check rates at Lima Coco Resort on Booking.com.
Expect to see at least a few young Thai fashionistas here on the weekends.
Fronted by wood-and-glass doors and terraces facing the sea, rooms are set in single-floor attached concrete buildings placed along the hill (about three rooms per building). Partitions keep the neighbours from stumbling into your part of the furnished terrace. Rooms are priced according to size and proximity to the beach. Reached by stairs that traverse the hill, all rooms are done up with a minimalist theme incorporating white walls, wood floors, polished concrete and lots of open space. Several large windows allow natural light to flow in. Solid for the price, the standard that we checked out featured a good-quality bed, air-con, TV, WiFi and large wet bathroom with a sink and closet set in a separate nook. All pricier rooms also come with fridges.
Staff members do their jobs but don’t usually go out of their way to be friendly. They run a beachside restaurant and bar beneath a large white pavilion, also serving food and drink to a small but nicely formed blue-tile swimming pool placed within steps of the beach. Grab a seat on a cherry red cushioned lounger under a white umbrella and let your imagination carry you to the South of France.
We were told that walk-in rates are fixed throughout the year, but we found that modest discounts were available through the resort’s site and booking sites. The Lima group also runs Lima Bella, another slick resort with similar rates located a five-minute walk inland from Laem Yai and Haad Sai Kaew. Rates at both resorts include breakfast and boat transfer to/from Ban Phe.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 2,590 baht, high season 2,590 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 3,390 baht, high season 3,390 baht. Notes: Up to 4,490 for “Nautical Deluxe”.
Room: Suite, low season: 5,290 baht, high season 5,290 baht. Notes: Up to 7,290 baht.
Ao Phrao, Ko Samet
T: (02) 129 1140
(089) 545 4733
F: (02) 129 1139
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B