A splash of colour on Ao Phrao
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.
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.
Address: Ao Phrao, Ko Samet
T: (02) 129 1140; (089) 545 4733; F: (02) 129 1139
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º26'58.18" E, 12º34'12.18" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,590 baht||2,590 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Up to 4,490 for “Nautical Deluxe”.
|3,390 baht||3,390 baht|
Up to 7,290 baht.
|5,290 baht||5,290 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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