Only good option on Ao Cho
Like its sister property up in Haad Sai Kaew, the Grand View Hideaway Resort has a clash of rooms that were built in different eras and with totally different designs.
If you don’t mind the lack of a focused theme, it’s a comfortable choice stretching over the entire south side of Ao Cho.
Clustered close together behind the reception and restaurant area, the original concrete villas are boring but comfortable, with soft beds draped in mosquito nets, tile floors, large windows, good-size bathrooms and rattan accents. Along with furnished front terraces, all rooms come with fridges, LCD TVs, DVD players, safes, WiFi and sofas or cushioned chairs. Overlooking the bay from near the rocks that mark Ao Cho’s southern end, the much-newer oceanfront deluxe rooms looked darn sharp with their clean lines, two-tiered polished concrete terraces, wide glass doors, slanted roofs, glossy wood floors and huge slate-wall bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. While not cheap, these probably won’t disappoint luxury travellers.
The resort lacks a swimming pool and always seems to be having a minor hiccup: On one visit we were shown a room where leaking water formed a sizeable puddle in the bedroom. On another, we overheard guests arguing with the receptionist over whether or not they had prepaid through Booking.com (we’re pretty sure the guests were wrong, but the receptionist didn’t do a great job of explaining). It could be that the Grand View group sends its more experienced staff to its larger properties on Haad Sai Kaew and Ko Chang.
Even so, we reckon the Hideaway is the only reasonable option on Ao Cho. Shop around online and you’ll probably find a room for less than the rack rates listed below.
Address: Ao Cho, Ko Samet
T: (081) 295 3044; (038) 644 332; F: (038) 644 220
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'8.52" E, 12º33'23.53" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,500 baht||3,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,500 baht||4,200 baht|
4,000/5,500 baht for “deluxe grand”.
|3,300 baht||4,500 baht|
|Suite||7,000 baht||9,500 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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