Haad Kai Mook, Ko Chang T: (089) 094 6023, (089) 032 0166 F: (039) 551 181
Opened back in 2000, Paradise Palms was the first resort on sleepy Haad Khai Mook, and it remains an excellent choice.
The effusively friendly owner, Matt, offers four spacious and comfy villas set around a shady lawn. There's no sandy beach, but kayaks and snorkeling equipment are free, and rubber shoes are offered to make that rocky shore more approachable. This is a good example of what sets Paradise Palms apart -- attention to detail and outstanding service. The rooms themselves have comfortable beds, fridges, TVs, great bathrooms with turquoise tiles, and fans in addition to air-con. The attached verandas are perfect for reading a book, though we were partial to the shared salas and low-key beach bar. While the rooms don't achieve the style of those at Saffron or Remark, they're charming in a beach house sort of way. Relying mainly on word of mouth rather than online bookings, the small resort has many loyal customers who return year after year. Rates are negotiable for longer stays, which falls in line with the owner's flexible and cheerful attitude.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,300 baht, high season 1,600 baht. Notes: Add 200 baht for seafront
Room: Family room, low season: 2,000 baht, high season 2,300 baht. Notes: