Impossible to miss as you first enter Haad Sai Khao by road, KC should fit the bill if you're set on an all-out beach resort experience -- and have the dough to pay for it.
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The place feels like two different resorts in one. The newer section has massive three-storey blocks containing plush rooms with dark wood furnishings, stylish art, large verandas and all of the extras you'd expect for the prices. These face the resort's jaw-dropping swimming pool, which is almost Olympic size and impressively done with various decks, fountains, bars, jacuzzi and huge attached kids pool with turtle fountains and junior water slides. Beyond the oh-so creatively named "The Beach" restaurant, the resort's older section features spacious light purple concrete villas connected by footpaths that meander past water lily ponds, gazebos and well-kept tropical gardens. While these are just as comfy as their hotel block counterparts, they have a more cheerful air with terracotta tile floors and wall-size windows opening onto spacious verandas. Keep walking and you enter the "cheap" area with its countless plain and small bungalows. These have small flatscreen TVs to go with safes, fridges and high quality beds, but they're quite overpriced for what are essentially souped up beach huts. They're also a fair slog from the main pool, though there is an older and much smaller pool along with the original old beach bum bar in the immediate vicinity. The resort also boasts a fitness centre, spa, conference room, nightclub and coffee shop. We've listed the resort's internet rates; add another 2,000 baht for the outrageous walk-in rates.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 2,800 baht, high season 4,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 3,350 baht, high season 5,200 baht. Notes: