Amber Sands Beach Resort
51/3 Moo 2, Dan Kao, Ko Chang T: (082) 212 0698, (039) 586 177
Set along a thin but scenic beach that actually does have distinctively amber-hued sand to go with views of the Thai mainland and Cambodian mountains, this intimate eight-room resort is one of our favourite midrange spots on Ko Chang.
With loads of space, glass doors opening onto large verandas and polished takian wood floors, the elegant villas would hold their own in a five-star resort -- if five star resorts had this much character. The ones we checked out had queen beds on elegant hardwood frames, graceful furnishings and interesting northern Thai hill dweller art on the walls. The beachfront room comes with a fridge and private nook with sofa to go with direct sea views, but all rooms have safes and partial sea views. One unique bungalow faces the small swimming pool and has woven bamboo walls along with a ceiling fan in addition to air-con. The resort offers Thai massage, a restaurant and several loungers and hammocks along the beach. Owners Julian and Cheryl and their staff have received loads of praise for their top-notch service. Pick-up at either of the piers is free. The resort closes during the worst of the rainy season from mid August to mid October. Rates change slightly every two months, so those listed below are "ballpark figures", but it's good value any time of year.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,800 baht, high season 2,300 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 2,400 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 2,900 baht, high season 3,600 baht. Notes:
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