Decent beachfront option
Popular with flashpackers thanks to the comfy rooms and wide decks built along the beachfront, Nature Beach would be our choice out of the four resorts that front the actual sand of Lonely Beach, rather than the rocky coast or pavement found further south in the village.
The resort had undergone changes since our last visit, replacing the old log cabins with ultra-modern concrete villas. These square-shaped rooms come with brushed concrete floors, loveseats, widescreen TVs, fridges, kettles, safes, some trendy art on the walls and hot-water bathrooms. Glass doors and windows cover the entire front walls; unfortunately the outlook faces other rooms so you’ll have to keep the curtains drawn if you don’t want to be on display.
Fetching more cash, the more standard looking brushed concrete villas with amber paintjobs and wood trim stand closer to the beach and also received upgrades. At the far back of the property beyond a moat that mosquitoes enjoy and near the road, “budget rooms” are similar but lack extras apart from air-con and hot water—and the location leaves a lot to be desired. The free WiFi may not reach that far back as well.
Nature Beach has an odd layout on a fairly small property, with the rooms stacked in close together around a central block of sand and grass—essentially a sea-view car park near the medium-size infinity pool. Also built beside the sand is the resort’s saving grace: a series of decks with loungers and floor cushions exposed to the sun along with proper tables set beneath a high roof. Here you’ll also find reception and a billiards table.
Usually set to the beats of downtempo music, the whole shebang has a lively vibe thanks in part to the large beachside bar. Families are welcome and there is a little kids’ pool, but most of the guests we saw were youngish party types, including quite a few from Russia. Expect to hear noise from the parties at nearby Siam Hut after dark.
Staffers we encountered seemed complacent, as is the norm at many places in Lonely Beach. The restaurant is a great place for sundowners, but we’d skip the watered-down Thai food.
We prefer the rooms, vibe and staff at the similarly priced Warapura Resort further south, but Nature Beach does offer competitive value if you’re set on staying within steps of Lonely Beach itself. Next to Nature Beach is the newer Bhumiyama Resort, which has a trendier design but is otherwise similar and a bit closer to the beach-party epicentre.
Receptionists at Nature Beach Resort did not provide us with low-season rates; expect discounts.
Address: Lonely Beach, Ko Chang
T: (081) 803 8933 ; (039) 558 025-7;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'38.08" E, 12º0'22.26" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room||1,600 baht||1,600 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||2,000 baht||2,000 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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