A great beachfront and experienced staff make Koh Chang Paradise Resort our pick out of the large, upscale beach resorts in the Khlong Prao area.
Unlike many of Ko Chang’s newer upscale resorts, all of Paradise’s rooms come in the form of detached villas so no ugly concrete blocks or screams of toddlers echoing through connecting doors. The entire front of the resort exists atop fluffy white sand and grass rather than concrete. It’s a gorgeous 260-metre-long beachfront dotted with swings, loungers and fairy lights hung over tables where you can enjoy sunsets and seafood barbecues.
It’s easy to get lost in the footpaths that wind past the Thai-style villas, each with orange roofs and terraces draped in carefully trimmed foliage. Inside you’ll find classical Thai art and varnished hardwood floors as part of an unpretentious sea-cottage design. Soft amber walls join glass shower stalls in spacious bathrooms, and each villa comes with expected amenities like TV, fridge and safe.
Deluxe villas are a tad larger and come with tubs, though the higher price is justifiable more for a location closer to the beach. Some cheaper villas stand close enough to the main road for truck and some motorbike engines to be audible. Those with considerably more cash to spend could opt for a top-end villa with a private plunge pool. A few of these nudge right up to the beach, though most of Paradise’s rooms stand in spread-out rows and have partial sea or garden views.
Facilities include a large lagoon-style swimming pool with swim-up bar, Jacuzzi and separate kids’ pool. There’s also a steam room and coffee shop to go with the main restaurant and bar, but a fitness centre is missing. On multiple visits, we’ve found staff to be efficient and helpful.
Paradise occupies a large property and it’s the kind of place where some people could happily spend an entire holiday without leaving the resort. That’s a good thing since you’ll find little in the way of non-resort shops and restaurants within walking distance. If seeking a similarly solid upscale resort in a livelier area, consider KC Grande up in Haad Sai Khao and Gajapuri down in Kai Bae.
Paradise’s neighbour, Flora I Talay, offers slightly cheaper rooms with a shorter beachfront, while nearby Chai Chet Resort is worth a look for less than 2,000 baht. Further south in Khlong Prao you’ll find Santhiya Tree, Centara Tropicana, Grand Lagoon and The Dewa, all solid luxury resorts with rates that are similar to or pricier than Paradise, but also with smaller grounds and inferior beachfronts.
Address: Haad Chai Chet, Ko Chang
T: (039) 551 100-1 ; (089) 786 3232; F: (039) 551 212
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º16'59.8" E, 12º3'59.21" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||3,500 baht||4,100 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||4,800 baht||5,500 baht|
|Private pool villa||6,500 baht||8,250 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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