Great family-friendly spot
A very solid choice for families, Koh Kood Beach Resort’s large and comfy bungalows overlook a wide expanse of grass that tumbles down to swings, a swimming pool, volleyball net and a small beachfront.
Sporting shaggy thatch sides and wooden furniture on good-sized front decks, the lumbung-style bungalows (dubbed “Bali houses” by the resort) are spacious and well kept with vaulted ceilings and woven-bamboo on interior walls. You also get a minibar, safe, TV and DVD player along with small daybed and fan in addition to the air-con. Bathrooms are made of brick and stone with small roofs over sink and shower and the rest left open to the elements.
The other room types, “Thai twin houses”, come in duplex concrete structures with tiny plunge pools in a more private spot on the far side of the hill. These didn’t look as appealing as the Bali houses to us, but families and groups looking for plenty of space may be interested. The resort is very much geared towards families; even the cheapest rooms accommodate two adults and three kids using at least one extra bed for 800 baht.
Though shaded only by a few coconut trees, the gently sloping lawn is a fine spot for kids to work up a sweat before jumping into the infinity pool with a sea view and plenty of space to swim. The pool is a welcome addition, as not many places on Kut have them at this price point. There’s also a massage pavilion and some toys and books in the restaurant.
Perhaps they have a pool because while the waterfront area is quite wide, the beach is tiny and set towards the northern end of the resort. Many guests stroll a few hundred metres down to Khlong Mat’s main beach, which is also quite small but wider than Koh Kood Beach Resort’s own beachfront. You’ll also find a large and airy thatch-roofed restaurant pavilion with a sea outlook, and the staff have been a helpful mob on all of our visits.
A few little shops and restaurants are found among the fisher houses just back from the beach along the khlong. It’s a four-kilometre trip from here to Khlong Chao, but Ao Tapao is only a kilometre to the south.
Address: Ao Khlong Mat, Ko Kut
T: (081) 908 8966; (081) 908 8829;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'8.57" E, 11º40'1.79" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
“Bali house”; Plus 600 for bungalow closer to seafront.
|2,900 baht||3,900 baht|
|Superior double room|
“Thai twin house”; plus 600 for sea view.
|3,500 baht||4,500 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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