Whimsical or just cheesy?
A reasonable choice for families looking to stay right on Khlong Chao Beach, Peter Pan is the least expensive out of four resorts on Ko Kut run by the same group, all of them named after iconic characters out of J.M Barrie’s imagination.
In this Thai spin on the Peter Pan theme, the expected green surfaces are matched by an underwater tropical twist—apparently Peter invited The Little Mermaid when designing this joint. Room names like “star fish” and “crab” come with goofy cartoon pictures on signs found throughout this fairly large property set in one of the most central locations on Ko Kut.
Tucked back off the beach amid footpaths and palms, most rooms come in two-floor concrete duplexes incorporating a mix of wood, tile, thatch and bamboo. The cheapest “Mermaid” rooms are also the newest and these have oddly shaped wood-shingle roofs that we think were designed to look like Peter Pan’s pointed cap. With an outlook to the bushy mangroves that line Khlong Chao, the mermaid room that we checked out was bright, clean, spacious and free of pirates, but not particularly memorable otherwise.
All rooms come with wide glass doors along with air-con, TV, minibar, WiFi and safe, with rain showers and basin sinks in the large bathrooms. Interior decoration is mercifully minimalist, with no Peter Pan statues or “fairy dust” glued to walls. Instead you’ll find hardwood or tile floors, exposed bricks and terracotta patios with rocking chairs and hanging basket seats.
Some pricier rooms surround small swimming pools with minimal privacy; we’d skip these since they’re a bit darker than others and guests staying in non-poolside rooms can still use the pools. Though we weren’t able to look inside, the “sea fan” rooms with thatch roofs draped over semi-private balconies overlooking the khlong appeared promising.
The only sea-view options are freestanding villas dubbed “Anemone” with doors opening to beachfront decks, mosquito nets draped over four-poster beds, Jacuzzi tubs and personal plunge pools kept private by wooden fences. Families can add extra beds for a steep 1,200 baht or go for a loft-style room with king beds on both floors.
Peter Pan has an excellent beachfront including a large thatch-roofed restaurant pavilion, tons of lounge chairs and even cushioned loveseats with tables for enjoying sundowners beneath the casuarinas. Apart from the restaurant and a few villas there has been no construction right along the beachfront, with only lawn and footpaths reaching up to meet the sand.
While Peter Pan is a good choice for families, couples may want to check out Wendy and Tinkerbell, both higher-end resorts also found on Khlong Chao Beach. There’s also the very pricey High Season Resort, which is the only place on the beach that’s not run by the Peter Pan group. If you don’t mind a rocky coastline, Away Resort on the north side of the khlong is another adequate, if not really inspiring, option in the midrange bracket.
The other spot run by the Peter Pan group is the remote and pricey Captain Hook up in Khlong Yai Ki (Neverland Resort on Khlong Jak has different owners). Staff comes from a big pool of personnel that get spread around the four resorts—expect service to be hit or miss.
Address: Khlong Chao Beach, Ko Kut
T: (029) 661 800-3; (081) 826 1188;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'41.79" E, 11º38'3.86" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
“Coral” and “Mermaid”.
|3,750 baht||3,750 baht|
|Superior double room|
“Starfish”; these are poolside.
|5,175 baht||5,175 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
“Sea Fan”; plus 400 for poolside deluxe.
|5,625 baht||5,625 baht|
|Family room||6,375 baht||6,375 baht|
“Anemone” Beach villa
|7,125 baht||7,125 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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