A cut above the rest
Soi Tian Chai 3, Lonely Beach, Ko Chang T: (081) 721 2547, (090) 363 6528
In 2012, this serene hilltop retreat was bought by a Dutch couple who have done a fabulous job with what was already a quality bungalow joint.
Simple dark wood bungalows and larger but still very tasteful villas are nestled into a lush tropical garden where butterflies pollenate the abundant flower bushes. The cheaper rooms are cosy and have comfortable beds with mosquito nets to go with cold-water showers in open-air garden bathrooms. Further up the hill, and with smashing views of the bay down below, "deluxe" editions have high ceilings with dark wood rafters, spacious bathrooms, fridges and huge front porches. All rooms come with safes, and other unexpected touches include plus-size hammocks and ceiling-mounted fans on the porches. The fully thatch-roofed, wood-stilted restaurant affords magnificent views, and the casual, good-natured service is exactly what we hope for on an island getaway. Oasis is a three-minute hike up a narrow paved road from the main drag, so the nearest beach is a good 10-minute walk away. Further down the hill, a handful of newer bungalow operations offer similarly simple fan bungalows at similar rates. If Oasis is full, Little Eden, Day Night or Farina's are all quality alternatives.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes: Add 100/200 baht for hot water
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 1,100 baht. Notes: Upto 700/1,300 baht
Location map for Oasis