Three pools to choose from
Of the several mid-size resorts with rooms in the 1,500 to 2,500 baht range on Haad Nadan, Baan Civilize is arguably the most interesting.
The contemporary Thai-style rooms, three swimming pools and great beachfront location make it a fine choice for a good old-fashioned beach getaway.
Set in a three-storey polished concrete building at the back of the property, the cheaper rooms are actually spacious one-bedroom apartments with living areas, kitchenettes, separate bedrooms and sparse decor. We were told that some of these could be connected to create two- or three-bedroom apartments. In the usual one-bedroom editions, the beds are located on upper floors and the living areas on the second floors, with a parking space down below. While these “townhouses” are good options for families, we preferred the slightly more expensive “studio” villa-style rooms set directly over the sand or within a few steps of one of the pools. The one that we checked out had a few minor scuffmarks on some of the furnishings but overall achieved a high level of comfort for the price. All rooms have a minimalist design incorporating white- or black-tile floors, sliding glass doors with small terraces, soft beds with silk accents, wide LCD TVs, free WiFi, mini-fridges and unusual orange-glass shower doors in the spacious bathrooms. The villas bag you wall-size glass windows, day beds and mini kitchenettes. You’ll probably want to keep the curtains drawn for privacy if your room faces a pool rather than the beach.
The resort is built around a handsome dark-tile infinity pool with spacious decks and loungers facing the surf. On either side of the property are two smaller pools built between the villas. There’s also a restaurant with beachside seating, a bar near the pool and a coffee shop. We received a somewhat frosty reception at first, but the English-speaking man who showed us around was friendly and helpful.
We were also told that guests receive a small discount at check out if using less than 15 units of electricity per day. Note that the high and low season rates listed here are for weekends (high) and weekdays (low). If you like the modern style and don’t mind spending more cash for a more professional resort experience, consider the Aava Resort further south down the beach road.
Address: 54 Moo 2 (off the beach road), Haad Nadan, Khanom
T: (075) 528 889; (081) 878 3950;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º52'28.74" E, 9º11'11.89" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|1,600 baht||2,000 baht|
|Superior double room|
|1,900 baht||2,300 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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