Long in the tooth but lots to like
Set in an imposing 1980s building that has been fully refurbished in recent years, the Methavalai remains a popular full-service resort across from the area’s best patch of sand.
The main building looks something like a white cruise ship and is designed in a series of progressively recessed tiers with a pyramid shape, meaning that rooms on all four floors have sunny private balconies with partial sea views. They overlook a very large lagoon swimming pool with kids’ pool, loungers spread over a large patio and a bar at the centre of the property.
Accessed by a lift, rooms in the main building are spacious, comfortable and done up like a Thai business hotel. They come with thick queen beds over tile floors, desks, cushioned chairs, bathtubs in spacious bathrooms, glass doors accessing the balconies, pictures of orchids on the walls and expected amenities like air-con, TV, WiFi, minibar, safe and bathrobes.
Higher-end editions offer added space and direct pool access from the ground floor, and affordable family rooms are available in the main building. Big groups with cash to burn could go for a luxurious four-bedroom Thai-style house with private entrance, high ceilings and fretted wood walls on the other side of the pool. All rates include a buffet breakfast.
A receptionist who spoke clear English was helpful when we rolled through. Facilities include two restaurants, a coffee shop, fitness centre and massage. While you could opt for one of the large-scale resorts found much further south and accessible only from the highway, Methavalai is a solid choice if you prefer to stay on the beach road within walking distance of the fishing village.
Note that the rates we were offered as walk-ins and found on booking sites were roughly half the price as those listed on the official website, and further discounts can often be scored online.
Address: 220 Ruamchit Rd, Cha-am
T: (032) 433 250-3; (032) 471 1145-6; F: (032) 471 590
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'15.55" E, 12º48'16.05" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,200 baht||2,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,800 baht||2,800 baht|
|Family room||3,400 baht||3,400 baht|
|18,000 baht||18,000 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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