Pricey but very comfortable
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Peace Resort & Spa originally set up in 1977 under another name on a then-deserted Bophut beach; the latest renovation in 2007 transformed the bungalows into what you see today, a good midrange family hotel option with more than 120 rooms and bungalows of various types set in a meandering tropical garden.
Accommodation comes in superior, deluxe or beachfront bungalows, and there’s also an option of deluxe terrace rooms on either an upper or ground level. Bungalows are spacious (32 square metres including the terrace), with the terrace rooms being slightly larger. At the upper price range, you can choose from either deluxe sea breeze villas or beachfront villas, which offer even more space and a little more privacy.
Facilities in all rooms include air-con, TV with DVD and satellite channels, slippers and outdoor sandals, fridges, safes, tea- and coffee-making facilities and terraces with seating. Interiors are fresh and boast big windows to let in fresh air. Room rates vary depending on season, but start at around 3,800 baht for the superior bungalows, to around 10,000 baht for the beachfront villas, all including breakfast. King beds are standard, and twin beds are available on request.
Although it’s a relatively big resort, bungalows are divided into alcoves with trees and garden paths, creating the feel of a smaller establishment. There’s free WiFi throughout the resort, or use the internet room if you’ve not brought your own computer.
For the kids, there’s a playroom as well as children’s pool, and of course a good beach to run along. The Talay Beach Bar is good for a cocktail or two while watching the sun set across the bay. And if you’re interested in a cooking class, there’s the Peace Culinary School.
For massages, choose from the sala on the beach, at cheap beach massage rates, or treat yourself to a spa package at the Peace Spa, across the road from the resort.
Taking a focal point is Sea Wrap Restaurant, located at the beach alongside the swimming pool. The seating area extends onto the beach by way of fall-in beanbags, making a great relaxed dining setting. There’s also an airy dining room, with lovely views across to Ko Pha Ngan. The menu offers both Western and Thai options, but if you want to broaden your choices, it’s a quick stroll down the beach to popular Fisherman’s Village, where old Chinese shophouses have been converted into restaurants, bars and boutiques.
If you’re really want a beach dining experience, you’ll see a vendor paddling his ‘restaurant’ up and down Bophut beach – rather than carry the heavy contraption of fire and fridge on his shoulders as they do on other beaches. Wave him over, and he’ll row up to you and take your order, preparing it fresh where you are. Choose from grilled chicken or fish, fresh fruit, kept cold on ice, grilled corn on the cob, grilled sticky rice, and even som tam (green papaya salad).
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.