Luxury as only Ko Pha Ngan would have it
French-managed Le Divine Comedie combines an art-deco design with plush rooms and a beachfront pool and bar in the centre of Baan Tai village.
Surrounded by wooden houses on a narrow lane, the resort’s mint-green concrete building with rounded corners and a Bombay Sapphire sign looks like it was plucked out of Miami, but somehow it blends in. A cheerful multilingual staffer led us into the small but attractive grounds, with a palm-lined footpath leading down the centre and freestanding villas on either side.
Stepping into a villa can feel like entering Fred Flintstone’s house thanks to curving corners and ocher or crimson fixtures that look like stones smoothed by the sea. A large mural of a tiger growls above the bed in one room, while in another, soft blues melt into yellows and oranges in an abstract piece.
Standard rooms set above reception overlook the road and reception told us that noise from trucks and motorbikes is audible in these. We’d splash out for one of the villas with lots of space, beds placed a few steps above the rest of the room and bathrooms that can feel like miniature mazes leading to different nooks for showering, changing and so on.
All rooms come with safe, satellite TV, fridge and coffee/tea facilities. The villas also bag you rooftop terraces with sea views and hammocks accessed by stairways that might make you feel like you’ve entered an Impressionist painting. No rooms have beachfront access, but you can always stroll up to the beachside swimming pool with cushioned loungers placed partly in the pool. The Codt Restaurant and Bar is next to the pool, and there’s also a fitness centre.
Address: Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (080) 885 8789;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'18.67" E, 9º41'57" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,100 baht||2,600 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|3,900 baht||4,500 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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