A wonderfully tranquil, jungle resort on the East coast of Thailand’s Koh Chang
“This review was written just after the easing of travel restrictions. At this time, very few people were travelling and hotels working with skeleton staff and reduced facilities”.
The Spa Koh Chang Resort is almost one of those ‘fantasy’ hotels that one dreams of discovering. Leaving the ferry, one sees all the other cars turn right and you turn left to the lesser populated side of Koh Chang island. It’s a peaceful drive with little to challenge the natural beauty and pristine seascapes. In fact the Eastern coast is really the most beautiful and less populated. Just as one thinks that the road leads nowhere the sign to The Spa Resort Koh Chang greats you. Down a little track and slowly the mystique of the resort reveals itself. It’s like a jungle, but look carefully and one sees that the vegetation is well cared for and between this luxurious greenery, small cabins appear. Welcome to The Spa Koh Chang Resort!
Apologies for my rather lyrical introduction but these were our thoughts as we approached. It was just after local travel restrictions had been relaxed and there were few cars on the Koh Chang ferry. It was early and we did not have any reservation, but I had heard about The Spa, wanted to see and so glad that we visited and spent an amazing day here.
We had the honour of sharing the resort with just 2 other guests so it was almost our private retreat and the staff were happy to see us and treated us so well.
Most of the rooms in the resort are in the little 2 storey Hill Cottages built on one side. Irregular walkways lead to these little houses. The rooms on the ground floor appear a little smaller and we chose a Hill Cottage Double Room on the upper floor of this jungle villa. The room was beautiful. Large, traditional, full of character and yet featuring all modern amenities. Teak flooring throughout, large bathroom with rain shower, comfortable double bed with mosquito net and a lovely balcony for morning tea!
The ‘resort’ is as natural as any resort that I have ever visited. Not manufactured natural but real, natural nature with all construction most inconspicuous. A central pond is the feature and leads to the creek out into the Mangrove forests, when the tide is in! Reception is open air and simple and on the first floor their charming restaurant which specialises in excellent and creative vegetarian/healthy dishes.
There is a large Spa complex and beautiful salt-water pool with many hidden sun decks for privacy and relaxation. Looking on the website one sees that The Spa specialises in Health, De-tox, Yoga and other holistic practises. At the time of our visit, naturally none of these facilities were operating. We very much enjoyed The Spa Resort for its relaxed, peaceful and back to nature atmosphere. The peace here is deafening!
Kim Waddoup enjoyed a lifetime in the tourism business and is an active ‘Silver-Ager” living in Thailand. He writes for his age group with high varied articles covering subjects relevant to retirees living in, or visiting Thailand.
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