Updated: May 9, 2018
Vast, tropical, convenient, beachfront and ideal for families. Guests can become easily disoriented among this immense – and admirably underdeveloped – area of ponds, palms, creeks and lawns. With limited windows, the Superior Rooms are dark, but maintain the overall tropical ambience, and the gorgeous balcony/veranda is spacious enough for a table, sofa alcove and two chairs. Many have connecting doors and can slide in an extra single bed. Better still, the Cabana rooms and suites can easily accommodate a family of four. Both beachside pools have areas for kids, while the main one also features a swim-up bar, shady fruit trees and in-water lounge chairs under a thatched roof. With a waterslide, playground and special spa, as well as an airy indoor kids’ club with engaging activities, it’s ideal for children. Families would also enjoy activities such as yoga, badminton and volleyball. Facing a sandy beach with tilting palms, calm waters and island views, it’s about 700m from the main road in Klong Prao, a village halfway down the coast with enough shops and cafés to satisfy.
Tranquil, beach frontage, village setting and family-focused. In attractive three-level blocks, most rooms have a decent-sized balcony/veranda and a few boast sea views. Those in the Deluxe Premium Wing feature extended windows and a petite colourful sofa, and many have connecting doors. Even better, the suites offer a substantial lounge area with a double sofa (that converts into beds), dining table, and two bathrooms and balconies. One of the pools is especially for children, but lacks sufficient shade, while another is long, raised and beachside. The sand is scruffy in parts, but the curved bay is virtually private and sprinkled with postcard-perfect palms. Children are well catered for with a club for toddlers offering some limited activities, special menus at the café, and a bouncing castle. Families would also enjoy the water-sports, games room with ping-pong, and activities such as volleyball and yoga. The entrance is barely 100 metres from the main road through Klong Prao village, with enough facilities nearby.
Downtown, superb beach, ideal pool and family-friendly. One of the island’s first resorts, this was built either side of the main road at the top of White Sands, the most developed part of the island and only five minutes by songthaew taxi truck from the ferry terminal. Rooms in the Seaside Zone feature a sizeable balcony/veranda and sofa that converts into a single bed. The villas are less attractive, but some are barely 10 metres from the beach. Rooms over the road are motel-style, although still likeable, and the rooftop pool is superb. Some rooms have connecting doors and all accommodation is spacious enough for at least one extra single bed. The beachside pool is postcard-perfect – shapely, with Infinity edges and a swim-up bar – and the beach is equally inviting. And with an impressive waterslide, children’s pool with giant turtles, and a kid’s club that’s bright (but undersized and unsupervised), it is ideal for families.