Updated: May 9, 2018
Vast grounds, glorious beach, superb facilities and ideal for families. Perched up a hill for maximum views (mostly blocked by trees), the circular Cliff Bungalows are remarkably built around immovable granite boulders. Some of the newer rooms facing the beach and second pool have connecting doors, but avoid the old-fashioned wooden bungalows, which are clustered too tightly together and along the noisy road. Best are the villas barely 5 metres from the sand. With two bedrooms and a private plunge pool, they are secluded behind colourful walls that significantly affect the views. However, the modern design is instantly likeable and the lounge room is airy. The main pool faces the beach, which is shady and virtually private. Adding to the appeal is the games room and private pier for boat trips. The resort faces Seekantang (Leela) Beach, about 10 minutes’ walk from Haad Rin village, and a little further from the infamous Sunset and Sunrise beaches.
Superbly conveniently, uniquely designed and fine for families. Centrally located in Haad Rin village, and alongside the terminal for infrequent ferries to Koh Samui, this resort also faces a scenic cove that is clean, shady and virtually private. Of the variety of brightly-coloured accommodation, many can squeeze in one extra single bed. Bungalows perched on rocks above the sea, or lining a hillside path, are simply furnished, but the balcony and abundant windows offer priceless views. Worth a splurge are the four extraordinary Boathouse rooms facing the sea. Shaped like gigantic tugboats, and painted pink, purple or mustard, they are on three levels, and feature a huge bedroom, spa bathroom and massage tables. The dark interior adds to the charm, and there’s room for at least two extra single beds. With spacious grounds, a larger-than-expected lagoon-shaped pool and a splash area attached, this is one of very few places on the island to cater for families.