Just a few hours away from Bangkok, Koh Chang sits nestled in the Gulf of Thailand surrounded by a number of smaller islands that make up the Koh Chang Archipelago. Amari Emerald Cove resort sits on the popular West side of the island on the exquisite Long Prao Beach. The perfect escape for a holiday on one of Thailand’s best kept secrets.
The hotel provides a true five star experience, with more than 150 deluxe rooms and a selection of grand deluxe rooms and suites, each with a selection of enchanting ocean, pool and mountain views. Once there, you’re just a short stroll from the secluded Klong Prao Beach with its incredible sun soaked vistas over white sand. There you can sunbathe or enjoy a swim in the warm waters, but if you prefer something a little more tranquil, you can always retire to the poolside terrace to enjoy a cocktail in the sun.
There are numerous options for dining, but we recommend The Cove Terrace restaurant or if you’re a couple on a romantic getaway to Thailand, a starlit dinner on the beach. If you’re in the mood for pampering, then the Breeze Spa, with its private suites with views out onto the ocean are just a stone’s throw away. The light and elegant design features with en-suite bathtubs and typical wooden furnishings coupled with luxuries like Thai massage, body wraps with royal lotus root and Moroccan red clay, and chocolate and honey body scrubs will transport you to a state of pure euphoria.
If you prefer to keep active, you can take advantage of the hotel’s modern facilities, like the 50-metre lap pool and fitness room or you can head out into the ocean on a Kayak and traverse the incredible coastline with its cliffs and picture perfect white sand beaches, and afterwards enjoy the vast underwater world that surrounds the island on a Scuba Diving trip.
However, if you’d like to keep your feet dry, then head inland to what is a paradise for nature lovers, with opportunities to hike into the rainforest and the lush emerald mountains, go elephant trekking and spot the local flora and fauna whilst exploring the close by fishing village of Bang Bao. If you’re happy to go a little further afield to the East side of the island, then you’ll be rewarded by numerous crystal clear waterfalls and undiscovered beaches, perfect for couples that are looking for a romantic break away from the crowds. The Amari Emerald Cove Resort is perfectly situated for all kinds of holiday and is a perfect base for those wanting to explore the island to its fullest.
If it’s your first time visiting the island, and you travel by ferry from Trat, after either a quick flight or bus ride from Bangkok, then look out for the Hollywood-esque ‘Welcome to Koh Chang’ sign standing prolifically on the hill as you get closer to the mountains. And to see where it all began, make your way to Lonely Beach and the Tree House bar, one of the original night spots for the visiting back packers that made Koh Chang so popular. It’s tucked away at the end of the beach and sits on a wooden platform overlooking the water below and serves both international and local cuisine and is still a popular spot with the locals.