By Angie, New Zealand
While I was planning a trip to Koh Chang island, I wanted to just camp out and rent a private bungalow, as long as it’s less than 15-minute walk from various beach resorts. But my friends said that renting bungalows in Thailand would mean I have to endure shared and outdoor shower and squat toilets. I didn’t want that.
So, a change of plan and I searched for the best hotels in Koh Chang. I wanted to be just near the water with free breakfast. I didn’t want an expensive hotel. I wanted it to be a luxurious place where I can rest after a visit to Klong Plu waterfall or night out in Lonely Beach.
One of the things that really attracted me to Koh Chang Cliff Beach is its uninterrupted views. That’s why I chose to book in this hotel as my base to explore Kai Bae. I booked a Cliff view standard to let me enjoy panoramas of the ocean from my own bedroom or private veranda. I especially liked the time when I had to see the beautiful sunsets from my private balcony.
I have read quite a lot of negative things about this hotel, especially how hard their beds are. To be quite honest, they really don’t have soft bed. I, too, experienced that. But I couldn’t complain since I had the best view of the ocean, which was more important. I could say that the overall location of this hotel is excellent. It combines the cliff and beach together. What more can you ask for?
Since I booked a room for one or two, it had no sofa. There were only chair and small desk. If you wanted a sofa in your own room, then book for a more expensive room. I didn’t need a sofa so I wasn’t too bothered of it. The most important part here is that I had balcony that overlooks the beach allowing me to fully enjoy the sunset while sipping Thai iced tea.
You should also be aware that when you book online, you might not get the same room as exactly as you have booked. The reason for this is that each room type is of different style. When I arrived there, I heard guests complaining of the room they have booked, which was completely different from what was described online. Good thing was that the hotel’s receptionist sorted things out to meet the guests’ satisfaction.
The room was nicely decorated. Since I booked for a standard room, there wasn’t too much space to invite people here. Then again, I wasn’t expecting anyone to visit me.
The hotel offers a private beach, which I really loved. The amazing cliff top pool was a great place to chill. I tried their private massage, which was okay but not excellent. But the room offers a relaxing sound from the sea allowing me to drift off for a few minutes.
I had free Internet in my room but it was too slow. I had to go out to get a better signal. Their television was modern but not much choice of Western channels. My room had the usual equipment, mini-bar and instant coffee etc but I went to the hotel coffeeshop for my morning caffeine fix.
At that time I stayed, there was an event being held at a nearby hotel. The music was too loud. But I still managed to sleep despite the loud sound. After that night, the noise was gone leaving me with a nice, quiet place to stay for a few days.
The food was normal. I had a free breakfast but there was not much variety. However, the food changes every day. I would say that the food service was A-okay not great. But, hey, it’s not a 5-star hotel. Thus, don’t expect the hotel to serve you gourmet meals. Although it wasn’t well-presented, it was tasty and filling.
The staff of Cliff Beach Resort were friendly and helpful. They speak decent English. You could ask them about their local knowledge of the area to help you out in exploring the island. That was a good thing because I didn’t want to pay for someone to help me out with my exploration of the place. I must say that most of them were friendly & approachable. They also gave me some tips and tricks on how to tour Thailand for cheap which was great.
Overall, I would give it around 4 out of 5. I had a wonderful time staying here despite some shortcomings. It was a nice hotel for a few days and offered a relaxing and quiet atmosphere.