The AWA Resort opened in late 2014 and was an immediate hit. It’s from the same owner as The Dewa on Klong Prao beach, which is well known for it’s unique architecture. So it was interesting to see what the AWA Resort would look like. Turns out they did a good job of making what could have been run of the mill hotel blocks into something special.
The three floor high atrium / reception with huge doors sets the scene and from this guests walk through to the pool which runs the length of the hotel to the beach. There’s over 120 rooms here, so having enough poolside space was always going to be an issue. The super-long pool does the job though.
It’s located adjacent to The Chill and Gajapuri Resort, two other excellent places to stay. So if you’re planning on booking a 4 star hotel on Kai Bae beach it’s just a matter of deciding which of these three suits you best. If it comes down to money, then AWA Resort will be the cheapest. The compromise is that it is the largest and most crowded.
Note that the cheaper Hillside rooms at The AWA are in the inland annexe, rather than on the beach side of the main road. The upside of these rooms is that they look out onto a large garden area and are in low rise units. You won’t get the sea views but it is a very nice ambiance.
One obvious downside is the lack of beach. Sure, at low tide there is a narrow strip of sand. But that’s not very impressive and the seabed here is rocky and swimming isn’t so easy. Guests can walk north to the old Chang Park Resort which has a nicer stretch of sand to lie on.
The bottom line is that if you like the Kai Bae area but being by a good sandy beach, and not just the sea, is important for you, you’ll find more suitable alternatives near the southern end of Kai Bae beach. For example, Kai Bae Beach Resort .