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.
(This score is based on the number of written reviews on Booking.com since 1 November 2018. Because recent reviews are more relevant than those from many years ago.)
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 .
Good 😀 - no beach 😞 - small breakfast
Very good 😀 - Staff were all great. Great place to chillax and sip a few beers before taking a walk through Kai Bae and sampling its many restaurants, bars, and other delights. The hotel is well located, reasonably priced and rooms are good standard. 😞 - Internet was awful (worse than slow) The breakfast was a little under par. No bacon. Food choices seemed to cater more for the Asian option
Pleasant infrastructure but poor beach 😀 - Spacious room with nice bathroom 😞 - The beach is almost nonexistent with rooks in the water.
Great hotel - definitely recommend 😀 - Excellent location Excellent pool Excellent room Excellent staff Very clean Well maintained 😞 - No gym Air conditioning was noisy
Very nice hotel 😀 - Beachfront rooms are freshly renovated, spacious and have a big balcony with a daybed. The pool is really big. I was during the rainy season and it was most vibrant location on the island - the rest of the island was "asleep" but here a lot of restaurants and bars were open. 😞 - There are a lot of do's and dont's signs for the guests I was feeling like a child who needs to be educated. The hotel doesnt allow to bring water bottles (and food) from the shop,There is only 0,5l a day for a person and no place to refill the bottle. There is no sandy beach. The hotel is located on a kind of cliff but you can enter the water because there are steps straight to the sea.
My perfact getway place 😀 - This time was my 3rd time to visiting Awa It was rainy season there, so not crowded which was good. The main reason that I visiting Kohchag is Awa reaort. It's not a high end luxurious fancy resort. But great value for the morney Staffs are very kind and helpful. I would definitely visit again. 😞 - The smell of painting the walls But I understand they have to maintaining the facilities clean.