Klong Prao

Dinso Resort and Villas Vignette Collection (Emerald Cove Resort)

Emerald Cove Resort, Klong Prao beach, Koh Chang

NOTE: The Emerald Cove was sold during covid. The new owners have been extensively renovating the resort.

It is due to reopen in 2024 as an IHG managed property.

The new name is ‘Dinso Resort and Villas Koh Chang Vignette Collection’.


Overall, The Emerald Cove Resort, is one of the best on the island.   Other resorts may be on better beaches or may have more inspiring architecture, but if you want luxury, well trained staff, and a place where everything works as it should, then book it.

243 reviews
(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.)

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This stems from the fact the resort was part of the well known Amari chain until late 2014.   It is currently run independently but looks set to be rebranded as a Marriott resort at some point in the future.  (A couple of announced dates have come and gone, so no idea when or if that might happen.) 

So, think it as you would a  ‘Starbucks’, it costs more than a regular hotel but you know what you are getting before you walk in the door.  If you like your home comforts, appreciate good service and don’t want any shocks,  surprises or screw ups, then it’s is for you.

Sea view suite at Emerald Cove Resort, Koh Chang

The design of the hotel isn’t that inspiring.   The rooms are located in three low rise hotel blocks built around a central pool area fronting onto a large garden and beach area.  In fact, the resort looks far better at night when the walkways and ponds are illuminated, than it does in daylight.

The actual beach is very narrow outside the resort.   Walk 10 minutes to the north for a far nicer stretch of sand and a handful of great beach restaurants which are ideal for evening meals or a quick snack and fruitshake during the day.  There is a sandy area by the shore line which is filled with sun-loungers for guests.

One of the keys to the hotel’s success is in its staff training, unlike many of the more expensive resorts on the island the staff here tend to know what they are doing and also do it efficiently.

There are several small places to eat and drink within 5 minutes walk of the Emerald Cove – the resort’s  restaurants are pricey, as you’d expect in a 5 star.   However, ‘Sassi’ the Italian restaurant is excellent. If you want more variety or  a night out then it is easy to walk north along the beach to one of the restaurants take a pick up truck taxi into Kai Bae, 2 minutes drive to the south. 

Or even walk there, it’s only about 15 minutes  away.  In Kai Bae you’ll find plenty of  cheaper restaurants plus all manner of small shops and bars.  Or Klong Prao village is also an easy 15 minute stroll, just cross the bridge near Centara Tropicana Resort and walk through Blue Lagoon bungalows.

Exterior of Emerald Cove Resort, Koh Chang

Superb 😀 - Located in a very quiet area, not the newest of the hotels but clean and with an excellent breakfast. 😞 - The hotel doesn't have a direct access to the nearest village (Kai Bae) so better to rent a motorbike or use a Tuc Tuc to move on the evening.
Book another hotel 😀 - Most of the staff were great, specially the kitchen and cleaning staff, all are very friendly. 😞 - The hotel is closing down, they don't meet the standards of a 4 star hotel and they are displayed as 5 star.
Fantastic 😀 - Room great , pool great and the sea was clean and great too
A beautiful spot 😀 - Staff very friendly and a perfect location 😞 - Breakfast was fairly basic and the pool needs attention.
Exceptional 😀 - Real 4 star Hotel. Great beach. Great pool. Unbelievable sunsets.
Lovely Resort 😀 - Great hotel with fantastic grounds, large pool suitable for swim training, smaller pools for kids. Nice shady areas by the beach, easy walking distance to a few adjacent beach restaurants. Fantastic breakfast and really large size rooms.

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