The last time I was on Koh Kham was 16 months ago, a few photos of ‘Koh Kham Under Construction‘ , but since then things have moved on. The super luxury resort, that was to be called ‘Ananya Hideaway’ is around 70% complete and construction has stopped. The majority of the workers have gone home and just a handful remain whose job it is to keep the place in good order, water the plants and sift the brilliant white sand.
When the resort was being built it looked a bit like a concrete monstrosity, but now that many of the pool villas are completed I can see what the idea behind the design was. Climbing plants are starting to cover all the concrete surfaces. When the resort is finished , if it ever is, all concrete will be covered by the creepers and from a distance you will just see green. The resort will blend in with tree cover on the island. The resort was designed by one of Thailand’s leading architects, Duangrit Bunnag, who has designed some amazing structures in the past – yet it doesn’t appear in his company’s website portfolio.
The one odd part of the design is that the front of the villas is entirely glass. So they are very bright inside. However, virtually all the villas face south – so it’s going to get very warm in there during the daytime unless the curtains are closed.
The owner has apparently decided to sell the island, asking price is 1.5 Billion Baht. According to the Koh Mak rumour mill, someone is interested by has offered under 1 Billion Baht. The current owner has therefore suspended all the construction work pending the outcome of negotiations. But even at the knockdown price of around 25 Million Euros it is hard to see how it could make money especially given the running costs on an island where everything has to be brought in by boat – including water.
Koh Kham is only a short kayak paddle from Koh Mak and is well worth a visit before it becomes an island that is off limits to all but the super rich. The white sand beach has the whitest, powderiest sand you will find anywhere – one of the reasons is that there are staff whose job it is is to just sieve the sand, filtering out any dirt.
I’ve included an advert in the photos below which appeared in a magazine in 2009 for the upcoming resort.