By Daniel Steffe
Despite being the second largest island in Thailand, the tropical haven of Koh Chang is not well known, which has created a true snapshot in time of island life. Given its inherent beauty, its popularity as a tourist destination is naturally on the rise. And with half the island devoid of human interference, it’s uninterrupted and seemingly endless white sandy beaches are an attraction in themselves. Discoveries both on land and in the water await, with natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife ready for you to explore. One of Thailand’s best kept secrets it most certainly is.
Situated on a stunning part of the island, Amari Emerald Cove has been developed to help visitors explore this secluded destination, without making guests feel too rural or isolated from the real world. And at just two hours from Bangkok by plane, it’s extremely easy to get to. Once there, the resort presents an understated architectural feel that is clearly inspired by its Thai island heritage, whilst also showing off a sense of modern charm. It’s a beautiful combination.
The resort is quite large, with 165 rooms and suites of various configurations. Each is elegantly adorned, yet simple and inviting. The wooden furniture blends seamlessly with flashes of calming colours that work together to compliment either mountain or sea views. All the usual comforts of home are attached, allowing you to enjoy your tropical escape in comfort.
Outside the rooms, a plethora of facilities are at your beck and call, such as a dive shop, games room, wireless internet, a fitness room, a children’s pool, an onsite spa and a tour desk. The key experience of the resort though is the 50 metre lap pool, which connects to a beautiful timbre decking, grass field and then onto a white sandy beach. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a days diving or jungle exploring.
Given the relatively up and coming nature of the island’s tourist industry, there is not the same level of dining options as other Thai islands; however the Amari Emerald Cove houses an array of restaurants that would keep even the most discerning traveler satisfied. Sassi delivers Italian delights in calming setting, The Cove Terrace serves up international delights under the stars and Just Thai does exactly that, serves expertly crafted Thai favourites in an exemplary dining room. But for something really special, have the resort set up a private table on the beach and dine on a cuisine of your choosing, in a way that truly connects with nature.
Amari Emerald Cove is a great place to stay whilst experience Koh Chang. Its facilities are diverse, its food is delicious and its rooms are fantastic places to spend time. Their expert understanding of the island also means that they will be able to help you make the most of all it has to offer, be that kayaking, diving, swimming or just generally exploring. A truly great hotel in an up and coming island experience.
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