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Cha Wan Resort, Ao Nang
Cha Wan Resort is an attractive new resort, built in a Thai style on grounds that are small and intimate, with only 10 rooms arranged in two-storey buildings (with high Thai roofs) around a two level swimming pool. The resort has been beautifully designed, with lots of interesting corners and angles that give different perspectives and views.
The good taste starts as soon as you cross the threshold, which consists of a bridge under which koi carp fish swim lackadaisically around. The eye is then immediately arrested by the 10 sqm carved teak wooden panel behind the smiling receptionist standing to greet you.
Bird song is the loudest sound in the resort, accompanied by the sounds of running water from the many water features and fountains dotted around. There are two modestly-sized pools, one designed for small children, but this isn’t really a resort that can be recommended for children, as it is simply too small and there isn’t anywhere for them to run around.
The pools aren’t big enough for serious exercise. Built in 2007, the resort is only two years old – old enough for the vegetation to have had time to grow up and surround the buildings in tropical finery, but not long enough for the facilities or rooms to have suffered the wear and tear that happens so quickly in this climate. It has a very romantic ambience and is highly recommended for couples. The resort is not particularly well located for access to most of Ao Nang’s amenities, but tuk tuks are easy and cheap to obtain, and fun to ride around in. Click here for a map. There is free wifi throughout the resort.
There are several good restaurants within a 150m walk, and even more if you carry on down to the beachfront into Ao Nang (a further 400m or so).
The rooms - or suites as they are called - are huge: the bathroom alone is 15sqm. Somewhat strangely, there is only one sink in all this space, though the wide counter seems to be crying out for two. All bathrooms feature a bathtub and a walk-in rain shower. The floors and counters are all made of marble. A nice touch is that there is an entirely separate room for the toilet, which means it is available when your room-mate is taking a shower. The huge bedrooms are very high quality, with gleaming teakwood floors, walls covered with costly-looking and attractive inlaid wooden panels, and plenty of amenities. The rooms are all fairly similar, though they have a slightly different layout depending on which floor they are on.
The ground floor rooms have one large terrace equipped with a dining table (breakfast can be taken in room) and lounge chairs that overlook a semi-private garden area with lotus pool. The upper floor rooms have the same terrace, plus one more balcony leading off the bedroom. Some of the rooms’ balconies are private – if this is important to you, please mention this when you contact us and we’ll check out whether one of these more desirable rooms (at the same price as the standard rooms) is available. This is easy for us to do as the resort is only 2 minutes’ bike ride from our office, meaning we can offer you this service (unavailable through any other company) completely free, and accompanied by a hopefully unbeatable price.
The above rates are net per room per night and inclusive of taxes, service charge and breakfast for 2 people.
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In addition, we offer the following free benefits:
Hotel website: www.chawanresort.com.
Andaman Sky, Co., Ltd, 23/8 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Thailand.