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Cha Wan Resort

1 of 2 hotels in Ao Nang

4 out of 5 from 2 reviews
Klong Muang Inn, 88 Moo 3, Ao Nang Beach, 81000, Thailand

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Brian W Fisher
High on my list of favourites
10 years 2 months ago
As with all resorts, Krabi is well served with hotels of most categories. In my case, five star luxury was not important, as my main aim was to explore and experience the many attractions of the area. So, as per my usual practice, I researched the alternatives through that very helpful tool...the internet.

It doesn't take long to 'sort the wheat from the chaff' and identify two or three 'probables'. After direct contact with hotel managers and digesting the tone and content of their replies, it's not too difficult to select a favourite. In this case, I plumped for the Cha Wan, located a few minutes stroll from Ao Nang's promenade and beaches.

My motto of, 'measure twice and cut once' had again paid dividends. From the moment I walked through the archway leading to the property, I knew instinctively that I had chosen well. It was a bit like discovering a fifty pound note stuck to the sole of one's shoe.

There, sited at two levels in a near circular shape, were ten villas, each built in the traditional Thai style and surrounded by exotic plants and shallow, fountain-sprayed fish ponds. Absolutely delightful.

With only the merest of formality, the smiling receptionist handed-over my key and I followed another staff member along a curving path and over a tiny bridge that led to the door of my allocated villa. I have used the word 'delightful' to describe the outsides but once inside, needed to think of another adjective that would be meaningful. Let me tell you what I saw and YOU come up with one.

First, size. I actually measured it, (yes, I know, you're now asking, who carries a tape measure on such trips?)...well, I do...sorry but facts are important to me. Sixty-five square metres in total was the measurement. The main room floor of gleaming hardwood held my attention for longer than normal. Then I took-in the sight of a kingsized bed upon which lay two swans...well not real ones but snow-white bath towels twisted this way and that with imagination and skill.

Atop the minibar was the coffee making kit and in one of two capacious wardrobes was a valuables safe. Somewhat surprisingly, the bathroom sported a huge tub with an easy accessible hand-held shower and off to one side, a completely separate, enclosed shower cubicle. Then a thought struck me...where's the WC? The answer lay behind a pair of louvre doors. What a well thought-out convenience, especially when the villa would be occupied by more than one person. Very clever and a feature rarely seen in the most expensive, luxury hotels. Individually controlled air conditioning that performed quietly and efficiently was much appreciated. A set of sliding doors led out to a very large (and private) balcony, where, having chosen from a menu the night before, breakfast was brought by yet more smiling girls. This morning routine was most charming and the perfect start to any day.

Outside, the surrounding and well planned gardens gave the whole place an ambience rarely found. Two small swimming pools...each sited on different levels catered for all ages and alongside the main one, a row of comfortable loungers was cleverly placed so as to be shaded by the overhanging trees...no need to constantly rearrange the position of a parasol.

The hotel's outdoor but cosy restaurant was reached by a flight of steps. Each dish on the menu was freshly cooked to order while chilled local beers could be sampled.

Finally, on the subject of accommodation, I must say something about the staff. A mere fourteen in number, each one completely endorsing Thailand's claimed reputation of being 'The Land of Smiles'. All made me feel at home and like an honoured guest. Adding this benefit to that of the superior class rooms and the hotel's location, means that I have no hesitation in marking Cha Wan high on my list of favourites. I would be amazed if I read any disparaging comments about this place on any networking sites.
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Iain Douglas
12 years 10 months ago
Stayed 7 nights in the ChaWan. Very quiet complex towards the back of AoNang (adjacent to Queens Bay Hotel).

The hotel only has 10 rooms so was very peaceful which suited us fine. Small but clean swimming pool.

Traditional Thai style rooms, big, lots of dark wood, luxury bathrooms, shower good (not great). Aircon perfect ! TV & DVD in room.

Breakfast served on your own balcony if required, plentiful choice of food. Only ate in restaurant once for evening meal,very nice. Staff are very friendly and unobtrusive.

Tuk-tuk taxi vans available outside complex, 20 baht per person into main part of Ao Nang.Alternatively about a 15 minute walk to the beach road.
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