For both myself and Fanfan this visit to Koh Chang would be our third. We’ve both travelled to Koh Chang twice before, both created unforgettable experiences and yet none of these memories are with one another. This is our first time in Koh Chang together. So I no doubt have little option but to dwarf the past experiences and to do this I bring on the romance. I precisely handpick resorts, whisk Fanfan to secluded islands and create some of the most memorable and romantic experiences we’ve had to date. These days with Koh Chang’s tourist littered beaches it is a lot harder to find hideaways than previous so we are forced out to the surrounding islands of Koh Kood and Koh Maak. These are our 3 Top Koh Chang Hideaways.
Passing the tourist beaches we arrive to Mercure Hideaway, a short distance from Lonely beach and Bang Bao Pier in the opposite. Mercure Hideaway proved to be a gem of a resort located at Bai Lan Bay where a thin stretch of sand hides beneath rocks, cliff faces and a backdrop of palm hills. The front at Bai Lan Bay is a private beach only accessible to Mercure Hideaway and a handful of others. While we originally planned ‘island activities’ during our stay, we failed to leave the resort, seduced by views from private beachfront jacuzzis and happy hour cocktails. We concede “We’ve both seen Koh Chang before, let’s make the most of the luxury.” Mercure Hideaway is by far the best value of our top Koh Chang Hideaways ($60) and the best we’ve found on Koh Chang island. Full Details on Mercure Hideaway here.
At Captain Hook Resort we find our own slice of paradise relaxing at our villa front cabana overlooking soft white sands and warm turquoise waters. Scenes rarely come as serene. While pulling myself from the views was hard, there was just too much to experience at the resort. A quick paddle (or kayak) finds the pristine Ao Yaikee Cliff Beach which is almost untouched bar the occasional resident of Captain Hook Resort. Coral fish dart below the wooden stilts which holds the resort to the island’s edge. We kayak through the surrounding palms, trees and mangroves. Captain Hook Resort is private, secluded and the only access is by boat. Note even electricity is scarce. Koh Kood is known for its high prices and now, having been, I can see why. With high prices we only visit two resorts on Koh Kood and Captain Hook Resort was by far the better. It was the also the most expensive of our Koh Chang Hideaways ($110) and while accommodation was simple the surroundings were breathtaking. Full Details on Captain Hook Resort Here.
Luxury seaview bungalows, 1km private stretch at Suan Yai Beach and tropical island surroundings. You’ll find few reasons to get out of bed at Seavana Beach Resort where panoramic vistas are found at each one of their beach front bungalows (maybe the jacuzzi balcony room would tempt me). Unlike the previous, the views from Seavana are more layered with Koh Kham situated directly opposite, then further, filling out the horizon is Koh Chang. Arguably better views as the sun sets and scattered lights appear in the distance. Koh Mak is the smallest of the island trilogy and it often goes unnoticed with tourism. This makes it perfect for the hideaway experience. If you do feel antsy a 1km Kayak journey explores Koh Kham opposite. Koh Mak is located between the two other Koh Chang Hideaways at Ko Chang and Koh Kood. Prices are also between ($75). Full Details on Seavana Beach Resort.