We arrived after a close to 500km drive from Phuket. The hotel , at the end of a 1 km somewhat deserted road and just a few feet from an endless quiet white sand beach looks like a very small redish building. We parked in a 6 car informal parking and walked to the counter.
A lady gave us our breakfast vouchers and tickets exchangeable for returnable beach towel without hesitation. We sadly were the only customers that night thanks to Covid.
Inside is a large circular garden with a big swimming basin à Jaccuzzi and areas to play in the water surrounded by the buildings with the rooms and a 2 story structure where the restaurants are.
Our room : a “family cottage”was not a cottage But a room atop 4 steps next to another similar room to form a house. And all rooms around the property seemed to be laid out as such.
Our lodging consisted of a first room with on the left a make shift bed 20 cm from the floor constructed with a raised board box with a 4 inches mattress open on the near and right side and wall on the other two - a hell of a treat to get in and out - a desk, a window to a small terrace with no view, another small room with two bunk beds and a storage under half of one of the bed, a 2.5 sq meter shower room and a separate toilet with a tiny sailboat type WC. A small fridge under the desk and a ratan arm chair completed the scenery.
Materials used kind of Thai traditional wood dyed dark and straw.
Contrary to agency advertisement : no bathtub, no cable TV - had 2 chanels France 24 in English and France 24 in French. AC worked well and was quiet and water pressure was excellent.
Place was clean but small and dark even with the blind open.
To complete the disappointment the restaurants were closed and under renovation, the garden was also under renovation with trees being cut off.
We were able to eat in a ground floor bar structure with an extensive menu. The food was good and priced ok for a hotel. The bar also served cocktails and drinks. Service was friendly. Waiters had to go accross the garden and up to the second floor (Thai or US second floor- French 1st floor) of the restaurant to get the food.... which arrived tepid with a saran wrap on top to keep it hygienic
Breakfast was served the same way. No more buffet due to the virus. Except for fresh orange juice it was extremely mediocre. Industrial white bread tinned ham and sausage.... so-so coffee.
Our disappointment came because we paid per day more than we had just paid in Phuket in a 5 star hotel with a 55 sq meter modern room, unlimited access to club lounge with soft drinks all day afternoon tea and evening unlimited cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Breakfast with the best hotel cooked breads and viennoiseries all this for 12 guests - 6 rooms occupied in a 250 room property. Of course right on the Adaman sea beach.
Our gratitude to the manager if Coral hotel for spending time with us explaining what was available in the area, supplying us with a leaflet and a map and offering us a cocktail.
In return we would like him and his owners to realize that the virus has another devastating effect by increasing competition.
At 50% of our actual cost my review would state the same facts but give another star.
To be totally fair. A few days after we booked our room, the hotel declared the facility fully booked on all booking sites to no longer disappoint their customers. We unfortunately fell in the hole.