What it is: a hotel with bungalow style rooms on a terraced hillside sloping down to a stunning Bang Bao Bay. The lobby, restaurant, and downstairs bar and lounge are all in one complex, all situated at the end of a long narrow road.
What it isn’t: luxury, boutique, stylish, centrally located, reasonably priced or even very Thai.
The bay alone is worth staying at this place, but that is arguably its greatest feature. You will arrive by ferry, and a songthaew will be waiting for you. And other people. That crowded truck gets dropped off at the hotel and everyone. Checks in. At once. That’s right: 12 different reservations, 1 desk, 3 confused hotel employees. From check-in to restaurant staff (clueless) to actual food (bad and EXPENSIVE), it’s grim. But the bay is gorgeous.
The rooms are quaint if not slightly rundown. Normal for much of Thailand but irritating for the price. Koh Kood is, relatively, one of the most expensive islands in Thailand. Especially accommodations. The bungalows have porches with hammocks, and some have AC. The usual tv / safe / mini fridge as well. The bathroom uses the “indoor/outdoor” motif to make “unfinished” seem intentional. All Thai mattresses are hard. Welcome to Thailand. Pro tip: ask for the bungalow that is NOT the one where the cleaning crew stores their stuff alongside and takes their breaks behind. It will be loud and you will be annoyed.
Food. Upstairs of the main building is the “Thai” menu and downstairs near the water is the “western” menu. They fail at both. The Thai food is some of the worst you can find in a country with AMAZING FOOD EVERYWHERE. I would imagine there are no Thai people in the kitchen. The western food is mini pizzas and quesadillas and spring rolls. With their western names come their western prices. The cocktails are not good / worth it, and the beers are laughably overpriced.
Location, despite the prime bay access, is tough. It’s a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the main road, and it can be HOT. At the main road, choices are limited. Beyond a nearby restaurant or two in either direction, you’d need a motorbike or songthaew to get around. The hotel uses this isolation to their advantage, over-charging for poor quality food because they know you won’t want to go so far to get options. But like anywhere in Thailand, you can find options. Pro tip: buy beer at a market and fill your mini fridge. They mark up beer 300%.
Beach is pretty much non-existent, except at low tides. Otherwise it’s beach chairs on a sea wall. Pro tip: rent a kayak and head across the bay to a better beach. It’s not far. The pier at Koh Kood Resort is wonderful, with chairs at the end for sunset watching, and ample places to jump and dive from / swim under / enjoy. The water is heavenly.
Anywhere you stay on Koh Kood is probably going to feel a little overpriced for Thailand. Koh Kood resort is no exception. The island is stunning. The people are kind like in all of Thailand. Bang Bao Bay has some of the best sunsets in the world. And when you stay at Koh Kood Resort they are at your front door step.