Sunset Cove

Ao Chao Pao Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
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9  / 10
(10 reviews)

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Room: 8.5/10
Service: 9.5/10
Value: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Location: 8.5/10

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"We absolutely loved our stay at Sunset Cove. We had originally booked for just four nights and planned to move on for the second part of the week but in the end decided to stay for eight nights!

The best thing was the view from the pool area. The view out over the pool, to the sea, with palm trees all around was incredibly relaxing. It was a very calm place, where you could sit and watch the views for hours. The pool was lovely to swim in and overall the resort was fairly quiet.

There is not much of a beach at the resort but it widens out a bit further along. It is worth a trip to Haad Yao, a nearby beach (you can walk but it is much easier by scooter!) which is just beautiful and fantastic for swimming. It is also nice to walk along the beach and around the coast.

The resort is well equiped - they have a DVD library and plenty of books you could borrow. There was also snorkelling equipment available and you could hire kayaks. Staff arranged a snorkelling trip for us as well, where a boat took us to nearby snorkelling sites.

The breakfasts were great, with a good choice and the chocolate waffles were particularly delicious!!

The rooms were nice. The beds were large and comfortable but I do think they could clean the rooms more often, especially for the price you are paying. We had A6 – a large cottage with a separate TV room and bathtub. I wasn’t overly impressed with the bathroom. The shower was outside which meant showering after sunset wasn’t very fun!

On our last day they allowed us to use a ’C’ room to shower and change, and we thought these were lovely. The main differences were: there was no fridge, the TV and DVD player were inside the room (probably better as we didn’t want to sit in the little lounge area after dark for fear of mossies so didn’t tend to watch films in the evenings!), there was less storage space (a cupboard in the bathroom was about it), there were no decorations and there was no bath. Overall though I actually thought the bathroom was better in these rooms as the shower (although open at the top) was inside. I think these rooms are significantly cheaper and having seen both types I think I would be happy to go for a ‘C’ room next time. The main benefit of A6 was that you had a little balcony area with great sea views and obviously you were a lot closer to the pool.

There are a few good places to eat nearby , particularly Phangan Paragon which had delicious food. We weren’t so keen on the Village Green. One night we ventured down to Sri Thanu and had a great meal there as well. There is an Italian at the end of the beach which did okay Italian but not very good Thai!

If you want to use the internet there are places just outside the resort which are cheap. There are also shops and a cash point as well as scooter hire shops.

We had lovely Thai massages at the nearby Phangan Paragon but the pedicure was not so good.

Another bonus of Sunset Cove is that they pick you up from the ferry pier (just phone the day before to let them know what time you plan to arrive).

Overall, this was an incredible place to stay. We would highly recommend it to anyone.

8 / 10

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Didn't love it

"Stayed for 5 nights in a Seaview Suite Cottage in Feb of 2008... not sure why everyone else is raving about this place. Beach was small and unimpressive compared to other beaches on Ko Phangan. For example Haad Yao Beach (1 beach north) has a lot more going on, beautiful white sand, plus excellent snorkeling. Only a few unimpressive restaurants on this beach. Room was rustic and a bit dirty (layers of dust and cobwebs encrusted on the light fixtures). The pictures make the rooms and bathrooms look a lot nicer than they actually are. They only clean the rooms/change the towels every 3 days. You are issued a padlock for your door. The staff was nice, but not too helpful. On the upside, they grounds are pretty, it's very relaxing by the pool, and the view of the water is great."

4 / 10

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Highly Recommended -Beautiful Location, Excellent Hotel

"This was the best hotel I stayed in during my trip and also offered the best value by a million miles. We just loved it. Located on a picture perfect beach with the classic leaning palm tree it also has a large pool right on the beach. Everything is spotlessly clean, huge beds, air con, huge open air bathrooms, dvd's to rent, a massive freshly cooked breakfast included in the ridiculously reasonable room rate, amenable staff who will efficiently sort anything you need and drive you everywhere. Its about 20 mins from the Lomprayah catamaran transfer, there are a few bars nearby and its close to the full moon beach too. They have watersports equipment to hire out and dvd players in all the rooms. The sea is calm and its easy to get in and swim, its also soft sand unlike some other places. The view of the sunset is incredible. All in all this place is what you came to Thailand for - beautiful, peaceful, clean, gorgeous views, relaxing atmosphere and excellent value. Get a 2 room suite as a treat, they are still not at all expensive although even the normal rooms are just great."

10 / 10

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Just loved Sunset Cove

"Just loved this hotel and everything around it. Stayed there for 8 days just before X-mas. The Beachfront cottage (A4) was really nice with our own little terrace. Just to walk from the bed a few steps to the pool! And what a pool -- it really feels as the water flows over into the sea itself. The rooms are spacious, and the outdoor bathroom cool

The sunset is absolutely amazing and if you want to relax this is the place. Sunset cove is located on a quiet sandy beach called Ao Chao Pao. You can snorkle from the beach but the best place is Koh Maa just 15-20 min by car (we rented a jeep). The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and the food is really really good

We will go back as soon as possible!

Lena and PO from Sweden

10 / 10

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Knocking on heaven's door

"During a 3 week's holiday through Thailand we also wanted to visit Koh Phangan. As the easy to find resorts were already fully booked we found Sunset Cove on the internet - what a lucky draw.

This resort was the nicest in our Thai travels, located on a quiet sandy beach called Ao Chao Pao on Koh Phangan.

We stayed in a lovely bungalow in the middle of the resort surrounded by beautiful flowers, tree's and nice boardwalk to the beach front.

The pictures from their website are a good impression of what it really looks like, no photo-editing was done here! When you are in the swimming pool it really feels as if it flows over into the sea itself.

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and every day we endulged ourselves with the delicious meals and drinks from the excellent kitchen :)

Before you arrive in Koh Phangan please call the resort of your exact arrival time at the pier so they pick you up.

For those who think Koh Phangan is only famous for full moon party's (i.e. in Haad Rin ; 40 min. drive) make no mistake; Koh Phangan is a wonderful tropical island and staying at Sunset Cove is simply relaxing and enjoying sun and beach in a tropical setting; see pictures.

Highly recommended!

10 / 10

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Fantastic Resort, great location, food, staff and relaxing atmosphere

"Myself and my boyfriend stayed here for 7 nights in Sept and I would highly recommend it to other couples (young and old) and families. After spending an exhausting 3 days in Bangkok and a disappointing 3 nights in Ko Samui (extremely built up and felt very like a tacky resort in Lanzarote), Sunset Cove was just as I imagined Thailand to be and why I had travelled half way across the globe to experience a little bit of paradise.

The beach were the resort is based is gorgeous, with white sands, palm trees and blue waters. There are about 5 other bungalow resorts sharing the strip of beach but Sunset Cove is by far the nicest. And they are all nicely spaced out and not on top of eachother. On the other side of all the resorts is a strip of road with a 2 bars, 2 restuarants, 2 supermarkets, a haidressers, ATM machine, a place to rent bikes and jeeps and 2 really CHEAP massage places. its not Bangkok Central by any means but it has everything you will need for your stay. There is also a little Internet Cafe where you can book all your day trips. We would highly recommend the SeaTran snorkelling day trip to Ko Tao.

The Sunset Cove resort itself is made up of about 40 individual bungalows, we stayed in a seaview one, which was right beside the pool (which is really nice) and looks directly onto the bech and sea. The sunet/rise is absolutely amazing and worth taking the time to enjoy chilling out from your own little terrace at the front of your bungalow.

Each bungalow has a nice double room and bathroom with a cool wooden bath and an outdoor shower, and a little room to the front of your bungalow with your own fridge, TV and DVD player (the resort has a big dvd collection, which you can borrow foc anytime you want - handy during the rain downpours or when you are recovering from a full moon party!).

The resort is ran by 3 generations of the same family and as a result the service is first class - but not stuffy or snobby, in fact it was one of the most relaxing and chilled out places we have ever stayed in.

Although the menu is small enough, the food is really really good - we tried a couple of the other bungalow resorts on the beach and a couple of places down the road but found Sunset Cove to be the best by far !!! (especially the yellow curry and fried egg sambos!). We ate there most days for lunch and had a couple of beers by the pool every day and the family are so chilled out that we didn't settle the bill til the day we checked out and could not believe HOW CHEAP it really was. Fantastic value.

Apart from the other bungalow resorts there are 1/2 bars down the road - one is at the end of the beach called the Pirate Bar - (you have to walk on the wooden bridge around the cliff) and we would defo recommend a visit - although the music can be a bit dodge some nights,

the setting (on the side of a cliff with out of this world views of the sea and the sunset/moon) is worth going down for a night cap!

If you are looking for hustling, bustling night life, you won't find it here on this beach strip, but there is more than enough choice available for good food and a chilled out couple of drinks! If you are looking for a bit more night life, you can just hope in a TAXI (if

you are not familiar with Thailand , taxis take the form of pick-up trucks which you can share with other travellers, or we found that anytime we asked for a lift with locals who were going into Han Rin, they were more that happy to share their jeeps with us for and we always felt safe!) for about 5-7 euro and 20 mins you are in Han Rin, which has hundreds of bars and restuarants and hosts the famous Full Moon Partys. We found Han Rin good fun the couple of nights we ventured in, but were sooooo happy we were not staying there as it is a typical holiday resort and had the fantastic setting of Sunset Cove to retreat to. So in other words you can have the best of both worlds staying at Sunset Cove, depending on your mood!

8 / 10

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Blissful getaway

"We were in Thailand for 3 weeks, and stayed at Sunset Cove for 4 nights over Christmas. Throughly enjoyed it! Originally we were booked into a resort about 5 mins away, (which shall remain nameless!!!), but moved out after a night as it turned out to be a hovel! Sunset Cove by comparison, was like a palace! It's clean, new, friendly, and value for money. It was great to just chill by the pool and watch the sunset after the hustle and bustle of Thailand's more touristy resorts.

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings, then this is it! The rooms are spacious, and the outdoor bathroom cool, although getting the shower temp right is a bit of a fine art! Breakfast is included and it's made to order rather than the buffets a lot of place do. There are quite a few tasty places to eat in the area that are recommended by Lonely Planet, like The Village Green and Peppercorns.

The only thing that put a spanner in the works, was a family with 3 young screeching children turning up! Seriously guys, if you're looking for a family getaway, Haad Chao Phao isn't it! Stick to Koh Samui or Phuket!

8 / 10

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"We stayed at Sunset Cove for four nights and it was a fabulous four nights.

The bungalows are really modern, and very spacious. The best part of the room is the bathroom! It can be best described as an ‘inside-outside’ bathroom. There was only a small piece of roof cover over the shower and toilet, but it was not a problem at all. The air-con was great, and well needed when we were there! There is a TV set and DVD player in each room, and a library of free DVDs to borrow at the front desk. The food – breakfast, lunch and dinner – is all very good, and worth trying. The staff are lovely, and do their utmost to help.

The pool is incredible! It has to be tried. The beach is lovely, but the water is very shallow, and not great for swimming.

We were there during a Full Moon Party. The hotel offered to arrange transport to Haad Rin for us. (Haad Rin is easily a 45 minute drive from Ao Chao Phao, and unfortunately taxis and tuk-tuks are not available for the journey over to Haad Rin. On the way back from Haad Rin after the party, expect to pay way over the odds in a tuk-tuk.)

In all honesty though, as we are a little bit past our early twenties(!), we were very very glad to be that distance from Haad Rin!

In short, this is a wonderful, relaxing resort and comes very highly recommended.

10 / 10

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Hard to leave... beautiful spot

"Myself and my wife hired a 4*4 straight after getting off the ferry (4*4 the only way to go, especially in Nov with the rains)

We stumbled on this great little hotel right on the beach just driving north on the coast. It is a forest/beach boutique resort and that it is. As you walk around the elevated wooden decking you brush of small palm trees really giving you the sensation you are in forest. The pool just seems to flow seamlessly into the sea.

We were there in low season so we got a really good rate for one of the C block huts.The staff are friendly and food lovely. I love fishing so when I showed an interest the guys brought me out onto the rocks to fish for squid. After catching a squid, they cooked up a lovely meal with it for us.

Even though it rained a lot it was still hard to leave Ko Phangan because of this place. By far our most enjoyable stay in Thailand and we were all over it.

10 / 10

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Its fantastic

"Small food menu. Apart from that its great, although if you want to get down to hat rin for the nightlife its a 45min-1hr two leg taxi journey!"

10 / 10

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Address: Ao Chao Pao Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand