Set against the awesome backdrop of the Koh Chang rainforest, our boutique resort, designed by one of Thailand’s most respected architects, sits on a small, sandy bay in the east of the Gulf of Thailand and commands stunning views across the water towards the Thai mainland and the Cardamom Mountains which mark the border between the Kingdom and Cambodia.
Located on the lush and tranquil East Coast of the island, just a few minutes from the ferry piers, it is our aim to ensure that guests receive the highest level of personal service in this idyllic away-from-it-all holiday destination.
Our spacious bungalows sit in a beautiful tropical garden featuring a wide range of plants including wild orchids, palms, shrubs and bamboos, all thoughtfully planted within large grassy areas.
During the last twelve months, we have added an infinity seafront swimming pool as well as 6 x 2 bedroom jacuzzi villas all with kitchenettes and a large roof terrace with sunbeds, dining table and jacuzzi. All these have sea views from the roof.
Class and high quality is the hallmark of the air-conditioned accommodation, all within yards of the sandy beach and each built to the highest specifications including en suite facilities and a large shaded wooden balcony with table and chairs.
At the water’s edge on the palm-fringed beach is the focal point of the resort in the shape of our large sun deck and cocktail bar serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, English breakfast and a wide selection of Thai and Western dishes.
Reuben Clark is a travel writer based in the English city of Hull. He is currently travelling extensively in South East Asia for a series of magazine articles on the hidden gems of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Here, he describes daybreak at Serenity….
It is just after 6am when I leave my room at the idyllic Serenity resort on the peaceful East Coast of Koh Chang and step out into the already warm air. A few strides and I am on the deserted beach to watch the sky take on a golden glow as sunrise heralds the start of another perfect day.
In the distance the towering Cardamom Mountains, straddling the Thai-Cambodia border, cut a majestic, misty blue contour in the brightening sky. Once a bloody battleground where the Khmer Rouge fought the invading Vietnamese army, the mountains today welcome eco tourists and on leaving this magical island tomorrow I will be heading there, to the community-based ecotourism centre at Chi Phat to explore a part of the Cardomoms rarely seen by western tourists.
And today, as I soak up the sights and sounds of this little publicised corner of Koh Chang I realise it has much in common with those hidden Cambodian trails in that the vast majority of visitors to the island never discover it. The swarms of tourists arriving with every ferry have no sooner set foot on the island before they are whisked away by the waiting fleet of songthaews to the heavily commercialised west coast – and there most will stay until it is time for them to go.
They don’t know what they’re missing!.
As the sun creeps higher in the cloudless sky, the green hills of Trat province are brought into sharper contrast a few kilometres across the Gulf and beneath them a colourful procession of small, brightly painted Thai fishing boats is making its way down the coastline to land the night’s catch.
The throb of the engines of the first ferry of the day reverberates across the waves, many of its passengers heading for Trat town to buy or sell the day’s fresh fruit, vegetables and fish at market.
But there are other ‘fishermen’ in the sky above them.
I count six white bellied sea eagles a couple of hundred yards offshore, lazily circling above the water. Every few moments one will drop like a stone, it’s outstretched talons breaking the mirror-like surface and emerging with its wriggling prey. The early morning breakfasters are now becoming breakfast themselves.