Le Coral Hideaway Beyond Phuket
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast (served until 2 p.m.) plus early check-in (9 a.m.) and late checkout (6 p.m.)
- The location on Natai Beach, an isolated stretch of sand
- Tons of free water sports, including kayaking and inflatable zorb balls; bicycles are also available to rent
- Sundowners at the residents-only rooftop bar and restaurant, Coral Moon
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The property is in soft-opening phase; the pool bar will be under construction until October 2014, but noise is kept to a minimum
- This is a quiet escape. There aren't many restaurants, bars or nightclubs in the immediate area
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On Natai Beach in Phang Nga, a refreshingly undeveloped stretch of coastline just north of Phuket, Le Coral Hideaway is a new boutique beach retreat where butler service comes standard and all rooms face the Andaman Sea. A small river, which you can cross by bridge or boat, separates the resort from the golden sands of Natai, and breezy modern interiors keep things feeling distinctly beachy. The restaurants are open to the elements, and the sunken sofas in the gardens provide sea views from every angle.
Bed and Bath
Le Coral’s 58 guestrooms are modern, light-flooded spaces with private balconies overlooking the gardens and the emerald-green Andaman Sea. Each has been designed to augment the sweeping ocean vistas, with distressed wood walls, blue-green silks, big swaths of glass and Molton Brown’s marine-themed energizing sea moss amenities in the bathrooms. The pool access rooms and Jacuzzi suites are made for two but — lovers beware — they can be seen from the pool.
The poolside La Perla restaurant serves international and Asian favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or you can sneak upstairs to the Coral Moon lounge for intimate Thai dining and cocktails on the terrace. For lighter bites, head to the beach bar, which is perfectly positioned for watching the stunning sunsets. Elsewhere guests can take advantage of a library, a fitness center and a petite spa for traditional Thai treatments.
In the Area
A stay in sleepy Natai is all about long walks on seemingly endless golden beaches and languorous spa sessions. The hotel can help you organize more active pursuits, including yachting and golfing, or diving and snorkeling around the world class dive sites around the Similan Islands. For something a bit more upmarket, head 100 meters down the beach to the wonderful Aziamendi restaurant, which is helmed by the thrice Michelin-awarded chef Eneko Atxa and recently made it onto Restaurant magazine’s World’s 100 Best Restaurants list.
How to Get There
The hotel is definitely amazing and beautiful, perfect place for vacations. The staff is really nice and the breakfast that is included offers great international and local options. The fee that we paid (which included breakfast) allowed us to rent bicycles for free, as well as kayak, gym, and tours on bikes to certain temples. Talking about the room amenities, we have to say the bed was amazing, really contable, and the bathtub is gorgeous, as well as the shower. Our room was on the first floor and we had access to our private jacuzzi’s pool, which is connected to the main pool. Regarding the local, it is important to notice the hotel is not in Phuket, it is located in a province, between Krabi and Phuket, which gives you the chance to visit the national park of Phang Nga, where the James Bond Islands are accesible. We recommend to go there by car, since there are not near bus stations and taking taxis could be pretty expensive.
We spent 10 days in the pool suite, which was great! The hotel is a hideaway meaning there is no shopping or cities nearby, which for us was great! The beach is 20 meters from the hotel and accessed by a private bridge. In our room we had a private pool which was well worth the extra money.
I would rate this hotel 4/5 id it wasnt for the fact of the housekeeping. We had housekeeping all days which cleaned the room, two days without us being in the room (as we had other activities). These two days several clothes were stolen from my wifes luggage. Meaning someone in the housekeeping staff searched therough her suitcase and took clothes which they liked.
This is for us unacceptable, and this is the fact alone which make us not recommend this to other travelers or us to return to this place. When we mentioned this to the reception staff they just said ”sorry” but took no action.
The management didnt even mention it upon check-out!
If you are planning to stay here, make sure to lock your suitcase when you leave your room.
This resort really has potential...It is a shame that management is poor.
Things could go south easily at this resort especially when you wanted something that had to do with front desk.
The only service that could cheer us up was F&B. We have to commend F&B manager, New, King, DaDa and all restaurant staff who went out of their ways to make our meals enjoyable.
For those who plan to visit this property, be careful of staircases in the pool. They are really sharp. Our feet and knees were bleeding.
All in all, we had ups and downs at this resort but we managed to pull the entire trip back together and had good time.
Highly disappointing. Hotel bills itself as 5 star beach resort and it isn't. Upon arrival we were rushed through an outdoor dirty dark hallway to our room. Room was spacious, but worn and slightly dirty, uncomfortable furniture, garish design, and bathroom lacked privacy. Similarly, the beach is disappointing, separated from the hotel by a canal. Same for the food, ok, but not for an establishment that bills itself as 5 star resort. Staff were hit or miss, with some eager to help and some treated us like a nuisance. Oh, and for some reason the hotel doesn't believe in hand soap. We requested hand soap for bathroom in our room and was told that there was none in the hotel - we ended up washing our hands with shampoo. If there was any positive it was the staff member in restaurant who went out of his way to ensure we received customized food we requested, and a driver who was genuinely helpful, friendly, and polite.
We booked at le coral at the end of a 17 day stay in Thailand. We wish we hadn’t bothered and had gone straight home.
We had requested an early check in through book in dot com and told we eligible for it. We never got it and had to sit and wait around an un air-conditioned room after traveling. Not an ideal start.
The room itself was fairly decent although the private access swimming pool that we had upgraded too was in a poor state. There was dirt and grime in it and several tiles were missing.
With regards to the facilities, they are starting to look old and grubby. I would say that management need to spend some cash on a refurbishment as it is starting to look rundown compared to other hotels we stayed in in the area.
Some of the staff were hit and miss. Patrick on the front desk is very helpful. Others couldn’t speak English very well so be aware of possible communication issues.
The breakfast was atrocious. The food on offer was very limited, poor quality, not replenished often and covered in flies.
We had requested a late check out via our internet booking website, which we were granted due to being genius customers. As with the check in, this was not honoured. After several frustrating conversations we manage to secure a room to shower in at 3pm before leaving. We were giving a spa room which was very small and hot with a lack of basic equipment such as hair conditioner, shampoo, mirrors. It didn’t bother me but my wife was furious. The hairdryer she had been promised didn’t turn up either so i was sent down to get it. We got there in the end, but it shouldn’t be a battle like what we had to endure.
Other annoyances were the fact that when we got there we had a couple of sun loungers available to use. However, after day 1 they were removed so that they could set up for a New Year’s Eve party.
All in all, the hotel has potential but management need to make massive improvements fast. We would not stop here again.