Parama Koh Chang
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and two spa treatments per person, per stay (until March 31, 2014)
- Nearby private island with its own white sand beach
- Three outdoor ponds filled with more than 3,000 tropical fish
- Free activities include meditation and tai chi classes
- Wellness and rejuvenation are the focus here
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The land journey from Bangkok takes five hours; it's best to fly to Trat and take the ferry to Koh Chang
- It's a 30-minute drive from the ferry terminal; private speedboat transfers are available
- This is a rural area; there are no facilities or restaurants within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Once a private residence, the Parama Koh Chang Resort has the feel of a hunting lodge high in the mountains. It’s astonishing that the property is actually at sea level, on a jade-green slice of the Gulf of Thailand. Inside the main building, rich finished woods and polished natural timbers feature in the two-story structure, which is anchored by massive teak slabs fashioned into gorgeous dining tables overlooking the ocean. The emphasis here is on wellness, and a soothing aquatic soundtrack permeates the resort, from the water that tumbles into the curved swimming pool surrounding the open-sided restaurant on three sides, to the trickling waterfalls in the spa treatment rooms.
Bed and Bath
Dark chocolate teak floors and sleek wooden furniture are complemented by a blend of traditional and modern Thai artworks. Antique ceiling fans and individually controlled air conditioners keep things cool, while a variety of relaxing scents dispensed from diffusers create a relaxing vibe. Beds come with an extra-comfy layer of goosedown, and guests can choose from a variety of pillow scents to enhance sleep. There are also blackout curtains to keep out the tropical sun. Deluxe Rooms and Suites have large Jacuzzis, and all rooms are stocked with upscale products from Thai brand Harnn. Spacious terra-cotta-tile decks overlook the ocean or the resort’s largest pond, which boasts turtles, sharks (harmless ones) and other kinds of marine life.
The restaurant focuses on meals made with locally produced ingredients; there are no printed menus, as the dishes change frequently depending on the season. Excursions to the market with the resident chef can be arranged. Hammocks strung between palm trees dot the resort, and the sandy area by the swimming pool feels like a private beach. The compact spa is home to a Vichy shower, saunas and indulgent treatment rooms, and the daily activities (which can be offered as private sessions) include yoga, tai chi and meditation classes. Escape to the resort’s private island, a five-minute boat ride away, to soak up the rays on a white sand beach. Water sports including snorkeling and sea kayaking are also available, or rent a speedboat from Parama’s fleet for a sunset cruise around the islands, sipping champagne along the way.
In the Area
Learn to be a mahout (an elephant wrangler) for a day at Bangchangthai (chang means elephant in Thai). Join a private boat tour to explore villages across the bay where you can feast on fresh seafood. Visit Klong Plu Waterfalls on the island’s southwestern side, reached by a quarter-mile hike. Or rent a car to take you to Lonely Beach on Koh Chang’s western edge, where palms line the white sand.
How to Get There
we opted for deluxe room, it is was pricey but worth the money
pool is great!!
we were there in March, it was pretty quite which we didn't like at first, but got to appreciate it at the end staff speaks limited English this place is very very far away from everything, if you want to hide away: this is it, if you want to enjoy beach, variety of restaurants or eating out... prepare to moped 30 to 60 minutes each time, most of the services that offer pick up in Koh Chang dont apply to this part of the island
If you want to have a serene holiday with the whole family, far from the busy beer bars on the other side of the island, then parama is the place to go. We stayed there for 8 days, with the grandparents and our 2 year old. The Resort has no beachfront, but something much better. A free shuttle boat to a secluded private beach, which is really Paradise on Earth. It was breathtaking. The staff is extraordinary friendly and went above and beyond to fulfill all our wishes. Breakfast is good and plenty and staff are quick and helpful. One day our little one started crying, so they started playing with her, so we could finish our meal in silence. The rooms are clean and spacious. I loved the wooden design and interior and the beds are quite comfy. There are TV with various channels. One highlight is feeding the fish and turtles at the ponds at the restaurant. The pool area is small but very relaxing and the little pier in front of the Resort is like a picture postcard. Why a view. All in all we loved this place and can’t wait to return.
I guess what's most striking is how Parama advertises with pictures that do not correspond to reality. The rooms displayed are actually only available if you pay a price premium. If not, you are transferred to crappy rooms at a resort next door (which they bought and changed into the name: Parama 2.0). So we ended up in a mini room, with dirty towels and old sanitary.
The breafast buffet was ok, but limited in choice and because they didn't mention what was being served we didn't actually know what we were eating.
Lastly, as was already mentioned by others, the hotel is far away from anything and considering the quality, not worth staying at for more than a night.
First, it's NOT beachfront. There's no beach. Rooms disappointing, no phone, no place to sit, safe not working, but full of insects, bees and bugs. Maximum 2star but definitely not 5star. The management is unprofessional and speaks almost no english. If you complain, the speak together in thai and let you wait. Once we wanted to drive with a boat to the other island. The "manager" sent us back to our room, "driver pick you up in half an hour". We waited 2 hours and nobody came. Back on the reception I heard a stupid excuse like "today no boat, bad weather". Instead of saying I'm sorry, they kept speaking in thai together.
There is no Beachfront! Wifi not working or really slow. Receptionist unfriendly. Clean, but a lot of insects! No 24h Sevice. No phone in the room. They say, boat to beach is for free. We asked in advanced, next they reception say, yes go to your room, we will pick you up. After 4 hours, 4pm, calling them by mobile, they say weather is not good, instead of excuse. Breakfeast is ok, good coffee. Food to expensive for dinner. Better go to Happy House or the Restaurant beside the road. Extra charge for fuel when renting motorbike, bad quality. For away from everything. Beautyfull landscape. Go to Longbeach, rent a bungolow there, much better. Very Dissapointing!