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The apartment was fantastic, it had everything you need. Tawan who managed the condos was incredibly helpful and made our stay stress free. He arranged the hire car and had lots of useful information. You do need a hire car to get to the beautiful Choeng mon beach and fishermans village which are both near by. We ate mostly at 'stop @ sopa' which is a few hundred metres down road and serves fantastic Thai cuisine at a very reasonable price, the staff were lovely too.
We were a family of 4 who visited for 10 days in mid-August 2018. Rachel made immediate contact after we requested a booking. All of our questions were answered at that time and subsequently.
The duplex is located just off the main 4169 road above a row of shops - it forms part of the Coconut Laguna Villas complex. There are six dulpexes in a row. The shops face the road, the duplexes face the beach. There is no real noise from the road or the shops (which are only open during the day). We used the bakery below our duplex for lovely fresh pastries every morning. The duplex is accessed from the terrace behind the building (as are all of the duplex’s). You enter your own door then walk up maybe 15 stairs to the living area. This is also where the pool is located and one of the bedrooms. It’s a 2 minute walk to the truly amazing, quiet beach. Along the way is the communal pool for the complex which we used a few times. On the beach there are loungers and kayaks that can be utilised - which we did most days. The water is very shallow in August and would be great for toddlers (but not swimming).
The duplex has everything you could need - 3 large bedrooms with an en-suite to the main floor room and a shared bathroom plus separate loo to the top floor bedrooms. The top floor terrace has sun loungers and you can see the sea through the palm trees. Our 15 year old and 11 year old loved the private pool. Housekeeping visited daily to clean the living area. The staff were very friendly and would organise or sort anything you asked of them. We ate breakfast and made coffee everyday but didn’t use any of the cooking facilities; everything is there though. There is plenty of parking on the complex.
There are one or two restaurants near the complex but the main drag of beach-front restaurants of Bang Por are a 15 minute walk either on the main road (pavement all the way) or along the beach (which was amazing at night). There is a Family Mart just a 2 minute walk away which is comprehensively stocked. Maenem is 5km away (50 baht each on Songteaw) and Fisherman’s Village is 10km away (500 baht in taxi). As we had a hire car we visited a lot of the island - nothing is more than 30 or 40 minute drive away.
The duplex provided a brilliant base for our family holiday. It’s on a quiet part of the island with easy access to anything and anywhere. I would suggest a hire car is useful unless you are just planning to visit the beach every day.