Our Thailand trip ended in Koh Samui, a large island on the East side of Thailand. I popped onto Agoda and set out looking for a nice hotel to end our trip and I came across Khwan Glamping Pods. I was so intrigued when I first stumbled across this place and the photographs sold me. The pale wood, the aqua blue pool and the peacefulness of there being limited rooms. I booked the pods and picked a glamping pod with double bed and outside bathroom – I wasn’t too sure what to expect because there wasn’t many guest photos online but I knew I was excited!
We travelled to Koh Samui from Koh Phi Phi and the last leg of the trip was from Surat Thani on the mainland to Bang Rak Tourist Pier. The Pier is well set up and has rest areas, toilets and plenty of taxis. We hopped in a taxi and it was twenty minutes to the resort. The taxi drivers weren’t sure where the resort was at first so definitely bring the address with you so they know where they’re heading to!
Khwan Resort boasts four stars, a certificate of excellence and was awarded travellers choice 2019. It’s not hard to see why, the privacy, the peacefulness and the unique feel is so special in somewhere as travelled as Thailand. The resort offers one bedroom tent pods, two bedroom tent pods and luxury villas, some with their own pools. We had a one bedroom tent villa which is enclosed within its own mini garden, offering full privacy and outside loungers.
The tents are entered from the pool area and have their own outside doorway, it’s like a fantasy garden! The doorways are lockable and secure when you head out for the day. Inside you have your tent, loungers and some grassed area. The tent itself locks also but there is a safe in the room for extra security if you are concerned.
Our room was named Lotus. We arrived around 4pm and was taken straight to our room. It is beautifully decorated and you have amenities including a smart TV, air conditioning, mini fridge with paid for items, a mobile phone for internal use, ample storage facilities and a luxury outdoor bathroom.
The bathroom is entered through the room and is open topped offering a very tropical feel when showering under the stars! You have a large bath rub, rainfall shower, basin and toilet. You’re provided with all the usual shower gels and shampoos, I would highly recommend finding the time to bathe in the tub, so relaxing!
The best part of the resort is the pool. I don’t know whether we were just lucky or whether the resort is always so peaceful but we spent a lot of time in the pool as the weather was so hot and we were most often the only ones there. The pool is beautiful and has plenty of loungers for some tanning and a poolside bar to enjoy a cocktail whilst you cool down. With your rooms being so close, we were under five steps from the tent to the pool so you don’t have to worry about packing a bag or taking everything with you!
If you’ve had enough of the pool and want to head to the beach, you exit the resort, turn left and within three minutes you are on a beautiful tropical beach. It’s a quiet beach as you’re up the coastline from the main strip. The water is so warm and calm, I laid back into the water enjoying the sunshine and tropical baby fish were swimming over me – paradise!
The resort is set back down a road from the main road so you don’t have the noise or traffic. If you wander to the top, you’ll find a 7 Eleven across the road to stock up on water and snacks which is very helpful. You can wander left or right and find food spots for lunch or tea but you can also eat at the hotel in their lovely restaurant which offers breakfast, lunch and tea. If you want to head out for food, I would recommend heading down to the Fishermans Village which is either a 40 minute walk along the road or beach or a ten minute taxi which can be booked by the hotel.
Overall, I was highly impressed with Khwan Beach Resort and would absolutely recommend staying here. Koh Samui has a very laid back vibe and this resort helps immerse yourself in that. You are seconds from a beautiful beach and relaxing is part of the packing as it’s so quiet here. The tourist spots such as Wat Plai Laem and the Big Buddha are a twenty minute taxi away and both in walking distance of one another. The pier at Bang Rak was fifteen minutes and the car ferry pier to Surat Thani by Raja Ferry was forty minutes away.