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Aug 22

Keereeta Resort & Spa (Koh Chang) – My Review

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Keereeta Resort & Spa is an original boutique hotel on the island of Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand (Thailand). This hotel can be classified as inexpensive accommodation on the island, but its popularity is explained not only by the low price for its class, but also by a number of other features and pleasant things. In this review article I will talk in detail about the Keereeta Resort & Spa hotel on Koh Chang (location on the island, transport to the hotel, facilities in the rooms, nearby infrastructure), advantages and disadvantages of this boutique hotel. I will also share my personal impressions after living at Keereeta Resort in December 2017. Photos and videos of this hotel during the day and night will also be published in the article.

Keereeta Resort & Spa – location and how to get

In most hotel reservation systems, Keereeta Resort & Spa is listed as a hotel located in the area of ​​the most popular beach on the island of Koh Chang – White Sand beach. In fact (and this is very clearly visible on the map of the island), the Keereeta Resort and Spa is located in the area of ​​the Pearl beach. This small beach is located next to the White Sand beach, but not within walking distance. I also want to immediately note that the location of the hotel on maps in reservation systems may not be indicated correctly. If you are moving from the side of White Sand beach (from north to south), then the Keereeta Resort & Spa is located on the right side of the main island road, i.e. on the sea side, not across the road.

Location of Keereeta Resort and Spa in Koh Chang (map)

Location of Keereeta Resort and Spa in Koh Chang (map)

To get from the main island pier on Koh Chang to Keereeta Resort & Spa you can use ordinary island taxis (passenger pickups) that pick up passengers right at the exit of the pier. The standard price for a trip from the pier to Keereeta is 70 THB (a little over 2 USD). You can immediately warn the driver by telling him the name of the hotel, or say that you will use the call to stop. Due to the fact that a passenger pickup along the way can turn off from the main road to side lanes to deliver your fellow travelers to their hotel, it’s difficult to say the exact time on the way. But in time it should not take more than 20-25 minutes.

Your main landmarks near the hotel are two supermarkets. On the right in the direction of travel will be Tesco Lotus, and after about 200 meters, the Keereeta Resort & Spa Hotel itself. The facade is located a little further from the road, the guideline may be a dark green sign of the hotel. At the same time, almost across the road from Keereeta Resort & Spa (50 meters) is my favorite Thai Big C supermarket (on an elevation to the left of the road). If you used the Mango Travel or Travel Mart transfer from Bangkok to Koh Chang or transfer from Pattaya to Koh Chang, a trip from the pier to the hotel of Keereeta Resort and Spa will be free (included in the transfer price).

Koh Chang Pearl Beach - 5-minute walk to Keereeta Resort and Spa

Koh Chang Pearl Beach – 5-minute walk to Keereeta Resort and Spa

Keereeta Resort & Spa is not located on the first line from the sea and does not have its own beach. Initially, this may seem like a flaw, but in reality there is no problem. Near the hotel there is an asphalt road towards the sea, on which it is very easy to walk to the beach in 4-5 minutes. It should be noted that the Pearl Beach is very clear water, but the beach itself is not very good for swimming, because it is not sandy, but rocky. Therefore, it is better to visit other beaches of Koh Chang Island for swimming, especially White Sand beach is almost nearby. But for walking Pearl Beach is a nice place (see the video for the link). This is a very quiet place and there are few tourists there – everyone is swimming in the hotel pools. Beautiful round stones rattle underfoot while walking, there are shady trees, and in the northern part of the beach there are picturesque rocks in the water, from where an unusually beautiful panorama of the island of Koh Chang opens (see photo). This place is especially beautiful at sunset.

If you rented a motorbike, then the road to the central part of White Sand beach takes about 4-5 minutes. A similar time is required to travel from Keereeta Resort & Spa to the indicated beach by taxi. If we talk about the cost of the trip, then the drivers of a local taxi (passenger pickup) want from 40 to 50 THB per person for a one-way trip. This is not very cheap when compared with the prices for transport in Pattaya, but several times cheaper than a taxi in Phuket. Of course, if possible, it is better to rent a motorbike, because its cost will pay off in just one round trip (if you are with friend, girlfriend or boyfriend), and besides you can visit all the viewing platforms of the island and the best beaches on a motorbike. By the way, now you can rent a motorbike on Koh Chang online – at a good price and even without a passport deposit (requires a copy + a small cash deposit).

Koh Chang Pearl Beach - 5-minute walk from Keereeta Resort and Spa

Koh Chang Pearl Beach – 5-minute walk from Keereeta Resort and Spa

Keereeta Resort & Spa – Hotel Description

The main distinguishing feature of the boutique hotel Keereeta Resort & Spa is the small number of rooms, their size and original design. Despite its small territory, the hotel has a very comfortable atmosphere. And the spacious pool of Keereeta Resort & Spa can be envied even by many expensive 4-5 star hotels. The reception desk is located directly from the entrance to the hotel, behind a stone gate not far from the road, and the rooms themselves are in buildings around the pool. Most of the hotel rooms are deluxe and have access to the pool or view from the private balcony to the pool. The rooms are very spacious and have an original design. Since this is a boutique hotel, the Keereeta Resort & Spa does not have the same rooms and I can only describe the room in which I personally stayed.

My room was on the second floor, in a building by the road. On the way to the territory you should pass by a decorative reservoir with large live fish. You need to climb the stone stairs, the entrance to the room through wooden sliding doors. This room has a balcony with a beautiful view of the hotel pool. The balcony has a wooden table and chairs. Also from the balcony you can see the sea at some distance. The room has designer wooden furniture (cabinets, a table, wooden ladders), mattresses for sitting on the floor, a large mirror in a wicker frame, a spacious bathroom with an original dark wood bathtub (I think it is more suitable for a shower than for a bath) . As it should be in a 3-star hotel, the room has air conditioning, a refrigerator and a TV. Other rooms feature beautiful wicker furniture.

Short video review of a room at Keereeta Resort & Spa

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Advantages and disadvantages of Keereeta Resort & Spa

The undoubted advantage of Keereeta Resort & Spa is the low cost of deluxe rooms compared to other hotels. For my dates in the given price category there were no other three-star hotels with a high rating and a pool. We were pleased with the spacious rooms (I saw other rooms only in the photo) and the original design (basically everything was made of natural materials: wood, stone). Bathrooms with a stone wall, an artificial waterfall and a wooden bathtub also look very original. The advantages also include a small number of rooms in the hotel and a very large pool (3 times larger than the pool in the good At Mind Executive Suites in Bangkok, where I have stayed before and which has dozens of times more rooms). Despite the fact that there is no sandy beach nearby, there will be no problems with swimming, as Hotel Kirita Resort has good transport accessibility (the hotel is right on the main road) and you can get by island taxi to any beach on Koh Chang.

Near the hotel (along the road) there are small cafes where you can order your favorite Thai (and European) cuisine for on-site or take-away. And if you want to save money, then in the minute availability there are two popular supermarkets with the lowest prices for food and alcohol in Thailand – Tesco Lotus and Big C. The hotel staff is polite and helpful, left the most pleasant impression. If necessary, they will help you find a taxi, rent a motobike, book a tour, etc. In general, a pleasant hotel for little money, but not without flaws, about which a little lower.

A small number of rooms in the hotel often leads to the fact that there are no available rooms for the selected dates. Especially if you want to book a hotel for the coming days or today for today. For example, it was for this reason that I lived there only one day – the next day I had to check out from the Keereeta Resort & Spa hotel because my room was booked in advance by other travelers. And my girlfriend and me moved to another hotel on Koh Chang – Penny’s Resort (a detailed overview of this hotel on a separate page). By the way, you can compare the cost of living at the Keereeta Resort & Spa hotel in all popular booking systems using the hotel’s widget above.

Of the shortcomings (specifically in my issue) I also want to note the following points:

– Old TV. In 2018 and especially in 2020, a TV with a small diagonal and not with a flat screen looks very unusual.

– The safe in my room was, but it was small and was not fixed in the closet. Those, you could be picked up it and carried along with the contents.

– The air conditioning was quiet, but the room was a bit noisy because of the door, which is close to the road (the rooms on the other side of the pool should be quieter).

– Unusual small sink made of metal. In the photo of other rooms in the hotel, I saw that there are classic white ceramic sinks.

Keereeta Resort and Spa courtyard and pool after sunset

Keereeta Resort and Spa courtyard and pool after sunset

– Unevenly painted walls (in my room). To be honest, initially it seemed to me that the walls looked very old because of this color. But later I realized that this was done on purpose, so to speak, the design sophistication of Keereeta Resort & Spa. So it is rather a matter of taste.

– Old chairs and a table on the balcony. I do not think that in reality the table and chairs are very old, but the tropical rains and the sun quickly worsened the look of this furniture in the open air. It would be nice if the hotel owners found quite a bit of money and applied a new coat of varnish to this furniture or replaced it.

In principle, there is nothing more to complain about, especially considering the cost of a deluxe room in this hotel. As I wrote above, all rooms are different from each other, so if possible, carefully look at the photo or, if possible, ask the staff to look at all available numbers before checking in). Specifically, I rated my number at 8 points out of 10 in terms of price / quality ratio. I would be glad if my review of the Keereeta Resort & Spa hotel is useful to someone in the process of choosing a hotel on Koh Chang. Enjoy your stay and relax on the island.

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