The Village Resort: Coconut Island.

Coconut Island is a Thai Island just off of the mainland of Phuket. The Village Resort is situated on this island and provides an hourly boat service for the resort guests to get to and from the mainland with ease. The boat itself only takes around 10 minutes to cross the water and then a taxi in to the centre of Phuket will take around 30-50 minutes dependent on traffic.

As we arrived onto coconut island from Phuket, we experienced quality customer service from the staff members before we even departed the boat. Our bags were taken off by the cheerful porters and we guided to reception. Arriving at the reception we were greeted with smiles from the staff who then showed us to the seating area. Here, we were given complimentary drinks and a wet towel while we waited for them to find our check in details. A young man named Levent introduced himself to us and chatted away with us for a good 20 minutes. He provided us with plenty of tips for things to do on the island, gave us all the information we needed to know about the huge resort and answered any questions we had. Levent worked as part of the guest relations team. He was always around for a good chat and made sure to check up on how we were enjoying ourselves throughout our time at the resort.

Since we had arrived fairly early our room wasn’t ready yet so we made our way down to the beachfront restaurant where we decided to get a bite to eat. The restaurant had a really cool and relaxed vibe with some music playing in the background to add to the tropical feel of the place. We were shown to a table right on the waters edge. We were provided the menu and told to press a small button on our table when we were ready to order. I don’t think I have ever ordered food like that before. Gillian had ordered the prawn salad and I had the spring rolls. When our food arrived, both dishes were presented beautifully and most importantly, incredibly tasty! Dinning like this, with the ocean view in the background, just added to the  luxurious experience. Just after 2pm, we returned back up the reception where we were then able to go and check into our villa.

We were checked into a two bedroom pool villa that looked over more villas down at the bottom of the garden but also had sea views further on the horizon. As we arrived at the villa, we couldn’t believe the shear size of it. Walking through the front door, we could see right out the other end of the villa to the patio and pool over looking the sea. This got Gillian and I so excited that we almost missed the huge kitchen to the right and huge living room. The villa was very modern with laminate wooden flooring, paintings decorating the walls and ornaments tastefully placed, giving the place a very homely feel. As we walked upstairs we came to a landing. On the left was the master bedroom which again had fantastic views out over the ocean which could be seen as soon as we woke from bed in the morning, or from the large balcony. The well lit en suite had a double sink, make up table and a large rain effect shower. Taking a right at the landing brought us to the twin bedroom which was cosy and modern like the rest of the villa. This room also had its own fairly large en suite bathroom with shower. In all the accommodation was incredible and is ideal for parties of up to ten people due to the villas being available with five bedrooms. The resort seems pretty family friendly with a kids cresh and plenty of pools to use, one of which had a slide.

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Later that evening we decided to use the onsite gym. Beside getting lost on the way, it was a fantastic workout and the facilities were great. There was AC to keep cool, water and towels available and various equipment to use such as a rack of weights, treadmills, crosstrainer and a DAP cable machine.

Coconut Village Gym

In order to get the most out of having our own kitchen, we decided to go to the ‘Coco Market’ next door to get ingredients for dinner. Arriving back at the villa we were then amazed at the amount of cooking utensils and options we had in the kitchen. There was a cooker with gas hob, microwave, blenders, juicers and more. Pretty much everything you need to host a dinner party, and a spectacular one at that. For the rest of the evening Gillian and I stayed in the villa and used the pool out in the garden. The views were amazing and were enjoyed from the jacuzzi section of the pool.

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bedroom at the village, coconut islandVilla balcony at the village, coconut islandThe following morning we woke up pretty hungry. Luckily, we had a daily full buffet breakfast included in our stay at the resort. We headed down to the restaurant where we were shown to our table. Straight away we were up checking out the vast selection that was on offer. There were many traditional Thai dishes such as chicken, rice, noodles and veg. Full English options such as bacon, sausages and baked beans. Fresh fruit, muesli, cereals and porridge at another station. Then also a section for breads and pastries which included a variety of jams and spreads. Lastly, was our favourite- the egg station. We could have eggs done anyway we liked and made fresh in front of us. Tea and coffee was available at the drinks station as well as a wide selection of fruit juice such as orange, pineapple and guava juice. The restaurant was well staffed and had a very pleasant atmosphere about it with relaxing music playing in the background.

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Breakfast bar @ the village

juice bar at the village, coconut islandLater that day Gillian and I decided to head into Phuket for a bit of shopping. Since our resort was in an island we didn’t really know the quickest or easiest way to get there. The reception team were very helpful in making an itinerary for us to get to Phuket and back and the price was very reasonable. The boat across to the mainland was 100 baht each and a taxi to Phuket main town was 500 baht in total. The boats leave every hour and run until half eleven at night so there’s is no need to worry about staying out for a few drinks at night.As well as this, we had a check out early the next morning so we asked for help booking that to. We told reception that we had a nine o’clock morning flight from Phuket and they organised everything for us. They organised our bags to be picked up, what time we should get the boat over and organised a taxi to be waiting for us when we made it to the pier at the other side.

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The following morning we were up early and just as organised, the porters were ready to pick up our bags. We made our way to reception and had a quick and easy check out. Reception had also went above and beyond, providing us with a ‘breakfast pack’ as we checked. Since we were checking out so early, before breakfast opened, they actually made one for us! The box contained easily portable foods such as fruits, croissants and milk. It was the small touches like this and overall, the thoughtfulness of the staff that made our whole stay at the The Village, Coconut island so incredible. We can not recommend this resort enough, not just for it’s stunning, suclueded location and luxurious facilities but for the staff who went above and beyond at all times and by the end of our stay, seemed more like friends!

Gavin Cameron

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