It’s our last night at our house at the Coconut Paradise Villas in Rawai. There is a cool breeze and bursts of light showers, and I want to write a quick review about this amazing place. Let's start with Ken and Sue the proprietors of this great outfit. I knew we were onto something special, when my wife first found the place, when I noticed that the official website was a blogspot blog and their pictures were hosted on Flickr, and like the unassuming web presence the Coconut Paradise Villas are a simple people oriented place.
We arrived to our two bedroom Coral Island Villa to a warm greeting by Sue to a comfortable, simple and well stocked house. She had stocked the kitchen with a few basics to tide us over before we got settled. The house has everything we have needed for the last four weeks: pots & pans, microwave, TV, towels, cribs, kids toys, and free Wifi. (When we lost Internet for a few days through no fault of Ken or Sue, they were more than accommodating by bringing us a USB modem. When that didn’t work because it was not Mac compatible, without even asking, Ken went out and bought a new one, until the Internet was back up. We were very impressed by how kind and attentive they both were for our entire trip.)
The town of Rawai itself gets a bum rap. It is classified as not a great tourist spot with mediocre beaches. But the truth is that, it is a quaint quiet town. The villas are situated in a low-key Thai neighborhood, surrounded by sleepy restaurants and a great coffee shop called Spoonful of Sugar.
When we are young, we often have dreams of finding the most remote and rare beach spots. Dreams of The Beach force us to turn away from such accessible spots like Phuket, but Rawai is a perfect place for families who want to spend an extended time near a beach, under the sun and in the pool. With Nai Harn and Kota Noi within a few minutes drive, this is definitely an affordable way to spend a summer. We are already thinking about coming back next year and would recommend Coconut Paradise Villas to any of our friends.
Thanks Ken and Sue for creating such a friendly and perfect vacation spot. You are doing great work and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.