My trip to Thailand has included a nice mix of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. But, my most memorable accommodation is without a doubt Centara’s beach resort in Trat.
My visit to Thailand has been a busy one, packed with activities ranging from snorkeling trips to jungle treks. I traveled from one part of the country to the other to see as much as I could in just a few weeks.
Amidst all of that, it was really nice to be able to slow down for a few days and just relax!
Why Travel to Trat?
Trat is Thailand’s easternmost province, bordering Cambodia.
The most important reason for people to travel to Trat is to visit Trat’s three main islands Koh Chang, Koh Kood (also spelled Koh Kut) and Koh Mak.
These islands are part of Mu Ko Chang National Park, a marine national park with an area of 650 square kilometers (250 sq mi), covering more than 52 islands.
Koh Chang is the most developed and most touristic one of the three, but all three are much more laid back than many of the very popular islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui.
Trat is a lesser known part of Thailand and therefore a good part of the country to visit if you want to escape the crowds.
It’s also a popular area to stop for a few days when traveling from Thailand to Cambodia, or the other way around.
Trat’s capital city with the same name is a quiet city with an unassuming colonial charm. Tourists mainly visit the city to take a ferry to one of the islands, and maybe spend a night or two in one of the city’s guesthouses. But, Trat also offers several off-the-beaten-path beach resorts, including Centara’s Chaan Talay Resort & Villas.
Hotel Review: Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas
My conclusion: Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas is a comfortable 4-star resort on a secluded beach. It’s a great place to get away from it all and unwind. The resort offers good value for money, friendly staff and the delicious food deserves an extra mention.
Quick Hotel Facts
- 44 Suites & villas, all with a separate living room and some with jacuzzi
- 1 restaurant & 1 beach bar
- A large beachfront infinity pool
- A long private beach with sun loungers
- A Spa
- Free wifi
- Complimentary use of non-motorised water sports including kayaking and snorkeling
- A selection of activities on offer at an additional fee
- Transfer service available from Bangkok airport and Trat airport
The resort is located on the beach, in the south-eastern part of Trat, right on the border with Cambodia.
What’s great about this location is that the beach is secluded, with no other hotels, and hardly any properties in general, around. You only have to walk along the beach for a couple of minutes to start feeling as if you have the whole beach to yourself.
What’s not so great about this location is that it’s far from everything. Just getting to the town of Trat (from where you could catch a ferry to one of the islands) takes you around an hour. Getting to Trat airport takes you slightly longer than that. So if you want to explore the area this resort might not have the best location.
Come to Centara Chaan Talay Resort to relax for a few days (or weeks), to enjoy the pool and the beach, to have a great massage and to try some delicious Thai or international food.
The three things I loved the most about my hotel room were the separate living room, the comfortable bed, and the outdoor shower.
It’s really nice to have a bit more space in your hotel room, especially in a resort where you will most likely spend a lot more time in your room than in, let’s say, a hotel in some capital city with lots to explore.
And then there was the comfortable bed! A complaint of many travelers visiting Thailand is how hard the beds are. The bed here was soft but not too soft with a great duvet and good pillows.
The outdoor shower is a resort feature I love. There is just something about having a shower outside in a tropical climate… (don’t judge until you have tried it! 😉 ). But, don’t expect too much… the outdoor shower was quite basic and nothing like some of the impressive outdoor showers you might have seen in pictures (my favorites were in some of the resorts I stayed at in the Maldives). But still, I liked the feature!
All rooms come with a private terrace and the honeymoon suites and beachfront villas even feature a personal Jacuzzi.
You can see that the rooms aren’t new but in general they are in good condition, clean and very suitable for a 4-star resort.
The main features of this resort are its pool and private beach. I love the size of the pool as I enjoy swimming laps and hotel pools are often too small for that; this one is perfect. Being right by the beach also gives it a great view.
The pool and beach combined have enough comfortable sun loungers to pick a favorite spot to enjoy the sun, the views, and the water. There is a small beach bar which has a great selection of cocktails and other drinks.
Walk along the long, private beach around sunset – if it’s not too cloudy the sunset will be spectacular! Unfortunately nowhere seems untouched by plastic waste anymore so even along this remote beach you will see some… And, while I was there, the coastal erosion was also very obvious, with several large sandbags in sight to try and protect the beach.
The open-air restaurant right next to the pool and by the beach has a nice setting, but it’s the food that really makes it stand out. The buffet breakfast options are really good, ranging from your standard continental breakfast items to a daily varying selection of Thai and other Asian dishes. And the a-la-carte dinner options are even better. From typical Thai dishes to lobster, a great steak or a good pasta… And although obviously, you won’t find street food prices here, the prices are by no means unreasonable and there are plenty of budget-friendly options to choose from. But if you do want to splurge, and if they still have the lobster on the menu when you visit, I can highly recommend it!
Additionally, the resort offers in-room dining. And there is a kids menu available, in case you are bringing the little ones.
If you need even more relaxing than just lazing around the pool, then do check out the spa. With a good range of massages and other treatments, it’s a worthwhile experience. I went for the Swedish massage just before I left, and that was definitely a nice ending to a very relaxing stay.
But if you are looking for something a bit more active you can use their kayaks and snorkeling gear free of charge or go on a fishing trip. For this fishing trip fishermen from a local fishing village pick you up from the beach in one of their traditional fishing boats to take you fishing at the same spot as where they would go fishing themselves. This makes it a nicely authentic experience.
And if you do want to explore more of the area you can rent a car with a driver through the resort or they can organize a van to pick you up and take you to Trat town.
With only 44 suites & villas, this is a smaller resort which meant that even when I visited at the start of high season it still felt very peaceful.
With room prices starting at only US$ 60 per night I think this resort offers really good value for money.
If you are looking for a comfortable beach resort to get away from it all and are not looking to spend top dollar for a luxury 5-star resort then this is a great option.
For more information about Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas and to book online visit their website.
Tip: If you are on a budget, bring some snacks and drinks. There are no shops around the resort and although the resort’s restaurant is open all day and there is a mini bar in each room, bringing some snacks is an easy way to save some money.
About Centara Hotels & Resorts
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator, with 43 deluxe properties across all of the major tourist destinations in Thailand. It has a further 23 hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, China, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
For more information go to Centarahotelsresorts.com
Why Stay at a Resort as a Solo Traveler?
Admittedly, when I first decided to go to this remote resort on my own it felt a bit weird. Resorts tend to be romantic, perfect for a getaway with your partner. So why would I go to a resort alone?
I had just spent a week traveling around Thailand with friends. We had an action packed itinerary and were on the go pretty much from the moment we woke up until the moment we hit our pillows. To be able to just get away from it all, not having to do anything, not having to think for anyone else, not even having to talk to anyone else, was actually surprisingly great!
Not that I don’t like traveling with others or seeing as much of a country as I can, but there is great value in slowing down for a bit and taking time for yourself.
For a few days, I got to relax, do exactly what I wanted to do. I finally read my book, went for a swim and a walk along the beach. I had a massage and had time to just reflect on all the great things I had seen and done in Thailand.
It was such a great experience that I highly recommend any backpacker or busy traveler to try it. It left me feeling re-energized and ready to explore more of Thailand!
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Disclosure: My stay at Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas was sponsored by Centara Hotels & Resorts. This however in no way affects my opinions. I would never recommend anything I didn’t enjoy myself and I only share my honest opinion.