Thailand's own version of famous Peggy's Cove certainly has the picturesque part right
READY TO brighten every visitor’s holiday mood, the ribbon of vibrantly hued facilities at Peggy’s Cove Resort in Chanthaburi offers a lovely contrast to the white sand of Kung Wiman Beach.
The buildings, a harmonious array of Western and Eastern designs, promise to be a magnet for tourists.
Brothers Anusorn and Anusit Sahachok spent Bt120 million developing the 10-rai property with cottage-style bungalows that offer luxurious amenities amid simple charms. The inspiration, like the resort’s name, came from Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada, a humble fishing village that became world-famous for its picture-postcard vistas.
The Peggy’s Cove Resort replicates some of the charms of worldfamous fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Elder brother Anusorn, an engineer, was in charge of erecting the concrete-block residential wings and giving them lovely coats of pastel red, yellow and blue with chic use of Shera wood. It’s all very vintage-looking and very appealing.
“Our family has operated the Chaolao Tosang Beach Hotel on Chanthaburi’s Chaolao Beach for over a decade,” Anusit says. “We decided to expand our portfolio and give Chanthaburi a new landmark. The idea came from my parents, who visited Peggy’s Cove in Canada 13 years ago and really loved it.
“So the design concept was to capture the charm of the original Peggy’s Cove and put local wisdom to use, like in the handcrafted ceiling lamps made from fish traps. The bridges linking the residential blocks are all wood rather than stone, so no one’s going to slip on them.
“We wanted to offer not just beautiful accommodations but also make sure everything felt comfortable and that the service was superb. We have experience running a hotel, so we know how to treat guests properly.”
The resort has 38 spacious rooms – close to the number of households in the Canadian village, actually – ranging from 45 to 100 square metres. The rooms are named for the marine life for which Peggy’s Cove, Canada, is famous, including Trout, Sea Bass, Oyster and Lobster. The beds all have top-of-the-line 12-inch-thick mattresses and eiderdown pillows, so a good sleep is also guaranteed.
The furnishings are earth-tone retro and the abodes are redolent with herbal fragrances and the scents of L’Occitane toiletries.
In the middle of the resort is a saltwater pool that resembles a natural lake, easily accessed from any direction. Guests sunbathe by the curved edges of this pool or the 100-square-metre Grand Deluxe Pool Villa that’s popular with families.
Once back in their cottages, guests can enjoy a cosy living room, spacious bedroom, private shady garden or even their own a personal saltwater pool. Honeymooners in particular appreciate the Deluxe Jacuzzi Villa with its green garden, while the Deluxe Pool Access house has a garden and a terrace from which you can jump into the pool.
On our stay we shared a simple and homey 45-square-metre Deluxe room inside the red, two-storey wing. The smallest room type available felt spacious enough, with amble area for a king-size bed, bathtub and separate shower, LED television and other accoutrements. We found a hair dyer and an eco-friendly ceramic speaker for hooking up to a smartphone.
In the morning we enjoyed the complimentary tea and coffee on our own balcony overlooking the village and beach.
The resort has an 80-seat hall suitable for seminars or wedding parties. In the yellow house is the Coffee Love cafe serving homemade pastries against a panoramic overview of Kung Wiman Beach.
The Lighthouse Bar & Grill was busy with guests sampling an East-West fusion of dishes, led by Thai and Italian cuisine.
When not sunbathing or swimming, you can explore nearby Khao Laem fishing village or sign up for creative activities, such as a cooking lesson (make some pad thai and salmon green curry) or a class in tie-dying a shirt with powdered indigo.
AT A GLANCE
High points: Spacious rooms, good facilities, friendly staff, big swimming pools
Low point: Far from nearest convenience store
Pay for it: Bt3,300 to Bt7,200
Find it: 44, Kung Wiman Beach, Chanthaburi.
Call it: (039) 460 345
Browse it: PeggysCoveResort.com