It’s always fun to win prizes — especially those that involve holidays and travels! On my recent stint with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on one of their tourism projects — the Family Fun in Amazing Thailand 2018, I won a 3 days 2 nights stay for 4 at The Village in Coconut Island worth THB34,000. A wonderful prize, definitely, and a great reason for a holiday with my family! So a couple of months later, we set off for a fun-filled family getaway to Phuket.
The Village Coconut Island is located just off the East Coast of Thailand’s Phuket Island. It’s on the small Coconut Island (I noticed it was filled with coconut trees, which probably inspired its name) — and is pretty much unspoiled, peaceful and pristine with the bluest waters and golden sand. The island is only a short 10-minute boat ride away from Phuket, which makes it close to all of Phuket’s attraction; should you want some adventure after lounging on the beach and relaxing in nature all day long.
There are a couple of types of accommodation — the 1-2 bedroom garden and sea view pool villas, the 2-5 bedroom beachfront or sea view grand villas, and the jacuzzi suites. The prize I won was the 2 bedroom garden pool villa, and boy, were we in for a treat!
Getting to Coconut Island
Upon confirming my stay at the resort, I requested an extra bed (as there are 5 people in my family), as well as an airport transfer to the jetty. The reply from the resort was swift and easy — I was charged an additional THB1,500 (US$45) per person per night for the extra bed; and the private transfer from Phuket International Airport on the van (for 5-10 passengers) cost THB1,700 (US$50) net inclusive of tax per way.
We were picked up from the airport in a comfortable (and pretty fancy) van and whisked to the Villa Laem Hin Lagoon Resort jetty (in 45 minutes) for our boat ride to Coconut Island. There are a total of 2 jetties that the water taxi takes off from Phuket, depending on the tide — ours for high tide, and the Laem Hin Local Pier for low tide. The Village Coconut Island water taxi runs every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day; and is complimentary when arriving and departing from the resort.
The Village Coconut Island Experience
Our boat to Coconut Island was packed — majority were Chinese families, and a Chinese tour group was onboard too. Upon arrival, we were introduced to one of the staff who escorted us to the lobby; and on the way we passed by the few restaurants in the resort, as well as the Tour Desk that offers boat trips and Phuket tours. Once at the lobby, we were welcomed with cold towels and iced refreshment while going through the checking-in process. The General Manager also dropped by to say hi to the newly arrived guests.
In less than half an hour upon arriving at The Village Coconut Island; we were in the comforts of our lovely villa — and all ready to explore and discover what the resort has to offer!
I loved our Garden Pool Villa! It has a huge living room and a kitchenette; and a master bedroom that leads out to the private pool on one side, and the bathroom with a gorgeous bathtub on the other side. Of course, my parents got to stay in the main room; and my brother, sister, and I had to be happy with the smaller twin room. It comes with an adjoining bathroom with a rainshower, but I spent most of my bath time in THAT bathtub!
The villas in The Village Coconut Island are set within lush tropical gardens, and are spread out all around the huge grounds of the resort. We were lucky though, that our villa was just a quick walk to the restaurants and beach front, and just right next to the spa! We walked around most of the time, but for the villas that are further out; I think the villa offers a buggy service (that we used during check-in and check-out).
Food and Restaurants
The Village Coconut Island has three restaurants — Kucina Restaurant that serves Italian choices; Kabang Restaurant (and Beach Bar) that offers Thai delights and finger food by the beach; and the Japanese Koko Restaurant that only opens for dinner and drinks at night. On our first day, we had lunch at the Kabang Restaurant — and ordered our Thai favorites of tom yum goong, butter chicken, lamb curry and the silken tofu. Food was pretty good; and at about THB340 (US$10) per dish, almost reasonable considering we were on a secluded island. Oh, and the Beach Bar makes a mean pina colada (in a coconut)!
Dinner on the first night was at Kucina Restaurant — and we ordered burgers, pizza and pasta to share. We also spent the rest of the night for drinks at Koko Restaurant; and I especially loved the personalised cocktails, and the saxophone performance that night.
Breakfast in the mornings at Kabang Restaurant were packed to the brim (didn’t realise there were so many people!); and it was really hard to get a table. The waitresses weren’t very helpful in helping us find a space, but we managed to find tables ourselves anyway. Breakfast for the 2 days we were in the resort were almost the same (a typical hotel buffet breakfast) — so I can’t fairly compare in terms of variety on just a couple of days.
The Kruvit Raft Seafood Dinner
On our second night at The Village Coconut Island, we decided to head out of the resort and get our hands on some seafood. Just off the island are some floating restaurants, and we were recommended to try the Kruvit Raft Seafood Restaurant. The resort buggy took us over to the Coconut Island Local Pier (about a 5-minute drive); where we hopped on a longtail boat that ferried us over to the floating restaurant. These boats are usually hired by the restaurant, so tipping is optional.
We arrived at Kruvit Raft at about 7pm during dawn — not a very good time to be on a floating restaurant that also doubles up as a fish farm. It was mosquitoes galore! I think the best time to head there would have been after 8pm. But we had a lovely seafood dinner anyway — tom yum goong (a staple in every Thai meal), Thai steamed fish, clam soup, prawns, and scrambled egg with oysters. And of course, local Singha beer to top it all off. Price was reasonable, and it was definitely an experience eating on top of a gently swaying giant raft.
The Village Spa
We can’t be in a resort on a secluded island and not get pampered. So off we went to the Village Spa. The spa offers various treatments from massages and hot stones to body and facial treatments; and is set within a tropical garden around a Hydrotherapy Pool. Service was lovely, and we managed to set our appointment just a couple of hours before our treatment.
My parents decided to go for the 60 minutes Thai Traditional Massage that cost THB1,300 (US$40), and I went for the 60 minutes Aromatherapy Massage for THB2,000 (US$60). We were given our own private rooms, and I enjoyed my hour of complete relaxation.
Spending Lazy Days at The Village
There are many fun things to do at the resort — from working out at the Fitness Center, tennis, and cycling around the resort and local villages; to beach activities and water sports like kayaking. There are also organised trips to the nearby islands and tours around Phuket for those wanting to explore further out. However, we were here to just chill and relax, and that was exactly what we did.
My parents spent most of their time at the villa, sleeping by the private pool and heading off to the spa. My siblings and I prefer the beach — so it was sunbathing, dipping in the pools, and hanging out on the deck of the Beach Bar with cocktails and snacks. It was wonderful lazy days away from everything… but with a pretty good wifi connection!
At the End of the Day
My family and I had a love time at The Village Coconut Island — an unexpected island getaway that was perfect for a little family time away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. Though there are more than 200 villas in the resort, I could find my own little quiet spot most of the time (except during breakfast when the restaurant gets packed)! Most of the service, the food and the facilities at the resort were really good; and we were always made to feel welcome. It was so relaxing that I really didn’t want to leave!
A big thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for the amazing prize that led me to the island. And if you’re looking to find fun things to do in Phuket (after days of basking in the warm Southeast Asian sun), check out my post on Phuket here:- Mynn’s Top 10 Things to Do in Phuket.