Amari Emerald Cove Resort, Koh Chang, Thailand.

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Recently developed on Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Chang, the Amari Emerald Cove Resort’s idyllic charms beackon, Although it is second in size only to Phuket, Koh Chang has escaped large-scale development that has overtaken much of Thailands other jewel like islands.

Koh Chang forms part of a national park, and its natural beauty is fittingly geared for quieter pursuits-the only speedboats you see are those used to ferry excursions to nearby islands. Koh Chang’s spectacular sea sights are best viewed underwater, where visibility can reach upto 30m (98ft) during the best diving months of October to the end of May.

Being on its own stretch of sandy beaches on the west coast of Koh Chang, the Amari Emerald Cove Resort blends harmoniously into the natural environment. Just a short drive and ferry-ride away from the newly opened Trat airport, this new resort destination features 165 large, comfortable rooms decorated in contemporary Asian style. Smooth teak floors, local stone bathroom fixtures and Thai-themed furnishings evoke a sense of oriental calm.

All superior and deluxe rooms measure a spacious 40sqm (431sq ft) and come with their own terrace that overlooks the cerulean sea or the resort’s well-tended gardens, This is the resort where you can take it as easy or be as active as you want.

Within its grounds is everything you need to hide away from the world-a palm-shaded swimming pool, a spa, restaurants and a fabulous beach, Outside are a myriad of sights and activities that could keep you busy for weeks, Dive the wreck of the Thonburi, which sank in 1921; or snorkel near Bird Island where the countless corals are as vivid as a technicolor movie. Scenic hiking trails, elephant treks and numerous waterfalls are but a short jaunt away. And full-day tours around the island offer the unbeatable experience of visting Koh Chang’s ancient temples and sleepy fishing villages.

When you return to the resort, unwind at the Pool bar located next to the sprawling 50m (1,969 ft) pool. This is the ideal place to kick back and sip a cocktail, Next, head to any one of the resort’s three restaurants for a satisfying meal of international, Thai or Italian delights, Amari Emerald Cove is a gem of a holiday destination.

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