Hotel Review

Koh Jum Beach Villas

 

A Getaway in Raw Nature

Koh Jum Beach Villas

Koh Jum Island, Krabi
Thailand

Imagine a vacation where you stay in a luxurious and tranquil beachfront villa surrounded by raw nature with no television and no network connectivity and where you hear the restless sea waves all day. All you get to do is relax on the beach over your favorite drinks and eat sumptuous food, forgetting all your worldly cares. If this is the kind of vacation you would love to take, Koh Jum Beach Villas should be on top of your bucket list. Located in the beautiful and rustic settings of Koh Jum Island in Krabi, the resort is a heaven for peace and nature lovers.

Koh Jum Beach Villas happened to be a part of the luxury package we booked for Thailand. It is a mountainous little island between Ko Lanta and Krabi town and can be easily reached by a speedboat or a long tail boat. Our transfers were booked in a speedboat by the hotel at additional price. The manager at Koh Jum Beach Villas was a sweet lady who took care of everything for us from the day we travelled to Krabi till we left the hotel.

The speedboat ran at an electrifying speed on the restless waves of the vast Arabian Sea with cool sea breeze brushing through our hair. The blue hues of the sea and the views of the distant rocks were heavenly. As we got off the speedboat, there was a hotel cab waiting for us. Koh Jum Island was quite secluded and beautiful. The greenery around was simply captivating. You feel like being in the lap of untainted nature. We found certain notice boards on the way with ‘Tsunami Prone Area’ written on them – quite scary at times. It seems Koh Jum is one of the lesser discovered Islands in Thailand.

The first look of the Koh Jum Beach Villas mesmerized us. The resort was stunningly beautiful. We were expecting a villa in natural surroundings but we never thought it would be raw nature – pristine and pure. Our villa was a luxurious beachfront property. It was clean, comfortable and beautiful. There was a bedroom with a wardrobe and a safe. The super comfy beds were covered with a canopy of mosquito net. There was a rustic style attached washroom with modern toiletries and an open-air shower – ‘under the stars shower’ – that’s what they call it. The concept was unique although we opted for ‘under the sun shower’ as it was raining at night ;). The washroom also had separate bath towels and beach towels.  The living room was equipped with Thai style sofa, a centre table with complimentary fruits, and some selective books and guides of Thailand.

There was a well-organised small kitchen with an electric kettle, a pantry (with free tea/coffee premixes) and a minibar (with a little overpriced menu). The balcony had two wooden chairs and a small table where you can enjoy the enthralling sea view. Sea was at a 20-metres walking distance and was visible from all rooms of our villa. This was something I really loved. You can hear the roar of the sea the entire day. Koh Jum Beach Villas is a natural luxury and truly a paradise for nature lovers. There was no landline or television in the room and no network on our mobiles. We were given a mobile phone by the staff to contact them. Free WiFi was available although the connectivity was weak.

We thought of relaxing for a while, however, couldn’t wait to explore the place. So, in less than half an hour, we left our room to explore the surroundings of the hotel. Everything around was so green and fresh. Koh Jum Beach Villas has twenty luxury villas – each of them with a private garden. As we passed by other beautiful villas and tropical gardens, we found some wild flowers, some pastoral huts with bamboo benches to relax, a big snail crawling on the road, some cats and a dog loitering around. We laughed, danced and strolled with no one around us. It felt like walking in some rural village with wild nature around.

We followed the sign boards to reach the hotel restaurant as food was the next thing on our mind. We had drinks and lunch on the beach and I must say the service as well as the food was excellent. The restaurant displayed two menus – Thai Food and International food.

We ordered deep fried Thai chicken for snacks to go with our beer and martini. For main course, we had Thai chicken curry with butter rice and they were dipped in lip-smacking Thai flavours.

The weather was pleasant and it started drizzling by the time we finished our lunch. We spent the evening sitting in our hotel balcony – chit chatting and listening to the sound of sea waves. The weather was cloudy and I didn’t expect a sunset view.  Suddenly, we saw a magnificent view of sunlight peeping through the dark clouds in distant sky. It was a hypnotic sight – definitely a sunset to remember.

In the evening, a couple of women came to set up the room for night. They lighted an anti-mosquito pot, sprayed some mosquito repellent, turned down the curtains and opened the mosquito net. Since the resort is in natural settings and there are jungles surrounding it, you may find mosquitos and some bugs. Although I didn’t see a single mosquito – maybe due to the mosquito repellents. The ladies told us that if we want, we can choose to let the doors open and it was completely safe. To our surprise, there was no lock for the room. So, whenever we go out, we would leave the door open and roam around. Loved it!!

The villa looked a little scary at night. We were quite tired and slept early that day. I woke up in the middle of the night. It was raining heavily and the roar of the sea seemed to increase with every swell and ebb of the tides. It somehow reminded me of the sign boards I saw on the way ‘Tsunami Prone Area’. I got off from the bed to check if the floor was dry 😉 After inspecting the area, I went back to my bed and looked at my husband. He was sleeping soundly. I tried to sleep but the high tide roar of the sea couldn’t let me. After struggling with my thoughts for some time, I woke my husband up. He laughed at my thoughts. We chit chatted for some time and then finally slept.

We had plans of going to Phi Phi island the next day, however, the weather we woke up to wasn’t favourable for the sea ride. It was cloudy and windy. It didn’t matter to me anymore. I was so happy staying in my luxury villa that I didn’t want to go anywhere else. It started raining by the time we decided to go for breakfast. Koh Jum Island gets frequent rains and that must be the reason we had two umbrellas in our room. You can get your food delivered in room, however, we preferred walking to the restaurant carrying our umbrellas. Living in a metropolitan city like Delhi, it’s not every day you get to walk in rain with lush nature around.

The breakfast menu was nice and delicious. We ordered a Thai omelette, a spicy onion omelette, fried potatoes, pan-fried mushrooms, brown bread, butter and some juice. The restaurant offered a beautiful view of the pool and the sea.

After the hearty breakfast, it was time for the beach walk as the rain had stopped by now. We went for a little walk on the resort’s seven-hundred-metres long private beach collecting some sea shells and spotting tiny crabs in their natural habitat. A couple of other guests were also strolling on the beach and greeted us with a warm smile.

The weather couldn’t stop us from playing with the daunting sea waves. Being a water baby, this is something I couldn’t afford to miss. We spent a lot of time drenching in vitamin sea before relaxing on the sunbeds. The beautiful weather and the relaxing sunbeds called for some drinks. We had martini and some beer served on the beach. Since we were instructed to carry mobile phone all the time, it was easy for us to order drinks or snacks anywhere within the resort.

It started drizzling again and we ran to our villa. The rain and the sun played pranks multiple times during our stay. By the time we took bath and got ready, it was already evening and we were damn hungry. We decided to try some evening snacks with some fine wine. The bar of the resort had nice collection of boutique wines. We ordered a bottle of white wine to enjoy with the Indian snacks ‘chicken tikka with green chutney’. Today’s menu was specially designed for us. The chef made a lot of efforts to cook Indian meal for us. The dinner was Indian style chicken curry and garlic butter naan. The naan looked a little shapeless but they were super delicious. This was way above my expectations – authentic Indian meal in Thailand.. Wow! Everything in Koh Jum Beach Villas is done with great love. I was impressed with their hospitality and personal attention.

We carried the remaining wine to our room and enjoyed till late night. It rained heavily all night but this time, I loved the sound of the sea waves. They weren’t scary anymore. They were familiar now. They were a part of the Island, just like everything else around. I felt that special connection with the nature, the sea, the trees and plants around. I felt like being a part of the Island.

It was still raining when we woke up in the morning. It was our checkout day but I hated to leave my villa. I wanted to spend some more days there – listening to the high tide, playing in the sea waves, watching the rain and the cloudy skies, adoring the sunsets, looking for more snails and crabs, and enjoying my glass of wine. However, I had to open my eyes as we had a flight to catch for Bangkok. Since we left early without having breakfast, the hotel staff was caring enough to pack breakfast for both of us. The packet contained bananas, sandwiches, tetra packs of juice and water bottles. We even carried the umbrellas till our drop at the speedboat. They wrapped our luggage in a polythene sheet so it doesn’t get wet. This is the kind of hospitality I would never forget. Every little detail was taken care of with utmost perfection.

Koh Jum Beach Villas is the most luxurious resort on Koh Jum Island. If you are looking for a tranquil and serene holiday in the lap of pristine nature, away from the hurly burly city life, Koh Jum Beach Villas is a perfect choice. Whether you plan a romantic holiday or a peaceful family get away, the resort caters to both. It is an undiscovered paradise in the heart of Thailand. The resort also offers in-room massage services and Thai cooking classes. They also book adventure and luxury tours to the nearby Islands like Phi Phi, Koh Ha and Chicken island. The adventures include trekking, rock climbing, snorkelling and kayaking. You can check out more information about these tours on their website. If the weather is favourable, you may opt for these tours.  Or you can just relax on the beach sipping your cocktails and beer. 😉

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