Easily the most stunningly located resort in Ao Nang, the bungalows of the newly renovated Peace Laguna Resort are laid out around a curved lake with the majestic backdrop of the Ao Nang cliffs.
It is also, true to its name, very peaceful, being set back far from the road. Officially, if you follow the public highways, the resort is some 350m from the beach (and 200m from the main Ao Nang Beach Rd). Its physical location and an ‘unofficial’, gap-in-the-fence back entrance makes it, however, much closer than that – less than 50m from the sand of Ao Nang near The Last Fisherman Bar.
Although the resort grounds cover a generous 21 rai of land (approx. 3.4 hectares), the 149 rooms themselves are packed in quite tightly. There are 3 swimming pools squeezed into the site (2 small and one main large one, near the reception and restaurant area); golf buggies are provided to get around. The restaurant serves international and Thai food and offers all-day dining; Ao Nang Beach with its many restaurants and bars is also only a short walk away.
Standard rooms are located in the ‘old building’, a fairly typical 3-storey block. They are average-sized and decorated with an emphasis on colour and natural fabrics, which give them a warm and cosy feel. All have air-conditioning, king size or twin beds, a granite and marble bathroom with bathtub and shower (hot water), TV with local and satellite channels, fridge / minibar, IDD telephone, personal digital safe and a balcony with tables and chairs.
Moving on to the ‘cottages’ is a significant step up. Their unusually designed assymmetric roofs are based on the form of a seashell. They come in two-storey blocks (ground floor = superior cottage; upper floor = deluxe cottage) and single units (private cottages). Each measures a generous 70sqm and is fully air-conditioned. There are also blocks of 4 rooms, which have connecting doors between floors for families or groups of friends.
Style-wise there is little to choose between Superior and Deluxe; but if you like the thought of polished teak wood under your feet rather than tiles, as well as a dramatic vaulted ceiling, go for the deluxe room. Both offer high-quality king size or twin beds, blanket chests, sprawling window-seat / daybeds, a verandah or balcony, ample storage, TV, a fridge / minibar with tea and coffee making facilities, digital safebox, IDD telephone and a large bathroom and bathtub, with walk-out open air ‘rain’ shower.
In addition, the Deluxe rooms have a jacuzzi facility on their bathtubs, as well as the latest technology to make your stay more comfortable: a DVD, CD and MP3 player; broadband internet access and a large screen TV.
The Private Cottages are exactly the same as the deluxe versions in looks and facilities, except that they are free-standing single-storey buildings, located on the island in the middle of the lake (the balconies overlook the water). If this position is not important to you, then the Deluxe rooms would be a better choice.
The recently added category of Superior rooms are housed in four new 3-storey blocks at the rear of the resort (furthest from the pools and beach). They are very spacious (54 – 59 sqm), cool (both in style and mood / temperature) and furnished with high quality materials, including a large LCD TV. Facilities are the same as in the Superior Cottage.
Overall, Peace Laguna offers high quality rooms and facilities in a magical location. It is let down only by its front desk service which can be patchy, especially during busy periods. Peak season in particular is not a good time to stay as (with many bigger resorts in Ao Nang), overbooking is possible and you may be moved.
Last updated: July 9, 2014