Meet a most unexpected hideaway.
Little Koh Si Chang, home to Somewhere Hotel, has a rich royal pedigree, is the closest resort island to Bangkok (though rarely mentioned) and still has no cars or bars.
Somewhere, Si Chang’s newest and by far most stylish boutique hotel, is a member of the upmarket, Thailand-based Cape & Kantary resort group. With just 20 deluxe rooms, a swimming pool and neat restaurant, here is a place to escape to. (Many weekend Bangkokians do just that, so consider mid-week when both bookings and rates are lower.)
The decor at Somewhere is airy and nautical — louvres, tiles, blues and whites, terracotta — and each room has widescreen TV, safety box and free Wi-Fi. The harbour views are limited but the sea is everywhere, so stroll to the shore or hire a motor scooter and explore. While the Verandah restaurant does a limited mid-week breakfast, the lunch and dinner offerings there, like Massaman chicken curry, are delicious.
So, how to get to this island that was a favourite retreat of King Rama V back in the 1890s? It’s a 90-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi airport to Sri Racha port, followed by a 12-km (45-minute) ferry ride to the island. The good folk from Somewhere meet you at the pier and whisk you in a handsome, customised tuk-tuk to somewhere very special.