Koh Lipe | Hotel Options

Within the Andaman Sea, near the Malaysia border and part of Tarutao National Marine Park. Home to aboriginal Malay people, known as the Urak Lawoi.
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Castaway Resort **

Set on the postcard-worthy Sunrise Beach, the Castaway Resort is a smattering of thatched, Thai-inspired wooden huts -- which overlook the turquoise Andaman Sea or lush greenery. Common areas are limited and center around the beautiful ocean view. The bar and restaurant have a joint wooden terrace shaded by trees and bamboo pergolas, and furnished with hammocks, wooden picnic tables, and a few terra-cotta planters. A more-protected area has a lending library, carved-stone decorations, richly patterned throw pillows atop chairs, and hanging basket lanterns. The same is true for the adjacent open-air reception. Given the property lacks hot water, and in-room air-conditioning, TVs, and fridges, this is best-suited to low-key travelers looking for a simple beach getaway.

On Koh Lipe’s lovely Sunrise Beach, and surrounded by lots of greenery, the Castaway Resort has a scenic setting. Most of the nightlife on Koh Lipe, as well as shops, bars, and restaurants, are found along Walking Street, a five-minute stroll away. Down at the far end of Walking Street is Pattaya Beach and the island’s tiny port, where travelers can island-hop around the Andaman Sea. The closest airport is in Hat Yai, with numerous daily flights from Bangkok. From Hat Yai, the Pak Bara Pier can be reached in two hours by car and Koh Lipe is an additional 90 minutes from the pier by speedboat. Speedboats from Langkawi, over the border in Malaysia, to Koh Lipe take around half an hour, but they only run from October to April.

Stand-alone bungalows here are extremely rustic, featuring floor-to-ceiling wood, straw roofs, and vibrant, local fabrics in bedding, wall hanging, and woven shades. Rooms either face the garden or beautiful beach, and all have furnished terraces with dining tables, chairs, and hammocks. Unfortunately, there are no hot water, air-conditioning, TVs, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, or kettles provided. Fans, mosquito nets, mini chests with locks, and bottled water are all provided though. Comfy Rooms are single-room affairs, while Garden View Houses have two bedrooms -- one with a double bed and the other with two singles. Two-story options have an open bathroom downstairs, and a bed upstairs. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and bulk toiletries. Expect wear and tear and note that many past guests have complained of noise from an adjacent bar and other rooms.

The focus at the Castaway Resort is unsurprisingly on the beach and the ocean. Guests can book Thai massages and yoga classes out on the beach, plus there are a dive shop and a range of water sports on-site, allowing for scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the warm, shallow waters off Sunrise Beach and farther afield, in the Tarutao National Marine Park. The restaurant serves a mix of well-reviewed Thai and international food throughout the day. The space doubles as a bar, offering popular happy hour specials and a small lending library. A large terrace here leads down to the beach. Bikes are available to rent from the front desk. Wi-Fi is available at the bar and restaurant.

Website: https://kohlipe.castaway-resorts.com
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Serendipity Beach Resort ***

Perched on a hillside along secluded Sunrise Beach on the southern side of Koh Lipe, the Serendipity Beach Resort lives up to its name with a quiet and scenic setting. The 12 villas are set up the hill, meaning some require walking up steep steps from the white-sand beach and open-air restaurant. The covered restaurant has wooden seating with orange cushions, and a small library of books that are free to borrow. Features are limited and the design is rustic -- some rooms even lack air-conditioning -- but guests are primarily laid-back couples seeking a waterfront property with a tranquil location and gorgeous views. Note that some guests have complained of maintenance issues such as water pressure or power outages.

Built up a hillside at the southern end of Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe, an island in the Adang Archipelago in the Tarutao National Marine Park, the resort affords spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. While relatively secluded, the property is a 20-minute walk to Pattaya Beach and about 10 minutes to Walking Street. The closest airport is in Hat Yai, which Bangkok has flights to daily. From Hat Yai, travelers can drive two hours to Pak Barra Pier and then take a 90-minute speedboat to Koh Lipe. Speedboats from Langkawi in Malaysia to Koh Lipe take around half an hour (October to April only).

Set within verdant greenery, the 12 charming villas are tiered on a hillside that rises from a white-sand beach. Each is accessed via wooden walkways and stairs, and while the top units have spectacular ocean views, they require walking up lots of steps. Rooms largely have the same design and layout, but they differ in terms of size and positioning. Expect floor-to-ceiling wooden planks, beds with mosquito netting and orange flower-shaped throw pillows, clean-lined wood furniture, and island-themed artwork. Rooms have sliding glass doors that let in light and provide access to furnished terraces -- some with sea views and plunge pools accompanied by hammocks. Guests should note that not all of the villas have air-conditioning or safes, but all come with ceiling fans, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-fridges with free bottled water, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Some have sofas, separate dining areas, and espresso makers. Guests without in-room safes can leave their valuables at reception. Bathrooms (some open-plan) feature walk-in showers, toiletries, and hairdryers. The tropical setting means bugs can be an issue, but guests light citronella coils during nightly turndown service.

Certainly the crowning feature here is the gorgeous white-sand beach abutting turquoise waters. While pool towels are provided, loungers are not, as the beach becomes nearly nonexistent during high tide. Also on the downside, there's no communal pool, so travelers set on a pool should book a pool villa. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available for guests to borrow for free. Perched on rocks six meters (20 feet) above the sea, the aptly named On the Rocks is a three-tier restaurant and bar that serves well-reviewed Thai and Western dishes with a focus on seafood. Delicious a la carte breakfasts with egg dishes are free and delivered to rooms. The open-air restaurant has wooden tables and benches with orange cushions, and an adjacent Living Area with Thai-style cushions and a small lending library. The resort offers a range of spa treatments, which can be administered either at the sundeck or in villas. Wi-Fi is free across the property.

Website: http://serendipityresort-kohlipe.com
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Mali Resort Pattaya Beach ***

Set directly on the beautiful shores of the Andaman Sea, amid a tropical garden lined with palm threes, the Mali Resort offers a romantic getaway for couples, or a decent vacation spot for families and groups of friends. The lack of a pool may be a significant downside for some, but the lounger-lined beach is enough for most guests, and free use of water-sports equipment is a pro. Guests are welcomed at an appealing thatched-roof beachside bar -- there is no true lobby -- and lead down a winding path to either Bali-style bungalows with outdoor bathrooms or slightly more basic Garden Wing cottages. The overall design is simple but attractive, with rattan hammocks hung between palm trees, hanging lanterns, and jewel-tone bedroom accents. A quiet atmosphere pervades the property, yet travelers are within easy walking distance of lively attractions.

Mali Resort Pattaya Beach is set along the more tranquil side of Pattaya beach on Koh Lipe, just off the southwestern coast of Thailand. It's around a 10-minute walk from the restaurants, bars, and shops of popular Walking Street. To reach Koh Lipe, travelers must take a boat from Pakbara or Langkawi in Malaysia. Bellboys are on hand to carry luggage from the jetty.

Mali Resort Pattaya Beach features 26 charming Bali-style bungalows and 25 slightly simpler Garden Wing cottages. The Bali-style bungalows feature vaulted thatched roofs, hardwood floors, dark wood furniture, and mostly neutral decor aside from attractive maroon bed runners and throw pillows, plus gold-accented paintings. Also in typically Balinese fashions, bathrooms are outdoors and feature rainfall showers and double vanities. Garden Wing cottages are a bit simpler in terms of decor and have concrete ceilings, though they're still attractive and contemporary. Their bathrooms are indoors and more compact, with showers positioned way too close to the toilets. Both room types feature the same amenities, consisting of air-conditioning, fans, flat-screen TVs with limited English-language channels and DVD players, free but spotty Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and safes. Hairdryers and toiletries are also provided. There are also furnished patios that overlook either the beach or garden, although the ocean-view bungalows have views obstructed by palm trees. While there are no in-room coffee- and tea-making facilities, the bar offers free coffee, tea, and water. Some guests have complained of signs of wear and tear, and lack of maintenance in the rooms, such as broken safes or decking and grubby bathrooms.

The crowning feature here is the lovely palm-fringed, white-sand beach lined with loungers under umbrellas. For most guests, this makes up for the resort’s lack of a pool, plus visitors can use snorkeling gear, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks for free. The all-day thatched-roof beachside bar doubles as both the reception desk and restaurant. An adjacent wooden deck has tables and chairs where guests can eat their free American- or Thai-style breakfast. Thai and Western dishes are also available for lunch and dinner, and food is well-regarded. Staff can arrange Thai massage along the beach, but there's no gym.

Website: https://www.maliresorts.com/koh-lipe/pattaya-beach
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Idyllic Concept Resort ***

The Idyllic Concept Resort's best feature -- of course -- is its location on the pristine white sands of Sunrise Beach. Gardens run down to the shore and there are beautiful sea views everywhere. Even so, it's an attractive and contemporary option on the Koh Lipe scene, which tends to be beach-bummed out. The modern, angular buildings are low-rise and spread from the beach around the main pool, and up the hillside. The Cove Restaurant has an open dining area overlooking the pool and beach beyond, and has a relaxed vibe especially at night, when the beach is lit up and the waves lap the shoreline. During the day, guests paddle about in kayaks exploring local islands, and kick back on the beachfront loungers. The resort is most frequented by couples, although the pools make it an attractive option for families with young children.

Idyllic Concept Resort is located on the eastern coast of Koh Lipe, along the quietest end of Sunrise Beach. This is one of the island's best beaches for snorkeling, and quieter (and cleaner) than the more lively Sunset Beach. It's around a five-minute drive to the ferry port for connections to the mainland, other Andaman islands, and Langkawi Island across the Malaysian border. There are no cars on the island, so transport is by tuk-tuk or motorbike with sidecars. Walking Street, for the island's best shopping and nightlife, is around a 10-minute walk away.

Rooms come in a variety of configurations, from hotel-style rooms in small blocks on the hillside, to garden and seafront bungalows. All have a modern minimalist finish, with stylish lighting, low-level beds, and private balconies. The look is a far cry from the beach-bum style found at many of the crash pads across the island -- don't expect details like thatched roofs or bamboo walls here. Amenities include air-conditioning (with the exception of i-Leaf rooms), safes, minibars, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, electric kettles, beach bags, robes and slippers. Bathrooms vary between rooms, but are simply designed, with showers or shower/tub combos plus towels and toiletries. I-Pano rooms have whirlpool baths and i-Garden rooms feature outdoor rainfall showers.

The main pool is a good size, and features a swim-up bar and views over the turquoise Andaman Sea. There's a second pool farther up the hillside with a whirlpool and poolside bar. The Cove Restaurant sits beside the main pool, and serves food throughout the day, with a buffet breakfast, and a well-received menu of Thai and international dishes. The beach is one of the best on the island, with fine white sand and excellent snorkeling. The reefs are protected by regular beach patrols to prevent damage by tourists. There are kayaks available to paddle across to nearby islands, and plenty of loungers and cabanas both on the beach, along lawns, and near the pools. Bikes can also be rented and spa treatments can be arranged. Wi-Fi is free, and there are a selection of DVDs that are free to borrow. The hotel also offers babysitting and laundry services.

Website: http://www.idyllicresort.com/home/idyllicresort
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Mountain Resort ***

Built on a hill above a gorgeous beach, the Mountain Resort offers some of the best views on Koh Lipe. The resort is big, but its 105 rooms are housed in dozens of small, two-story buildings scattered throughout the grounds, allowing for a somewhat intimate feel. Rows of pines and palm trees dot the gardens, and there are vast lawns that offer plenty of space to unwind. Common spaces have been designed to make the most of the views, with simple decor that doesn't try to compete with the outside, and huge wall-to-wall windows that bring the outdoors in. The hotel itself falls squarely into the mid-range category, with few luxuries (plus some maintenance issues) and a simplistic design throughout -- but the vibe is laid-back and relaxing, and rates are average for this type of hotel in Koh Lipe. In addition, the Mountain Resort features a pool, which not all mid-range properties have, and freebies such as shuttle service to bars and restaurants on popular Walking Street add value. Though families are welcome (there is a kiddy pool and a number of two-bedroom Family Bungalows), most guests here are couples looking to get away from it all. Travelers seeking something more upscale may want to compare rates at the Idyllic Concept Resort, which features two pools, modern rooms with attractive bathrooms, and a good location on Sunrise Beach.

The hotel is located on the norther tip of Koh Lipe, a quiet area known for its gorgeous stretch of sand, known as Sunrise Beach. This is an excellent spot for snorkeling, and there is little foot traffic due to the limited accommodation and dining options in the immediate vicinity, which makes it quieter than the nearby Sunset Beach. Though the most popular tourist areas on the island are within walking distance, the heat and humidity can be challenging for those not used to the weather, and most guests choose to take moped-taxis to move around. The hotel provides free shuttle service every evening to Walking Street, a bustling lane lined with restaurants and bars. Koh Lipe is not the most easily accessible island: getting there requires a flight to Hat Yai, a two-hour bus or taxi ride to the Pak Bara pier, and a two-hour ferry transfer to the island.

The hotel‘s 105 rooms are divided into five categories, ranging from smallish Garden units to large Ocean Pool Villas. All are decorated in a low-frills style with few ornaments, but the higher the category, the nicer the room. Entry-level units are somewhat basic and bland, with older dark floor tiles, bare walls, and generic laminate furniture that’s starting to show some age. Bungalows and villas have gleaming white floors, recessed lighting in ceiling moldings, and a few cute accents such as silk-like throw pillows and bed runners with Thai-inspired motifs. Honeymoon Suites (also known as Jacuzzi Suites with Ocean Views) are the most stylish of all, thanks to dark wooden floors, wood paneling, and cute wooden furniture with some local flair. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature small flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges stocked with two bottles of water (replenished daily free of charge), safes, electric kettles, and hairdryers. Free Wi-Fi ranges from spotty to non-existent in rooms. Bathroom are rather rudimentary, with wet room-style showers in the middle of the space that make the entire floor slippery, plain white tiles throughout, and basic toiletries in wall-mounted containers. Bathrooms in Honeymoon Suites have sunken jetted tubs and separate rain showers. Additionally, all rooms have large windows and furnished terraces -- most with at least partial sea views. Ocean Pool Villas have private pools with panoramic sea views.

The beach is the most outstanding feature at Mountain Resort. It is the northern tip of quiet Sunrise Beach, offering clear waters, fine sand, and many trees. It is a great spot for snorkeling, and gear can be rented -- along with sea kayaks and fishing gear -- at reception. The pool is also a highlight here, with a spacious deck around it, padded loungers and umbrellas, a kiddy section, and expansive sea and mountain views. Located by the beach, Mountain Restaurant receives more praise for its views than for its atmosphere or food, but it is a decent spot to taste some Thai cuisine or get a drink and a snack. A varied breakfast buffet that includes hot and cold options is offered free every morning at the restaurant. The hotel has 24-hour water and electricity supply, which is not always available in other resorts on the island.

Website: https://www.mountainresortlipe.com
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Akira Resort ****

Website: https://www.akiralipe.com
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Ten Moons Resort ****

Website: https://tenmoonsliperesort.com
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The Cliff Sunset Beach Resort ****

Website: http://theclifflipe.com
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Bundhaya Villas ****

Website: https://www.bundhayaresort.com
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