Bailan's proper resort
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Enjoying a sliver of beach amid the mangroves of tiny Bailan Bay, this mid-size, midrange resort continues to deliver fine rooms and good service.
The odd aspect about this place is that the smallest, cheapest rooms have the best location nearest to the sea. These are simple but pleasant detached air-con cottages with woven bamboo walls, comfortable beds, TVs and fridges. Further back, a handful of plain but well-equipped, larger villas with tile floors and big porches are clustered around a great swimming pool with elephant fountains. Tacky? C'mon, it's Elephant Island! All the way to the back -- but most expensive apparently because they're newest -- so-called "junior" rooms are set in a two-storey block. These are perfectly comfortable and have all brand new furnishings and appliances, but we'd still go for the seafront cottages any day. As with our last visit, the staff offered excellent service and the resort seems well run all round.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 23rd December, 2013.