The best part about Sunrise Tropical is how it blends into the natural scenery rather than erases it in a frenzy of concrete.
At the back of the leafy grounds, a two-storey hotel block contains the cheapest “tropical chalay” rooms, which, while comfortable, were looking rather worn and could use some sprucing up. Most of the accommodation comes in large and immaculate freestanding villas with names like “Cashew” and “Jackfruit,” spread out far enough for some privacy amid nicely groomed grounds. With high ceilings, hardwood floors, large glass windows, nooks with floor cushions, cushy beds, modern appliances (air-con, TV, fridge, safe) and wide terraces, these are comparable to what you’ll find at Sand Sea Resort. Located near the rear end of Rayavadee and the footpath to Haad Phra Nang, Sunrise Tropical probably has the most relaxing atmosphere of any resort on Railay East save the remote Grand View and Garden View. On the negative side, the lone swimming pool is relatively small. The receptionist we encountered was rather cold, and unlike at most resorts we were offered no discount off the rack rates when inquiring late in high season. Rates jump by around 900 baht in peak season. Shop around online for deals.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.