How about a beach house?
Spanning the entire northern half of the beach and continuing far into the peninsula’s lush interior, this community of beach houses was established in 1985 and was the first development to appear on Railay.
Back then it was just a handful of simple wooden houses with no electricity. Though Railay has seen loads of development in the ensuing decades, the club has retained its low-key character while preserving much of the natural environment. The 30+ wooden beach houses are each unique in size and design, spread far apart for a high level of privacy. All privately owned and rented out by club management when the owners aren’t around, the homes range from simple two-room cottages to two-floor villas that sleep eight. We weren't allowed to look inside the houses, but they appear to be fantastic options for families and couples. A few have air-con in the bedrooms but most are fan-cooled. Nearly all come with kitchens, and the porches (wide decks in many cases) are designed for optimal relaxation. The full-time staff can stock your fridge with groceries before you arrive, and you can even rent a grill or hire a private Thai chef. Starting around 2,000 baht a night for the smallest options in low season and rising to over 30,000 for multi-bedroom houses in the busier months, the rates seem reasonable for what you get. Each house is priced differently -- see the club’s website for details and reservations. If you like this sort of setup but would prefer a less-busy beach on a quiet island, you might also check out Golden Buddha Resort on Ko Phra Thong or Koh Jum Beach Villas on Ko Jum.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 23rd April, 2015.