Attractive Thai-style villas
Relax Resort is located right next to Libong Beach Resort, so close that you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s all one big resort.
Built by the now defunct Dugong Resort, the older bungalows are also very similar to those at Libong Beach but have been revamped. In more recent years, Relax also added a bunch of newer Thai-style villas enjoying one of the finest locations on Libong.
Fronting a lawn within sight of the sand, the older fan rooms are spacious and outfitted with hardwood floors, good firm beds, several prop-open windows and cold-water bathrooms. The new owners added more luxurious Thai-style villas with high ceilings, pointed eaves, dark-wood walls, wide glass windows, woven bamboo trim and hot water in the bathrooms. Some of these are located practically on top of Libong Beach Resort's bungalows; ask for one situated north of the restaurant area along a gorgeous and private stretch of beach. Despite the lack of extras like fridge and TV, these are good options for couples seeking a bit more style.
Relax also offers family bungalows that sleep four, though we felt the family value was a little better at Libong Beach Resort. A large open-sided restaurant includes a nicely designed central bar that’s worth stopping by even if you’re not staying here. Mainstream Western pop music plays softly after dark. Run by a fairly young Thai couple, the resort also rents out motorbikes, bicycles and kayaks, and offers a wide range of boat tours and transfers. The rates we were quoted at reception and saw on Agoda are a bit lower than what’s listed on the resort’s website. We were told that Relax would close for part of low season. Outside of peak season, we’d ask for the shoulder season rates, which are 500 to 1,000 baht lower than the high-season rates listed here.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 2nd March, 2016.