Great for couples
The Thapwarin is another stylish mid- to upper-range resort that struck us as a better choice for older travellers than neighbouring Coco Cottage.
Thatched villas have classy wooden interiors with big, sumptuous beds and large decks. Rooms are decorated to a very high standard, with exotic touches like glass lanterns, extra-tall four-poster wooden bedframes and classical Thai paintings on the walls. All rooms come with wide glass windows, air-con and hot water, and the deluxe beachfront villas have couches, minibars and small gardens in the open-air bathrooms. Staff is professional and welcoming, and they aim to pamper. The large, modern restaurant is perched over the sea and serves up some good barbecue. The mid-size resort is situated at the far northern corner of the beach, and walking back here from the busier southern stretch can be a little tricky at high tide. Shop around on the resort's website and third-party booking sites to ensure the best rate. We weren't given a definitive answer on low season, but major discounts can be expected. The same group also runs Mayalay Resort down the beach, which has older, inferior villas for around 1,000 baht less. If you want even more seclusion, neighbouring Cliff Beach Resort is also worth considering in this price range.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.