76 Moo 3, Ko Si Chang T: (081) 654 2211, (085) 092 9424
Malee Blue is the closest thing Ko Si Chang has to a boutique hotel.
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The Moroccan-style castle's interior was designed by a well-known Thai art director, with art accents hailing from India. The unlikely structure comes as a pleasant surprise to the landscape; an ideal choice for artsy folks or those looking for something different than your standard bed-and-bathroom guesthouse. The owners clearly take pride in the operation, though it might behoove them to focus less on the decor and more on the cleanliness; corners are dusty and the walls serve as a poor buffer between the inside and out. The establishment prohibits any outside food or beverage, including beer, so the grounds, decorated with hanging lanterns and sea shells, is more suitable for reading or using the WiFi than all-night partying. Room rates are pricier than most, but include a very simple breakfast from the on-site restaurant and a not-your-average overnight stay. Each room, which includes air-con and a TV, is unique and bursting with personality, so ask the owner to flip through the photographs or check on their website before you commit to a particular one. The three-room suite, which fits up to six people, is perfect for big parties, though Tampang Beach Resort also offers large rooms for less. The close proximity to the beach makes Malee Blue an attractive option, with jeep-service around the island upon your request. Book a few days ahead if you want to secure a room, as the hype about this novelty guesthouse is on the rise.
Last updated on 6th November, 2012.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: 1,500 baht on weekends