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The Mangrove Hideaway

Soothing eco-friendly retreat

Baan Salak Phet, Ko Chang T: (080) 133 6600

The Mangrove Hideaway

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An air of sophistication pervades The Mangrove Hideaway, a cushy upscale guesthouse fronting the river on the lane into Salak Phet village.

Covering a large two-storey house, the design relies on varnished teakwood floors along with touches of bamboo, rattan and olive-green silk. Throw in the many potted plants, scented candles, Buddha images, fountains—and the mangrove-lined river out back—and this is one soothing place.

A comfortable spot.

A comfortable spot. Photo: David Luekens

The standard “mangrove garden” rooms overlook the road rather than the estuary and feature plenty of space to go with cream-coloured concrete walls and glass doors opening to furnished terraces draped in greenery—not bad at all. You’ll also at least one “mangrove gallery” room that’s a bit cheaper but set at the centre of the house with a view to a wall. We’d stick to the garden editions.

Larger rooms feature teak surfaces and larger terraces, but entrances to these open to the riverside restaurant so you’ll need to keep curtains drawn if you don’t want to be on display. Offering a lot more privacy, the real prize is the “mangrove duplex”, a suite with spiralling staircase connecting the master bedroom to a living room on the ground floor.

All rooms come with LCD TVs, fridges, safes, kettles, WiFi, tables and daybeds as well as hot-water showers behind partitions in large bathrooms—tiled in the cheaper rooms and stone walls in the higher-end digs. Rates also include breakfasts that we’ve heard are excellent. Though kids might get bored, the guesthouse is a great option for couples.

Kayaks await.

Kayaks await. Photo: David Luekens

Beyond the restaurant, generous common spaces include an “attic relax zone” with woven-bamboo hammocks, tables and cushions; on rainy days it’s an ideal spot to play a board game or tuck into a book. You’ll also find a small spa and free kayaks. The Hideaway claims to use only natural soaps and cleaning products while being committed to environmental responsibility.

Even if you’re not up for a paddle, the open-sided lounge touches the river and is a terrific spot to soak in the tranquility that defines Salak Phet. Fishing boats putter past as sea eagles soar above and kids play in the stilted houses. The location places you within an easy walk of the rest of Salak Phet village, where you’ll find a few little eateries set out over the bay.

Be careful not to mix The Mangrove Hideaway up with The Mangrove, another stylish and relaxing spot over in Bailan. The Mangrove Hideaway closes each year for June and September.

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Walk-in rates at The Mangrove Hideaway

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
1,926 baht
2,354 baht
“Garden” rooms.
Deluxe double room
2,354 baht
2,675 baht
“Terrace” rooms.
Family room
3,200 baht
3,200 baht
Two floor suite
Deluxe Suite
3,424 baht
3,638 baht
“Duplex” room.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,926 baht, high season 2,354 baht. Notes: “Garden” rooms.
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 2,354 baht, high season 2,675 baht. Notes: “Terrace” rooms.
Room: Family room, low season: 3,200 baht, high season 3,200 baht. Notes: Two floor suite
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 3,424 baht, high season 3,638 baht. Notes: “Duplex” room.

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Where is The Mangrove Hideaway

The Mangrove Hideaway
Baan Salak Phet, Ko Chang
T: (080) 133 6600
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º22'16.32" E, 11º59'53.85" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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