Tried and true
There’s no one aspect that makes the small, Italian-owned, Sabai Resort stand out from the pack, but it does all of the little things right.
“It’s a little pricey and just off the beach road but quiet and super clean with great service, a decent swimming pool, a good restaurant, foosball and ping pong in the games room and, well, we just love the feel of it.” This was how we described Sabai to a young German family while on the songthaew to Haad Noppharat Thara.
Kept up notably well ever since Sabai opened in 2000, the blue-roofed concrete bungalows sit in a few rows and each has chairs on a private porch overlooking the bougainvillea. Interiors are refreshingly simple, sporting light-blue tile floors, soft linens on soft beds, fridges, tables, ceiling fans, air-con and tiled wet bathrooms with hot water showers. The rooms stay reasonably cool and you can save cash by having the air-con switched off. Sabai is a good choice for families, with a number of larger bungalows sporting multiple beds.
The restaurant does a good range of European and Thai food, and the atmosphere is social when repeat guests flock here in high season. From Sabai it’s a 300-metre walk to the centre of the beach.
Address: 79/3 Noppharat Thara Soi 13, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 791; (081) 788 7951; F: (075) 661 154
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º48'35.82" E, 8º2'40.22" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||950 baht||1,600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,900 baht|
|Triple fan private bathroom||1,350 baht||2,100 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||1,600 baht||2,500 baht|
|Family room||2,300 baht||3,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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