After changing hands a couple of times in recent years, J2B finally has a dedicated owner who makes the most of the lovely setting.
She’s very personable and laid back but also pays attention to detail, evidenced by the recently renovated wood and tin-roofed bungalows, hammocks strung up near the beach, plenty of wooden loungers out on the sand and even some brochures to hand out to passing travel writers. Spread around an expansive lawn shaded by coconut trees, the freshly painted rooms are spacious and come with wide windows, soft beds with quality linens, wall-mounted fans, large front porches and new toilets in the cold-water bathrooms. At the centre of the grounds sits an open-sided restaurant where you can enjoy a seafood barbecue on most nights. Filled with birdsong and butterflies, the breezy grounds make you want to melt into a lump of relaxation. J2B is the eastern-most resort on the beach, putting you within a short walk of a longtail boat for the hop over to Eastern Haad Noppharat Thara. We were told the resort will likely close for a month or two in low season.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes:
Western Noppharat Thara beach
T: (088) 381 2084
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B