Relax Bay Resort

Relax Bay Resort

Stylish with a great beachfront

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Relax Bay’s dark crimson and ochre bamboo bungalows dot a forested hill overlooking the quiet northern corner of a beach that actually goes by the same name as the resort. This tells you something about its long-standing reputation.

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Rooms are well shaded. : David Luekens.
Rooms are well shaded. Photo: David Luekens

Some standing beneath umbrella trees along the beach and others overlooking a pond or set further up the hill under the canopy, the mostly freestanding rooms are spaced far apart and accessed by meandering walkways. They have a tropical flare with woven bamboo walls, thatched roofs, hardwood floors, abstract art and silk pillows embroidered with the resort’s Chinese character logo.

You also get a desk, glass doors opening to decks with hammocks, stylish hot-water bathroom, wall-mounted fan and air-con—and the latter can be switched off to save a few hundred baht. The bungalows have been around for a while and one of those that we inspected smelled of mustiness. The resort also has a number of family rooms and sea-view villas set amid the privacy of the headland.

There are a range of beach activities on offer. : David Luekens.
There are a range of beach activities on offer. Photo: David Luekens

Few resorts on Lanta can match Relax Bay’s lengthy beachfront dotted with hammocks, loungers, massage salas, a volleyball net, slackline and beach bar extending to a small hidden-away swimming pool. The restaurant sits up on the rocks at the far end of the beach, and yogis can get down with their hatha at a sala up on the hill, with daily yoga courses on offer.

Contact details for Relax Bay Resort

Address: Haad Baan Phruklom (Relax Bay), Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 194-5;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º1'57" E, 7º35'35.16" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Bungalow fan private bathroom
Up to 2,200 baht
1,150 baht 1,800 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
Up to 2,700 baht
1,550 baht 2,500 baht
Family room
Up to 5,300 baht
2,800 baht 4,100 baht

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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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