Just about every aspect of Castaway is fabulous, from the eco-minded design to tasteful ambiance and helpful staff offering loads of services.
Most rooms at this fairly large resort come in two-floor wooden bungalows with thatch roofs, large sea-view porches and two hammocks to go with spacious bathrooms on the ground floor. A handful of larger bungalows are great for groups and families with grown children, though the open-sided staircases could be hazardous for toddlers. You’ll also find a few single-floor bungalows with larger decks but smaller interiors at the back of the property.
Handmade hill-tribe blankets drape over queen-size beds, fabric lanterns hang in corners, wooden chests are secured with padlocks and ceiling fans accompany the sea breeze accessible through glass doors. Bathrooms sport more of the elegant decor along with rain showerheads, but cold water only. The location within a five-minute stroll of Walking Street is also tough to beat.
The freestanding cottages are set fairly far apart around umbrella trees just off the beach on either side of Coco, a tiny resort with separate owners that oddly sits in the middle of Castaway. We’ve never tired of the slick wood-and-bamboo terrace, where you can order tasty Thai and Western bites or grab a cocktail or coffee while listening to jazz and soaking in the sea views.
Castaway also offers scuba diving, yoga and Thai massage with masseuses trained at the iconic Wat Pho Massage School in Bangkok. Efficient staffers from various countries also rent out kayaks and snorkels, and you can safely go for a dip in a large roped-off swimming area in front of the resort.
Consider Ten Moons and Lipe Beach Resort if you like the natural materials and relaxing atmosphere but would prefer air-con.
Address: Central Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (083) 138 7472 ; (081) 170 7605;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'37.58" E, 6º29'12.72" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||800 baht||3,500 baht|
Plus 500 to 1,500 baht for sea view / beachfront.
|1,200 baht||4,000 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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