Lipe Beach Resort

Lipe Beach Resort

A long-running favourite

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Lipe Beach Resort was one of the first old-school bungalow spots to shift upmarket by replacing its old bamboo huts with smart wooden bungalows overlooking a phenomenal stretch of northern Sunrise Beach.

Travelfish says:

Rooms were built at different times and it would be worth having a poke around if virtually all of them didn’t fill up in high season -- reservations are a good idea. Nearly all are now made of wood with thatch roofs and hammocks and/or daybeds on the porches. More than 40 freestanding bungalows squeeze into a relatively small and leafy property, and all but the front-row editions face the rear of other bungalows that almost fully obstruct the sea views.

Some of the more than 40 freestanding bungalows at Lipe Beach Resort. : David Luekens.
Some of the more than 40 freestanding bungalows at Lipe Beach Resort. Photo: David Luekens

A dark-wood fan bungalow that we peeped was simple but spacious, with brushed concrete floors, several windows, four-poster bed with mosquito net, fan and modern cold-water bathroom. An extra 800 baht steps you up to a newer and larger fan bungalow with hot-water rain shower and safe. While these rooms are smart, we were a little sad to see that backpackers are no longer catered for at what was once a go-to budget spot.

Large and well-equipped air-con bungalows replaced the old bamboo huts in 2015 at the back of the property, and there’s also a two-floor beachfront bungalow that’s similar to the rooms over at Castaway. Standing directly over the sand with sea view porches, top-end villas come with wide windows, air-con, fridges and king-size beds; these are as cushy as many non-sea-view rooms at lux resorts that go for more cash.

The fan bungalow we had a peek at. : David Luekens.
The fan bungalow we had a peek at. Photo: David Luekens

Fronted by a big bamboo heart for those beach selfies, the resort still has a chilled-out “hipster-on-holiday” vibe at the open-air beach bar, massage sala, book exchange and restaurant. It’s enchanting here when dim lanterns and fairy lights get switched on at night. The beachfront is gorgeous and a large trash barge anchors just far enough away to avoid ruining the scenery, though you might pass it on the 10-minute walk to Walking Street.

Contact details for Lipe Beach Resort

Address: Northern Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (099) 265 0808;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'32.19" E, 6º29'34.94" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Bungalow fan private bathroom
Plus 200 baht for beachfront. Deluxe fan: 1750/3050 baht. Plus 300 baht for beachfront.
1,350 baht 2,250 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
Plus 800 baht for two-floor air-con bungalow. Beachfront bungalow: 3,990/6,590 baht.
2,240 baht 4,790 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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