Worth keeping in mind
Lipe Sunset is a quiet option, with sturdy wooden bungalows spread over a forested hill near Sunset Beach.
Set on concrete frames, the large wood-and-bamboo bungalows with metal roofs are spacious and equipped with comfortable beds raised off hardwood floors along with mosquito nets, wall-mounted fans, small safes, large porches with sea views through the trees and clean hot-water bathrooms with sinks and flush toilets. Standing beside the sand, a family cottage also has a fridge, electric teakettle and rain shower in the bathroom.
Since our last visit the resort added a few smart and spacious air-con villas made of darker wood with tiled roofs; these come with LCD TVs, lots of space, partially open-air bathrooms and wide terraces. Though you don’t get a sea view and Sunset Beach is far from a full-service resort, you’ll pay double for similar villas at any number of resorts on the more popular beaches.
Good-natured owner Jo makes guests feel at home and WiFi is available, but this is practically a one-man show so head over to Phuritra for a more present staff and a restaurant. Expect a fairly steep climb up from the beach and a 15-minute stroll to Walking Street.
Rates on Booking.com were a bit higher than what we were quoted as walk-ins, but the resort has no website and the only way to reserve directly is to call. Overlooking the opposite end of Sunset Beach, The Hut is a similar choice in terms of accommodation, though it’s squeezed on to a smaller property with less shade.
Address: Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (087) 562 7704 ; (093) 507 9149;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'10.32" E, 6º29'33.14" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||1,000 baht||1,500 baht|
|Family room||2,000 baht||2,800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||2,500 baht||3,000 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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