Compact but friendly
If you're after a small friendly resort, Lipa Bay Resort, roughly at the centre of Lipa Noi beach, with a small though tempting beachfront horizon pool backing onto some spacious wooden chalets and a two-storey hotel building, is worth a look.
Two types of accommodation are available here. Down towards the water are two rows of tightly packed wooden chalets, then at the rear of the resort, above the reception area, is a modern hotel-style building with more affordable rooms which make up for what they lack in style with solid water views.
Down in the rooms near the water, the bungalow wall facing the walkway is entirely glass floor to ceiling doors that can be opened, but because the rooms are so tightly built in, you'll not get much of a breeze and also you'll also be waving to your neighbours as they wander past. This aside, the bungalows are very decently sized inside, if a bit dated; the shell and pebble encrusted bathroom wall is memorable. The hotel-style rooms at rear are more modern and better executed and they're also a good deal cheaper – plus there is the view. So room choice here basically boils down to spacious but crammed Thai style chalet with no view or modern hotel style with a view.
The pool is moderately sized, but very well situated by the beach and the restaurant is directly behind it. Staff were friendly and chatty when we visited. While Lipa Bay Resort is more or less at the centre of Lipa Noi bay, it is actually at the northern end of the "village", just to the north of Nikki Beach Resort, meaning there are restaurants and so on within walking distance of here.
While there are a few more properties dotted along the northern reaches of the bay, you'll really need your own transport to make the most of them. If you're looking for somewhere more affordable that's resort style, Kanokburi to the south of here is similarly priced (and dated) but worth a look, while for a bit more, Lipa Lodge to the north of here, is worth every single extra baht.
Address: 79/4 Moo 2, Lipa Noi
T: (077) 485 689; (083) 636 4846; F: (077) 485 644
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º56'4.96" E, 9º30'3.4" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,400 baht||1,800 baht|
|Superior double room||1,700 baht||2,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|1,800 baht||2,400 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||2,600 baht||3,600 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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