Worth the effort to reach
Run by the same people who started the original New Heaven Restaurant at Ao Thian Ok (now moved to Chalok Ban Kao), Baan Talay is a small, but very comfortable spot with bungalows scattered through the wooden grounds.
While they call the accommodation Thai-style bungalows, if you've ever travelled in Lombok, Indonesia, the solid wooden and thatch bungalows at Baan Talay will bring the lumbung style to mind with their deep, curving thatch roofs and polished wood interiors.
We were shown a fan-cooled seaview-hut, though they also have larger suite style bungalows that come with the option of air-con. Balconies are spacious with a strung hammock and at least one chair and, in the bungalow we were shown, you could see the waters of Ao Leuk. We'd imagine some bungalows would have more of a jungle view. The room itself is simple, dominated by a firm bed with crisp linens and all wrapped up with a tightly tucked in mosquito net. At the rear, a very well executed open to the sky curved wall bathroom fills out what is all up a lovely little cottage.
Below reception there is a terrace restaurant area that offers terrific views out and over the bay. There is apparently a trail that runs from the resort down to the water for snorkelling or a swim but we didn't explore quite that far. We found the Staff to be courteous and helpful.
Baan Talay is isolated, so if you're wanting to spend time of the evenings in town, then this is probably not the right choice for you, however, if you're looking for a self-contained hideaway to drop off the map for a little while, this could be just what you are looking for.
They don't have many rooms, so making a direct reservation in advance can be prudent. If they're full or you're looking for something a bit different, New Heaven Blue View is a little further up the hill and has fan cooled rooms from 1,900 baht
Baan Talay is set along the coastal ridge to the north of Ao Leuk, reached by a separate, in places, very steep, road which splits off from the main thoroughfare between Mae Haad and Ao Tanote. If you're a scooter novice, watch yourself.
Address: Far northern headland of Ao Leuk
T: (077) 457 045;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º50'31.81" E, 10º4'26.96" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room|
|1,800 baht||1,800 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|2,500 baht||2,500 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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