The staff at the hotel especially the chinese lady at the reception was very dismissal and even though we had confirmed bookings she was reluctant to handover the room keys. After a call to the tour operator this was resolved but hardly what you would expect after a long boat ride from the mainland. Food was mediocre at best and the restaurant had many mosquitoes at dinner time. No attempt was made to fumigate the place or burn mosquito coils. Though eventually on our last night we saw them attempting to burn a few coils to cover the whole open restaurant area.
The views are fantastic but only for the 8 Deluxe sea view chalets as the others are blocked by this row or are facing sideways.
Just wanted to share my stay at this relaxed Hotel at Koh Lipe.
Me and my girlfriend arived in the middle of jan. 2009 and only wanted to stay at Koh Lipe for 3 days, but ended up staying for 11 dayes at The Reef Hotel - Koh Lipe.
The Reef had a relaxed and very friendly atmusfare. The rooms was cleane and the bed was a high standard. 150 meters away is Sunrise Beach witch in my view is the best beach on Koh Lipe.
I will be comming back to that place next year :) www.thereefthailand.com
Beds 5 star...
Staff so helpful.
I have been to Koh Lipe several times and every time I've lived in different resorts, but I must say that on this island, I never got so much value for my money as I got at The Reef Hotel.
The hotel is located on a hill about 150 meters from Sunset Beach, so not directly on the beach, but but very easy access to all the beaches on Ko Lipe.
It has both aircon and hot water, and there is always clean in the rooms, Which also large and comfortable to live in, there is a super nice staff, Which always ensure that everything is okay.
in addition to the amazing living facilities, is a nice balcony from where you can enjoy a view over the chao ley village, koh adang and also sunrise beach. At the reef there is also a bar and a cozy lounge, for a small party :)
But the best part is that it only cost 1200 Baht pr. night.
I would recommend anyone to stay at this location because it is simply here to get the most value for your money.
Everything got to my friends at The Reef, I will certainly return next year.
A stand out facility at The Reef Hotel is definitely the view from the Balcony, this you will not find on any other location on koh lipe.
A i wrote in the review, the large rooms and the price/quality.
Choose this Hotel
On first sight, the Thai Hut Resort on Koh Lipe looked more professional than most and being away from the beach, I thought I would get a more peaceful night. However, it didn't live up to my expectation at all. On arrival, my reservation was nowhere to be found making my many overseas phone calls a waste of time and money. I was also charged more than originally agreed. Then I was left with a very uncomfortable feeling on hearing disgruntled staff arguments behind the restaurant late at night. When i tried to change my hut away from the hot daily sun I was completely ignored and the staff simply disappeared. Finally, my hut was left uncleaned for several days and when I did manage to speak to the owner, I got a shocking reply.. "If you don't like then leave!". Of course, I did immediately but then as I tried to check out the owner tried to charge me for a meal twice and refused to listen to my protests.
Not to be undone, I hunted around and stayed at Daya which was very basic but the staff were a delight after the Thai Hut. Koh Lipe is a truely wonderful island so don't let one rude owner put you off!
Absolutely no great redeeming features at all!
The Moonlight Resort is very new and opened November 2009. Right on Pattaya Beach, the accommodation is above basic and very clean making it great value for 600 bahts a night. The manageress, Noo, is a lovely pleasant person and can help you with all your fishing and diving trips. They have internet at the front desk as well as a small shop and a 'juice booth' from which they can make fresh cool drinks to sit and watch the sunset. Best of all, they have the only spa which is situated on a 2nd floor (above the reception) giving you not only great views of the ocean but making it also the most private in Koh Lipe. Can highly recommend!
The spa is in my opinion the best along Pattaya beach
Give it a miss! We booked our rooms 3 months in advance from a lady on the phone, she guaranteed it. We arrived to find that we did not have the rooms that we wanted. We stayed i one of their 'Beach' rooms facing the ocean. The 6 hour electricity was sporadic and allowed every mosquito on the island to find every hole in the net. We had a rat eat our bags. The toilet did not work and we were met with horrible accusations from the owner. It smelled bad the whole time. The lock was busted on the door.
The view was fantastic if you looked past the mounds of rubbish and big pits near the beach where they burn trash. One morning started at 6am, what a horrible smell to wake up to. The longtails are enough to drive you crazy. We ate at te restaurant 3 times and 3 times it was bad service and very basic ingredients, 2 pieces of chicken in a fried rice chicken.
They have lost all touch with reality. It seems as if they are just waiting to sell at the right price.
They have newer bungalows behind the others, but the toilets flow directly into the jungle not 5 meteres away.
We had booked for one week and tried to cancel after 3 days, she told us that we had to pay for the remaining nights. Prices have doubled in the past year. They double the price and dont fix anything.
Be careful people, all is not what it seems in Paradise!
I would never reccommend Andaman Resort, we heard so many horrible complaints from the other guests too.
Had the staff been a little more friendly, even slightly, we would have had no problem. We got nothing but blank stares and accusing eyes and all we asked was if someone could fix the leaky toilet.
We didnot see the rats, but they ate through 2 waterproof bags. There is so much rubbish buried behind the bungalows that they are infesting the place.
There are many other places on that island, forget Andaman until they sellout.
When I first step feet on the island, I was neither pleased nor disappointed with the condition of the chalet. Guess I had no expectation over anything - my friend handled everything for us, we just need to get our bums there.
Mosquito net provided - first thing you should do once you enter the room is to fix the net so that insects do not get any chance to attack you at night. Electricity supply will be from 6pm-6am everyday. During the day, should you need to charge battery for mobile phone, you can go to the resort restaurant and charge there (ask reception/cashier). Bring insect repellant! The island's hot and humid weather even at night is a mess if combined with mosquitos and they are many!
The chalets which cost 500 baht per night during low season are facing the main beach, and not too hot during the day as there are many trees providing shady spots.
Newly opened this year, castaway resort offers something more on many levels. It is located on the beautiful sunrise beach with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea doted with Small Island adding to the fantastic view, this beach is much quitter than the very busy Pattaya Beach and also has some of the best reef just a short swim away.
The resort is constructed in wood and has a very Asia feel to it, the resorts restaurant is no exception consisting of two buildings and a very large deck area allowing guests to really taking in the great views.
The bungalows are also constructed out of wood and are designed in a traditional Thai style; they are very large and airy, offering on suit bathrooms all lovingly decorated to a high standard. The resort it self offers beside the normal amenities a spa and a dive center that can offer guest fun dives to full training programs. If you are planning to stay on Koh Lipe you can’t do better than staying at castaway resort (http://www.castaway-resorts.com) Phone: +66 (0) 811 707 605 or +66 (0) 831 387 472
I stayed at Forra resort in April 2007 and it was fantastic! The bungalows are new, really big, well thought out and hand crafted from bamboo and natural materials. The whole place seems to have been built with a lot of concern for the environment... not something that can be said about most of the big resorts on koh lipe.
We also went diving with Forra for the first time and it was a great day out! They have a nice big boat with a sundeck on top (not a noisy longtail) and we spent the day in the marine park, which was so beautiful. For this we even got a discount on the bungalow on the day that we went diving.
Last word about their restaurant - WOW! Amazing views, all open plan and made of wood with much needed shade and really comfortable thai seats to lounge around in, they even serve real coffee and their massaman curry is the best on the island!
There are a few bungalows right on the beach and then more just behind, which are raised on stilts so have seaviews. Even the cheaper ones at the back have a seaview from their second mezzanine floors! Julie had a penthouse view from her bed (see photo!) They are really new, big, simple and really good for tropical living.
The bungalow had a double four poster bamboo bed with white good quality mosquito net. Some of the larger bungalows behind have a second floor where an extra single or double bed can be put so can sleep 3 or 4. All bungalows have fans, cushions for lazing around on and private really big bathrooms with terracotta tiled floors. Speaking of the bathrooms - they are great! They are partly open air (the bit where the shower is) so that you can look up and see the plams trees above while showering!! It also means that the bathroom is light, bright and airy (a problem that I have with a lot of bungalows is the bathroom which quite often is small, dark and damp). The terrace was really big and as soon as we got our hammock strung up, we were set!
Just thinking about the amazing view of the sea from our bed makes me want to go back now! You could even hear the waves at night.. ahhh
I was last on Koh Lipe in April 2007 for a week.
Firstly, we stayed at Koh Lipe Resort in their 1,200 baht concrete bungalow with a fan. When we arrived we entered the room and i checked out the bathroom to be greeted by a toilet blocked to the brim with sh*t and vomit! Delightful! They quickly moved us to another bungalow once we pointed this out however the bathroom was still very grim. I have to agree with another post on here about the toilet.... its just not nice at all. The room was clean albeit slightly dull. Worst thing is NO water or electricity between 6am and 6 pm! The restaurant at the resort is ok but overpriced for its quality. The price tag of 1,200 for the room staggers me.
Mountain Resort was our second place.......... Well! Talk about location, the curved beach view from the restaurant is out of this world! We stayed in their cute wooden bungalows with a fan. These were very clean, 24 HOUR electricity and water plus your own little terrace and all for 600 baht a night. They have more exclusive ones there too with UBC Tv! The restaurant, has amazing views and serves good food and the staff are friendly and helpful. They also organize reasonably priced boat tours to the other islands. On the beautiful beach itself there is Karma Bar, a chilled out place playing funky beats with a friendly crowd and great cocktails.
All i can say, in my experience, when i return to Koh Lipe i know where i will be staying!!
I stayed here at the south end of Pattaya beach in 2004. I do not know if it still exists. It was run by a beautiful family - and muma could cook the meanist salt and pepper fish. It cost 200 baht a night to stay in a big house, with a skanky loo and a mattress on the floor. It was perfect! There were only three houses. Can anyone tell me if this still exists - and if it does I can fully recommend a meal with muma! It was delicious. But this was at a time when electricity on the whole island finished at 10.00am every night - perhaps this no longer is the case??
Lipe was a beautiful and special island.
Here are numbers for some resorts, i don't know if they are accurate because i never call:
1. Lee Pae Resort - +66 74724336
2. Daya Resort - +66 74728030
3. Pattaya Song - +66 74728034
4. Andaman Resort - +66 74729200
5. Chao Lae Resort - +66 74728111
My tried and true method is still just showing up on the island, usually on Pattaya Beach, and walk around till i find huts available 'cos there are several to choose from on that stretch of beach. U can also ask to see the rooms so u know exactly what u're getting.
For those who must book in advance, try Pooh's Resort, they do advance booking online. Check out their website - www.poohlipe.com the rooms are good but they're in the middle of the island and not by the beach.
A range of wooden huts and concrete bungalows ranging from 700 to 1500 Baht without/with aircon respectively and depending on high/peak season. We upgraded ourselves for a couple nights after staying at Daya Resort, and it seemed positively luxurious. Extravagant even!
Set a little further back from the sand, in the shade of large leafy trees, the rooms include complimentary water and glasses, clothes hanger, mirror, little table and stools u can put outside on the large balcony, colour scheme is white and blue. Toilets must be the nicest ones on the island, with creative slabs around the shower area and even a plant as well as seashell accessories! Too much! For my usual type of Thai island holiday anyway...
Doesn't get anymore basic than this! And talking of beachfront, at high tide the water comes practically right to your hut steps! ;-)
I have stayed in Pattaya Song (one of those 3 concrete bungalows u can see in my photos) and they're about 500 - 700 Baht a night. Wooden huts there are about 300 Baht. Next door is the Daya Resort, even more simple wooden huts - mattress on the floor, basic toilet - for 200 Baht a night. We upgraded ourselves to a concrete bungalow more towards the middle of that beach (Pattaya Beach) called Leepae Resort, nice white huts with green roofing and these were 700 Baht without aircon or 1400 Baht with aircon. Nice toilets! Note all bungalows have only cold water on the island. There's also Warin Resort even further down that looked very nice, just opened, but had a cheesy barracuda fountain thingy.
On other beaches, Sunset Beach - there's Porn Resort going for 300 Baht. Lovely little more private beach, but harder to get to and it wasn't open when we went couple weeks ago. Also Mountain Resort, which is up on the hill and requires a little climbing but supposedly nice so said the dive center guy who's staying there.
On Sunlight Beach there's Viewpoint Bungalows, Andaman Resort, Asia Resort... but it's all near the Chao Leh Village with all the fishing folk and boats. Up to you whether you like this more 'bustling' atmosphere. Although really, Koh Lipe is very laidback no matter where u stay there. It's nowhere on the scale of Koh Phi Phi or Koh Tao even, only a few resorts, a few bars, u can really see local village life... forget bar shows or tiger bars and stuff. Try Phuket or Samui then, luv!
Photos and separate tips on each resort coming, coming...
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