Castaway Resort in Ko Lipe Thailand has to be one of the nicest chalets I have seen in a very long time. The unique concept of double storey wooden chalets definitely made a impression when I was walking along the well known Sunrise Beach here. My first encounter with this divers resort was back in early 2010 on my first visit to Koh Lipe Island. It was on my second visit in mid 2010 that I actually made a proper visit to Castaway to find out a little more about them.
Koh Lipe is known as a island paradise in Southern Thailand and attracts sun-seekers from all over the world. With pure white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and stunning blue skies, it would be wrong not to have a beautiful resort to complement this natural paradise. As they have a full fledged diving center and resort, you can assure that you will be well taken care during your stay here. The overall Thai wooden architecture of the place gives you a very warm and welcoming feeling. You do not have to be a diver to stay here as I noticed there were even families who took advantage of this special place. Complete with a bar, restaurant and a spa, the owners have spent a good amount of time and money making the Castaway Dive Center one of the popular places in Ko Lipe.
Castaway Resort in Koh Lipe
What I like most about Castaway is that some of the chalets have a full sea-facing uninterrupted view. The layout is carefully planned as no other unit will block the view for those behind the main chalets. And of course, the price will be a little more for the front units. Complete with a hammock on the porch, these units have the bathrooms on the lower level while the bedroom occupies the entire top unit with stunning views from the balcony. Apart from these units, there are single bungalow units located further in for bigger groups. These spacious units are perfect for those with children too.
Sea facing chalets in Koh Lipe
A guest chills out with a cocktail
The main bar at Castaway
Chill Out Deck
The chill out deck is an elevated wooden platform giving you perfect views of the Andaman Sea. Low Thai-styled tables and wooden benches make this place one of the main areas to hang out, have a cocktail or beer and even to have your food. Hammocks are strung from beam to beam while a walkway connects this place to the main bar and dive center. The spa is located at one end in a stand alone unit on the beach so getting an authentic Thai massage on the beach is something surreal here.
Spacious wooden comfy bungalow at Castaway Resort
Bedroom on the first floor of the wooden chalet
Queen size double beds complete with mosquito nets are on all double storey Sea Breezy and Beach Breezy Bungalows. There are no TVs or modern gadgets here apart from a ceiling fan and storage chest with lock. A wooden staircase without hand rail from the lower floor is the main access which may not be suitable for children. The storage and western style bathroom is located downstairs while there is no air-conditioning apart from the natural sea breeze that blows in.
Bathroom in the double storey chalet
Double storey wooden bungalow for groups or families
Serene views of the sea from one of the chalets
One of the best views found here would be the amazing Koh Lipe Sunrise. The resort is also located along the east side of the island hence getting the name Sunrise Beach. Access to the main Lipe Walking Street or Pattaya Beach is just a 10 minute walk through the village. A beautiful long stretch on main beach in front of the resort is perfect for those seeking privacy compared to the other main beaches. Local Chow Ley fishermen park their boats around the area and leave early dusk for the days fishing on this main beach.
The only kind of local transport on Ko Lipe
For more details on the place, you can visit the official website of Castaway Resorts Koh Lipe. You can also connect with them on the Castaway Resort Facebook Page. For divers, you can also visit the Castaway Divers Website Koh Lipe.
For the record, the resort accepts most credit cards but not debit cards or American Express. Breakfast is also not included in your room package. They have four types of units available here which are;
- Sea Breezy
- Beach Breezy
- Garden Breezy
- Comfy Bungalow
Room Rates on Koh Lipe;
Low Season THB1750 - Peak Season THB5000
Contact Details for Castaway Resorts Koh Lipe
Telephone +66 (0) 831 387 472
โทร: +66 (0) 811 707 605
Bangkok Office and Postal Adress
Offshore Designs Ltd,
#29 Sukhumvit Soi 38,
10110 Prakanong Klongtoey,
Koh Lipe is truly an amazing place to visit for the beach and island lover, diver or just plain explorer. Note that this is a seasonal island with peak and off peak timings. Getting here is only via boat as there is no airport or roads. Find out more information about Getting to Koh Lipe, Thailand. If you are heading to Southern Thailand and want something different from the normal, I would sincerely recommend checking out Castaway Resort in Ko Lipe, Thailand.