I recently wrote a post about the destination of Koh Lipe in Thailand, referencing the location as an affordable alternative to The Maldives. The climate, beautiful beaches and amazing underwater world are so similar to those of the Indian Ocean but what made Koh Lipe truly seem like paradise was teaming up our adventurous trip with a stay at The CastAway Resort.
I traveled to Thailand in May with my fellow globetrotting friend Nicole, she and I had both been through a few nightmare months and decided to travel together (because we both share that questionably unstable personality trait that makes us catch flights not feelings!) We simply wanted some time to relax, read, swim REPEAT and Thailand was such an affordable ‘no-brainer’ place to travel at that time of year (well, anytime of year in my opinion!) So we scoured the Andaman for a care-free, laid back resort where the toughest decision of our day would be what to order for breakfast. We found the perfect place to do just that, The Castaway Resort, Koh Lipe.
Nicole and I both work in the luxury travel industry but we’re also both backpackers at heart so we decided to choose somewhere super affordable for our stay in Koh Lipe, as long as it was by the beach we were happy sleeping anywhere. Luckily for us, Castaway Resort, though not a luxury accommodation, had the aesthetics and atmosphere that makes you feel like you are staying somewhere super swish and fancy.
The beaches are all public in Koh Lipe but the resort does a great job in making you feel secluded and private even though you are technically sharing your paradise. The majority of the resorts rooms are tucked inside a natural jungle on sand that leads straight up the main roads to town and each villa is wonderfully framed by towering palms trees and lush green vegetation. The beach, though not owned by the hotel, was never too busy or crowded and it was absolutely stunning! The water was crystal clear and that day-dreamily special colour of turquoise. Sunrise takes place right on the horizon in-front of the resort and there’s a small flurry of wooden boats every day to frame the beauty. There’s beach service and traditional style sunbeds on the sand or you can stay inside the resort’s tree-house style cafe/restaurant to enjoy the day.
The food is great, especially the breakfast but as with every resort in Thailand it’s far more expensive than if you were to visit the town strip, the same can be said for the on-site beauty treatments and massages but you are paying for the beach side location after all.
The rooms are basic wooden huts with the bathroom set up in the downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. There’s a shower, flushing toilet and sink area. Two small towels are provided along with hand soap and toilet roll. Upstairs there is a bed which is covered by a mosquito net and a small area with plug sockets and a light. There is a fan in the upstairs but no air conditioning, this is tough in the heat of summer but the fan makes it just about bearable upstairs. The downstairs is just for washing, unless you’re a fan of sweat mixed into your beauty products 😉
The huts have a gorgeous upstairs balcony with leading views seawards and the downstairs porch has a comfy hammock. There are villa’s that lead directly onto the beach itself but they were all sold out when Nicole and I booked. The villas towards the back of the property are less idyllic as you can hear noise from the locals and a nearby bar at all hours, they chatter and play loud music so it can be quite off -putting if you ever want to just chill in your room, to be fair though, you wouldn’t really want to spend time in the room during the day!
The resort has WiFi but only in the communal area and it closes down at 10pm when the restaurant closes, something to be aware of if you are managing the time change, Nicole and I struggled with it!
All in all for the price though I really wouldn’t fault the Castaway Resort, location wise it was a true paradise and the romance of the beach huts makes you feel like you’re paying the big bucks for the privilege of waking up and wandering footsteps to the water. I’d happily return, just with earplugs and a hand fan 😉