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“Fantastic spot” 4 of 5 stars
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Castaway Resort Koh Lipe
Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe 91110, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Ko Lipe
4.0 of 5 stars 364 Reviews
Fredensborg, Denmark
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“Fantastic spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Castaway is super nice little resort on Koh Lipe. The cabins are simple but very very cozy with a super view of the ocean.

Super friendly staff and a good restaurant makes this a good choice if going to Koh Lipe.

Only negative comment is the fleet of noisy longtails boat that constantly sails past the resort. After dark the place is wonderfully quite. Sitting on the cabin porch or in the restaurant after dark is magnificent.

If you want to go to Koh Lipe you should probably go soon - the place is getting crowded and a there is a lot of construction going on - they now even have a 7-11 (sigh..)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Gorey, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

So many positives here that it's a bit pathetic to complain about lack of aircon. However, very hot & there are some mosquitoes. The beach is picture perfect, bungalows are fabulous & resort very well run. Sun beds on the beach & little platforms to sit on the beach while having a drink at night. Food on the resort not overly expensive but very good quality. Plenty of other options on the island also for food and drink. Staff are very friendly. This is a fantastic resort.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We have just spent an amazing week at Castaway resort. I have stayed at many hotels around the world, but this was completely different from anything I have experienced. A true adventure! The bungalows are fantastic, and very much different from other bungalows at the island. We loved falling asleep while listening to the waves from the ocean. We loved having only a few meters to the ocean and how you walked on paths to your bungalow. Castaway is situated at the, in our opinion, best location at Koh Lipe. Much calmer and more peaceful than Pattaya, and much more upscale.

The restaurant and bar has a magical athmosphere in the evenings. Very relaxed and friendly, with lots of candles and soft music. The staff are so friendly (but could the British owner please help them improve their English? :))The food is very good, although the portions are a bit too small. It is a bit pricy, but worth it! The best panang curry I have ever tasted. If you want to eat somewhere else, you can relax in the bar in the evening, play cards with new found friends and enjoy wonderful fruitdrinks. This is truly the place to escape to for a overworked and tired mother!

I wrote in my title that the resort is not for everyone. The reason is that the bungalows have no aircondition, but a natural breeze from the ocean. Because of the heat during the night we had to sleep with all doors open, and it was still not enough. Because of the open doors and the netting on the windows we could hear neighbours talking, dogs barking, babies and kids screaming, long tail boats staring their engine etc. If you need aircondition at night and are easily disturbed by sounds, this is not the place for you. Having a toilet without door and walls on the first floor of your bungalow might also be a reason for not staying here, Also, there is no hot water. We were fine with the cold showers and the toilet, but had difficulties sleeping at night and early mornings. For us, this was a minor problem, since everying else was so wonderful at the resort.

Thank you to the owners of the resort who arranged such a wonderful Christmas party, our whole family loved it!!

Room Tip: The bungalows closest to the beach get more wind and are therefore cooler in the nights.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We have travelled for 4 months in SE Asia and Castaways was a definite favourite. We loved the houses, the hammocks on our decks, the bathrooms, the cabanas on the beach, the food. It was easy to walk to the walking street where we found the best pizza in Asia and the Thai Pancake lady on the hill for the best pancakes in Thailand. Cocktail happy hour was great. The kids had a fantastic time. I could go on...... Next time I want to chill out on an island Koh Lipe will be my first choice.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Hi everyone, I simply want to share with you that I had such a relaxing time at Koh Lipe. The food is so traditionnal, so good, and served so quick! It takes time to go there, but it worth it. The service is very, very good. And I am a very picky. Well, go there, and enjoy life.

Room Tip: Try to get the one close to the beach
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I stayed there for 3 nights in November. It was a great time. The staff is very friendly! We had an ocean breeze bungalow which totally payed off... sleeping with the ocean breeze is just unpayable! We would definitely go back to this heaven. You can chill out in your hammock or lay on the balcony and watch the sunrise... Take a little walk towards the left on the beach... it gets really empty and you can dive (you get diving equipment in the dive shop at the hotel). Enjoy and relax...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

If you are looking for a/c room, tv, fridge and hot shower, you will not find it here. But if you are looking for simple place with only fans and mosquito nets, big bathroom, stunning beach, great food and cocktail, you will definitely find them here in Castaway.

We stayed at the family house which consisted of 2 bed rooms and one huge bathroom. Each bedroom has a fan and a mosquito net. The safe was also equipped. The windows cant be opened to prevent mosquitos, I guess. Bring mosquito sprays, they do have it for sale of the island but it's cheaper to but it from the main land. Oh, now there is 7-11 on Lipe, you can also check that out. The light in each room is very dimmed, do bring a torch, it would be completely helpful at night. The room is cleaned every day, the towels are also changed every day as well. The food at restaurants were nice and not expensive compared to outside. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxing and peaceful just like the whole Castaway Resort. The only downside I faced was the location of my house, it was facing someone house and you could hear their music or tv at night or morning.

I booked directly through the resort's website. The process was easy and quick. They arranged the pick up to and from the place that the boat dropped you. The hotel is in a walking distance from to many restaurants and walking street. Well, the only taxi service on Lipe is a motorbike attached to big metal basket with two wheels, which would make this vehicle called 4 wheel drive?

Any way, the beach was really beautiful. You can snorkel or kayak just right in there. There were many long tail boats so you will just have to be careful. I recommend kayaking to two little islands in that area or even around Lipe island. There is really shallow area on the left of the hotel, close to the other small island. When the tide goes down, you can see so many amazing things. Lots of macro lives to see.

I had a great time, it was peaceful and simple. It just reminded me how simple and peaceful life could be if you want to create it to be.

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Address: Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe 91110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Satun Province > Ko Lipe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ko Lipe
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lipe
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lipe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Castaway Resort the spirit of ‘The Beach’ is brought to life. Amid the beautiful setting nature has given Koh Lipe, our spacious wooden bungalows and large chill out deck overlooking the beach definitely make Castaway the most atmospheric of Koh Lipe’s resorts. ... more   less 
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