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Castaway Resort Koh Lipe
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Ko Lipe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Our paradise on earth”
Reviewed January 19, 2009

Simple but very comfortable bungalows with stunning view! Colour of the sea unbelievable, pretty windy but for us it was a part of the "paradise package". We couldnt believe with found this paradise (after Koh Lanta that we thought will not be so croweded and developed but unfortunately it was, not mentioning Phi Phi that after half a day we were running away from...). Great beach, only few people, beautiful white sand, perfect water, great views.
Island lovely but pretty dirty and full of some kind of slums for local people especially inside the island, in the village but for us again it was a part of the package...
Castaway Resort has great bar/restaurant that you can really relax, enjoy great view and just dont want leave...
Great stuff, everything perfect even cold water all the time, we didnt mind :).
We were getting up with the sun and enjoying moon light during the evening... We forgot about everything there, all the decisions we were to take were difficult ones: get Chang beer or watermelon juice, sunbathing front or back, read magazine or a book, go for lunch or sleep a bit...............
We will come back there for sure as now even Bali is not so perfect as before and for sure very busy and hectic comparing to Lipe and Castaway where you feel time stopped :)!
Regard, Kasia

  • Liked — Bungalows view, restaurant/bar area, beach & colour of the sea
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  • Stayed January 2009
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Reviewed December 3, 2008

We stayed at Castaway towards the end of November 2008 having read lots of reviews about it on the internet. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was comfortable and clean, just as you see them on the internet. However we had not appreciated how closely together they had been built. We were shown to our bungalow and were given the choice of two. Given that the resort IS more expensive than others on Koh Lipe it would have been nice for the bungalow to have come with some personalised things that you often get with more expensive accommodation, it was as though we were just given the key and the bungalow had not been prepared for us.

The setting of Castaway is nice, but they are building yet more houses in what is a reasonably small resort already. It felt overdeveloped and the construction was quite noisy whilst we stayed there. (I would expect it to be completed by Christmas.)

The main bar area is lovely and very relaxing. We used the Dive Centre a number of times with mixed views. The owners Tony and Mariska were helpful and welcoming, though we had a few incidents whilst diving where the dive master got carried away with what he was doing and put our enjoyment second.

The spa area is fabulous and worth every baht and ache afterwards. Well recommended, and worth visiting even if you are not staying at Castaway.

The other disppointment with Castaway was the LOUD noise from the water taxis. The boats are part of the experience on Koh Lipe but we had not realised how close they get to the resort and just how noisy they are!!

After staying at Castaway we actually went to stay at Mountain Resort which was not as attractive, a much bigger resort, but the accommodation was comfortable and more reflective of the price. It was also a lot quieter up there and the beach was much better.

  • Liked — Spa area
  • Disliked — Lack of personal service
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2008

I've been meaning to write this review for a while but just did'nt get round to it.

My wife liked the wooden huts. She said it was like living in the shed in the garden. She liked the feeling of freedom!

The elevated eating area/bar. Wonderful views when the wind isn't blowing. The food was very good, although a bit pricey, and the management and staff where very, very accomodating and helpful.

The non-stop insecant thai pop music from the village right next door. This is definetly not a castaway resort. Village on one side another resort on the other side with a public walk/motor cycle way running through it.

The sheds where pretty poorly constructed. Gaps everywhere in the floors and walls. Had to use a full can of insect repelant every night. Shower never had any hot water. Hammoks un-usable. Aggressive annoying dogs. Ugly beach and choppy sea on this side of the island.

Go to the other side of the island if you want a clean beach with sea you can swim in.

  • Liked — The island
  • Disliked — The village next door
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2008

We stayed at the castaway this February. Overall, we were hugely impressed. We stayed for a week and would have loved to have been there longer.

We had a bungalow with ensuite bathroom. It was simple, but had everything you needed (fan, mossie net etc). The bungalows had decked verandahs with great hammocks. It was all kept spotlessly clean.

The manager (Steve) and his wife (Jay) were excellent hosts.It was incredible to enjoy the stunning bar and restaraunt (a raised structure overlooking the sea) and be treated as though you were the only guests. The staff were exceptionally polite and helpful and the food was very good.

Castaway benefits from an attached dive school run by Tony and Mariska. When we stayed there, we dived a few times and they were excellent. The whole setup was aimed at making diving a personal, fun and relaxing experience. Safety was always paramount and you felt very well looked after. The catering at lunchtime was exceptional and the dive leaders were knowledgeable and approachable.

Castaway IS more expensive than a majority of other places, but in my opinion it is well worth the price. If you are looking for a relaxing beach break on a small thai island, you would struggle to do better than castaway.

  • Liked — The location and food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Castaway Resort Koh Lipe
Address: 278 Moo 2 | Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe 91000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Satun Province > Ko Lipe
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ko Lipe
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lipe
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lipe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Castaway Resort Koh Lipe 3*
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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