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“Heavenly little forest hideaway on the hill - with great food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jack's Jungle
Ranked #13 of 29 Ko Lipe B&B and Inns
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Heavenly little forest hideaway on the hill - with great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2011

Jack's is just plain awesome. The people who run it are great, the place itself is well-kept, clean, and beautifully laid-out, and it's just a few steps from some of the best snorkelling and swimming on the island.
I got sick the day we moved in (obligatory day of travel sickness, from 6 weeks in SE Asia), and could not have asked for a more comfortable place to convalesce. Beautiful open-air showers, thoughtfully-prepared food and juice brought to your room (with little flower garnishes), and very kind hosts made it a speedy and comfortable recovery. The rest of the time, it was a great base for frolicking around the island, swimming, eating, or shopping. It's a wonder to think that all of Koh Lipe used to look like the land around Jack's, before they cut down the trees. Definitely not a place to be missed, if only for a very good Thai dinner at their restaurant!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2011

We didn't stay Jack's Jungle - it was fully booked, but ate here 5 times during our 10 day stay on Lipe. Jack is a fantastic host, welcoming, informative and good craic. His eyrie in the midst of the island means the name is accurate, and the trip here from the beach requires a torch. We had zinging thai food, graded from mild to "thai-style" (hot enough to make you cry), and his fantastic staff make sure that the papaya salad, penang curry and larb gai are just within your chili-tolerance levels. Especially great was their genuine love of the food they served; we were enthusiastically advised on cooking thai-style back home, with free samples of the requisite ingredients gladly ferried from the kitchen for our delictation.
We were greeted like old friends after our first visit, and Jack makes killer cocktails at the bar. A truly memorable restaurant, anyone who wants to sample the best of Thai cooking in a convivial atmosphere, look no further.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Kuala Lumpur
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2011

Jack's Jungle is a bit out of the way from where most of the action is but it's a good place for those who aren't very fussy and enjoy being close to nature. In the evening, expect to see frogs and other creepy crawlies in your open air bathroom. Mosquitoes are also a bit of a problem here so have your mosquito repellent ready.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mavalia
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28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2010

Stayed here for one week. Jacks jungle was very quiet as it was coming to the end of the season. The hut was a nice size and the bathroom outside was interesting!! It was cleaned everyday bit we did have to ask for clean towels after 4 days.
Location wise: close to sunset beach within a 5 minute walk but not much there. We always went to sunrise beach every day which again was a 5minute walk.
I would stay here again but I think you can get better value in another resort!

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank clairehardman
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London
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99 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2010

Reading the reviews on Koh Lipe its obvious that you cannot please everyone- (if people expect hot showers and plasma tvs then maybe koh lipe is not for you) Jack's Jungle certainly ticked my boxes - if you want total peace at night then maybe stick to sunrise beach, but its not too noisy and daytime is v quiet. JJ is basic living but the huts are nicely presented, outside shower and loo (don't worry it has wall!)..ok its not on the beach but location is good because its easy to reach most of the island from here..the atmosphere is very friendly, you will make lots of new friends; the owners feel like family after a few days- nice bar, nice crowd.... and mum's fried chicken is delicious! Also in the morning check out the fantastic bakery at the bottom of the hill nr the beach..

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank billposter69
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Sydney
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2009

We stayed at Jack's Jungle for 4 nights in Feb 2009..... this turned into 7, as we absolutely loved the bungalows and the vibe. The many, many details that make up the accommodation, bar and grounds are simply amazing, and even though the price is above average for the island, we thought it was well priced for the charming, very private bungalows, the fantastic outdoor bathrooms and the relaxed, trusting vibe from the staff and owners. Koh Lipe itself is a beautiful island, but we felt a little uncomfortable with the plight of the "original" locals (and their living conditions), and the fast paced, little thought out development. For us, the real highlights were making excursions into the neighbouring Marine Park and doing some incredible diving and snorkelling in pristine waters. You can easily hire a local and his longtail for the day to take you to some amazing islands and sites. This area of Thailand is an easy fast boat day trip (maybe 7 hours?) from Phuket and we would go back to Jack's Jungle in a heartbeat, but other parts of the world are calling :)

  • Liked — Their uniqueness, cleanliness and the fantastic detailing.
  • Disliked — Frogs in the toilet! (I won't mention the tree snake in the shower pipe, or the scorpion on the bed!)
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank MJeffrey
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2009

Initially I was only going to spend a couple of weeks on Ko Lipe but that was before I discovered Jack's Jungle, all the people there are extremely welcoming and friendly and make you feel like you are part of one big family! I booked in for 10 days but ended up staying 3 weeks, just couldn't leave the place!
The resort is the only one on the island which offers such seclusion and privacy, they have obviously put alot of time and effort into the layout of the resort with the result being total privacy in each of the bungalows. The bungalows are spacious, comfortable and immaculately clean and also considerably well priced - definitely value for money!
The beach is easily accessible, as is the centre of town but you can't go much further than Jack's for a delicious meal and a great night out at the bar. I would highly recommend a visit ....make sure you book beforehand because you really wouldn't want to miss out on this fabulous island experience!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JflyLondon
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Property: Jack's Jungle
Address: 120 meters from Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe 91000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Satun Province > Ko Lipe
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Lipe
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small nature-friendly resort on Koh Lipe, about 150 meters from Sunset Beach. We have 10 spacious and private bungalows spread out in the jungle, together with a Bar and Restaurant. ... more   less 
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Jack`s Jungle Hotel Koh Lipe

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