Serendipity has the best spot on Koh Lipe. It's at the end of sunrise beach but tucked around the corner with its own little private area. Because of this, you don't have dozens of long boats cluttering your view of the water. The sand on their little patch of beach was also much softer than the on the rest of the beach I noticed.
Serendipity has their own long boat, so we were picked up from where the speed boat from Langkawi dropped us off....just needed to call them to let them know what time we were coming.
The rooms were up high on the hill so afforded fantastic views of the ocean. The sunrises were spectacular. You feel like you're on the set of Swiss family Robinson because they're surrounded by nature. Although the resort is small, because of the way the rooms are positioned, you get a lot of privacy. They provide all the usual necessities but I have to commend them on their hair conditioner. I know it sounds silly, but the thing I hate the most about staying at hotels is their conditioner...it never gets the tangles out. But serendipity had this luxurious conditioner that untangled my long saltwater knotted hair with no problem and without feeling greasy. Even my boyfriend noticed how nice it was, and he has short guy hair!
Anyhow, moving on...Carl, the manager, was very helpful and had no problems setting us up for a last minute tour to a nearby island with one of the locals. He was even kind enough to upgrade us to the big lebowski room on our last day...complimentary! You really feel taken care of by the entire staff. We came back with some fish we'd caught one day and the kitchen prepared them in several different ways for us to enjoy for dinner...again, at no charge!
The food was spectacular. I've had papaya salad before, but they had the best I've ever tasted. We ate at the restaurant several times during our stay and it has some of the best food on the island. Plus, the view from the dinning area can't be beat. Even breakfast was delicious (is included in the booking) and served on the patio of our room. The banana pancakes were just wonderful.
This is a place we would definitely recommend and repeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serendipity is set on a hillside rising up from a beautiful secluded beach. There are 11 spacious bungalows set amongst the trees and flora of the forest. Each bungalow has fantastic views of the ocean and surrounding islands. Our chef from New York has set the menu to provide a fusion of Thai and European dishes, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant which is placed on the rocks 10 meters above the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serendipity Beach Hotel Koh Lipe