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Michael X
Bangkok, Thailand

Captures the beauty and magic of Koh Lipe

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 May 2021
We stayed at the Bayview resort the week of Songkran, and barely managed to eke out a week of almost pure bliss before this vicious pandemic third wave threw everything sideways and backward in Thailand. I’ve been thinking the past several weeks that the wonderful memories of staying at Lucas’ and his wife Sasi’s (ศศิ) place are about the only thing carrying me through this stage of the pandemic.

We joined four friends for a magical week on Lipe, a different place now than before and if/when hordes of tourists return, with just locals, Thai people from out-of-town, and expats. The island itself quickly became one of my favorites of all the Thai islands, due to its compact size where we could walk everywhere, and the island vibe, which is so special and so different from any other island I’ve been to (and there are many). Somehow this hotel captures the essence of what makes Lipe so wonderful. The bungalow-sized villas are set against the hillside, with a steep staircase to climb to get down to breakfast and to the beach, but that hardly served as a deterrent to our enjoyment. Breakfast is served by the water, and it’s so much more than a typical Thai hotel breakfast. The khai jiao was consistently amongst the best I’ve ever had, and all the food was made with love, by a harried staff trying to serve everyone’s demands in a reasonable amount of time. (Don’t come here if you’re especially impatient or get worked up about waiting, especially when you see everyone working as hard as they can.)

There’s excellent snorkeling right in the bay, with the hotel renting you reasonably priced snorkeling equipment. The entire staff was friendly, warm, and welcoming, and you really felt like a guest, a term thrown around too loosely in the tourism industry, and there was only one case of an ugly, screaming white expat, but the situation was expertly diffused by Lucas’ wife Sasi (ศศิ), whose weary face showed she’d dealt with insolent foreigners before.

Daily cleaning service doesn’t happen every day, which we didn’t want, but any time we needed anything, it was provided immediately. We stayed in one of the superior villas just around the corner from the reception area, the one with the shower overlooking the Andaman Sea which may now be my single favorite spot in all of Thailand. One of the things my husband and I always look for in a hotel or resort is a decent shower. We’ve stayed at a wide range of places, and if a hotel has a decent shower, let alone a perfect one, it will instantly raise the rating. The Bayview may be too “rustic” for some, but it was safe and secure, we slept comfortably, and most of all, every single shower was just delightful. After a day on the beach, doing any number of activities, we knew there was a shower waiting at the hotel, with perfect water pressure and temperature and the standard rainfall/spray hose combo (which always worked). I think I’m still coasting along merely on memories of the shower.

I can’t recommend Bayview Sunset Resort highly enough, and am glad we stayed there, instead of the other side of the island. We’re returning the same time next year and staying in the same room. Depending on what happens with the ongoing covid-19 nightmare in Thailand, we may even end up back at the Bayview before next April. You have to stay here to get the full Lipe experience, so make your reservation and tell Lucas I said hello.
Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Get any room with a view of the sea
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Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

Nice simple accommodation. The beach and water is what you visit this beautiful island for. A really nice 4 night stay, some of the timber is looking a little worse for wear, but still had an enjoyable stay.
A visit to this island is a must for any visitors to Thailand.

Date of stay: January 2021
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Reviewed 29 November 2020

We have to admit that the bungalows although simple the view is pretty nice.The resort is located at a private little beach quiet and with a restaurant literally on the sand. You are in the hill like in the middle of the jungle feeling with nice sea view. The most important was the owner Lucas who went out of his way to make us feel comfortable during our stay,for this reason deserves 5 start.keep it up!

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Luis A
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Reviewed 20 November 2020 via mobile

Stayed on the island for 4 days and have no worries about the place we stayed. Lovely view out over the sea, set aside from the town so can escape when desired, and extremely helpful and approachable staff. Staff offered suggestions for places to go/eat, provided kayak rentals, runs a small taxi service for assistance getting around, and even had a delicious meal at their restaurant.

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2020 via mobile

They have a pretty beach with free sun chairs, not so crowded. The beach bar staff is very nice and helpful. We also loved the cleaning. The towels are changed daily and bedsheets once in two days.
We got a “deluxe a/c” bungalow, it had a nice private balcony but that’s all that was good about it.
It’s very basic, barely fits two people in, no shelves and no hooks to place your clothes. No soap in the bathroom, only had a bit of shampoo and shower gel that lasted for 2 days out of 7. The shower drain is located at the entrance, next to the toilet, it doesn’t do it job so every time you enter the bathroom you walk in water.
The worst part ever is soundproofing. It’s non existent. We stayed at a distant part and every night at 4-6 a.m. we heard roosters singing and dogs barking for half an hour 5 meters away from us. We didn’t get much sleep.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

fine dining restaurant with fantastic view, vert nice and friendly staff, affordable, clean and comfortable bungalows, far from engine's boat noise, the beauty of the place will relax you instantly. don't miss it

Date of stay: January 2020
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