“Stunning, back-to-nature island hideaway with stilted wooden houses, rainforests, snorkelling and endless beaches”
Practise yoga in an open-air pavilion under the coconut palms; blissful Thai massages are on offer in a shady sala next to the sea. Staying on the island is as close as you can come to having your own tropical hideaway in paradise, without having to cater for yourself and your family.
- Morning swims on a deserted beach, followed by a gentle massage and a healthy breakfast of exotic fruit
- A range of spacious, private and well-designed wooden houses that suit couples, singles and families alike
- The happy, smiley staff - a symbol of the successful training programme that employs 98% of staff from the village
- Saturday BBQ night is great fun - there's a bonfire on the beach with rum punch and cashew nut roasting
- Exemplary environmental practices including solar energy, sustainable fishing and water purification
- This is a back-to-nature resort: expect geckoes, tree frogs, monkeys, occasional snakes and black flies (if the weather is unnaturally still)
- There's no pool, but you’ll have miles of beach to yourself
- Rooms don't have air-con, but beachside houses in particular benefit from a sea breeze
- Don’t expect much in the way of nightlife
- The location means travel arrangements need to be planned carefully - worth it once you arrive!
- 3 cots available
- Baby bedding
- High chair
- Bottle warming
Some equipment may need to be requested in advance
Babysitting is available, and is done by the local staff who have limited English.
Food is available all day, and a special kids menu features spaghetti, egg fried rice and homemade chicken nuggets. There's a discount of 50% for meals for under 12s, and under 3s eat free.
- Set right on a long beach (some waves/undertow) with a safe shallow bay a short walk away
- Great swimming, snorkelling and kayaking (some kayaks seat 2 adults + 1 child; small lifejackets are available)
- Beach toys, snorkels and masks, and inflatables are available
- The jungle is on your doorstep, with monkeys, iguanas and hornbills easily visible
- Rainforest trekking
- Jeep tours
- Day trips to local villages and schools
- Beach Resort
- 27 houses for 2-8
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: late April - late October
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Kayaks available
- Yoga sala
Golden Buddha Beach is less of a resort, more a low-density community for nature lovers. Accommodation is in 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom houses, and built in traditional Thai style, using tropical hardwoods and natural materials with sliding doors and louvered teak shutters. They are very private, and each has a veranda or terrace - all facing the Andaman Sea, located either on the seafront or set back in the jungle garden.
Bathrooms are open-air, with a shower, a washbasin and a toilet. Most have solar-heated water, but if your house lacks this (see Rates for details), the air temperature is generally so warm that this is not really an issue. There are no mod-cons, except for a mini bar with beer and prosecco inside. Mosquito nets and coils are provided, and fans keep the houses cool.
The houses vary hugely, so we recommend letting the reservations staff guide you, although we thought elegant Sea Blue 1 was perfect for a couple, and Bougainvillea was ideal for a beach-loving family with its lateral layout and stylish verandah with day beds. For larger groups we’d recommend spacious Tamarind, which has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, or sprawling Baan Mangorn and Baan Yuth, both of which sleep 6 and are the largest beachfront house with wonderful sea views.
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Mosquito net
Meals are eaten in the convivial Clubhouse, a split-level building with idyllic views over the Andaman Sea. The ground-floor dining room opens onto 3 airy terraces, whilst upstairs is a spacious lounge with its own bar - try the fruit shakes, they are as delicious as they are healthy.
A buffet breakfast, served from 7-11am, has a selection of freshly-baked breads and cakes, homemade jams, honey from the savannah, tropical fruit, homemade yoghurt and fresh coconut water. There are also cooked options, including pancakes, organic eggs or French toast.
Throughout the rest of the day, there’s a single daily menu chalked up on the blackboard. The food, mostly Thai but with some Western offerings, is one of the highlights of the resort, and is freshly prepared using seasonal, local ingredients. Expect fresh fish, Thai curries and vegetarian options. On Saturdays a BBQ is held.
The thatched Beach Bar stays open throughout the day and serves stone-baked pizzas, as well as salads, smoothies and ice creams. Or, if you prefer, Tiffin boxes of crab fried rice, fruit and spring rolls can be delivered to your Baan at lunchtime.
- Children's meals
- Meal delivery service
- Vegetarian menu
If you enjoy the simple things in life, there's no shortage here…
- Swim and sunbathe along 15km of golden sand on 2 different beaches
- Try one of the twice-daily yoga classes led by certified yoga instructors
- Have a traditional Thai massage or herbal treatment at the massage sala next to the beach
- Spot over 400 different species of birds, including horn bills and bee-eaters
- Climb up Hornbill Hill to visit the lovely airy sala and check out the views
- Visit the nearby island of Koh Ra to trek through its virgin rainforest, enjoy a picnic lunch and swim on a secluded beach
- Kayak or SUP at high tide to discover the bay and the mangrove creek
- Rise early for a jeep safari into the white-sand savannah to spot deer and crane
- Learn the technique of Batik painting at the village school, whilst the school-children practice their English with you
- Spend the day snorkelling the azure waters of the Surin islands, 50 km from the resort and a designated National Park
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
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Yoga guests: no need to bring your own equipment, the platform is fully equipped. But if you would like to bring your own mat, please do.
Golden Buddha Beach Resort is on the island of Koh Phra Thong, which lies off Thailand's west coast near the town of Kuraburi.
Fly to Phuket or Ranong from Bangkok.
From the Airport
Travel overland to Kuraburi. From Phuket, the journey takes 2.5 hours; from Ranong it takes just over an hour (Golden Buddha Resort can arrange for a minibus/private car).
From Kuraburi pier, take a longtail boat to Ko Phra Thong (Golden Buddha Island), which takes approximately 90 minutes. Note that they only operate at certain times of day. Booking in advance is highly advised as Kuraburi is not a main passenger pier.
Detailed directions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed with i-escape.
- Phuket 160.0 km HKT
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 15.0 km
- Restaurant 15.0 km