Sivalai Beach Resort is set on a stunning cape of palm-fringed white sandy beaches at tranquil Koh Mook, just off the Trang coastline in southern Thailand. The hotel’s Thai-style villas, featuring traditional grass roofs, local wood and cosy contemporary interiors, really complete the ambience of an island paradise. The fact that the resort sits within a cape means that the turquoise waters essentially engulf the resort on three sides, enhancing the hideaway vibes.
48 villas of varying categories stretch along the beachfront, bright and airy, welcoming the sea breeze. All villas have a private terrace with sun loungers to soak up the sun, and the beach is never far away. The interiors of the villas are spacious and yet cosy, with warm tones and subtle southern Thai influences. Of course, the resort also covers the expected modern amenities, including air conditioning, a tv with cable channels, a coffee machine, and a refrigerator.
The hotel’s restaurant sits at the tip of the cape, jutting out into the ocean with almost 360 views of the ocean and blue skies – it’s truly a beguiling experience to sit with your toes in the sand here. The casual restaurant and bar serves a wide variety of cuisines with something for all tastes, including deliciously fresh Thai salads as well as western favourites. The speciality here, though, is fresh seafood – try the salmon with a fascinating mix of Thai flavours. For those on a romantic escape, there aren’t many locations more serenely spellbinding for an evening cocktail.
The hotel doesn’t have much in the way of an activity programme. There is an on-site spa offering the celebrated traditional Thai massages that work wonders for so many visitors. However, the helpful, friendly staff can help guests to organise activities that explore the surrounding area. A real highlight here is going on a longtail boat on an island-hopping tour to discover other hidden secrets or go on a fishing trip. The nearby emerald cave is also a popular excursion for visitors.