Akira Lipe Resort @ Pattaya Beach in Koh Lipe, Thailand
Akira Lipe is conveniently located on Pattaya beach in Koh Lipe, where all the happening events are going on. It is also very near to the immigration check point which is where you need to gather upon arrival and before departure from Koh Lipe. Nonetheless, the main street in Koh Lipe, Walking Street is within a 5 minute stroll on the beach away. In terms of location strategy, Akira Lipe undoubtedly wins hands down. As we want to get ourselves familiar with Koh Lipe during the first couple of days on the island, we decided to get a hotel which is within walking distance to all places. The beach is also right in front of the hotel.
Another plus point for Akira Lipe is its new and modern design, which makes our stay comfortable. We picked the Gold Access which has direct access to the swimming pool. As convenient as it can be when we could just jump into the pool anytime, there may be some privacy issues. Other guests are free to swim in front of the sliding door which leads to the pool, and there were even kids who stepped up to our room's sun deck. I understand this is beyond the hotel's control but we did feel our privacy was invaded by other hotel guests. Other than that, everything was fine and the bathroom also boasts an oversize bathtub which is my favorite spot after a long day.
Breakfast buffet was included and was served in their restaurant by the beach. The food was not bad though I thought the selection could be better. The food was not replenished soon enough as well. There was a time (and it was still early) when most of the dishes were nearly emptied if not empty and that was not really a pleasant sight. It would be great if the breakfast service could be more efficient instead.
Their main swimming pool offers a beautiful sea view.
During high tide, the wave could hit right in front of the hotel and be prepared to walk with your bare feet to enjoy the softness of the sand and the cooling waves of the sea.