We’ve all heard of the private island stays, beach bungalows, villas with ocean views, you know, the usual beachy-vibes you expect when travelling to a tropical country…
But what about a stay that’s built so close to the sea, you might just feel as if you’re swimming, with an ocean bridge that extends all the way out into crystal waters…?!
(And some of the accommodations we’ve found actually do stand in the water, with bridges connecting each villa, just like in the Maldives!)
Constantly surrounded by gorgeous natural surroundings, all the hues of blues, sunset views, a bajillion photo opportunities (so DON’T forget your cameras!), and soft sea breezes, it doesn’t get more paradisical than this…
1. Have a private island experience without spending a fortune on it – The Village Coconut Island (Phuket)
Number one… This IS on a private island (Aptly, Coconut Island) and all the units here are spread out along the beachfront, each with their own private pool or hot tub!
Villas are stylishly designed in a contemporary aesthetic and are luxe, comfortable and with all the amenities of home.
Head down to the private beach overlooking Phang Nga Bay, and spot the beautiful bridge in the middle of the sea. At night, it’s lit up with fairy lights, and looks absolutely magical, especially over the ocean.
PS: Phuket is just a 5-minute boat ride away and The Village Island Coconut does offer a 24-hour water taxi service, departing every 30 minutes.
2. Say hello to the paradise you never knew was waiting – Kept Bangsaray (Pattaya)
It’s no secret that many resorts in the Maldives are pushing $250 USD per night – more if you want the full Honeymoon package. What most people don’t know is that you can have the idyllic lifestyle for a fraction of the price near Pattaya.
The first thing that will take your breath away, are the undeniable views for days. And that’s not even the best part! You’ll have a guaranteed 360° view of the ocean at all times as the accommodation here is literally built in the waters – are we in Maldives or what??!! 😍
And last but not least, off the sides of their wooden bridge (which also connects villas), guests can enjoy a candlelit dinner with seating on the actual pier itself, and it’s touted as ‘Infinity Table’ because of its sweeping views of the horizon.
3. Totally Maldives vibes with stays built in the waters – The Blue Sky Resort (Koh Phayam, Ranong)
Oh, how beautiful! It looks like this accommodation is built among the mangroves, near the ocean’s edge! Some of the villas are situated among the mangroves (which are built in the water), and some face the ocean…
And talking about bridges, you’re spoilt for choice here, as there isn’t just one, but many gorgeous wooden bridges, that also act as walkways in and around the property.
The rooms are also absolutely gorgeous, designed in a circular shape (much like a traditional South African rondavel), with a thatched roof, and warm solid woods designing the interiors.
PS: They also offer free kayak and bicycle rentals to guests, so do go exploring, whether it be on land or water. 😉
5. Is this in the Philippines? Maldives? – Koh Kood Resort
The waters here are so clear, you may need a quick reminder that you’re still floating in the Land of Smiles. The setup is also absolutely beautiful and truly feels like an oceanic getaway.
Spend the afternoon chilling on the beachfront terrace, looking directly onto the sea, and walk a few metres onto the sands where you’ll spot a long, wooden bridge stretching into what looks like a swimming pool (but is, in fact, the ocean!)
There are so many photo spots and ops here too, from the bridge to chill catamaran nets hanging above the waters, and ocean swings…
Koh Kood Resort
Rate:From 1319 Baht / approx. USD $40 Address: 45 moo5 Ban Mai Si Ko Kut, Trat, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 92 271 4785 Facebook Website
6. Swimming pool, or ocean? – Sea Far Resort (Ko Kood)
Start your morning with a gorgeous stroll along your private beach, finished off by gazing into the endless blue horizon from a wooden bridge placed right in the ocean – which is a kind of a self-meditation on its own, don’t you think?
Situated on Ao Taphao beach, there are a variety of different room options to choose from, which are all super cosy and cute. Set among a garden, some also come with idyllic ocean views, even from your bathtub!
Spend your days lazing about on loungers in the sand (directly next to the bridge), or make use of the guest pool!
8. For all your tropical beach feels – A-Na-Lay Resort (Trat)
Super affordable and right on the beach, with uber-comfortable bungalows, there are so many beautiful spots around the resort.
All of which can be explored via wooden boardwalks, that lead to a wooden bridge extending out over blue waters, as well as some rockery – which becomes uncovered when the tides are low.
I absolutely adore the cabin-style units, built completely in caramel-coloured woods which reminds me of the mountains.
And lastly, we have to mention the dining views. Enjoy a (romantic) dinner on the resort’s deck, basically built on the sand, with endless views of the flat, calm ocean surrounding you – and don’t even get me started on the sunset!
Rate: From 1253 Baht / approx. USD $38 Address: 43/8 Moo.2 Baan Klongchao Ban Bang Bao, Trat, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 89 141 5270 Facebook Website
9. Secluded, romantic and an incredible sunset view from the edge of the bridge – Koh Mak Cococape Resort (Koh Mak)
Looking for some down-time with your love, away from the crowds and with a private-island feeling? Well, that’s what you’ll get here and you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank either!
Built on a private seafront of Ao Suan Yai Beach, the surroundings here are really beautiful, from the waters to the softness of the sky. And if you’re wondering where the best views are, come sunset time, stroll along the wooden bridge stretching into the ocean, with endless blues around you… How dreamy!
They’ve also given the bungalows a really homely feel, and I love the mix of textures used in the design, from wood to stone.
Special Mention 2: Everything you need in a seafront resort, and then some – Paradee (Koh Samet)
Step off the pier onto the sands of this private resort which you can find located along the shores of peaceful Kio Bay. The waters here are also insanely clear and the sands so perfectly soft and white!
The villas are absolutely stunning with a Thai/Morroccon theme going on (I LOVE love when Thai resorts or hotels mix the two together, it works so well) – so expect lots of organic materials and colour!
Enjoy the sunset sky as it changes into a thousand shades of pink and orange from the perfect spot on their wooden bridge stretching into the sea – or from their beautiful wooden beach bar – followed with a cocktail in hand.
FYI: Plastic (in any form) is not allowed on the island. If you are found breaking this law, you will be fined 1000 Baht.
Special Mention 3: From an ocean bridge to overwater catamaran nets – The Beach Natural Resort (Ko Kood)
I could easily spend a day (or five) at this resort, with not a care in the world, living it up in absolute style and comfort in my b.e.a.utifullll modern villa, with its private pool, patio, incredible bathroom and views of endless greens and blues.
Take a jump off their wooden bridge, built far enough into the water (which is absolutely calm, as well as crystal clear), or grab a kayak and do some oceanic exploring instead!
The bridge gets lit up at night too and looks rather spectacular as hundreds of stars twinkle above.
The Beach Natural Resort
Rate:From 4089 Baht / approx. USD $124 Address: 47 Moo 5, Ko Kut, Ko Kut District, Trat 23000, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 86 009 9420 Website
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