We loved our time at Oon Lee Bungalows. It's a little haven - very relaxing and peaceful. From the second you arrive you are made to feel very welcome by Valerie, who greets you on first name terms. The warmest reception we've had anywhere. Valerie works so hard, and her staff do a fantastic job supporting her.
The bungalows are beautiful - quite cosy but you don't spend a lot of time indoors. Mosquito nets are thankfully provided. You are basically in the wild here. You can hear all the bugs, geckos, and occasionally monkeys. This wasn't a problem for us but not for the faint hearted. The resort is set in beautiful gardens, on a steep hill. At the bottom it says 26.5 steps to heaven, you just know how much pride Valerie and Oon take in this place from the very moment you arrive!
During the day we explored nearby, and stayed around the resort just soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and reading. You do have to walk a little to get to a sandy beach, but you can snorkel from just outside the front entrance, if you are careful of the rocks. Valerie explains this to you when you arrive though. Lots of lovely little decked areas looking out to sea, and you can watch a great sunset at the bar. Great location! We didn't really explore the rest of the island just e closest beaches, as it was so hot. But heard lovely things about the rest of the island. You can borrow snorkelling gear for free, hire kayaks for next to nothing, and Valerie and Oon also arrange trips as well!
The food is lovely, we tried something different most evenings, I really enjoyed the pad thai for lunch and the curries were fab - REALLY fresh ingredients! Very impressive. I would say there's lots of lovely (possibly western) touches to the way in which Valerie runs this place. (She is originally from France). These are cloth napkins with your dinner, flowers on the bed when you arrive, a huge array of books magazines and games in the restaurant/ lounge area - all of these things make it feel very homely and gives it great character.
I know Valerie goes well out of her way to help guests with special requests, but we didn't have any ourselves.
Would definitely revisit Oon Lee!!! Thank you Valerie. Sarah & Iain
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have created Oonlee Bungalows on the island of Koh Jum to be more than just another vacation resort amidst the others. It's a family affair. Simple, yet luxurious, beautiful and exotic, charming wooden bungalows stand on stilts, scattered around a shaded, tropical garden. Master craftsman, Oon carefully managed the construction of the bungalows and Lee the design details which proved to be a enjoyable and successful division of labor. The price of the bungalows range from 800 Thai Baht to 3000 Thai Baht at high season. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Koh Jum Oon Lee Bungalows Hotel Koh Jum