"This is Thailand's best kept secret. Charming and secluded and really really well run... We were in heaven and are dreaming about our next visit."
what the press says about us
"Golden Buddha Beach Resort, which consists of unique and simple bungalows that are ideally located for snorkelling in the bays of Surin" (translated)
guardian (UK), january 2019
Golden Buddha Beach Resort selected as one of 10 of the best sustainable hotels in south-east Asia
“These eco-lodges and hotels are recycling, composting and reclaiming to reduce their impact on the environment.. [Golden Buddha] bungalows and treehouses have no air conditioning, relying on sea breezes and solar panels that power fans and heat water. Waste is shipped to the mainland for appropriate disposal and the proceeds from recycling are returned to the staff. Plastic bags have been banned from housekeeping and reusable crates are used whenever possible. Other sustainable details include washing up liquid produced from the peel leftovers from orange juice and gift shop items are sourced in Thailand..”
"Far from the typical tourist haunts of southern Thailandi s Koh Phra Thong, a pancake-flat island 200km north of Phuket with an ecosystem rare not only to Thailand but all of south-east Asia – a tropical savannah that bears striking resemblance to those of Africa."
"Golden Buddha Beach Resort in Thailand [is my favourite hotel in the world]. It's so tiring and hard to get to, that you end up all alone in paradise."
"Golden Buddha..., with only 27 bungalows spread out over a large swath of impeccable beachfront free of touts, sun-loungers, and blaring beach bars. That allows the wildlife and reptiles to run rampant. So crab-eating macaques scurry across the sand in search of their staple supper, the famously shy Sambar deer go for dips around dawn or dusk, and bird-watchers will have a field day spotting Indian Rollers, Asian Fairy Bluebirds, Ruddy Kingfishers, hornbills and Brahminy kites—all frequent fliers in the island’s air space."
"There’s a clutch of eco-savvy resorts [on Koh Phra Thong], but Golden Buddha Resort stands out for its commitment to maintaining the fragile surroundings. The resort uses an energy-efficient generator, grows much of its own organic produce,... in addition to sustainably raising ducks and chickens. The remaining produce and seafood on the menu is sourced from the daily market in nearby Kuraburi and local fishermen."
"Close to the mainland, yet a world away from Thailand’s usual beach tourism development, Ko Phra Tong is partly surrounded by mangrove forests and features extensive savannah type grasslands in its center, populated by deer, wild cats, hornbills, sea eagles, otters and snakes. Where to stay: Golden Buddha"
"Wildlife-spotting tours and treks through the mid-section are prime pastimes here, but, really, all you need to do is hang in and around the Golden Buddha Beach Resort and remain vigilant to watch an Animal Planet documentary unfold in the wild, in real time, sans any reptile wrestling and superimposed storylines. With only 28 stilted, hardwood bungalows, this intimate spot sports a distinctly Thai aesthetic and an eco-conscious sensibility. Situated on a large swathe of impeccable beachfront free of touts, sun-loungers and blaring bars, the property allows the local fauna to run rampant."
"Privacy doesn't have to mean isolation. This cosy hut [Baan Nok Hook] is part of the Golden Buddha Beach Resort, so you can sip a cocktail in the beach bar or take yoga classes on the sand before heading back to your private hideaway... The resort is the only hotel on a 12km stretch of sand on the Andaman island of Koh Phra Thong, north of Phuket"
"I had heard from a friend about a very special place above Phuket on Koh Phra Thong island called Golden Buddha Beach Resort, regarded as Asia’s finest eco-resort. The island boasts one of the last unspoiled coastal areas in Thailand, and we had our own private villa located right on the beach. How beautiful it was to wake up facing the horizon, to walk on the beach for more than six hours without seeing another soul, to read a book kissed by the sunset."
"If size matters to you, this is the beach to set up camp by. On the island of Koh Phra Thong, around 150km north of Phuket, Golden Buddha Resort boasts direct access to a whopping 10km crescent of sand, not to mention some seriously luxurious beach huts. The 25 cottages, each sleeping between two and five, range from house-sized villas to more modest "super deluxe" huts, complete with en-suite bathrooms and retractable walls. There's also a spa, and regular yoga retreats."
Lonely beaches, unspoiled nature, Thai style houses with a personal touch, great yoga classes and massages in terrific salas at the beaches, excellent fresh food in a stylish clubhouse with a relaxed atmosphere, very friendly staff and guests,...heaven on earth, the perfect place to calm down the distracted mind...
tourism of thailand documentary, May 2017