Fun in the sun (and under the stars)
If you arrange to be picked up from the airport or boat pier, then the fun starts right away during your Beach Republic holiday getaway. The music playing inside the resort’s VIP luxury van (the CD player reads ‘Beach Republic House Sessions Vol. 2’) is a perfect mix of mid-tempo chill-out beats, and the driver even has some soft drinks and beer on ice, which will quench your thirst and soothe your soul as you make the short trip to the Northern end of Lamai Beach.
The resort is located just off the main road, but once you enter the grounds you are transported into a world unto itself—a playful, yet peaceful party zone where guests are referred to as “citizens” of the Beach Republic.
The accommodations consist of 42 units, ranging from 55 sq.m Club Suites to the lavish four-bedroom State House, which measures over 1,000 sq.m and includes kitchen, dining room, living room, and swimming pool. Of the options in-between these two extremes, the 160 sq.m One Bedroom Modern Pool Villa is perfect for vacationing couples looking for a little extra luxury. This tastefully decorated, and very private villa offers the resort’s standard room features—comfortable king-sized bed, air conditioning, bathrobes, coffee/tea maker, flatscreen TV, iPod dock, and more—but it also includes a full kitchenette, Jacuzzi bathtub, outdoor rainshower, L-shaped living room couch, lounge chairs (both by the pool and on the second storey terrace) and, last but not least, a swimming pool that can be accessed from the patio or directly from the bedroom.
Another nice touch here is that the living room has been built with a round-arced roof, covered on the outside with palm frond thatching that gives it that tropical island look. What this means inside is high ceilings and a sense of airy openness. Also impressive is the attention to detail in the kitchenette. The full-sized fridge is stocked with the usual soft drinks, beer, and water, but also offers a selection of imported chocolates, a bottle of champagne, and three wines—including two bottles of McGuigan Private Bin from Australia. Finally, the daily 4-page Manifest newsletter in each room reminds guests of the range of activities and promotions at the resort (many involving drink specials and pool parties).
The beachfront area, referred to as the Ocean Club, offers guests a restaurant, bar, two swimming pools, plenty of reclining sun loungers, and a row of inviting shaded day bed salas overlooking the ocean—the latter two items featuring bright red cushions, the resort’s signature colour. If you opt for the oceanview day beds (and trust me, you should), the view of the beach—a beautifully curved stretch of white sand—is suitably impressive. Meanwhile, the water, which is quite shallow even at high tide, is dotted with several large, dome-shaped rocks, which sit well above the surface and are big enough to climb onto.
While the hypnotic afternoon grooves set the tone—the music here is all wonderfully curated by resident DJ Dave Devoted, from the UK—the bar serves up refreshing cocktails, even offering a daily ‘Sundown Salute’, two-for-one happy hour on select drinks from 5pm to 7pm. There’s also a shady beachfront massage area if you’re looking to completely unwind, or you can get a full spa treatment at the resort’s Asian Fusion Spa. Then again, if you want to explore the surroundings a bit, the resort also offers guests complimentary shuttle service, three times daily, to Lamai and Chaweng Beaches.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the spacious beachfront restaurant—which offers both covered and open-air dining areas—has delicious all-day dining. The breakfast buffet is quite nice, while the à la carte menu offers everything from tacos to Thai food. The Caprese salad, the roast fillet of black cod, and the Castricum Australian lamb cutlets were all stand out dinner dishes, while the signature cocktails definitely did not disappoint (try the hilariously named ‘Porn Star’). And after dinner, why not relax and gaze at the star speckled night skies while enjoying a single malt whisky and a fine cigar from Whisgars? There’s a small on-site outlet of this popular cigar bar located directly across from the Beach Republic’s restaurant entrance.
176/34, Moo 4, Tambon Maret
Tel: 07 745 8100 | www.beachrepublic.com
Stay and Play
In-house guests have access to all the fun and games Beach Republic has to offer, but daytime visitors are also welcome to join in. For a “minimum spend” of B1,000 per person, non-guests can enjoy all the resort’s amenities (with the exception of the front row of oceanview sun loungers, beds and salas). So, as long as you spend a bit on food and drink the pools, deck chairs, and the beach are all yours.
The resort also entices hipsters-on-holiday with an ever evolving line-up of weekly events. Every Saturday, for instance, there’s an all-day pool party featuring a live DJ and two-for-one shots, while the ‘Ultimate Sunday Brunch Club’ tempts guests with free flow wine and “bubbly” for three hours—anytime between 11:30am till 3:30pm—for just B1,300. In fact, there’s something fun going on literally every day of the week, so don’t worry about which day you sign up for “citizenship”.
On-site fun can also be had at the resort’s own Escape Break, the real-life escape game where you and up to five friends are locked within a themed game room and must work together to find hidden objects, uncover the clues, and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom. Four mind-bending games are offered here, and if you’ve visited the Escape Break location in Bangkok (on Silom Soi 1) you already know how exciting and challenging it can be.