Nestled on an island amid a 9,000-acre wildlife reserve on the Andaman Sea, few places in the world can rival the isolation, serenity, and sheer natural beauty offered by the Wa Ale Island Resort. The resort is complete with 11 villas that are directly connected to a private stretch of beach and two treetop villas that boast unobstructed vistas of the ocean. Accommodations are open-air and lavishly appointed with furniture that is perfect for lazy days under the sun and constructed in an environmentally conscious manner. Reclaimed materials were used during construction to avoid disrupting the surrounding environment. Gourmet meals feature a combination of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean dishes, which are prepared by a head chef who values health just as much as he values flavor. Rich fruit smoothies go hand-in-hand with the surrounding paradise; light brick-oven pizzas remind one that this is a place to relax. Bocce ball courts are set up on the sand, and there are a number of excursions to be taken around the island, such as trekking through jungle trails or snorkeling and diving through the archipelago's abundant reefs and caves. Exploring marine life in Lampi Marine National Park is a highlight. Wa Ale Island is remote. It can only be reached by three-hour luxury speedboat from Kawthaung, which is on Burma's mainland, but this is a worthy price for all the island has to offer.
Why We Love This Hotel
Nature: Sea eagles soar overhead, the verdant jungle sharply contrasts with the expansive blue sea, and sea turtles mull around the soft stretch of private beach. The resort can arrange a number of nature excursions, but here simply stepping out of the villa counts as an adventure.
Luxury: Guests to this patch of luxury can lounge on their deck and enjoy the sound of the lapping ocean or dine over a gourmet meal prepared with the freshest ingredients on the planet.
Remote: Only accessible via a three-hour-long speedboat ride, Wa Ale Island is exceptionally remote, which translates to a feeling of unparalleled serenity.
Nestled in an idyllic setting, the resort’s 13 villas offer world-class luxury. The open-air d
esigns of these chic villas were constructed using locally reclaimed materials and design
ed to leave a minimal footprint. Appointed with a variety of inviting lounge furniture and c
ozy beds, the rooms exude comfort, and they are a short walk from the resort's private b
each. Guests shower beneath the stars in enclosed, outdoor bathrooms complete with gr
een shrubbery, and all accommodations offer unobstructed views of the ocean – especial
ly the two Treetop Villas, which furnish breathtaking vistas from their elevated decks.
Tented Beach Villas
These 11 state-of-the-art luxury accommodations feature unobstructed ocean views and can house up to four guests. Toeing the line between a "villa" and a luxury safari tent, gentle breezes pass through spacious, sun-kissed rooms. The king-sized canopy bed is draped with a soft white mosquito net that accents the dark wood floors, and the plush sofa can be converted into two single beds. Directly outside is a deck area that is appointed with lounge furniture from which the ocean is directly accessible.
The smaller treetop villas offer a unique and intimate experience. Perched in a canopy of trees, these accommodations offer an expansive view of the sea from their cozy balcony. The villa is appointed with a king size bed and outdoor shower. Perfect for couples traveling together, the resort's two Treetop Villas comfortably accommodate two guests.
While the main attractions here are the beach, the surrounding natural ecosystem, and th
e comfort of one’s accommodations, the resort does offer some communal facilities. Na
mely, there is a Main Pavilion where one can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee to the sound
of lapping waves. At the Exercise Pavilion, guests can keep up with their fitness routine
or have the on-site yoga therapist teach them something new.
Situated in the jungle, the fitness center contains a number of free weights and TRX equipment pieces. There is also a resident yoga therapist on hand to lead guests through regiments.
The centerpiece of the resort, the Main Pavilion is a point of convergence for guests. The lofty teak structure is appointed with several rattan armchairs and coffee tables.
Table Tennis Room
Perfect for light competition or an after-dinner diversion, the Table Tennis Room is a welcome addition to the resort.
All meals are served at the resort’s sole Main Pavilion Restaurant. Every day, new selectio
ns of wonderfully prepared seafood filets, hearty wood-fired pizzas, and fresh pastries a
wait guests. All produce and meat items are locally sourced, whether from the resort’s isl
and itself or a nearby one, and all seafood is fresh and sustainably caught. The resort ma
inly serves Southeast Asian and Mediterranean dishes that are at once healthy and delici
ous. The open-air dining area is comfortably appointed with a variety of lounge furnishin
gs and instilled with the kind of laid-back environment in which one needn’t feel embarra
ssed about popping into the kitchen to ask how a spicy sauce was prepared.
Main Pavilion Restaurant
The resort serves Southeast Asian and Mediterranean dishes that appease the taste buds without affecting the waistline. Fresh and healthy, the kitchen sources food from the resort's island or nearby local foods. The only seafood served is sustainably caught from the archipelago itself. A British chef heads the kitchen that serves an ever-changing array of dishes that range from seafood prepared with bold sauces to pizzas baked in a brick oven. While the breakfasts of chia bowls, granola, and yogurt seem on-brand for the location, eggs and bacon ensure everyone is happy, and there is also a daily selection of pastries for guests to enjoy.
River Café & Bar
With leather barstools and a selection of drinks, this cozy, river-adjacent café and bar is a great place to grab a cocktail and relax.
Why Remote Lands?
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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