The accommodation at Sunrise Tropical offers similar standards and quality to next door Railay Bay Resort, in a more intimate setting and at half the price. However, it could be argued that it also has half the location, being stuck on the east side of Railay – a mud beach that is essentially the goods entrance for evey hotel on the peninsula.
Nonetheless, Sunrise Tropical is worth considering, as it is really only a short walk (less than 5 minutes) to get to either the beautiful west beach, or the even more stunning Phra Nang Cave beach. Once inside the rooms, which are set back from the grubby “beach” area in front of the resort, in a pretty garden, you will feel in a different world. The villas are beautifully appointed, with polished wooden floors, with the Villa Plus having an additional wooden headboard behind the bed. The fashionable outdoor shower in these rooms is a must for honeymooning couples.
Note: since the construction of the “Tropical Chalay” hotel building wing in front of the swimming pool, the villas in the garden behind do suffer from a lack of light and they can feel quite dark and even damp in rainy season.
The 12 rooms in the building are however bright and modern and come in connecting sets of one double and one triple room (though they can also be booked separately).
The villas are identical in size (60sqm) but have small differences in layout and amenities. Tropical Villas consist of 12 semi-detached units, with one bedroom (either double bed or twin beds), one bathroom, small dressing area and private patio in front of the villa. There are 3 connecting pairs (one double and one twin), which offer an interior door allowing access between the two bedrooms. Large families may fine the connecting Villas very convenient – but will have to pay for two Tropical Villas.
The Tropical Villa Plus Junior consists of 5 free-standing units comprising one bedroom (double bed only), one bathroom with bathtub, small dressing area and private patio in front of the villa.
The Tropical Villa Plus is designed with honeymooners in mind. There are 11 units, all with double bedrooms plus one large bathroom with bathtub and small private outdoor shower, small dressing area and private patio in front of the villa. The difference between Tropical Villa Plus Junior and Tropical Villa Plus is only in this outdoor shower area.
Staff in this resort are very good: attentive without being overbearing and seemingly always smiling.
Last updated: July 10, 2014