Need to know
14, including 11 tented beach villas and three thatched treetop villas perched up in the canopies.
There are no formal processes here because Wa Ale organises your transfers to and from the island, so your villa will always be ready when you arrive. Arrivals and departures are on Tuesdays and Saturday only, unless you make special arrangements.
Double rooms from $680.00, excluding tax at 5 per cent.
The all-inclusive rate includes breakfast, lunch and dinner; house wine, beer and all non-alcoholic beverages; speedboat transfers; paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, jungle hikes and cultural visits.
Have a cinematic workout in the 700sq ft open-air jungle gym with panoramic island views. There are yoga classes for sea-breezy asanas or HIIT and TRX classes if you’re feeling fierce. Craving cardio? The deserted beaches are long, flat and perfect for running.
Wa Ale closes for the rainy season from 1 June to 30 September.
At the hotel
9,000 acres of private-island paradise, a PADI-certified dive center, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkelling equipment, outdoor exercise pavilion with yoga, HIIT and TRX classes, bocce court, table tennis and free WiFi. In rooms: mosquito nets, citronella insect repellent, coral-safe sunscreen and biodegradable bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Forget everything you know about tents, because this has nothing to do with camping. Wa Ale’s sprawling villas offer the ultimate in castaway romance: private teak terraces with lots of options for lounging, king-size four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets, indoor-outdoor bathrooms so you can shower under the stars and uninterrupted ocean and jungle views. The thatched treetop villas are perched up in the jungle canopy.
There’s no pool at Wa Ale but with that clear, calm ocean, two spectacularly beautiful beaches and a freshwater lagoon, you won’t give it a second thought.
After a day’s hiking, diving or paddle-boarding, you can have a delicious massage on your villa’s private terrace.
The hotel provides the diving and snorkelling gear, coral-safe sunscreen and citronella insect spray, so just bring your adventurous spirit and your breeziest beachwear. If you're going hiking, we also recommend long trousers and closed-toe shoes.
Wa Ale is spread out and sandy, so it’s unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Adventurous little Smiths aged eight and over are welcome at Wa Ale. The beach villas are best for families – the sofas convert to twin beds.
Safeguarding the Lampi Marine National Park’s pristine ecosystem and local community is Wa Ale’s raison d’ȇtre and founding mission. Twenty per cent of the resort’s revenues go straight into the Lampi Foundation, which invests in initiatives like sea turtle hatcheries, coral protection and local entrepreneurship. The lodge’s carbon footprint is minimal: it relies almost exclusively on solar power and doesn’t use traditional air-conditioning – high-efficiency fans and sea breezes work remarkably well as alternatives. All water from every tap at Wa Ale is drinkable and double filtered, the bath products are biodegradable and the sunscreen provided is coral safe. Plus, all the food that Chef Ray cooks up is locally sourced, organic, fair trade, seasonal, free range or grown on site at the resort’s organic garden. Take a deep breath: a stay at Wa Ale is good for the soul in more ways than one.