By MANTA KLANGBOONKRONG
With a backdrop of sheer cliffs and |surrounded by tropical jungle, Rayavadee Resort in Krabi is a great place to chill
One of the first premier five-star hotels to open in the top holiday destination of Ao Nang in Krabi, Rayavadee Resort stands at the very heart of the Phranang peninsula surrounded by lush tropical jungle and overlooking the clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
Bordered by three public beaches – the secluded and muddy Nammao, the bustling Railay and the picturesque Phranang – all just a few minutes walk away, Rayavadee Resort offers maximum comfort, thoughtful amenities and friendly service.
Boasting 98 enchanting two-storey pavilions and four luxurious private villas spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical gardens, the award-winning architecture blends with the natural surroundings to create a unique atmosphere reminiscent of an idyllic southern Thai village.
There are 11 room types, starting with the “modest” Deluxe Pavilion at 90 square meters to the Phranang Villa that spreads over 417 square metres. The pavilions are quite far apart from each other, and extra space is given to the majestic, two-storey Southern Thai pavilion.
Downstairs is a spacious living area with comfy sofa and armchair. The spiral wooden staircase leads to a sizeable bedroom with small working desk, wooden closet and spacious bathroom. The villas have from two to three bedrooms with extra facilities such as sauna, sun deck, private pool, Jacuzzi and kitchenette also on offer.
Most of the staff have been with the resort for a long time, some more than 20 years, and they are all efficient and extra friendly, as if they’re welcoming guests into their own home. Attentive but not hovering, they know how to give fast and warm service without being invasive or overly pampering.
The resort has four food and beverage outlets in different parts of the property serving Thai and international delights. Not to be missed is The Grotto, an al fresco caf้ nestled under an ancient limestone cliff where you can sink your toes in the sand while enjoying a cup of coffee in the afternoon or a drink at sunset. Railay’s Walking Street with bar shacks and local snacks is a few minutes’ walk away if you’re feeling adventurous.
Among the three beaches, the one that is most beautiful and suitable for sunbathing and swimming is Phranang. Though it is right next to the resort, do be aware that it’s a public beach and frequented by tourists from other resorts all afternoon. Efforts are made though to protect the beach and keep it clear of litter and it’s a great place to stroll when the sun is going down.
Perfect for couples, families and anyone looking for peace and quiet, Rayavadee is an ideal resort to just relax and unwind. Forming a barrier with the world outside, the limestone mountains and lush trees cut the resort off from the bustling Railay Beach, rendering unique scenery that soothes the senses. Thanks to the clever layout, the resort doesn’t feel crowded even with high occupancy so you can expect a peaceful, private stay all your round. However, because the beach access is limited to a fraction of the property, there are only a few villas that get to enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean.
AT A GLANCE
High point: Ample, spacious and luxurious, the all-pavilion resort offers tranquillity as well as comfort.
Low point: Beach access is limited, and it is often packed with tourists all afternoon. Only a few villas have sea view.
Pay for it: Visit the resort’s website for the best deal
Find it: Ao Nang, Krabi
Call it: (075) 620 630