Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi

396-396/1 Moo 2, Ao Nang, (formerly Central Krabi Bay Resort), Krabi, 81000, Thailand
(5 star hotel)
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Tranquil Offshore Resort

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 8, 2011

The room we had was on the top level with an unblocked view of the sea and had an outdoor jacuzzi. The pizza at the beach bar was much more better as compared to the cafe local fare. There are 3 ways to get to the main island. By foot : 20-30mins on the Monkey Trail or 5-10mins via the beach on low tides, you just have check with the reception on the window period. By ferry : advanced booking required (+ a 10/20 baht pperson for a Tuk Tuk to get to the nearby shops) Be warned that the ferry terminal has no seating area or operator. You will have rely on waiting together with other hotel guests. I suggest that you make friends with them over breakfast and head out and back together (at night especially and on wet weathers if it is just the 2 of you). The floating platform at the hotel is pretty wobbly especially on rough weather days which we had experienced throughout our 4 nights of stay,
26-29 Aug. Wifi is not free but the package is affordable. Choice of breakfast is fine with a good selection of breads and various local fruits but no freshly squeezed juices. A good place to relax if you want to totally unwind and laze around to do absolutely nothing.

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Beautiful Hotel in a Stunning Location

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 12, 2007

The hotel is set in a gorgeous, secluded location and the downside to that is that it’s not particularly easy to get to. But it's well worth the minor inconvenience to have such a wonderful, private bay all to yourself. Arrival is by boat and the floating pier can be a bit daunting the first time, especially if you arrive at night. But it’s about 12 feet wide and non-slip, so you soon get used to walking on water after the first couple of times you’ve used it. Just wear flat shoes!

The wooden walkway over the headland to Ao Nang was also a lot easier than I’d been led to expect by some of the reports I’d read. It's a bit steep in places, but there’s a handrail and you can stop for a short rest if you need to catch your breath. I was doing it in less than 10 minutes and as a 50+ slightly overweight, 20-a-day smoker, I’m not exactly the fittest person alive, but I didn’t find it that difficult once I’d tried it.

The gardens are immaculate, with plenty of sun-loungers and 2 pools – the larger one has built-in waterfalls, which are great for cooling off under and the smaller pool seemed to be a bit of a secret – we virtually had it to ourselves most of the time we were there!

I have to say that the service doesn’t quite live up to the 5* rating. The staff are happy to respond to any requests you make, but I think a little more anticipation and pro-active service is needed before it can truly call itself 5*. This is particularly obvious around the pool & gardens, where the waiters only seem to bother “doing the rounds” a few times in the late afternoons, so if you want a drink or something to eat you usually have to go to the bar. A couple of extra staff on “roaming” duty wouldn’t come amiss there. Having said that, I didn’t think that things were as bad as some reports had led me to expect and I certainly didn’t let it spoil my enjoyment of our 8 night stay.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try and wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again if I was going back to Krabi.

Unique Quality: The best thing about this hotel has to be its jaw-droppingly stunning location, from the towering, tree-clad limestone cliffs, to the amazing view out to sea with your own personal, James Bond-style island. Words and pictures don’t do it justice and it’s only when you’re there that you appreciate just how spectacular it really is.

The rooms are pretty special too. We had a standard room, but all are a good size, with huge, sliding windows, fitted with venetian blinds and sliding insect screens on two sides. The bathrooms are gorgeous, with rain-showers, freestanding baths and doors that slide back to open them up to the bedroom, so you can carry on watching TV or having a conversation while you’re in the shower!

There’s an L-shaped balcony with daybeds at the front and at the side a wooden dining table and chairs plus chaise longue. The side area has electrically-operated blinds, so that you can dine in complete privacy if you want a romantic meal in the evening.

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Address: 396-396/1 Moo 2, Ao Nang, (formerly Central Krabi Bay Resort), Krabi, 81000, Thailand

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