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Not as good as we'd hoped
My wife and I stayed at the Nakamanda for a week in October 2006. We had previously been at the Layana on Koh Lanta that was amazing so the Nakamanda had a lot to live up to!
The resort itself is lovely. The setting is beautiful with a breathtaking view from the pool and restaurant. The rooms were also amazing - we had the standard room but it was pure luxury. A huge bedroom and a suite of his and hers sinks, sunken bath, massive shower - all with a glass ceiling so you could have a bath under the stars!
The pool is also very nice although not quite cool enough for us in the high temperatures. Restaurant was also good but there were some very nice restaurants just outside the hotel (especially CaSa - amazing food) that were less than half the price.
Also outside the hotel is a laundry (directly opposite) - we did all of our holiday washing and ironing there for about 500 Baht! Also there is a fab massage place right next door - again a fraction of the hotel cost and very very good.
Just down the road, next to the Sheraton hotel, there is a small shopping complex where there are some very nice souvenir shops (not tacky) and we got some nice antiques/souvenirs there. The hotel also has a good gallery where we also got some nice items.
Where the hotel does fall down is the service - especially around the pool and in the restaurant. The service was VERY slow in the restaurant and was staffed by young people who didn't seem too concerned with guests and were often preoccupied with their own conversations. At our previous hotel, we were used to towels, water and fruit around the pool - unfortunately not at the Nakamanda. We could get water if we asked but again, they didn’t seem to bothered by the guests. The food in the restaurant was very good but the service did spoil the experience.
We also went on 2 tips booked by the hotel. Firstly we went on a snorkeling trip to Hong Island - this was awful - really tacky and not good snorkeling. Full of Japanese feeding bread to the fish! Don't do it! Koh Rok was better by far for coral and clarity.
The second trip was much better - we went on the elephant ride just down the road and this was a great experience. You go riding for an hour and they watch them bathing and can feed them - quite enjoyable if you want a break from the pool.
Don’t bother going to Krabi - there is nothing there for tourists and we didn't find it a very friendly place either.
Overall, the Nakamanda was 5* in it's facilities and rooms but it really fell down on the service. For this reason we wouldn't go back and would by far recommend the Layana over this resort.
After having spent 2 weary nights at Sofitel Phokeethra, Nakamanda Resort & Spa was a welcoming relief. We discovered this hotel during our walk while trying to escape the construction at the former hotel. We were given an orientation and immediately fell in love with what we saw. We were looking for a peaceful and tranquil retreat and Nakamanda, being an intimate resort, did not disappoint. We were shown one of the Sala villas (Room no. 2202) which we think has one of the best views of the Andaman sea. We were then led to the inviting pool area close to the beach. During low tide, the sea water recedes almost 150m out and what’s left is an area big enough for a soccer match. But this will happen on any beach in Krabi anyway. Even as visiting customers, we were given a glass of ice cold water each to cool down after the orientation.
It was enticing enough for us that as soon as we checked out of the former hotel, we were driven to Nakamanda and stayed at the very room we were introduced to.
Check-in was done in the room. Interior layout was very nice with touches of Thai designs. With his and hers closet and wash basins. Bed was a bit hard though. The first few days were extremely quiet and it felt like we had the entire resort to ourselves. We were served ice cold water at the pool and were even treated to a fresh coconut drink when the staff had them plucked from the trees around the pool area (for safety reasons).
Staffs were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We had a chat with the managing director while he was there for staffs training. He was keen on upgrading the hotel services so our feedback was welcomed. Over the period of our stay, we can see the staffs improving their service standards and accommodating our needs as best as they could. Miscommunications here and there but we know they were trying their best.
Food outlets outside the hotel are worth trying. Our favourite is the Mother House. Pad Thai on average is 90 Baht. Other notable eateries are the La Casa, Baan Thai & The Terrace (a bit pricier than others). The local massages are good, cheap and fuss free. An hour of Thai or foot massage is about 250-300 Baht. Tried the BBQ dinner at the hotel. A bit pricey at 2000 Baht per person but the spread was good with our very own BBQ chef nearby. We had the dishes catered to our dietary requirements.
On the whole, Klong Muang is a quiet village area with few resorts lining the beach. Very tranquil. If you’re looking for lively nights, Ao Nang will suit better with lots of shops and eateries. As for Nakamanda resort, it suited us just fine, away from hustle and bustle of the city. Definitely recommend it.
Great Boutique Hotel with Style
This is a stylish and classy resort with semi private bungalows, high quality linens, beautiful bathrooms all large and with thai style. It is more of a couples hotel than a family resort, as it is on a sloping hillside and there are steps everywhere, which make for wonderful views, but would advise against bringing kids..... The pool and restuarant are as close to paradise as you can get and the staff is kind, kindness often making up for minor service inconsistencies (but since my wife and I were here solely to relax, getting things quickly was not important...).this is a wonderful place to relax, lounge by the pool and look out over wonderful and unique scenery. Many reviews have noted that there is not a good swiming beach in front of the hotel, but this is a non-issue, as there are beautiful tidepools and rocks and the beach is a short stroll if you want to wade in -we also spent time in Phi Phi and I wold have to recommend Phi Phi over Krabi on the whole as a more beautiful and unique place... however, for Krabit the Nakamanda is a truly beautiful resort. Note that there is nothing within walking distance of this resort, other than the Sheriton so it is truly a destination resort.... on another note, the Sheriton has an elephant that comes to the ocean at 3:00 each day for a swim, and you are welcome to swim with it even if you are staying elsewhere...(a truly magical experience)
Next to Nature in Luxury
The previous parisien reviewer seems to have got the Nakamanda all wrong. The hotel is indeed quiet and out of the way which is as it should be. The key to this resort is its exclusivity, the feeling always is that you have this beautiful place to yourself and that it becomes yours for the time you are there and not anyone/everyone elses. Perhaps not everyone will appreciate this but believe me if you flew coach to bangkok or passed through the over developed Ao Nang on your way then you most certainly will appreciate the privacy and tranquilty at the Nak. The service was excellent right from being met from the plane with cold towels and chilled mineral water by two smart hotel reps to being driven from the hotel for our onward connection at Krabi port in a luxury car. Nice touches included the fantastic glass roofed bath area where you could lay soaking and watching geckos above catch flys at night attracted the glass by the lights below, fantastic! The gym was also good for a small hotel and the pool is unique and beautifully designed. Everything at the Nak is reasonably priced unlike most 5 star hotels prices at the Nak are senstive to the prices you can find outside the hotel so we never felt for a second we were being ripped off but instead as if we were just paying for that extra something which the hotel certainly provides. The slippers and robes as well as beach towels and bags provided were all top quality and turned out to be must buys in the gift shop later. The beach in front of the Nakamanda is not a place to sunbathe or swim towel but it is a beautiful backdrop for breakfirst or lazing by the pool. Two mins walk along the beach though it opens up to a huge barely populated beach which is where we took some of the most beautiful holiday snaps of our trip. Downsides to this place are hard to find, perhaps the staff can be a little hap hazard with the service at meal times but there genuine pleasent attitude always more than makes up for a slight language barrier. One thing I didn't feel totally happy with is the way staff would leap on you as you went out the front of the hotel onto the road, there are many wonderful reastaurants and small tour operators and massage shops just outside and I felt a little as if the staff would have prefered me to spend my baht in the hotel rather than at any of these. Perhaps they were just well meaning but regardless we ate out of the resort most nights. Nature is always around you here and at breakfirst one morning we watched an eagle circle over the island in front of the hotel and then a flying lizard leap onto a tree next to us. This and the tranquilty of the place were my favourite aspects and really made you feel as if you were staying in a genuine natural tropical environment but still with all the comforts and amenities of a top hotel. Got a great deal booking with --- just two days in advance but would advise leaving three to five days as the confirmation email didn't arrive for 48 hours!
An ideal honeymoon resort
This resort was an ideal place to enjoy 7 days of relaxation, unwinding and pampering on our honeymoon, sandwiched between hectic sightseeing schedules in Cambodia and Bangkok.
All accomodation is in very spacious, individual bungalows with a massive bedroom (bed was a bit hard though!), large bathroom with double sink, big soaking tub and shower room, and an outdoor terrace.
There is a large pool with maybe 20 sun loungers, either facing the pool or the sea, and this proved to be a great place to unwind. Apart from the occasional longtail boat which goes roaring past, Klong Muang is a peaceful stretch of coastline, with no watersports taking place. From the resort, you can walk along the bay in either direction for 20 minutes or so, and if you want some more strenous exercise you can hire sea kayaks from just around the corner (admittedly we couldn't be bothered!)
The one big disappointment for us was the lack of a bar. There are some chairs set out on decking facing the sea, but no-one used these really. Although you can get drinks at your restaurant table, its hardly the same, is it? The food at the restaurant though is very good, and fairly reasonably priced - starters around 150-200 Baht, Thai mains 200-300 Baht, and Western mains from 400-900 Baht for the steak. We ate there 3 times in our week, and we particularly impressed with the Thai food! Wine was 1000 Baht a bottle for the house.
But, there are 4 or 5 restaurants on the road outside the restort. Our favourite was Baan Thai, where we would get starters, mains, and a couple of beers each for about 400 Baht. The food was excellent, especially the Phad Thai (60 Baht). Also ate at Casa which was very good too.
Turn left out the resort, and follow the road round the corner and you will find Paddy's Bar. OK, it's an Irish Bar, and no-one admits to liking to go to an Irish Bar when they're abroad, but we liked it. It is somewhere for pre-dinner drinks, it shows English football, and has a pool table, and a barman (Mee) always willing to have a game!
If you're looking for somewhere lively, then the Nakamanda is definitely NOT the place for you. But, if you are after somewhere to unwind into a very gentle way of life, with a nice bit of luxury thrown in, then you could do far worse than here!
Stylish, intimate and peaceful resort
Having booked this resort based upon the Tripadvisor reviews, we had high expectations of this resort, especially after arriving from 3 nights at the Peninsula in Bangkok.
The tone was set immediately from the point that we were collected from the airport by the hotel staff (who stood out amongst all the other people in the airport by their stylish uniforms). We were given cold refresher towels in the car and they even took our arrival drinks order that was phoned ahead to the hotel!
We were met by the Manager of the hotel who took us on quick tour of the hotel and its amenities and were then shown our room where our arrival drinks were waiting together with a platter of fresh fruits.
The sala room was like a private hideaway with its own terrace and daybed overlooking amazing sea and garden views. The room itself was large and airy with polished wooden floorboards, a very large sandstone covered bathroom that included a very large bath crowned by a glass roof. Be assured the rooms match the pictures you can find on their website. If you're looking for a room with sea views you would be best to ask for one when booking as not all the rooms were as well located as ours due to the terrace-like setting of the resort.
The pool and restaurant areas were beautifully landscaped, as was the whole resort overall.
The pervading feeling of the resort was peace and tranquillity in very stylish surrounds. Where the staff may have lacked fluency with English, they made up for this in spades with their wonderful graciousness and keenness to care for the guests - nothing was ever too much to ask any of the staff and they never stopped smiling!
The food was fantastic, with both European and Thai standards available. Wine was expensive (as it seems to be everywhere in Thailand). We did have a meal one night at the Sheraton next door and can say that the wine at Nakamanda surprisingly was cheaper.
After five nights at this wonderful resort we felt like we had been away for weeks - completely relaxed and pampered by this place!
Do yourself a favour and try this place out if you're looking for a complete escape and are looking for peace and quiet - you won't be disappointed. By the way, this place compared extremely well to the Peninsula in terms of its attention to personal service and detail.
Not what I expected . . .
We were dissappointed with the Nakamada . . . it's true, we were coming from the Oriental in Chiang Mai, which was truly extraordinary, but still. The beds are like sleeping on the floor . . the 500 dollar a night rooms are skimpy and cramped at best, the service was nothing beyond okay, and the food was just bascially inedible, breakfast was a true disaster. What they also don't tell you that at low tide, there is no water near the hotel, really, very very dissappointing . . believe me, you can do a lot better . . .
Visited this resort during the end of the rainy season. I rather enjoyed relaxing on the chairs in the rain. Overall, this resort was very nice with only a few flaws. Room cleaning was efficient and not intrusive. The only thing uncomfortable was that the toliet area lacked a door. Yes, it is hidden towards the back of the room, but still...
The bathtub and shower in the room were fine, but the lobby toilet was stopped.
The service was acceptable with minimal interruptions, but did not live up to some expectations.
Exercise a little extra care when requesting the resort to set up some activities. We had one guide that was not conducive to an enjoyable day. The resort adds a service charge, but that is to be expected. Just ask about details of your activities.
We found a couple of nice Indian restaurants in Krabi along with with some inexpensive massage places. Overall, Krabi was not as pristine as i had expected, and i doubt i would go back to the area again. Perhaps explore Phuket?
Internet was a little pricey considering the sluggish connection speed. However, the computer room/library was very nice.
The restaurant food was not stellar, but the outdoor seating was pleasurable.
Great hotel but terrible experience with Expedia
Hi, I stayed at this fantastic hotel in November. It really is brilliant - staff are very helpful and friendly and the villas are amazing. If you stay here make sure you eat in the resturant at least once as the food is amazing esp. the starters! I would suggest however that you don't book through EXPEDIA as they totally messed up our booking and are very hard to communicate with. In fact, having been back nearly 2 months now, they still have not replied to any of our emails or given an explanation/ appology for the appaling customer service we received from them! Be warned! Actually - I'm sure I've already put a comment about the hotel on this site but I think expedia might have taken it off!!
Resorts near the Nakamanda/Krabi DJs
I'm getting married in the Nakamanda in December next year. I'm having trouble finding nearby (cheaper) resorts for my guests (who cannot afford the Nakamanda) to stay in. Does anyone have any ideas? (The maps I've found on the net put the hotels in entierly different places, depending on which map I'm looking at!).
Also, any ideas on how to locate someone to DJ for us on the night of the wedding?!
RE: Resorts near the Nakamanda/Krabi DJs
Krabi Sands runs about B 2,800 and Andaman Holiday Resort similar for base room more for deluxe etc.
For entertainment I would perhaps ask the hotel, do appreciate though that the higher standard the hotel the more this will cost. Just as an idea you could have wedding and buffet lunch at the Nakamanda and then perhaps all meet up in the evening at say the Krabi Sands ( if you go for that one ) where they could arrange a buffet dinner plus DJ/small show or whatever, it always goes that the higher the standard/cost of the hotel the more you are probably going to pay for such extras, also on same lines bar drinks no doubt a lot lot cheaper at say the sands. You have lots of time so see what the sands could offer.
RE: Resorts near the Nakamanda/Krabi DJs
Hi, and congrats on your forthcomin wedding
I cannot give you any exact advice, but try to get in touch with a nice Norwegian lady (Ingeborg) who operates a travel agency in Krabi. They are specialising in weddings, and I definately think she will be able to help you somehow. I have used them several times before (although not for weddings...), and they are highly recommendable. Their website is www.krabispesialisten.com
RE: Resorts near the Nakamanda/Krabi DJs
Dear katie, The Nakamanda is on the beach of Klong Muang.I myself used a great website to book a hotel if it can help you. Here is the link ; http://www.thaihotelslinks.com/ Hope it can help you if you haven't found what you wanted yet. Congratulation for your wedding. Caria