Excellent Resort - I would definitelly go back ! ! !
My girlfriend and I stayed in the Railay Bay resort for a week and we loved it. The resort is great and the service is excellent. The food is really good and people are friendly.
The only problem we had was with the air conditioning which was leaking the first night but as soon as I notified reception the sent someone to look at it.
I would go back to this resort without any doubt.
Just a word of advice, tip the waiters properly, they work very hard and really deserve it.
a well kept secret!
This resort is a well kept secret. As a thai resident who has visited and stayed at many resorts around Thailand, Railay Bay Resort and Spa has it all. Firstly the scenery is beautiful and this resort is situated right on the beach unlike many other resorts. There is nothing more restful than being able to have your breakfast lunch and dinner watching the ocean. The limestone cliffs surrounding the prisitine beach give the resort a uniquely isolated feeling. Secondly there is a wide range of accommodation from cheap affordable bungalows to luxurious cottages with ocean views. This allows you to stay with friends who maybe on different budgets. It's a fantastic place for families as well as honeymooners. This is a well kept secret that we keep going back to. We love it!!
We are a family of for and we have already stayed three times at this great location. In Dec. 2005 and April 2006 we had experienced the "old" Railay Bay Resort”, which was renovated in the second half of 2006. Unfortunately, when we stayed there in December 2006 the renovation work was delayed and still continuing. Therefore it was noisy and the restaurant was not finished. We were disappointed about this inconvenience. The management offered us one night for free. Nevertheless we enjoyed a great holiday. The location is unbeatable. The beach is surrounded by limestones which look gigantic. The sunset at the beach is really breathtaking. We also liked the pool situated directly in front of the beach. None of the other hotels at the railay beach had a pool and sun chairs so close to the beach and sea. The restaurant is located directly at the beach too. You can watch the boats whilst having breakfast. Flies and sometime long waiting time for the food couldn’t beat the superb view and the ambience. We also liked the rooms. The only annoying thing was, that after showering the bathroom was floated. The room was big and clean. Now we are planning another trip to “Railay Bay Resort” in February 2007. We are curious about the changes of the newly renovated resort. The renovation work is done. So we wont be disturbed by any noise (hopefully).
It is easy to get around by longtailboat. We hired everyday a boat which brought us to great snorkeling locations. There are different small islands easy to reach within 20 – 45 min. by longtailboat. The coral reefs are great. If you like snorkeling and a quiet romantic beach toped with a whiff of luxury than this is the place you are looking for.
Railay Bay Resort is situated in my opinion in one of the most beautiful places in thailand.
The resort offers a good range of accommodation types - we opted for the cheapest which was the garden cottages. These were towards the back end of the resort (only a couple of mins walk to the reception and restaurant) and almost on the Railay East beach. Our cottage, although not luxurious, had every thing we wanted for such a stay - air con and was clean. It even had its own verander which was nice to sit on at the end of a day on the beach and relax with a drink.
Although Railay East isnt as nice as the West it is from here that you walk to Phra Nang - which is where we spent most of our time - scenery here is spectacular. There are also several bars and restaurants at this side of the "island" - i say island as it really feels like you are on one - with access restricted to boat only and you are surrounded by coastline.
There is also a little mini-mart in the resort which is very useful for buying various snacks, drinks, postcodes etc to take to the beach.
We also arranged one of the many day tours available from the resort - we went to Phi Phi - a trip recommended - although upsetting visiting the place we had enjoyed so much a couple of years ago and then seeing it again after the tsunami.
All in all i would definitely recommend this place and would not hesitate to return - a great base to explore the area.
ps - I can also recommend hiring a kayak and paddling around the coastline from Railay West to Phra Nang
Great Family Holiday - Will Recommend to Friends and Family
A stunning beach! A great place to stay. We have been to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Railay Beach is right up there. The Resort has the best location, bang in the middle of the bay, with a pool and deckchairs right on the beach.
The water is emerald green and once the day trippers leave around 4, football and volleyball games take off, and you can settle down with a cocktail admiring the sunset. The beach is long and wide and clean. There is a clean up team in the mornings picking up the leaves washed up by the high night tide. You can kayak straight off the beach, arrange snorkelling tours, and go climbing - the limestone cliffs are dramatic and awe inspiring. Great for photos too.
We ended up eating most of our meals at the resort (Total cost for the week, 2 adults and 1 child was £100 - 7,000 Baht - US 200) as the cafes down the beach were pricey.
The staff were courteous and helpful. More vegetarian options would be welcome - but the pizzas were loved by all. More hanging space for wet towels and swimsuits also welcomed!
This is an extremely safe place for families. The water is calm and shallow. You can watch the kids play in the sand while you sit by the pool. If it gets too hot, there is a second pool in the shade away from the west-facing beach. Also good things to explore, including caves and hidden beaches and lagoons. There are monkeys on the Princess Cave beach, 10 min leisurely walk from Railay Bay.
We stayed in the deluxe triple, and because it is off season, got 3 nights for the price of 2. Hard to beat, when you throw in air con, cable TV, room service, internet cafe and tour service all to hand. Very good pick up and drop off service also - no fuss, even though it was raining on the long-tail boat trip over.
The only downside was the weather - but then again, this is the rainy season. It was rough seas 4 days out of 6, with strong onshore wind picking up in the afternoons. But only one afternoon was too windy for us to sit by the pool and there is another pool well sheltered if needed.
We went on a tour to Phi Phi. The tour was NOT affiliated to the Resort. There are lots of tours on offer, day trips etc, by different firms. After the relative quiet we were shocked by the hustle and bustle of Phi Phi Don (we visited for the day), more than 1,000 tourists visit Maya Bay, and we were among them.
Also the safety record of some of the tour boats leaves much to be desired - just this week (september 2007) a 35 person motorboat capsized - one fatality, and one serious injury. While we were at Railay in August another boat capsized, no fatalities.
I recommend paying slightly higher fees for the tours, and definitely requesting fibre glass motorboat, life jackets (incl kids) and a restaurant service rather than a buffet. We felt quite processed, all the tour boats are on a tight schedule to get tourists in and out of the beaches and through the buffet lunch. Maya beach (as featured in the film The Beach) was stunning, but packed with day trippers. Bamboo Island, by contrast, was quiet and calm, transparent waters and fun snorkelling just off beach. In retrospect, we would have skipped Phi Phi and taken a tailor made tour to some of the quiet spots, to snorkel and relax.
I recommend staying at this resort, the star of the week was the beach and the west-facing bay, no doubt about it. We booked with sawasdee.com. No problems.
Beautiful, comfortable yet rustic
We stayed at Railay Beach Resort for 6 days in August 2007. We opted for the cheapest accommodation which were spartan (very little clothes storage apart from a closet) but kept very clean and were roomy with a nice front porch. The staff are friendly and helpful. We were able to book tours from their information office as well as use on-site computers to access high-speed internet for very little fee. Everything on grounds is kept immaculate and the complimentary breakfast buffet had enough choices to stay interesting for 6 meals. The dinner menu is extensive and everything we had was good. Take advantage of the inexpensive massages at the small spa by the pool! A small logistical warning, we arrived in the late afternoon by bus and had not arranged for the hotel to pick us up (which I would highly recommend. We ended up wading through knee deep water in the pitch dark for several hundred yards with all of our stuff!) It is necessary to drive to one of three (depending upon sea conditions) boat locations and take a short boat ride (10-25 mintues depending upon which port you go from) to Railay Beach. There are no docks and you must wade into the water to load and unload! This was tricky as we had a lot of heavy climbing gear with us. The hotel does have a conveyance to load and unload without wading on the Railay end. The tides make a big difference to this experience. Be prepared for this adventure.
This was the first place I stayed in Thailand away from Bangkok and it didnt' dissapoint. The beach was gorgeous (my pics don't do it any justice at all I'm afraid) with all the rock stalactites hanging down and the coves. It was a bit crowded at times but not nearly as much as Phi Phi. And it was high season so it was going to be full. Still, it was a great experience.
Railey Beach and Ao Phra Nang Bay
On arriving at West Railay beach we headed for the footpath through Railay Bay Resort, which leads to East Railay. A right turn at the end of the path takes you towards the Ao Phra Nang Bay.
We enjoyed a pleasant 30-minute walk, passing climbers on the towering cliffs high above our heads and then came across a group of wild monkeys that had grown used to tourists. They frolicked with us taking our tit bits and water from our half empty bottles.
. At the next bend we came to a wonderful sight of limestone caves with hanging pinnacles, which led to the most beautiful beach in the area.
"Ao Phra Nang Bay"
The rest of the day was spent soaking up the atmosphere and relaxing in the shade of a coconut palm. (Lunch that day was fresh pineapple and bbq corn on the cob cooked for us to perfection by a local on the beach).
"Chicken and Poda Island"
The following morning we rented a Long Tail boat for four hours at £13 (800 bahts) to visit Chicken and Poda Island. The 30-min journey took us to Chicken Island. While the boatman slept in his hammock we explored the island and waded knee deep across a submerged sandbank. The island had plenty of shade, a tropical paradise with its perfect beaches, warm turquoise waters and shoals of colourful fish. It was no time before we had to move on to our next stop, Poda Island where the snorkelling was even better.
Krabi/Railay Bay - Miles away from ordinary
Railay Bay is truly unlike anywhere else on earth. Only accessible by boat, its sheer limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches give it the natural beauty and feel of a secluded tropical paradise....
Railay Bay: The lush limestone karsts of Tham Phra Nang Beach....
Krabi: The precipitous paths of Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple)
Longboat in transit to Railay Bay
East and West Railay Bay
View of Railay Bay from Poda Island
centara grand vs railay bay
which hotel would u advise between centara grand aonang and railay bay resort? which beach is better? where r the waters calmer? visiting in july
Re: centara grand vs railay bay
I stayed at Railay Bay Resort and Spa last year.
The only way to get there is a long-tail boat from Ao Nang. Be sure to check weather conditions in July. Maybe it is already the wet season, so might be a bit harder to get to because of the waves.
When we were there, the water on the western part is better and calmer than Aonang, but I've been to better beaches. Phrang Nang Bay on the other side of Railay is great. You can walk there from Railay Bay Resort. That was my favorite part. Clear water and "less" crowded than Ao Nang, but it is still crowded nonetheless.
Ao Nang is just more convenient and easier to get around to, but it is too developed and crowded for my taste. But that may work for you since you have kids.
Downside to Railay is the somewhat limited dining options. Ravayadee, though a bit expensive, has a fantastic restaurant on the western part.
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