Where to stay: The Rayavadee...
Where to stay: The Rayavadee Premier Resort Krabi, 100 luxurious pavilions in the palm groves of Ao Nang, just south of Railay
I wish we could have afforded to stay here. It is amazingly beautiful. Security guards are posted at the entrances of the premises. The only way you can enter is if you are a guest or dining at their restaurants. During the off season the rates begin at 19,400 baht (US$588.00) per night up to 96,000 baht (US$2,900.00) per night for a villa. During the high season (December 24th through January 10th) the villa rate is 150,000++ baht (US$4,545.00) per night. You gotta really be rich to afford this place! We were able to afford to dine here which was amazing in itself! The grounds are tropical with monkeys and bats hanging about.
Where to stay: The Rayavadee Premier Resort Krabi, 100 luxurious pavilions in the palm groves of Ao Nang, just south of Railay
If you like to stay in a more quiet and a less "touristy" place than Ao Nang, you should seriously consider staying in one of the resorts in Railay. The beach fronted ones along Railey West Beach include Railay Village Resort, Sand Sea Resort, and Railay Bad Resorts. Their rates are about the same as a 3-4 stars hotel in Ao Nang such as Phra Nang Inn.
The incredibly luxurious Rayavadee Premier Resort is located in Railay as well and occupy a very large area in it. The best thing about it is that it occupies a large portion of the back of the stunningly beautiful Phra Nang Beach. But with a rate of about US$600 per night, it is out of the league of most visitors.
The only drawback about staying in Railay is of course that if you need to get things which the resorts' minimarts do not provide, then you will have to take a long tail boat to Ao Nang. And the last long tail boat is at about 6.30pm.
The price below is for a superior or deluxe accomodation (single, twin, or double). The sunset in Railay is certainly a wonderful sight to see.
We recently stayed in a hydro-pool suite for 9 days.
Arrival at the resort is spectacular via speedboat- and the manager Richard Fenn is there to greet you.
Check-in is very relaxed over a cool drink.
The scenery is just spectacular.
The villas are extremely pleasant - the pool villas even have their own private garden. The beds are huge (10 foot wide) and very comfortable.
Our room was in the forest area and we got regular visits from monkies, squirrels and monitor lizards.
The infinity pool is really outstanding - the best we have encountered to date - even better than the Santiburi in Koh Samui.
The staff is the friendliest and the most obliging you will ever encounter.
Breakfasts were very good.
The private barbecue in our garden was great.
The spa treatments were wonderful.
Two of the three beaches were lovely but they are not private and a large number of back-packing types descend on them each day by long-tail boat.
One of the beaches is filthy but it is some way from the hotel and makes up for its filth to an extent by its lively bars etc.
This hotel is so nearly perfect - and it could so easily be perfect with a bit of effort from management. If management could attend to the following matters it would compare to other great resorts such as the Datai in Langkawi.
The two restaurants serving dinner are very underwhelming - nearer to 2* than 5*. The Thai/ seafood restaurant was particularly disappointing - we get infinitely better Thai food and seafood back home in Ireland.
The main restaurant is slightly better but not by much - we stayed the previous week at the Peninsula in Bangkok and the food should not be even compared.
The menus are dull and unimaginative, and there are no daily specials to break up the monotony. After 9 days you have well and truly exhausted the repertoire and long to eat out somewhere else.
The service is professional and charming, but few of the staff speaks more than a few words in English.
The wine is ridiculously overpriced - the cheapest Thai wine being €43.00 a bottle, (twice the price charged at the Peninsula!) and a decent bottle of imported wine is twice that price.
The resort loses much of its charm by the fact that most guests were reluctant to pay its greedy drinks prices and so went to bed early and didn't even have a drink before dinner.
At present the resort cannot call itself 'world class' because of the poor standard of food served in its restaurants, and I, for one, would not return until the matter is sorted out, and I see a few consistently good reviews.
The resort, in my view, needs an urgent overhaul of its senior management structure. It needs two new head-chefs and new menus incorporating far more flare and variety. It ideally needs someone like Gordon Ramsey to sort it out! Two top-class restaurant managers also need to be appointed, and the retaurants should be encouraged to compete with one-another for custom.
The hotel needs to reduce its drink prices - and, you never know, it may even increase revenue! As things stand, you get the feeling, being a captive audience, that you are being ripped off at every opportunity - and that is not a feeling you should have whilst on holiday.
I'm sorry that this review appears to be more negative than positive because that is not the intention. We had a superb time, the hotel is 95% good and 5% bad - but it is an important 5%. It just needs sorting out -urgently! Over to you Richard.
On this particular evening, the restaurant was serving Italian inspired cuisine. Like Krua Phranang, it was set up as a buffet. Appetizers, salads and soups. A pasta station with unique and various types of pastas to choose from as well as various sauces, mushrooms, seafood and vegetables to add into your customized pasta dish. I chose something simple - a few tortellini and ravioli's with a scrumptious pesto sauce with various mushrooms. This restaurant is located on Railay Beach West. We had no idea the Rayavadee Resort extended to Railay Beach as most of the resort is located towards Phranang Beach. We shared cocktails with our Sand and Sea Resort neighbors prior to dinner at this restaurant witnessing a lovely sunset. The dining experiences at the Rayavadee Resort is just superb!
I have stayed at 5 star resorts around the world and found the Rayavadee to be one of the most stunning places I have ever stayed! From the rooms (more like mini houses) to the location I could not imagine a more magical place! Perced on 3 of the best beaches of Krabi, the Rayavadee could not have been in a better location! The views are amazing, the beaches perfect, and the restaurants were incredible! The Thai restaurant had the most unforgetable view and the food and service were excellent also. The rooms are sooo unique! They are 2 story cottages and allow for excellent privacy. Yes, the price tag is hefty. Before the Rayavadee I would of said that no hotel is worth $800 a night. However, after staying at the Rayavadee I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. We will not forget our stay!
we stayed at the Rayavadee for the last 4 days of our 2 week honeymoon in Thailand. Let me tell you, this resort and the area in which it is located is really something special. We felt so lucky to have spent time here, because we couldnt imagine there are any other places in the world as beautiful and relaxing.
We got very lucky and they upgraded us to a spa pavilion directly on Railey Beach right next to the pool. This was key because we spent most of our time anyway on Railey Beach and the pool! Most pavilions are within the interior of the resort and you have to walk a bit to get to the pool, so I would highly recommend asking for a pavilion near the pool and you will be happy! If you would like to go to Phranong Beach, it's about a 10 minute walk through the resort, or you can get picked up by a buggie by the staff by just dialing reception.
The pavilion was phenomenal! Two stories with a living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. There is a bedroom door downstairs so if one of you would like to watch TV downstairs while the other one sleeps, this is not a problem in the pavilion. The bathroom is huge with a two person tub and separate stahl shower. The bathroom also had a big tray of high end bath soaps/oils/lotions/etc... Downstairs there is a sliding glass door to the outside backyard which is completely private and protected by the huge limestone cliffs. When we arrived we had a bottle of champagne waiting for us....now that's service!!
I really enjoyed seeing monkeys all over the property. They dont bother you if you dont bother them, it's just surreal to see monkeys! Dont be surprised if when walking on the paths you see a family of about 10 monkeys on the road....dont be scared, just take out your camera and snap a few shots!
Lastly, we flew back to bangkok from Krabi airport and the transfer by Rayavadee was first class! Besides picking us up in a buggy and handling all of our baggage, they took us to the mainland by private boat and then to the airport by private car. To top it off, the gentlemen from Rayavadee walked us into the airport and even checked us into our flight!!!!
As long as you have the budget to stay at Rayavadee there really is no need to look at any other options if you plan to stay in Krabi. I will be back!!
feel free to email me with questions.
PS A must see is the Phi Phi islands. Try to stay there for a day or two prior to Rayavadee, you wont regret it!
We stayed at the Rayavadee for 7 nights in March 2006. Allthough the accommodation is good,it is rather dated with "old" browns, yellows, orange and a lot of brown native wood.
If you decide to go here, bear in mind that 2 out of their 3 (public) beaches are very much below par at low tide.Furthermore the speedboat noise drives you crazy all day long. If you are looking for a nice beach and peace & quite? Don't go there!
As far as food is concerned the Thai restaurant is very good, the International restaurant which is supposed to be their best suffers from the fact that the generator from the next resort makes sure you have plenty of noise while you dine. The food is also good here.
And yes there are other resorts next to the Rayavadee and that does not make for a better experience.
What's especially disappointing for a resort in this price range is the service; although the staff are very friendly, they hardly speak English and have obviously received very little training. They do not even know the most elementary things about meals on the menu, type drinks etc. I am not talking about just 1 or 2 staff members but generally.
All in all; a disappointment, particularly in view of the price.
Just returned from a two night stay at Rayavadee. All I can say is go! The pavillions are unbelieveably luxurious and comfortable. The grounds are so well manicured and looked after. Watch out for the monkeys! The pool and beaches are also breathtaking. Service went above and beyond anything I could every have expected. From arrival to departure, service was seamless. My girlfriend contracted salmonella food poisoning the day we arrived and although it put a damper on our trip, the staff couldn't have been move helpful in arranging transport to the hospital and caring for us upon our return. The nurse and hotel staff are truely genuine, nice people. The only possibe downside was that the food was just good but not anything spectacular. That said however, is not reason enough to not stay here. If you have the opportunity and means, you must treat yourself and stay here. If only I could get back there...
I stayed at the resort in feb 2006 with my partner and our 2 children aged 1 and 2. I was very concerned with some negative reports I had read on tripadvisor regarding the food. The breakfasts were fantastic. The other restraurants were excellent too. I never had a bad meal. But I suppose if you are paying to stay in a five star hotel you may expect slightly better but there really is nothing at all wrong with the food I didn't find any better places to eat during my stay. The Rayavadee has the wow factor. The villas are fabulous and makes a change to staying in hotels. The whole resort feels really chilled out and is so beautiful it feels kind of sureal. Staff were so freindly. I have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and this place is up with the best of them. Go!
Does anyone know the extent of the damage and if there was loss of life at the Rayavadee Resort near Krabi? Many thanks
This is what the Rayavadee website has to report.
Update on the situation at Rayavadee
Rayavadee joins with our friends, colleagues and partners in expressing our sadness and shock at the devastation resulting from the earthquake in Indonesia . Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to all those who have been touched by the disaster.
We are grateful to report that Rayavadee suffered no loss of life and only minor damage to the property. This was largely thanks to Rayavadee's safe and sheltered location and the natural protection that the landscape offers it from the sea.
Our beaches and the natural beauty of the landscape remain unaltered. Some of the gardens near to the shore that were damaged by sea water are being replanted. The Guest Pavilions, Raya Dining restaurant, the Grotto, Spa and Boutique as well as our Meetings and Sports facilities are all unaffected. However, in order to complete the ongoing cleanup operations and general maintenance, the resort is presently closed and will open again on February 6, 2005 .
Two of our beachside restaurants, Krua Phranang and Raitalay Terrace, were damaged by water and are being fully refurbished. Minor repairs to our swimming pool will go ahead at the same time. All are scheduled for completion by March 6, 2005 .
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