- Style Sand-circled garden pavilions
- Setting Sun-kissed limestone peninsula
Picturesque pavilions are tucked among tall tropical palm trees at Rayavadee hotel in Krabi, is set on glittering beaches against dramatic limestone cliffs. This Thai retreat offers tropical indulgence with four excellent restaurants, a grotto with cave dining, a serene spa and swimming pool that resembles a peaceful lagoon.
Need to know
- Rooms 98 one- and two-bedroom pavilions and four beachfront villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $449.99 (THB14,501), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and Krabi airport transfers.
- Facilities Spa, tennis and squash courts, gym, watersports and activities centres, billiards table, table tennis, jogging path, games room, boutique, library with CDs, DVDs and free WiFi. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, Erb toiletries, minibar, free bottled water.
- Poolside The large lagoon-style infinity pool is encircled by verdant landscaped gardens and looks out onto the sea.
- Check–out Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 11am (2pm is standard).
Children Welcome: baby cots are free, and extra beds for older children are available for THB2,450 a child a night. Babysitting can be arranged with hotel staff for THB350 a child an hour, with two days' notice.
- Eco‐friendly Rayavadee uses local food where possible, including seasonal fruits and herbs grown on site. Recycling is encouraged and pavilions and villas were designed to blend into the tropical landscape, preserving existing plants and coconut trees.
- Also Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas and in the four restaurants. All pavilions are non-smoking.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms To add lashings of romance to your stay, opt for a garden-endowed Spa Pavilion and bubble away in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Rayavadee’s mushroom-like pavilions all have two floors, large couple’s bath tubs and snuggly-cushioned wooden swings instead of sofas.
- Packing tips Don’t forget your sea legs and anti-nausea tablets if you plan to leave the resort – the only way to get anywhere is by boat. If hanging off craggy cliffs is your thing, make space for your climbing shoes.
- Also Rayavadee runs countless trips and excursions, including island visits, scuba trips, sea kayaking and snorkelling. However, lounging in your pavilion watching the local monkeys misbehaving can be equally entertaining.
Food and drink at Rayavadee
- Hotel restaurant There are four eateries: Raya Dining caters to Western palates; Krua Phranang is the best choice for scrumptious Thai seafood dinners by the beach; Raitalay Terrace is for daytime snacking and evening meals by the pool; and the Grotto offers light bites in a spectacular limestone cavern, with special seafood barbecues several times a week.
- Dress code Resting millionaire – loose shirts and linen jackets.
- Top table The 24-hour private-dining service means you and your Mr/Mrs can enjoy intimate eating when and where you wish – go for a starlit beach barbecue.
- Last orders Three of the restaurant kitchens close at 10.30pm, although dinner and drinks are served until 11pm. The Grotto stays open until 8pm.
- Room service Available 24 hours, with breakfast options, Thai and international snacks and larger dishes, barbecue fare and desserts.
- Hotel bar There’s a bar in each of the four restaurants, with signature drinks at each one, but the Grotto is the most romantic environment to sip a long, cool cocktail at sunset.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details