We recently stayed for six nights at Ao Nang Villa Resort. As happened to a fellow traveller, the hotel was overbooked. Clearly, not great but we stayed next door at the golden beach resort (?) and the next morning we were
a)upgraded (Deluxe room, we had booked superior)
b)got a voucher for a free dinner
c)were allowed to check out late on our last day
Especially the late check out was great as our flight left at night, and we could enjoy our last day at the pool, take a shower, pack our stuff and then get into the airport-shuttle. very nice. Clearly this place is popular with scandinavian families. So expect to reserve your poolchair around sunrise. Also you will have the occasional blond brat that will scream at his sibling(s) or simply cry at full voice about world's unjustness. however, going to ta heaviliy touristy place...to complain about other tourists doesn't make much sense to me.
As to the rooms, we found everything clean and kept well, the lobby, pool and restaurant areas are well maintained. We did not run into any problems during our stay so we never needed to apply the staff's english to a serious test. While the manager at the reception could clearly communicate it was a bit annoying to realize that the restaurant/pool waiters couldn't tell english from chinese.
Ao Nang itself is pretty much two roads (one going to the beach, one being a beach promenade) but feeling already overdeveloped. We had made a one week trip through the countries north and had stayed three days in Bangkok prior to arriving at Ao Nang and clearly this place has not much in common with the Thai lifestyle. It's Burger King, Mc Donalds, Irish Pubs and so on and (the obviously spoilt) merchants selling you the typical plethora of t-shirts, fake suitcases/watches/etc... do not like to haggle much. However, longtail-and speedboats leave directly from the beach, and for 80 Baht you can go to Railay beach for example, which is a bit more pleasant than Ao Nang beach. We also booked a one day "four islands" trip on a speedboat with Ao Nang Tourist Center (A.T.C) for 750 Baht. Sure, the included lunch was basically just rice and vegetables but you pay easily 1200 or even up to 2000 Baht going with other agencies, and we just wanted to see the islands. The trip was gourgeous, but don't fool yourself: there will always be a hundred other tourists wherever you go.
All in all, we had a great time. However, the next time i might simply go to Ao Nang just to take a ferryboat to another island and stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aonang Villa Resort, the stimulating destination situated on the unspoiled natural scenery by soaring limestone cliffs and lovely tropical environment, as well as just minutes away from lively shopping and restaurant district of Aonang Beach ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aonang Villa Hotel Ao Nang
- Aonang Hotel Krabi
- Aonang Resort Krabi
- Ao Nang Villa Resort
- Aonang Villa Resort Krabi/Ao Nang