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Aonang Villa Resort
Ranked #18 of 111 Hotels in Ao Nang
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

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.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

We wanted to stay at Aonang Villa in February 2009. We booked with a big travelcompany from Germany. All was prepaid. When we arrived the wanted us to stay at a neighbourhotel for one night, because the hotel was full. The reception staff and manager were so arrogant. Because we didn't want to go the this neighbourhotel they simply kept us sitting there and nothing was to be done. Luckily our travelcompany solved things. In the end we cancelled all of our 4 nights and stayed at Sheraton Krabi (which was perfect). I would never book this hotel again, though the grounds looked quite nice. But I guess you won't find a sunchair every day at the pools. And the beach is not nice at all. You will have soooo much noise from the longtailboats all day long.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank holidaylover13
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

The last couple of months travel plans took me on a combined business & holiday itinerary through South-east Asia and the South Pacific. This trip included Thailand, and a familiarization tour of the Krabi area. I made the choice to stay at several Krabi accommodations, and the Aonang Villa Resort was one of them.
Overall, I had a very pleasant stay there.
Important refurbishing works were still going on during my stay (according to the most recent reviews these should all have finished by now) and this was of course not the most pleasant aspect of my stay. On the other hand, I found some negative reviews slightly exaggerated. Indeed, these works, which to my opinion seemed necessary to upgrade or even maintain the hotels standard of quality, were carried out in what I would call a respectfull way. This means that - work has to be done, after all ? - works did not start till 8.30 am and nearly always finished by sunset. During these hours I was not in my hotel (there's so much to do in Ao Nang and in the whole of the Krabi Province !), or I spend some quiet time at one of the lovely pools.
Another issue that struck me in previous reviews was the so-called unfriendliness of the staff. I had read these reviews before my travels and, being a solo traveller, I have observed some of my fellow tourists and more particularly their behaviour towards local staff. I noticed that some guests, although being on holiday (!) just behaved as if they were in the London underground, a Berlin bus, or on a Stockholm motorway : paying no attention to anyone else, a dull, grey expression on their face...and thus just ingoring local staff. How on earth can you in return expect local staff to be friendly and cheerfull towards you ?
I found the local staff at the Aonang Villa Resort to be friendly, helpfull and efficient.
And, by the way, remember : a few Thai words (hello, thank you,...) - even pronounced the wrong way - can do miracles !!
In general, this is of course not a 5-star property but I found rooms to be very decent, the pools to be splendid, and the service of very good standard.
Two things that particularly pleased me :
- the breakfast in open air near the seaside ! In many properties, people are often packed in large breakfast areas. At Aonang Villa guests had the possibility - and I was delighted to be able to make that choice myself - to have breakfast outdoors, at tables on the lawn, with a breeze and a magnificent view. Just great ! Breakfast itself offered a good selection of everything, but most of all I enjoyed the large quantities of pineapple and papaya !!
- but the number 1 strong point of this accommodation is its absolute prime location !! You find yourself in the heart of Ao Nang and yet in a quiet area (no traffic), and soooo close to the beach.
So, this resort is maybe not the most upmarket accommodation you'll find in Krabi ( 5-star properties are often located in the Klong Muang area, often too remote), but it offers decent quality, friendly hospitalty and everything else you need for a pleasant stay at an ideal location !

Martin
December 2008

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled on business
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11  Thank Martin_R_J
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Reviewed 9 February 2009

We spent 8 nights at Aonang Villa. Family of 4 with 2 kids age 5 and 7. Despite some of the comments on this site and others, we had an excellent stay at Aonang Villa. Very nice hotel with wonderful pools and grounds; in a perfect location for seeing the local area; all at a reasonable price. If you're looking to have the staff pamper you 24 hours a day then this is not the place for you; pick one of the higher end resorts at two to three times the price. However, the staff was attentive to all of our needs when we asked, and all in a timely manner. Their English skills were just fine. Obviously, it's not their first language, but if you used the right words and phrases, they were able to answer questions and meet needs; with a smile. All I can say to those that complain about their English skills is that their English is a lot better than your Thai. We had a Grand Superior room on the third floor of Building 5 overlooking the Coral Pool. Nice room; stocked with free water, coffee/tea each day; mini bar; and a great balcony with two large chairs and a drying rack for swimsuits. Beds were a bit hard, but not unbearable. The pools (Coral and Dolphin) are wonderful. Both have bar areas; the Dolphin has a swim-up bar. You have to go up to the bar to order food/drinks; the staff doesn't walk around taking orders, but they do deliver to where you're sitting. The location is perfect for seeing Aonang; right on the beach; easy access to beach massage huts; easy access to longboats/speedboats to tour islands; easy access to the main drag with all the shops and restaurants. Massage at the spa was excellent but pricey; beach massage places are very cheap but not quite as nice, but you can't beat them for the price. Breakfast served from 6-10am had a good selection and is a good start to the morning served in the open air restaurant. Afternoon tea/coffee from 4-5pm was a nice touch. WiFi in the room was 200 Bht for 24 hours; not a bad price. Those staying at the Aonang Villa were mostly Europeans in the older catagory; although there were a few there that fit the younger or middle age group; and a few families with kids. Resort tended to be quiet, but not uncomfortably so. Having been to Thailand many many times, I was amazed how easily the Europeans were being ripped off by the Thais at the shops. Bargain people!!! You should never pay more than half of what they are asking; otherwise you've been had!! And if you keep paying so much, you're going to inflate prices for the rest of us who understand the value of the Thai Baht to the Thais. We went elephant treking; toured Phi Phi Islands, local beaches, local area, and Hong Islands...all were well worth it as the sights are wonderful. We would stay at Aonang Villa again. Unless you're looking for the 5-star JW Marriott type rooms and service, you'll be plenty happy with Aonang Villa. Unless you're a high class snob, Aonang Villa is a little paradise away from the stresses of everyday life.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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10  Thank Mixedcpl
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

Well after reading both good & bad reviews & worrying that the renovations wouldn't be finished by the time we got there I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at 9pm after a very long day of travelling.
We were lucky enough to get a renovated room overlooking the Dolphin Pool which was on the ground floor in building 7 which is the building closest to the beach. You could see the water a little bit from our room but the rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors would have had great water views.Although the room wasn't as large as I thought it would be it was big enough for my daughter & I.Everything was new including the large flat screen tv on the wall & the safe which I don't think had been used before as it was quite stiff.
The resort itself is really big, the gardens were lovely with the ponds & bridges, the 2 pools were great, the water temperature was just right & we NEVER had a problem getting a sun lounge any time of day even though it was high season.
The breakfast had a good variety to choose from, both hot & cold food. We had dinner at the restaurant one night sitting outside under the stars & the food was good though a little bit expensive. The new restaurant never seemed to have anyone eating there, maybe that was too expensive, didn't look at the prices there.
The staff were always helpful & friendly & when you needed something you got it straight away.
We had 3 massages at the resort by the always smiling Thai girls which were the same price as the ones on the beach so we didn't bother to walk down there.
The resort is in a great position it is so close to the beach, only a small road (really only a walkway actually as hardly any cars use it as it is a deadend) separates it from the beach.The shops & restaurants are right at your door & so are the longtail boats.
We also made a phone call to Australia & it only cost 66baht for 5 minutes, much cheaper than the call we made from our resort in Phuket which cost us 526baht for 15 minutes!
Overall we loved this resort & will definitely stay here next time we come back, hopefully next year.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

Stayed at Ao Nang in Jan 09. All building work was finished which was a relief from reading previous reviews. King Size room smelt a bit musty, but large and clean. Service not that great - where were the smiles?, and all the little signs and notes everywhere with rules are hilarious (extra charges for water, towels, dirty bedlinen etc etc) Hotel really popular with middle to old age Europeans - a bit pushy when it came to breakfast queues and grabbed all the sunbeds very early. Location good as on beach so 2 min walk to catch longtail boats to Island hop, or bars and cafes. Surprised at how busy area is - not a quiet paradise! For quiet, catch boat to Poda Island or Railay (but still lots of people!) Or walk to end of Ao Nang beach (past The Last Fisherman bar - where all the massage people are, and the monkeys!) Good restaurants at other end over stilts next to the sea. Will return to area as central to getting to islands, but won't stay here again. It was fine, but nothing great.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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2  Thank wendybob
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

Spent the last week of our three week holiday in Thailand at the Aonang Villa Resort over Christmas. On arrival we were upgraded to a Lanai Room overlooking the swimming pool. The staff were always very friendly and helpful. We had a problem with our electricity but this was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. There was some noise caused by building work at the next property but this didn't detract from our holiday. As previously mentioned the massages were excellent value for money. Another nice touch was afternoon tea and cake served at 4pm in the lobby everyday - a nice way to meet other guests for a chat.

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Address: 113 Moo 2 | Aonang Beach, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81180, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ao Nang
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Ao Nang
#10 Family Hotel in Ao Nang
#12 Luxury Hotel in Ao Nang
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ao Nang
Price Range: £57 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aonang Villa Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 156
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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