This hotel is a prime example of where tourists should do their research before booking. First of all one needs to understand that Vogue Spa Resort is built on the side of a very steep hillside and the configuration of buildings follow the lie of the terrain. When we booked we explained that as we were no longer spring chickens we requested a room with relative easy access. The best the hotel could do was to put us on the second floor of the first building which in relation to lots of other rooms was indeed relatively easier to get to. However from the reception, which in its self was a serious hike from street level, it require the negotiation of six flights of stairs and sixty nine steps to arrive at our door. Ok once, but if one does it four times a day it becomes a health risk for us oldies.
The room was clean and well presented but a little small by Thai resort standards with limited storage space for clothes. Bathroom was tiny but water pressure was excellent. Bed was king size and comfortable. The big plus was the balcony which was big enough to fit two comfortable chairs and a table, and because of the terrain, sitting out there gave an impression of being halfway up in the canopy of an Eco resort. The pool, which from a distance looked to be smaller than most but nicely situated with typical tropical gardens, was so far below us that the thought of making the downward journey was more that we could manage to contemplate.
Breakfast was a limited buffet offering a choice of western or Thai food. I'm afraid I might have upset the egg station chef by asking for my fried eggs to be freshly cooked rather than accepting the somewhat congealed pre cooked examples in the warming tray next door. The staff at breakfast were friendly and eager to please but this was very much negated by the fact that every table cloth in the entire restaurant was quite heavily stained with food spillage. After breakfast I spoke with the hotel manager about this and she claims there was a big group of diners who ate earlier. They must have been extremely messy eaters. Incidentally the hotel had hosted an annual party for their staff the night before. We made our own conclusions.
Ao Nang itself is a seaside town that is predominately one wide main road leading down to what claims to be a beach, not a particularly attractive one. It is lined with a mixture of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, massage establishments and travel agents. All seemed to be expensive by Thai standards except the massages, which per medium of competition were somewhat lower than many other towns. I think in the high season the nightlife would appeal greatly to the party animals amongst us and I guess the same energetic group would manage the Vogue Resort steps. If you are reading this with view to staying, please beware of the physical requirements, it has some pluses but also many minuses. We had originally booked for six nights but admitted defeat after two and headed elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded in a lush, tropical setting over looking pristine AO Nang Beach, Vogue Resort & Spa is truly a paradise within a paradise. Modeled after Northern Thailand's Lanna style, all of the resort's beautifully crafted buildings blend perfectly with the natural surroundings to provide guests an intimate atmosphere in harmony with the forest and it' cool breeze. 17 kms to Krabi town, 34 kms to the airport, and only 5 minutes walk to the fine white sandy beach of Ao Nang. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vogue Resort And Spa
- Vogue Resort Krabi
- Vogue Hotel Krabi
- Vogue Resort & Spa Ao Nang Krabi