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“What a big suprise!!”
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Ban Sainai Resort
Ranked #1 of 108 Hotels in Ao Nang
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Fornebu, Norway
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42 reviews
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“What a big suprise!!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Needed one last night close to Krabi airport and booked 2 bungalows at Ban Sainai. Everything was just outstanding from we arrived until we left. The service level was amazing. The staff new the names of the different familiy members when we arrived. The bungalows was nicey equipped and the whole resort area had a genuin and nice architecture. Compared with other resorts we have been at, Ban Sainai should have had a 5 star (*****) rating and not only 3 (***)! The pool area, the reception and the restaurant all is nicely placed in the nature in front of the mountains. Really nice, we will come back! This is not a party place but a nice and quitet place to calm down and enjoy the life!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Porto, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The tropical gardens and mountains surrounding the cottages make this hotel unique! The room is big, quiet and comfortable. Free short rides to Ao Nang Beach and back. Nice pool. Very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast is good but with little variety. Could have more TV channels. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palamos, Spain
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Hollydaze has it pretty much nailed down.

The Good: Lovely rooms; clean; fridge available; daily room cleaning (not always common in Thailand budget accommodation); large rooms; quite = excellent rest; truly awesome pool area; fabulous views of the nearby cliffs towering over the gardens; excellent staff friendliness; only minuted from "the Strip" but far enough away to escape any feeling of "ghetto tourism".

The Not-So-Good: As Hollydaze mentioned, no advertising that the resort is dry = a bit of a surprise at dinner (easily fixed by a visit to Tescos + room fridge); major downfall = poor restaurant. Breakfast coffee was .... there are no words; the "roti" was a poorly made pancake, soft, soggy and tough, not crispy like the borrow-ladies make them on the beachfront.

Warn about the "no-booze" and jack up the restaurant and at less than €50 per room, this will be the star of Ao Nang.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, ON
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

You may get the idea that I didn't care for Ao Nang. And you would be correct. I was just trying to get us closer to the Krabi airport, so chose this new resort for a two night stay.

The good: outstanding scenery. The cliffs are just gorgeous. The pool area is lovely. The bungalows are spacious, new and super clean. The staff could not have been more accommodating and sweet.

The not so good: restaurant food was actually not bad but the poor girls working there really had no idea which end was up. If you ordered 3 dishes, it was a surprise in terms of which would come first and what you would actually get! We never ate our meals simultaneously. Location wise, this is a good 25 minute walk into Ao Nang. They have a shuttle, but it's only every few hours. A taxi is about 100 baht or so. We chose to walk most often but would be hard in the real heat. By the way, Ao Nang has an awful beach and is quite skeevy. Two nights were more than enough! Some decent eating at Boat House Noodles and Deans seafood. Nice pedicure at Haven.

did I mention this resort is DRY? No alcohol served as it is Muslim owned! Surprise! You can buy your own beer and keep in your mini fridge, but nothing in the restaurant. This isn't highlighted on their website, but perhaps it should be. Oh yes, very, very hard beds...I love a hard bed, but these were crazy! Great sheets though!

Great choice for families...quite a few temper tantruming wee ones running around the pool - a bit of a turn off for me on vacation. That said, a short stay was do-able.

Soooo, would recommend to families, perhaps couples who like a quiet place and don't mind kids, but I wouldn't return personally - just not my thing. Not to mention, I would not be in a hurry to go back to Ao Nang ( when the out islands are so gorgeous!)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Samut Sakhon, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We stayed at this resort for 5 nights. It was nothing short of amazing. The staff, specifically Aom, was amazing and helpful every step of the way. Despite the beach being a short distance from our place, the hotel offered a shuttle service that was quick, efficient and punctual. They worked with us to make sure we would get to the airport on time and even took us there themselves (after working on the price). The restaurant could use some improvements, but the breakfast was free so you can't complain much.

The pool is delightful! I would spend hours there alone. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Ban Sainai for 8 days n 7 nights.We were a group of family travelling with our parents,2 teenagers, 3 young kids, an infant and 2 couples.
Initially my parents wanted to change hotel as the resort is quite big and required them to walk up slopes to get to their cottage but after the 1st night of tranquilaty, decided to stayed on.
We thought the mosquitoes would've been a problem but the cottages were well sealed and no insects or bugs could be found in our rooms.
That being said, the rooms at Ban Sainai are very clean,comfortable and spacious.The staffs are very friendly,room services are tip top and hotel management is well groomed.
Although its about a 10mins walk to the main road and another 10mins to Ao Nang beach, the resort do provide free tuk tuk rides to and fro.
Overall, my family and me felt bereft to leave such a nice experience with Ban Sainai.We would definitely recommend it to honeymooners for the resort's romantic lay out, busy travellers to take a breather of the hills and nature of Ban Sainai and families to spend their vacation here.
Thank you Ban Sainai for the great experience!!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Overall a great stay. Resort was 5 minutes from the Ao Nang Beach via Scooter. About 15 mins walk from the beach. Place was well kept over looking the beautiful mountains of Krabi. Majority of staff were very accommodative and pleasant. It is a great place to stay if you prefer a secluded place to stay, away from the hustle and bustle.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Ban Sainai Resort
Address: 550 Soi Aonang 11/1, Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81180, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 108 Hotels in Ao Nang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ban Sainai Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BAN SAINAI RESORT is located among tranquil tropical greeneries with its unique setting on a small hill, surrounded by coconut groves against a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. The resort simply presents a lifestyle of the locals, with a lush environment and breathtaking nature-made beauty. Staying with us, you will enjoy your holiday with our saltwater system swimming pool overlooking limestone cliffs as a magnificent backdrop. Plus the comfort of the private deluxe cottages that makes your holiday even more peaceful & memorable. The resort style is not only inspired and designed for those stylish needs but also for restful holiday seekers. Ban Sainai Resort offers 40 simple yet comfortable deluxe cottages, is with unique Southern Thai style with a private balcony and a seating area. Each spacious cottage equipped finely with an Air-Condition, Flat TV & Satellite, Safety Deposit Box and An En Suite Bathroom. The resort features an outdoor pool running by saltwater system which is gentle to your skin. Refreshing soft drinks, freshly brewed coffee or choices or mocktails are ready to be served for you at the Pool Sala. At Ban Sainai Resort, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the area. ... more   less 
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