On arrival we were ushered to our rooms by the manager and our bell-hop Mr Bao . The room was as depicted on their web-site, clean and comfortable. All tiled areas were in good condition and although there were a few scratches on the floor, there was nothing to grumble about. Shower area spacious so no banged elbows. The balcony was a nice cool area, clean , adequately furnished and with beautifully planted troughs at the front.
The accommodation is in 2 and 3 storey blocks (no lifts) which face in towards a garden area which is lavishly planted with palm trees and evergreen and flowering shrubs, all well maintained. The extensive split-level pool area is set within the garden. The pools were as clean as I've seen anywhere and the hard areas were swept of debris early each morning. There are toilets and showers by the pool area as well as a pool bar. There were always enough sun-loungers to go round and as many towels as you needed.
In the restaurant, there is a wide choice fairly typical of what you get in this part of the world. We tried the evening buffet and didn't really enjoy it, but to be fair we saw one guy who really seemed to relish it. Tip no 1: don't order the European soups - they're awful.
The staff were polite and as helpful as they were allowed to be. This is a chain hotel and head-office control is tight. Tip no 2: in the bar don't attempt to order anything "off menu" - they simply can't handle it and it causes mild panic.
The hotel is situated a short walk from the main beach road or you can take a taxi; they're usually parked to the right of the hotel entrance as you leave.
There are stacks of restaurants in the area; these are the ones we tried -
Cafe Del Mar- opposite the hotel-OK for lunch, salads, soups, nice coffee.
The Carnivore-next door but one and more upmarket with tables dressed in attractive linen. Great Aussie steaks and an acceptable house red.
Soho Indain (sic) Restaurant- just before you get to Beach Road, actually Pakistani but no worse for that. Neat clean and with good South Asian food. Just the spot for a late supper after you have been trapped in O'Malley's Irish Pub by a thunderstorm for an hour (or two).
Anning - along Beach Road, European run, serves all sorts of food. The red snapper is delicious - I had it 3 times - the deep-fried is the whole fish which looks like a small pike sitting on your plate. Other times we snacked on fries, nachos and pizza. We found the blueberry and butterscotch sundaes irresistible.
The beach itself we couldn't take. It's beyond me how people can sit surrounded by litter.
We rented a long-tail boat to take us to Chicken Island but demanded to be taken off again due to the litter and the smelly "Visitor Centre". We then went to another island (I think it was called Hang or similar). There the beach was cleaner and the swimming was fun. Boat-shops ply their trade and a small sum buys some stale bread to feed to the fish which abound.
We took another excursion to the Emerald Pool for a swim. The pool is continuously fed by a stream coming down from the hills so this is probably the cleanest water you will ever bathe in. Tip no 3; hire your own taxi and go early. By about 10:30 the crowds start arriving by the bus-load.
If you tire of walking, the tuk-tuks are fun and cost a minimum of 40baht in the local area.
On balance we enjoyed our stay in Krabi and would definitely recommend the hotel
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