Just got back from a dream break in Thailand, after spending 3 days in Bangkok we arrived here for the remainder of our holiday.
The first thing to note is that arrival is by boat and before even getting to the floating jetty the views of the hotel are spectacular. the floating jetty is an experience in itself but is fairly sturdy and the effect of the waves is minimal. There is a bit of repair needed to one part but it's easy enough to avoid the dropped parts.
Check in was a bit hit and miss with our group all handing over passports and credit cards, only for two couples to then get theirs mixed up. That said it was pretty quickly resolved and we were in our room within around 20 minutes.
The view from our room was incredible, straight out with a great ocean view.
The only ways into Ao Nang are either by the shuttle boat, which you will then need a taxi the other end (we paid around 80 baht - just over £2, so it's not expensive). The second route is the monkey trail, which we used most nights.
the shuttle boat runs every hour and can be booked in the library, i'd suggest you do this early if you want to go and come back at specific times.
The trail is through national park so isn't up to the 5* rating of the resort and has the look and feel of being a bit unstable, and with the humid air can lead to you becoming quite sweaty, so if you intend to dress up then this probably isn't the route to take. you also need to be fairly healthy to be able to get across as it's pretty steep at both ends so can take it's toll on your legs.
Both routes will get you into Ao Nang in around 20-30 minutes.
I would recommend taking the trip for meals as the restaurants at the hotel are pricey compared to Ao Nang with the service and the food being of no better quality. In fact I'd say we enjoyed better meals in town for a fraction of the price we paid at the hotel.
Breakfast is a buffet, with the same options every day. There isn't a massive amount of choice but enough to make sure you don't go hungry.
We both had a massage at the spa which although was very nice compared to the massages we enjoyed at Ao Nang i'd say just get them in town too. The prices are high within the spa and similar services can be had from one of the many massage places within Ao Nang for just a fraction of the price.
I would suggest haggling for any souvenirs you get too, there are so many souvenir shops that it would be easy to walk out and go somewhere else and the shop keepers are happy enough to barter.
Due to the location of the resort you never get to see a sunrise, but do have the perfect view of the sunset every evening.
it does also mean that for a few hours each morning the sun is hidden behind the cliffs. It's still warm and it came over around 10.30 every morning so it didn't affect our tanning time too much.
Overall I'd recommend this to anyone, and have been to everyone i've spoken to since I've been back. It's the perfect resort to relax and lose yourself in the paradise surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden away in secluded Pai Plong Bay and surrounded by emerald waters and a luxuriant national park, this five-star beachfront resort is a tropical paradise for those seeking a romantic hideaway or a relaxing stay with their family. The resort instils an air of understated luxury with generously-sized rooms and private villas ranging in size from 72 to 399 square metres and offering the option of garden or ocean views, an outdoor Jacuzzi, or a plunge pool. Designed in modern Thai style, with high ceilings, spacious living areas dominated by wooden accents, stone features and soothing colours, the rooms and villas are calm oases. Accessible by boat only, the resort offers an abundance of opportunities to relax and explore. To name a few: unwind with blissful spa treatments at Spa Cenvaree, savour Thai, Japanese, and International cuisines at one of the four restaurants, enjoy complimentary water sports (kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding – the first hour is free), lounge by one of the swimming pools while the kids are kept busy at the kids clubs, enjoy carefree days on the white sands of Pai Plong Bay. With warm waters with extraordinary underwater visibility, beautiful coral formations and an exotic marine life, the Andaman Sea is a tropical paradise for diving enthusiasts and those with a longing for more holiday thrills. The experts at the resort’s PADI dive centre provide everything that is needed for beginners, those with medium skills, and expert divers. Krabi International Airport is 40 minutes away from Nopparatthara pier which is approximately 15 minutes from the resort by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hotel Ao Nang
- Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas
- Centara Grand Beach Hotel
- Centara Grand Beach Krabi
- Central Krabi Hotel
- Central Krabi Bay Resort
- Central Bay Resort Krabi
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Ao Nang