My partner and i have just returned from this resort after staying 12 nights and this is an honest and frank assessment of our experience.
We travel the world with our jobs and have stayed in some fabulous hotels, and our usual destination for our January holiday is The Maldives as we love the diving. But after 6 years of The Maldives, we decided to have a change this year. The location and setting of the hotel is simply fantastc! set against a dramatic backdrop of mountain and rainforest and the hotel has the only private beach in the Ao Nang region, which gives the impression of seclusion and exclusivity.
We stayed B&B and had a deluxe Jacuzzi room, which had the most fantastic view I have ever had, even after the Maldives - every room has a sunset view and sitting in the Jacuzzi watching the sun go down with a glass of something was amazing.
There are quite a few reviews mentioning how expensive this hotel is, that depends on what you are comparing it against. Sure, you can go to Ao Nang and get a great meal for a fraction of the cost but the service and cleanliness of some of those restaurants were questionable. If you are comparing it to a to any other 4/5* hotel, then its very reasonable. Although the restaurants we went to in Ao Nang were great, Tandori nights Indian/Thai was fantastic!! (best tandori chicken I have ever had). Also The last Fisherman beach bar is the best place for a sundowner with a great atmosphere and the best barbecue menu ever!. But I digress.
Out of the 12 nights we stayed at the hotel we ate there 9 nights and I would say the food was exceptional, as was the service and decor of the main restaurants. I had no complaints whatsoever about the food and gladly paid £60 per head with wine most nights. The staff are lovely and can't do enough to help you. We paid £200 for a private 6 course meal on our balcony with wine & champagne for our anniversary. We had our own private chef and waitress for the entire evening and the way they decorated our balcony made it even more special. But as I said earlier I think if you go to this hotel and want cheap, its not the place to go, but there is an outlet in the fact Ao Nang is just the other side of the bay, however, getting there is another story.
There are basically 4 methods of getting to Ao Nang;
1/ Use the free shuttle boat and get tuk tuk to resort
2/ Pay for a longtail boat directly to Ao Nang beach
3/ Walk around the headland at low tide
4/ Take the Monkey Trail (not for the unfit or people with asthma as it's quite steep and unstable in places)
We chatted to a few people around the pool, as you do - and I think the overall concensus was that the hotel is not 5* and it is expensive, but with Ao Nang around the corner there is an outlet for those travelling on a budget. But in our experience we enjoyed it and would definitely consider returning in the future.
- 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 with 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 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 And Villas
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hotel Ao Nang
- 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