Cannot recommend highly enough.
The facilities are excellent - a small number of suites (in row houses on stilts) and detached houses set in luscious green grounds studded with mature trees - but the staff are even better. They are so friendly and helpful, and were genuinely concerned when my wife was taken ill (NOT their fault!!).
We stayed in a suite, which was beautifully appointed (lots of wood) with windows everywhere that could be opened to catch the breeze (as well as a/c). The whole thing felt very spacious with sitting out areas at first floor (UK)/second floor (US) as well as at ground floor under the house.
Bicycles were provided to get about both the resort (not really needed - it's not that big but useful for those who need the practice before venturing out!) and the beach area. Going further afield is more challenging, as I found out when I suddenly encountered a dual carriageway and 4 lanes of traffic at a set of lights.
The restaurant is excellent (we ate there every night for a week) with a good variety of food - East, West & Fusion - and decently priced wines. The breakfasts are also very good with the freshly baked bread recommended.
You can also eat across the road on the beach, where the hotel has deckchairs, hammocks etc set up in the trees and a mobile coffee bar. There's also an S&P cafe adjacent to the front gate for snacks etc.
But as stated earlier the staff make this place special. Without exception they were friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make our stay so memorable.
It always takes a bit of time with a new place to find your way around. We reckon we've done that now, and are already planning to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raya Resort Cha-am has 16 rooms, which are divided into two architectural styles; the Traditional Wooden Row Houses and Single Villas. Two Traditional Row Houses consists of 6 rooms each, makes total of 12 rooms. Rooms are refurbished Western architecture combining traditional Thai architecture from King Rama the 6th. Four Single Villas divided into 3 one bedroom-villas and 1 three bedroom-villa with private swimming pool. ... more less
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