My Husband and I have just returned from a 7 night stay at the Nakamanda Resort, Krabi. At the risk of sounding like an overdose of superlatives, there really is only one word to describe our stay there and that is "flawless". From the minute we were picked up at Krabi International Airport by the wonderful, bubbly and informative Dao (Nakamanda's Concierge), our holiday truly began and the service upon which the Nakamanda prides itself really came into its own.
We had booked a Sala Vila (501) which was just lovely. We were pretty exhausted after our long flight and one of the things I really loved was having a bath and watching the rain fall on the glass ceiling above- an outdoor bath completely private and still undercover. The room is spacious and well-designed and the his and her bathroom areas are wonderful as well. The outside day bed is a lovely place to relax, read and chat. A couple of mornings, the staff served us breakfast on our verandah and I cannot tell you how pretty the whole place looks when you watch the rain over the trees and out over the water.
As part of the Nakamanda experience, a daily High Tea (which is included in the room rate) is served in the "Living Room". Every day there are different cakes and pastries and the Coffee is really good. On the first day, because we were still so tired, we wondered if we could take the cakes and coffee in our room. I was on my way to ask, when I was asked very nicely if I was lost? It was in fact the Owner, Eric who was supervising the planting of new garden undergrowth. We struck up a conversation and he said that he had studied his Masters at Bond University on the Gold Coast. We later had several conversations with Eric and really enjoyed hearing his vision for Nakamanda, his staff philosophy and how the resort has come to be what it is today. Eric, is to be complimented on his Staff (as well as the overall Resort Design,) as they are all wonderful and they are a genuine credit to him.
That night, we were still pretty tired, but went down to eat at the restaurant by the Pool that looks out over the little Bay and Island. The Chef and Restaurant staff take great pride in making their guests happy and the Chef even came out personally to ask what we would like. Being really jetlagged, we were more concerned that we were hurting his feelings as we were too tired to eat a feast, so we said just something small and we let me choose. What came out was lovely, one of the dishes was prawns wrapped in a type of dry noodle and fried- excellent.
The Breakfast too was awesome. During our stay it was served a la carte. Dao explained that she and the staff make a note on each guest of what they like and how they like their preferences served. Since I had said that I love red pawpaw, they went to the market and this was served everyday, along with the dry crispy bacon as requested and fresh guava juice. We give a genuine 10/10 for the breakfasts as they are very special and it is a wonderful way to start the day, looking out over the water of which the beachscape changes as the tides go in and out. We shared many a laugh with the staff each morning.
Rit, is the Head Concierge and on the third Day asked if we would like him to take us on a Day Tour. He took us to the Hot Springs, Emerald Pool and Tiger Temple. He really went out of his way to give us a lovely Day, and the flowing conversation was enjoyed as well. Thankyou Rit and we have since found that you also took some really great photos on our camera for us.
Dao, took us to nearby Ao Nang for dinner on the second night and we ended up having a great seafood dinner in one of the many restaurants along the beach. I also had two lovely silk dresses made, at excellent prices and quality at one of the Tailors there. The service was excellent and they even came out to Nakamanda for one of the fittings- Thankyou Royal Tailors, Ao Nang.
I cant review the Spa as we went to the little massage place outside the Nakamanda. This gave us more pleasure to do so as being low season the trade was very quite and the owners went out of the way to please us. One night we didnt leave until midnight as they gave us an extra long Thai Massage which was excellent too and very well priced. One night my husband was too late to buy cigarettes and one of the daughters just jumped on her motorbike and came back with a packet- out of nowhere! We explained to the Nakamanda that we wanted to give a little back to the shops outside the Resort and they understood. I am sure the Spa is great though as we did look in and it was very clean and smelt great. Another Couple said they had been and rated it as excellent.
I really want to give a heartfelt thankyou to Dao who will be in our hearts forever. She and the Nakamanda Driver, Nuk, came with us on a day trip to Phuket which is only about 2 1/2 hrs away by car. We had a lovely day and met up with some friends from home. Again, the conversation and general fun was flowing and natural and it was one of those great days. The next day our friends drove up from Phuket to see what Krabi was all about, and Dao and the staff put on a wonderful lunch at a table right next to the beach and all the Nakamanda staff went out of their way to make sure our guests had a lovely time. Dao then organised a long boat to take us to Pha Nang Bay and dinner in Ao Nang and again, I risk being accused of verbal overkill, the experience was so fun and has created some really wonderful memories.
ALL, the Staff at the Nakamanda are to be praised and if I have missed any I hope I dont give any offence. The Resort surroundings are truly beautiful but it is the staff with their lovely smiles and heartfelt genousity of spirit that make this Hotel stand out above any that I have ever stayed in before.
So, I must thank Rit, Dao, Num, Au, Chai, Made, Lik, Jig, Ya, Nut (Good Afternoon!), Fa, Chai (2), Bum (prounounced Boom), Nu, Anna-phut, and Apple for giving us a truly wonderful holiday and I hope that this review will encourage others to come and stay there as if you are looking for a "honeymoon", experience no matter how many years you have been married, then I can only recomend this hotel to the highest degree.
Dianne & Stephen Tam, Brisbane
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