We stayed for 23 nights in the Jacuzzi pool villa. We have stayed in many luxurious resorts before throughout the Indian Ocean and Asia (we live in Hong Kong but are European), and this surpassed many. Very clean and tidy, excellent Thai architecture, and excellent fittings etc. Can't fault the layout. The owner has tremendous passion for his resort, and you can see that. He took a personal role and incredible pride in the landscaping and many other aspects of the resort.
Although you turn in from the road expecting that there could be some traffic noise penetrating the resort, because its built into its own little bay, you do not hear a thing (but we did take one of the 3 villas, and they tend to be in the best position).
Our villa was spacious, superbly well stocked, secluded from the people traffic (not that there was alot), 2 minibars (v.important - my wife is Danish and I am English/Indian... ), 2 TVs and DVDs, a separate lounge area and kitchen, and two terraces.
Though an island across the bay fronting the resort obscures the sunset, don't let this small issue inconvenience you, as some tend to write. Take a beer and sit in the jacuzzi and enjoy the change in light (dusk is a wonderful time of day). Nakamanda has a way of slowing down the passage of time, in which we place a high value.
Though English was a struggle for the staff, we did our best to find this charming - because they were making a tremendous effort to be understood. Perhaps because we were on our honeymoon and were staying longer than most (we arrived mid-Dec on 16th, and left mid-Jan 2009), even the owner made a special effort - even finding a particular floral arrangement on the terrace for my wife, because she happened to mention a favourite colour while she was painting on the terrace. I don't think that has happened before....
The staff were actually very, very attentive, and always maintained a happy demeanour. I know we always expect that in the best resorts, but somehow it felt very genuine and engaging.
The restaurant choice is a little limited, but its a short drive by taxi to wherever you want to get to. But the food that is served at the hotel is excellent. We had a special dinner on the beach front for both Xmas 2008 and New Year 2009 - excellent, fabulous, along with Chinese lantern ceremony on the beach which is very special to do with the one you love.
There are a few other bars and restaurants along the beach, but they are tucked out of view. We especially liked the Jamaica bar - with a real "Rastaman" owner. In view of the economic situation, we hope his business survived.
Some have written here about the beach being rocky etc. Yes, there are rocks, but that makes for a more distinct landscape than otherwise. Anyway, there are 2 longer sandy beaches close by, so if you want something else its easy to get to. There is also a larger hotel close-by (Sheraton or Hilton or something like that), so if you want to make noise and do some watersports etc. then its just a 10min walk along the beach - but you can't hear the riff-raff at night, trust me.
If you are the energetic type and want bars/restaurants nearby - don't go to Nakamanda. But if you value a place that has the ability to slow down time with some great spa treatments, then go for it. Yes, its not cheap - but what price would you put on your own health and well-being? I actually found it was difficult to readjust to work after this - but that was a very healthy experience. Life is important, so get a balance - and this place helps you achieve it (yes, yes, it was our honeymoon...).
And on a final note, on my departure I forgot my watch - and it was only a cheap Swatch, but they called us on the way to the airport, and an extra car was despatched to meet us. Excellent attentive staff...
Some time since we came back, but promised to do this - and the memory stays strong.
Raj and Lisa in Hong Kong.
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- Nakamanda Resort & Spa Krabi, Thailand