There is a certain magic about this place that grows on you. After reading some of the negative reviews about the beach and gypsum mine, I had reservations and kept my expectations low. I almost arrived feeling critical in advance.
At first I found the design of the place a bit strange - the huge walls at the entrance and the strange purple colour of some of the walls. It's a very unusual design. I didn't connect with it initially, but it grew on me after a while.
The villas are magnificent. Huge and comfy. The beds are the 'piece de resistance' - 2.5 x bigger than a king size. They have to be seen to be believed. The villas are enormous with double volume, making you feel like an ant, and yet still cocooned in the comfort. The private pools are surrounded by a green hedge. We had birds in view all the time within the privacy of our room.
The mine? Honestly it does not affect the beauty of the place. Yes you can see it but it's right on the edge. Most of the time you don't see it. The beach, although not a swimming beach is beautiful. The stony outcrops have their own beauty and are very photogenic. The pool more than makes up for the lack of beach swimming. It is gigantic. The pool beds and canopies offer the utmost luxury and decadence. There is plenty of space and you are not on top of other people. Although the resort was full, there were always places available to lie, and the pool is so huge you never have to bump into other people.
The sunset bar on the beach is idyllic for sundowners. Dramatic sunsets every night. A photographer's dream.
Food? Hit and miss. We went to the Thai and Seafood restaurants. I think the Thai was better, although the ambience of the seafood was hard to beat. For that reason I would go there first. The breakfast however was amazing. It was the food highlight of my day.
Service - absolutely 5 star, above and beyond expectations.
Grounds - beautiful.
Location - if you want to go to the nature reserve it will take an hour or more by car. Ao Nang is about 30 min away. So it's very secluded but will take some time to get anywhere else.
Where could the resort improve?
1. Restaurant food - standard could be higher, although it was still fine (3.5-4 stars).
2. Add some plants to the courtyard in the villas.
3. Change the purplish walls to a neutral earth colour to make it feel more natural).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, invites you to experience your own secluded oasis at our luxury resort in Krabi, Thailand. Beyond the limestone mountains that rise from Thailand’s Andaman Sea, the virgin rainforests, and the ethereal beaches and crystal clear waterfalls, you will find a paradise that awaits - Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Our luxury waterfront hotel is one of the world’s most spellbinding destinations and one of the most glorious resorts in Thailand. Stay with us and embark on a voyage of discovery, at our retreat in Krabi, where the natural splendor and charm of the island blends blissfully with an aura of luxury and serenity. Guests access our luxurious sanctuary from Krabi or Phuket Airports, and they at once experience the thrill and convenience of our exotic Phulay Bay waterfront resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve Hotel Nong Thale
- Ritz Carlton Krabi
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