Rayavadee

Krabi, Thailand

The hotel

The setting for this award-winning Thai hideaway is just about as tropical screen-saver as you can ever imagine; with limestone cliffs and palm trees juxtaposed against white sand and the warm blues of the Andaman Sea. Thanks to the location, adjacent to Krabi Marine National Park, you'll find no end of excuses to stroll and soak up the scenery with beautiful gardens, coconut groves and faraway islands helping to pleasure all of your senses. Rayavadee's award-winning architecture also pays homage to the surrounding environment and local culture with an arrangement of exceptional guest pavilions presenting an authentic and calming Thai village ambience. What with the sights and sounds of Thailand fulfilling your wildest dreams it almost seems greedy to wish for anything more although, as you're on holiday, dining out is always an extra treat that's not to be missed. Five-star grills, signature dishes, romantic settings and sunset views, from underneath a limestone cliff, are what you have to look forward to and if you're expecting rice with everything then be prepared to fully increase your expectations. No trip to Thailand would be complete without a trip to the spa and as Rayavadee offers an extensive range of tailor-made packages you're bound to find the right blend of beauty, pampering and spiritual relaxation to suit your every mood. It's no surprise that Rayavadee has won a plethora of awards with Best Hotel in the World, Certificates of Excellence and The Royal Gold Medal for Environmentally-conscious Architecture all helping you get a feel for things to come.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

At the heart of the stunning Phranang Peninsular on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park. Transfer time from Krabi Airport: 40 minutes (20 minutes by land from Krabi Airport to pier and 20 minutes from pier to resort).

Hotel information

96 two-storey guest pavilions are scattered throughout the resort’s gardens and coconut groves. All of the circular pavilions feature tropical décor with polished wood and handcrafted details throughout. Deluxe Pavilions sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: includes lunch or dinner (food only). Half Board includes choice of salad, soup or starter plus one main course plus one dessert per person per meal. Supplementary charge will be applied to a small number of specialty menu items (i.e. lobster, seafood platter, tenderloin. Barbecue dinner and theme nights).

Full Board option: is available on a dine-around basis and includes lunch and dinner at any Rayavadee signature restaurant (food only). Full Board includes choice of salad, soup or starter plus one main course plus one dessert per person per meal. Supplementary charge will be applied to a small number of specialty menu items (i.e. lobster, seafood platter, tenderloin. Barbecue dinner and theme nights). Children 0-6 years (inclusive) are complimentary on same board basis as paying adults.

Terrace Pavilions feature an open and airy ground floor which opens up to a spacious outdoor terrace situated amongst the lush gardens, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years).

Spa Pavilions offer an exotic private garden with outdoor Jacuzzi, shower and gazebo, perfect for total relaxation, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years).

Hydro Pool Pavilions have a freshwater hydro-pool set in tropical gardens with sun lounges, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years).

The luxurious Pool Pavilions feature a private 3x8 metre pool with Jacuzzi set in a lush tropical garden with sun loungers - perfect for those looking for some privacy! Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years).

Family Pavilions sleep maximum 5 people with an additional bedroom on the ground floor. Family Pavilions with Pool are also available with private 3x8 metre pool and Jacuzzi with sun loungers offering plenty of space.

Raya Dining (fine-dining menu; open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Krua Phranang (classic Thai dishes; open for dinner), Raitalay Terrace (International cuisine and cocktails; open for lunch and dinner), The Grotto (light bites, barbecue dinner and cocktails). Freeform swimming pool. Rayavadee Spa*. Fully-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts*, squash courts*, nature trails*, rock climbing wall*, Thai cooking classes*, snorkelling*, scuba-diving lessons*, dive boat access* and sea kayaks*. Daily kids' activities* including: tennis, cooking, languages, arts and crafts and nature walks (4-12 years of age). Complimentary WiFi access in all pavilions and public areas. Babysitting service available*. 24-hour room service*. Boutique jewellery and craft store. Laundry/valet service*. Safe.

7 nights between 27 Dec-2 Jan.

No check in/out policy for stays between 31 Dec-1 Jan. 

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating MAGICAL DESTINATION FOR A WEDDING

Jul 19, 2019 zoec475 Pacifica, California

I cannot say enough amazing things about this resort and its staff. Where do I begin! My husband and I got married there on June 19. We had decided on Rayavadee based on tripadvisor reviews and recommendations from friends who had traveled there before. Planning a wedding from the other side of the world in a different time zone was not easy.… Read more
I cannot say enough amazing things about this resort and its staff. Where do I begin! My husband and I got married there on June 19. We had decided on Rayavadee based on tripadvisor reviews and recommendations from friends who had traveled there before. Planning a wedding from the other side of the world in a different time zone was not easy. Luckily we had Lisa who was in constant correspondence with us and making the process extremely easy and streamlined. We exchanged e-mails frequently regarding the logistics of the wedding and she was able to answer all of my questions and concerns which I regret were a lot given that we had never visited the resort before and had no idea what to expect. She was extremely kind, gracious, and patient with my questions and was able to reassure me that everything would be OK! Prior to leaving for our wedding, we still had many loose ends that needed to be sorted but again Lisa had reassured me that things would be taken care of once we arrived and met our event planner, Pin. The greeting from the Airport and transit to the hotel was phenomenal. Everything was pre-arranged for us and the journey was pleasant and quick - approximately 20 minutes to the dock and another 20 minutes on a beautiful boat to the hotel. We were offered cold towels and water in the car taking us to the boat. It was great. We arrive at the hotel in the evening and are greeted by 6 staff members. It was a warm welcome to what we would call home for the next 5 days. The check in process was extremely easy where we received a nice introduction to the grounds and where they answered our questions. There during the introduction was when we met our event planner, Pin. That evening Pin had arranged for us to have our dinner at the Grotto which was included in our wedding package. It as PHENOMENAL. The food was excellent and the service was even better. Pin met us and discussed logistics for what to expect over the following days. My nerves were calmed knowing that there was a plan in place and that we had somebody reliable keeping track of all the details that we weren't even thinking of. They were extremely accommodating as well and had us do a wine tasting to help pick our beverages for the wedding. It was a great first evening at the resort and a wonderful dinner for my fiance (at the time) to enjoy. It was time to turn in for the evening and we went to our rooms which were stunning. The rooms were so unique. Two stories and feeling completely private, like you're in your own home separated from the rest of the guests. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The room temperature was perfect even given the heat and humidity outside. It was absolutely perfect. The bathroom was spacious and clean. We were excited to have multiple nights ahead to look forward to in this beautiful space. The grounds in general were stunning. Easy to get around by buggie but also very walk-able. My favorite was the pool area with the stunning view of the ocean in the backdrop and the cliffs. Absolutely breathtaking. The following days were the rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and the farewell brunch. They could not have been more perfect. To be honest I had no idea what to expect. I had seen some photos before of the setup and they were stunning. But being there in person was a completely different experience. The set ups were UNBELIEVABLE. For the rehearsal dinner there was concern that it may rain and there may be high winds. Pin had warned of us this and had a backup plan for us immediately. We were adamant on keeping the dinner near the beach and she made this happen for us. Everything from the seating chart, the buffet setup, the food at the buffet (DELICIOUS), and THE SERVICE - WOW. I cannot say enough good things about the service. There were people assisting at the buffet line, the servers helping us in and out of our chairs and placing our napkins, the bartenders...the list goes on. Everyone was absolutely wonderful. And this continued throughout the following days. Our guests were treated like royalty. We ate like kings and queen and were treated like kings and queens. I truly can never thank the staff enough for how great of a job they did throughout our wedding. In addition, Pin was accessible throughout the entire stay and was present at all of the events, ensuring that everything was going as planned and we had everything we needed. We appreciated her SO MUCH - she truly went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. I have traveled to many places and stayed in a variety of hotels and this is by far the best service and stay in a hotel I have ever experienced in my entire life. The staff and especially Pin made our wedding the best day of our lives and greatest event our friends/family said they had ever been to. We all were extremely impressed by the attention to detail and hard work that everyone had put into making it so special for all of us. Thank you to the entire staff for making this the most memorable vacation/event of our lives. A wedding is of course magical no matter where in the world it takes place but this is more special than anything I could have ever imagined or planned on my own. We will forever treasure Rayavadee and their incredible staff for making Krabi our favorite place in the world. I wish there was more we could do to show our gratitude for your patience, service, kindness, and hospitality throughout our stay. I want to say a special thank you to Pin who made this the happiest/best day of our lives. She is such hard working, kind, professional and it was a pleasure and honor to have her help plan and organize the wedding. She made our experience fun, easy, and extremely memorable. Our families and guests would like to thank you as well for your hard work, fun spirit, and attention to detail. We will never forget you. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all again <3 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Probably The Best Hotel in The World

Jul 12, 2019 990julianw Brighton, United Kingdom

My wife and I, with our eighteen your old son, spent four nights at the Rayavadee at the end of our holiday in Thailand. What a truly wonderful place. This hotel is exceptional in every regard: The location is perfect, set on the end of a peninsular with beaches on three aspects. Real thought has been given to the layout and the landscaping of… Read more
My wife and I, with our eighteen your old son, spent four nights at the Rayavadee at the end of our holiday in Thailand. What a truly wonderful place. This hotel is exceptional in every regard: The location is perfect, set on the end of a peninsular with beaches on three aspects. Real thought has been given to the layout and the landscaping of this resort with the individual villas set in beautiful extensive tropical gardens. The resort is kept in fantastic condition. The villas were beautifully clean and really well presented throughout our stay. The gardens, restaurants and common areas are maintained to the very highest standard. The thing that makes this place so special though is the staff. They are simply wonderful. Happy, attentive and very professional, at check in, in the restaurants, the gardeners and the cleaners. Everyone we came across was simply fantastic. There is an attention to detail which shines throughout. Staff training is clearly taken very seriously here. On more than one occasion we observed staff being extremely polite in the face of some very testing rude behaviour from guests. To their credit the staff remained courteous and professional, which is more than I would have been able to do in the same circumstances. The restaurants are all very good here. Lovely breakfasts with extensive choice; the grotto is an amazing location for drinks, lunch or dinner; Krua Phrangang is a perfect location to have a great Thai dinner. Other facilities are also top class. We used the tennis and squash courts, both are great, as is the gym. We didn’t use the spa but it looked lovely. The hotel has a nice shop with interesting souvenirs and a nice library where you can borrow books, play chess or use computers. We arranged our own transfer to the hotel by long tailed boat as we were travelling from the nearby Centara Grand. The transfer was really easy. We just arrived at the beach and jumped off. The hotel does have tractors to transport people off the long tailed boats if you don’t fancy getting your feet wet. The hotel is not cheap. But you will be well aware of that before you arrive. It does however offer an environment which sets it apart. So why not treat Yourself? Just one very small grumble....afternoon tea is served from 4pm to 5pm. We thought this was too late for those who are considering having dinner later. But to be honest, it would be wrong to criticise this hotel, our stay was out of this world and faultless. Read less
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Jul 12, 2019 CocoFresh33 Dallas, Texas

From the time we arrived at the airport until we left, everything was 5 star. The hotel driver picked us up and took us to the dock (40 min drive) and then we got on the Rayavadee boat transfer (15 min) to the hotel. Very interesting once you get there because the tide is so low, they pull you in on a tractor. Check in was easy and the villa was… Read more
From the time we arrived at the airport until we left, everything was 5 star. The hotel driver picked us up and took us to the dock (40 min drive) and then we got on the Rayavadee boat transfer (15 min) to the hotel. Very interesting once you get there because the tide is so low, they pull you in on a tractor. Check in was easy and the villa was absolutely adorable. If you stay on the pedestrian paths, it’s pretty easy to walk anywhere, if you try to walk the buggy paths, it’s wayyyyy longer which is why some people I read complained about walking... stay on the pedestrian paths and nothing is that far. If I had 1 constructive criticism it would be the prices for food were over priced for what you got in comparison to the other places we stayed in Thailand. The guys and security people at the pool were really good and you can’t beat that view when you’re out there. Overall, I would recommend this hotel for anyone looking for breath taking views, monkey lovers and relaxation. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best stay, very peaceful and relax with super natural ambience

Jul 10, 2019 Niszz M

Our 2nd stay was very satisfied as same as the first one, every staff member are very polite and helpful. Hotel surrounded with 3 beaches which are very amazing. inside hotel has very natural ambience with many trees and you could spot on animals like super cute monkeys and their babe that was super extra bonus. Hotel pool and facilities are very… Read more
Our 2nd stay was very satisfied as same as the first one, every staff member are very polite and helpful. Hotel surrounded with 3 beaches which are very amazing. inside hotel has very natural ambience with many trees and you could spot on animals like super cute monkeys and their babe that was super extra bonus. Hotel pool and facilities are very good nice pool with a millions value views. Breakfast was superb with so many choices of healthy food. Good amenities with high quality stuffs for toiletries. Very impressed with the returning treatment with welcome Champagne and Spa experience. Pick up and drop off was very smooth with Khun Lunar accompany. Khun Manow was very accommodate and helpful always willing to help with smiles also Khun Aom( Sale team ) who always gave us a very prompt service with the booking. Will definitely go back there real soon. Thank you so much for the best experience :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon spot

Jul 8, 2019 Gina B Montreal, Canada

We stayed at the Rayavadee for our honeymoon and it was absolutely fantastic. The hotel rooms are these little houses scattered all over the property which remind me of a well manicured jungle. Every morning we would wake up to hearing thumps on our roof and when we would go out check where the noise was coming from we would see it was monkeys… Read more
We stayed at the Rayavadee for our honeymoon and it was absolutely fantastic. The hotel rooms are these little houses scattered all over the property which remind me of a well manicured jungle. Every morning we would wake up to hearing thumps on our roof and when we would go out check where the noise was coming from we would see it was monkeys coming down from the mountain heading towards the beach. The service received was absolutely phenomenal, the beach and sunset was amazing and service exceptional - I would not change a thing about this place! Read less