My husband and I are going to Krabi in mid-Feb 08. I am trying to book a hotel which suits our needs. We want a hotel on a nice white sand beach and romantic setting, but also not too far from the local restaurants and bars. I have read many reviews on TA with pros and cons on both hotels. There are a few things I am mostly concerned:
1. Is Amari very far from Ao Nang, meaning, once you stay at the hotel, it is very unlikely you will be going anywhere or doing anything outside of the resort?
2. I read a recent review on TA, that Amari is a very small hotel and has a small pool which can be crowded at times. Is it true? And are there any nice restaurants inside the hotel (I only read reviews on one Italian restaurant in the hotel--well, we are certainly not going to Thailand for Italian food...)?
3. As for Centara, I read that the beach can get very crowded and noisy. Is it true? And are the food and drinks super expensive in the hotel--I mean, HOW expensive are they for example?
If anyone here has been to both of these two hotels, please give me some advice. I would greatly appreciate. Thank you!