My wife and I stayed there for 3 nights in early December.
The beach is wonderful and the water is crystal clear. You probably seen some of the beach photos. In a nutshell, the beach is PERFECT at high-tide. The "not-so-nice" photos are those taken at low-tide, where the you will see rocks and stuff. Do not worry about it. You can walk very far out into the sea during low tide.
This is one of the best beaches I have visited. It is not crowded and there are also drink stalls and massage huts along the beach, offering alternatives to the hotel.
There isn't a lot of fish in the water because it is not near a reef. So you might not want to bring a snorkelling kit.
Getting there... Simply grab a taxi at the airport travel counter. Advanced booking not required. Prices are fixed and displayed so you will not get ripped off. Cost to get to Beyond is 700B. Journey is about 40 mins. If your cab driver transits at a "tourist counter" along the way and someone approaches you, simply say "I already booked my package with hotel".
Getting to Ao Nang from Beyond ... The shuttle service is 200B / pax return. I think it leaves at 5.30pm and returns at 9.30pm. It is enough time for you to walk up and down Ao Nang. If you take a taxi, it cost about 400B one way. There are taxi counters right outside Beyond, also with prices displayed prominently. You can haggle a little but the price is definitely fair. Tuk Tuk is also available. I opted for the Hotel Shuttle. Please remember to let them know in advance.
Food and Drinks ... The hotel breakfast is decent. I was felt it was pretty standard. The food at the Beach Bar is nice though. Try the fried rice, it is yummy although pricey. You must go for the Happy Hour (4pm - 5pm and 9pm- 10pm) where all drinks are half-priced. I was there every evening and night and tried every cocktail. Loved it! However, I was disappointed with the "Captain (Seafood) Tower". You will see the leaflet in the lift. Was not impressed with the freshness of the seafood.
Outside the hotel, there is a stretch of shops. There are convenience shops, massage shops and restaurants. The price of the food and goods are cheaper than the hotel but slightly higher than Ao Nang. However, the quality of food is better than those Ao Nang IMO. We tried "Bai Tong" and "Bann Thai". Both are strongly recommended! Bann Thai has good seafood which you can pick off the counter and they are also very honest and upfront with price. Bai Tong has very delicious stirred-fried dishes.
Massage... We didn't try the one in the hotel. We tried the one across the hotel. Note that although there are a few massage shops, they are generally the same... the staff move between the shops and the prices are very much the same too. We did a body scrub followed by a full body massage. The masseuses were polite and friendly. Overall very good value-for-money. We spent 900B / pax for the scrub and massage (2 hours).
Room ... Strongly recommended to get a room with sea view! We stayed in the Deluxe Sea View and it is PERFECT! Waking up to the horizon with the swimming pool just a few levels down. The room itself is very spacious. Comes with slippers too! (We didn't get to use our own slippers at all). If you booked the cottage, it is a short walk to the café and pool.
Other Tips... You can rent a canoe and paddle out. In some areas, you will see more fish. Bring some fish food / bread along and have fun. Please do your part by not polluting the water with "human food" that has been cooked. There are boat services for hired at the beaches along the hotel too. We didn't take any of the boat rides because we were not keen in snorkelling and felt the one at the hotel was good enough for us. =)
If you truly want to just enjoy the beach, this is the hotel to go for. Nice, quiet with shops around the corner. However, if you want an all-out-shopping trip, then this hotel is abit far out.
I will definitely come back again for short breaks and will eat at Bai Tong and Baan Thai, then have happy hour daily!
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- Stands directly on the scenic Klong Muang Beach. Combining the modern comforts and tranquility of Krabi, the resort offers nature inspired setting together with warm Thai Hospitality. ... more less
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