I recently stayed at Nakamanda with my wife for three nights an we had a really wonderful time. It is a beautifully appointed boutique hotel (so not recommended if you are up for huge resort-like activity) located in a steep terrain overlooking a very nice beach (in high tide) and small island just in front of the hotel (accesible walking in low tide). To the left and the right you can walk down the Klong Muang beach either way, where the most upscale hotels in Krabi are located (including Nakamanda of course). Standard rooms are located in two-floor villas (one for each room, ask for one in the upper floor if available as the views are better) and there are also superior category one-bedroom villas and even larger. Reception is on the main road from Ao Nang, a mere 10 minutes away, and you walk down all the way to the see through the villas and extremely fared garden to the beach area, where the swimming pool, the spa and the restaurant are located. The hotel premises are really beautiful, with partial sea view from most of the rooms, and include also a library with complementary computers, a shop and a fitness centre that we thoroughly enjoyed after sunset during our stay.
As said before, rooms are villa-like, expansive and very nicely decorated in Thai style. The bed is super comfortable and the bathroom is huge, with a big shower and a separate bath-tub with wo small ponds and a glass ceiling that allows to have a bath almost in open air, but without the heat or the bags. Simply great. Toiletries were also plentiful and top quality, although some may argue that for a top notch hotels such as this one shampoo and gel should be disposable and not refillable (I find it great as you will never run out of it). The room had everything you might need, including both an inside and outside seating area, the latter equipped with an anti-mosquitoes light device. Details were everywhere, with umbrellas handy at the room door, flowers in the most unexpected.spots, free fruit (big plate for entire stay) and water (provided daily).
We ate several times at the restaurant, serving both Thai (very good, not superb, but amazingly presented) and western food in a beautiful scenery, especially at night with high tide taking the water just under the tables and a beautiful lighting. (tip: if you feel adventurous walk out of the hotel 3 minutes on the right through the main road, and just after the first curve you can sample authentic home-made Thai cuisine at Coconuts in a very nice setting -much hotter than the seaside hotel restaurant, but well worth a try). Service at the restaurant was attentive and willing to attend any request, in line with all hotel staff, one of its best assets.
This is, in fact, what made the experience absolutely perfect from the moment we arrived. We were picked up at the Krabi airport early in the morning, and then greeted by Su at reception which offered us one room for us to relax after our long flight until our definitive room was ready at check in time. Both rooms were equal, the only difference being the temporary one was in the ground floor of one of the villas. We spend some time in the swimming pool and then Su escorted us to our liminal room, where they had prepared a beautiful decoration to commemorate our wedding anniversary and offered us complementary sparkling wine as well. The type of service, much appreciated, accompanied us throughout our full stay, with details such as spontaneously offering us a very cold juice while we were checking our emails in the library or when waiting four our transfer, or instantly coming to our room to take care of a bug bug we didn't want to splash in the floor (there are very few, buy hey, this is in the middle of a tropical forest so better keep the few bugs out or the room). It is true that some or the stuff didn't speak English properly, but communication was.always possible due to their positive attitude.
We didn't use the spa, but it looked great just above the huge (for a resort this size) swimming pool and the beach.
Finally, I recommend you hire one of the long-tail boats present in the beach on front of the restaurant from 7AM to.around 10AM for a day in Koh Hong and some other wonderful islands nearby. For Railay or further it will probably be worth to reach Ao Bang by taxi (500 baht) and then use transports from there. We hired a scooter at 300baht a day from the mini market just opposite the hotel entrance, near the money change stall, and we had a great hassle free experience that allowed us to easily move to Ao Bang and inland.
All in all, a highly recommended hotel that made for an incredible first stage or our Krabi and around trip.
Try to get one in the upper floors if possible, as they are likely to have a better view.
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