My wife and I stayed at the Vogue Pranang Bay Resort and Spa for 3 nights in January, 2005. This was just a couple of weeks after the tsunami and Ao Nang Beach was extremely quiet – most hotels, including this one were only at 10% occupancy. Although there was very little damage to this stretch of the coast due to a sea-wall that protects the waterfront, visitors were staying away in droves. This was a shame because the beach is very nice and the Pranang Bay Resort & Spa was a beautiful place to stay.
The hotel is 3-4 blocks from the waterfront, set on the side of a hill overlooking the town and the bay. The 5-10 minute walk is not particularly difficult, and there are shops and restaurants along the way. The view from our balcony was beautiful, especially at sunset or sunrise. The hotel is comprised of several buildings arranged up the side of the hill and more or less centered around an attractive pool area. The landscaping is gorgeous, with flowers and tropical plants everywhere you look, and many small sitting areas where you can enjoy them. The main lobby is open-air and very interestingly designed using tropical hardwoods. It certainly isn’t a handicapped friendly place, though, and there are steps and narrow walkways everywhere. If this is a concern you might look elsewhere.
Our room was fairly large, as was the bathroom. The bed was low and comfortable. We had a small table where we could eat and look out at the view, and we had adequate closet and counter space. The room decor, while pleasant and attractive, could not compete with the public areas for style and beauty, though.
Breakfast, which was included in our rate, was in a dining room near the lobby and had a beautiful tile mural at one end depicting typical Thai themes. The food was quite good, but we could tell the staff was struggling with how to handle so few people – a buffet was no longer a reasonable idea and so we were asked each morning for our preferences of eggs and breakfast meat, with the buffet being restricted to just fruit and cereal. The hotel has an attractive restaurant but we did not eat there, opting instead to try the many waterfront places that serve wonderful Thai food.
We had a couple of massages in the Spa there were excellent, though of course much more than you would pay in town. However, the setting was beautiful and worth at least some of the extra cost. We should emphasize that even at the hotel price a massage was less than 1/3 what we would pay in the U.S.
The staff was uniformly gracious and friendly, and generally efficient, perhaps in part because there were so few guests to take care of, but we had the feeling that this was a normal quality of the hotel – they try hard to please. In summary, if you don’t mind a short walk to the waterfront, the Vogue Pranang Bay Resort and Spa is a comfortable, attractive hotel that is very good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded in a lush, tropical setting over looking pristine AO Nang Beach, Vogue Resort & Spa is truly a paradise within a paradise. Modeled after Northern Thailand's Lanna style, all of the resort's beautifully crafted buildings blend perfectly with the natural surroundings to provide guests an intimate atmosphere in harmony with the forest and it' cool breeze. 17 kms to Krabi town, 34 kms to the airport, and only 5 minutes walk to the fine white sandy beach of Ao Nang. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vogue Resort And Spa
- Vogue Resort Krabi
- Vogue Hotel Krabi
- Vogue Resort & Spa Ao Nang Krabi