We are a British family of four with 2 young children aged 3 and 5, had to several holidays so far but this hotel and location topped our list. Here are some reasons why
First and main reason is the location. If you googlemap the hotel, you will see it is a secluded bay betwen Aonang Beach and Rayleigh beach. There are no roads connecting the hotel to Aonang, so it is only accessible by a boat or a very difficult and sweaty "Monkey Trek". The hotel is cut off from everything with beautiful cliffs in the back and emerald green sea in front with a beaufitful rock formation in the left hand side of the bay as you will see from the pictures. No public access to the beach, so it is a private beach. The hotel is almost built in a jungle, which makes it very spectecular. The noise of the birds and insects during the day and night makes you feel as if you are in the amazons.
However, this also means, you CAN NOT, irrespective of what else you read on the other comments, go out and try local food and dishes whenever you want. Hotel food is "relatively expensive" The speed boat is a 10 minute connection to Aonang Pier which you need to pay fora Tuc-Tuc about 40 bahts per person to take to you Aonang centre (you can not walk from pier to centre) The speed boat must be booked, so sometimes, and obviously usually the peak times, it is fully booked. You must return in the evening, so if you miss the boat, you are literally stuck on the mainland. (or you pay a very high fee for a sea taxi) The speedboat is everyhour, and considering it raind almost everyday in the evening, it could be very choppy in the sea, and if waivy, unconfortable or you may even be soaked in sea water from spray. Point I am making is, we planned to have dinner outside toe hotel every night, and ended up having dinner outside once in 10 nights of our stay.
Very elegant, modern, granite rooms with (if you are lucky) spectacular views. The views are worth visiting the hotel for, check out the pictures attached.Every evening after having a bath/shower, slipping in to the prvided robes and having a drink watching he sunset on the balcony chais-lounges is what I will remember most of my holiday. Worth paying extra and having a deluxe or jacuzzi room with a view. Check the comments on the Room Review
3rd floor room had the best view but I did build up muscle carrying the the pushchairs up and down the stairs every morning/night
We had really diffuculty understanding what this is, as the travel agent broker the agreement of including this option for free as the hotel withdrew it. We choose the option of having some cashback from travel agent for breaking the deal, and so glad we did. The open buffet breakfast was free, the internet,wi-fi in hotel (weak signal with at best 400 kbps connection) was £10 for the whole week, bed turndown service was included for free. So what else we missed - the club lounge, afternoon tea+cake, free coctails between certain hours. We the lounge is an air conditioned big room with no views, usually old couples sit in it eating cakes and drinking tea and the cocktails are about £5 in the hotel anyway (how many can you have in 1 hour), so no brainer, avoid it and spend the money saved, possible 4-5 nights of dinner money for the family.
Beautiful, 3 storey pool jacuzzi(more a whirlpool) on top creating a waterfall effect. Service button on all umbrellas so you dont even need to "shout out" to a waiter, kids pool.
Pool was not super clean, I was told there was an engineering problem, maybe they did maybe they didnt, but I wore googles in the pool and visibility was not great.
A big highlight for me, you have to pay for you dinner!! Menu's are not on the website, so here are some examples.
Lotus Court: Air conditioned (don't underestimate the importance in 32 degrees, 91% humidity), live piano, continental food - i.e. New Zealand Rack of Lambs served with roast veg etc.... £15, Sea Bass, £12, IGT status Pinot Grigio £18, Table Mountain Chenin Blanc £20. This is not cheap for Thailand, possibly 5 times more expensive than local resturant, and possible same or slight cheaper than UK prices. Food is served in MIchelen presentation, and in how many all inclusives can you get a wine selection with the proper red/white wine glassess for £20 a bottle.
Hagi: Either teppanyaki or A la carte, sushi/tempura dishes. First class food, similar prices
Riis Kai (can remember the spelling) Thai food. Very good quality, first class food.
Only 3, classy restaurants, the type you will have to get dressed up for.
On the Rocks: the pools side bar, or in the evening, you eat right next to the sea/beach, ery romantic but don't forget your mosquito spray. Quality of food, average, they asked me how well I wanted my burger cooked, but served in an almost stale bun. Slight cheaper prices.
Very good quality, proper glasses/presentation. A fruit shake (mango, coconut - iceshakes, what you will drink everyday) in Thailand is normally 40 -50 Bhats, in the hotel 120, and slightly smaller amounts. You are entitled 2 bottles of water in your room - take them with you!
There arent any really, and the hotel really lack from advertising them. I read there was beach volley or thai boxing on a board some where , but never seen anyone doing it. More of a luxury/lazy type of resort. A top class fitness centre, and a spa that looks good (did not go in can not comment, a 1 hour Thai Massage outside the resort, 250 Bahts (£5) in the spa 2000 Bahts)
Beautiful grounds, plantation, and botanical designs.
Wilde life: Yes there is, and kids love it, on our way to breakfast, we were cut off by a Water Monitor - 1.5 meters long, never seen on before. Several fish ponds, lizards climbing trees, tropical birds, and many many mosquitos, but the highlight - monkeys. There are signs everywhere warning not to feed them, so of course we stacked up on extra bananas every morning from breakfast and fed the monkeys. They may come to your room balcony, come to the trees around the resort, or you will definitely seem them on the "monkey trail". My first encounter with monkeys, look cute but they don't behave it. Very clever animals, as soon as they see the food, they come near you. we left our bags by the pool for lunch, when we came back, they have open the zips and went throught everything. If there is a male - he will not any other monkey near you and will eat all the food alone, and when you food finishes, will attack you!! I was attacked twice, so from then onwards, I carried a stick with me at all times. The signs are correct - don't feed them.
A path throught the hill/jungle connecting the resort to centre Aonang. It may sound great but not. A very heavy exercise 15 minute climbing up and down. A guy was seriously injured on the wooden steep steps when he slipped, and was in stiches. Its good fun once or twice but thats about it. You will be soaking wet at the end of it, due to heat and humidty, not very comfrotable, and I had to carry the kids most of the way.
The King has his Summer residence in a nearby bay, does that not it all about locations.
August is the jelly fish season, so you will not be able to swim. My wife got stung in April, imagine august.
Mosquito/insect sprays are a must, you will use them every night.
Rooms provided with quality, shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/lotion/dryer/umbrella etc..
Ask 3 people the same question about what time some thing is, you will get 3 answers, get used to it, language in Thaland in general is a problem
Phi Island and Hong Islands are worth seeing, but it is not hat you expect, very crowded and full of boats. Hong Islands - take food with you and they charge 200 Bahts to dock - per person
We took the hotel Kayaks (free for 1 hour, 485 baht half day) and went to next bay (Rayleigh Beach) which people take excursions to, you can do it in 15 - 20 minutes, a great mini adventure, and beautiful beaches.
The heat and humidty even in April for me was unbearable, don't bother with any trousers, socks, jumpers. You will have 3 showers a day
A good mix of middle/upper class mixture of customers staying, from all around the world (UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan etc..) and many of them are families with children.
Very good food, and very expenside Thai prices, but comperable UK prices, break the tradition spend a little, its worth it.
Staff is very friendly/professional but almost all, including reception, broken English
Very romantic spot for couples
My first review of anything on Tripadvisor, I felt I had to write something, the Hotel deserves this effort. I have done extensive research before, and so glad it paid off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden away in secluded Pai Plong Bay and surrounded by emerald waters and a luxuriant national park, this five-star beachfront resort is a tropical paradise for those seeking a romantic hideaway or a relaxing stay with their family. The resort instils an air of understated luxury with generously-sized rooms and private villas ranging in size from 72 to 399 square metres and offering the option of garden or ocean views, an outdoor Jacuzzi, or a plunge pool. Designed in modern Thai style, with high ceilings, spacious living areas dominated by wooden accents, stone features and soothing colours, the rooms and villas are calm oases. Accessible by boat only, the resort offers an abundance of opportunities to relax and explore. To name a few: unwind with blissful spa treatments at Spa Cenvaree, savour Thai, Japanese, and International cuisines at one of the four restaurants, enjoy complimentary water sports (kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding – the first hour is free), lounge with one of the swimming pools while the kids are kept busy at the kids clubs, enjoy carefree days on the white sands of Pai Plong Bay. With warm waters with extraordinary underwater visibility, beautiful coral formations and an exotic marine life, the Andaman Sea is a tropical paradise for diving enthusiasts and those with with a longing for more holiday thrills. The experts at the resort’s PADI dive centre provide everything that is needed for beginners, those with medium skills, and expert divers. Krabi International Airport is 40 minutes away from Nopparatthara pier which is approximately 15 minutes from the resort by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hotel Ao Nang
- Centara Grand Beach Hotel
- Centara Grand Beach Krabi
- Central Krabi Hotel
- Central Krabi Bay Resort
- Central Bay Resort Krabi
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Ao Nang