We've just returned from one of the most relaxing beautiful holidays we've ever experienced.
We read the mixed bag of reviews and decided on balance that the negative remarks that we had read related to topics that probably wouldn't annoy us as much as it obviously had some of the other contributors to this (fab) site.
The Beach - Tidy, secluded, uncrowded, powder white sand, would have liked some beds on the beach rather than just in the grounds. no big deal though. It was less crowded than other beaches we visited.
The Rooms - very well appointed with sea views, big bed, fab wet-room, well stocked mini-bar, Big TV with 3 movie and 2 sport channles (yep, ask for one away from the generator and not on the ground floor so you get a good view)
The Location - Virtually a private bay with FREE boat transfers to the main town of Ao nang if you're prepared to go there on the hotels scheduled services. If not. pay for a private boat c $18. The (well it if a little rickety) walkway over the hill won't suit everybody. I'm 40 years old and lazy. Did it twice and had nothing further to prove so took the boat.
The Spa - Smelt nice and my wife had a good time (no interest to me), as ever, a lot mnore expensive than in town, but that's what you expect. $50 for a massage in the hotel or $9 in town. So what. Pay your money and take your choice.
The Gym - I Don't do gyms, but hey it was there, it had equipment and it had people using it when they could have been relaxing on the beach getting some rays (it takes all sorts)
Dive Centre - Not linked to the Hotel, but really made a difference to the holiday. We're both experienced divers but hadn't dived for 2 years. Paul and Grant eased us back into it fabulously. New stuff to see on every dive. $50 a dive ($100 per 2 dive trip) including equipment and lunch.
Restaurants - Only eat the breakfast which was everything you'd expect, a couple of lunches which were fine, one Thai meal which was good, and one meal on our private balcony which was great.
The Staff - So their English isn't great, but it's much better than my Thai. The hotel has employed local people as well as ttrained staff which helps the local economy and I applaud this. Give them a break, they'll continue to improve.
Pricing - it's the same the whole world over. the hotel was 4 times as expensive as in town which was 3 times as expensive as the locals pay. Your choice. eat / shop in the luxury surroundings of a 5-star hotel, eat / shop in a tourist centre in town, eat / shop off a street stall / night market. Best bet? Mix it up and do it all. It's part of the adventure.
So there were only 2 PC's in the business centre, so the Deep Blue bar was always empty, so there were no pay TV channels, so most of the beds were taken by 10.30am by the Northern European towel squatting brigade, so the staff didn't always understand what you were saying, so the transfer boat stopped running during 3 really low tides and we had to walk along the shore for 15 minutes to town, so I had to order ice for the room every evening for my 2 whisky sours before dinner.
Perlease get some persepctive, after all, you're supposed to be on holiday. It was freezing cold and raining in England while we were away. Kick back and relax. We did and had a fabulous time.
- 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 by 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 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 & Villas Hotel Ao Nang
- Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas
- 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