We booked a week here as part of our babymoon and we're so glad we did. First of all, staying on west Railay Beach is definitely the best. The resort is right on a beautiful beach and it's way quieter than party-central on east Railay. We stayed in a Jr. Suite Cottage which was right by the front pool but not close enough to feel like there was a lot of traffic right outside our front door. Plus there's some foliage to block the view, which is well-manicured. There's a cute little porch in front with two adirondak chairs. Inside was sufficiently nice, certainly a great value for the money, although the decor appeared to have primed 10-15 years ago. The bathroom had a two-person jacuzzi tub, which was fun and we did use it. The shower was awkwardly RIGHT next to the toilet without any kind of surround or curtain. It got everything wet so we ended up using the sprayer from the tub and kind of sat in the tub to "shower" instead. The air con, lights, etc. only turn on when you put your key card in a slot inside the front door, presumably to save electricity. It was fine because the air con cooled the room down quickly anyway. The breakfast buffet each morning was generous and all the tables have a fantastic view right on the beach. Get there early because the food goes cold! We didn't have any of our meals there otherwise due to other reviews and the fact that they don't serve alcohol (for my husband). We enjoyed splitting our time between the front pool and the beach, just steps away from each other. What a life, right? I'll echo other poster's comments about subpar service, that was our experience as well, and also the same as the place we stayed in Bangkok so maybe it's a country-wide thing. No friendly greetings, hard to get their attention in the restaurant, they just kind of stand around in clusters and talk to each other ignoring guests. I asked for another towel one day and was denied, too.
It's a five minute walk down a well-lit path from the hotel to the boardwalk of east Railay which has lots of restaurants, bars, a couple mini marts, etc. But it's all mangroves over there, no swimming beaches. On west Railay a 2 minute walk down the beach there's a cute walking street with some cafes and shops. I'll let you in on a secret one of the shop owners told us -- the absolute BEST food came from a little shack of a place called something like Local Thai Food. If you walk down the Walking Street away from the beach and you keep to the left, the path ducks under a downed tree and right after that on the left there are two little open-air places. It's the second one. Great food and super cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With it's stunning views across majestic limestone outcrops, golden sands and the beautiful clear, turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea it's easy to see why Railay Beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And with our choice of private, luxurious bungalows and suites you can be sure your stay at the Sand Sea Resort will be a holiday you'll never forget. Experience for yourself the beautiful smiles of Asian hospitality whilst you dine at our beachside restaurant where we offer a choice of the very finest Thai cuisine, famed throughout the world, or alternatively choose from our wide section of delicious Chinese and Western dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Sea Hotel Railay Beach
- Sand Sea Krabi
- Sand Sea Resort Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand