When we first arrived at the Beach Boutique Resort, I have to say we were a little disappointed. We had been very efficiently picked up by hotel car at the airport, and driven about half an hour in air conditioned comfort through quite an undeveloped part of Thailand.
When we arrived at the resort, check in was quite painless (unusually, they did not ask to swipe a credit card or anything). However when we were shown to our bungalow, we realized that the name 'resort' was a bit of a misnomer. The property is quite a small development of 13 bungalows (I think), with not much in the way of gardens or foliage.
We had rented one of the ocean facing bungalows, with splash pool and private garden. It was clean, but quite basic (and certainly not 'boutique'!) The furnishings were showing signs of wear. The wooden floor area by the shower area was rotting away (and had been partly repaired). There was a separate bath area that was 'outside' - in that it was vented to the outside, but there was a roof to keep the rain out. Unfortunately there did not seem to be enough hot water to enjoy the bath tub. Interestingly (and perhaps good for exhibitionists) the toilet was in a separate little room - but with a glass door. Similarly, the shower room door opened straight into the main bedroom, and also had a glass door.
We saw that the other bungalows were a bit smaller, and did not have a private sunbathing area.
There was no bar as such; just a small restaurant that had outdoor seating. The interior of the restaurant also had tables, but this space was generally used as a hang out for the staff; hence was not too welcoming. The restaurant was used for all meals. Breakfast was not so great. In the evening, nice tablecloths were installed and the atmosphere at dinner was very pleasant, with quiet music, a view of the sea, and candlelight.
As others have noted, the food (for Thailand) was very expensive (OK not as expensive as London, but not cheap - 450 Baht for chicken for example), but was mostly very nice - with a mix of Thai and Western selections. Wine connoisseurs should look elsewhere - two reds, one white and one sparkling completed the wine list. The usual range of cocktails were on offer (for about 250 Baht each), but there was no happy hour or anything like that (although the hotel kindly gave us a free cocktail on our last night).
As time went by, we started to enjoy the place a lot more. Due to the small numbers staying at the hotel, there was always a choice of sunbeds by the pool. The beach is easily accessible. The main beach is made from quite dark sand (with dark brown silty stuff in it) - but the hotel has a 'white sand' area adjacent to the pool. It looks like some sand has been imported to create this sunbathing space.
When we were there, the beach was deserted. Not a soul. You'd maybe see one or two motorbikes during the day. A boat would come by once during the day, presumably to drop off fresh fish etc. So if you are looking for peace and quiet, this is the right place! The sea was warm, and moderately clear given the type of sand on the beach. The sea was mostly calm when we were there, and swimming in the sea was easy and enjoyable.
The hotel loans out bicycles at no cost, so we went for a cruise down the road. After a kilometer or so we had found one small shop, a nearly deserted restaurant bar, and a fishing village. So not much around the hotel! We had also cycled past the sister hotel (the Sea Hotel?) - but it did not look from the outside to be nicer than ours. More adventurous folk could rent motorcycles to go further afield - but we are wimps so we did not attempt such risky activities.
The hotel also offers trips into Krabi town and to a couple of other locations(during the week, not at weekends so far as we can tell). We did not partake.
There was not much in the way of entertainment. Although there was a TV in the room, there only seemed to be news channels in English. Instead, the hotel offered a (very) wide range of DVDs - including some of the latest releases - so this was a great alternative which we took full advantage of.
Finally, the free wireless internet was (when it worked) very useful, albeit not the speediest connection.
Finally finally, as others have mentioned, all the staff were very friendly, and most spoke far better English than I could speak Thai!
Would we go back? Probably not since it was a bit quiet and basic for the money we paid (and we have been to larger resorts in Thailand and Malaysia) that seem to offer more facilities and luxury for the money). But if you really want to get away from everything, this may be a great place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Boutique Resort is located on a private beach of Haad Yao. A 40-minute drive from Krabi Town, it offers free tours on Mondays, Fridays. Free WiFi is available in the lobby. On selected days, The Beach Boutique Resort provides free tours to Krabi Town, Ao Nang and Tiger Cave Temple. Krabi International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Had Yao a bit gray of sand beach especially in low-season months unlike other renowned beaches in Krabi like Railay, Aonang, Klong Muang, and Tubkaek. However, Had Yao is known as one of a very unspoilt beach area of Krabi perfect for travelers who seeking for private and peaceful vacation. Guests can borrow movies at the resort's DVD library, or enjoy a relaxing traditional Thai massage. The resort also provides free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Beach Boutique Hotel Krabi Town