4.5
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What We Love

  • Dedicated butlers to help guests design bespoke experiences
  • Six dining venues, including one specializing in raw foods
  • An extensive spa designed by the British wellness wizards at ESPA

What To Know

  • The Beach Villas are considerably smaller than other room categories
  • Transfers are available for a fee from the airport in Krabi or by boat from Phuket
  • Pets are not allowed

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

A luxurious sanctuary surrounded by Thailand’s natural beauty and cultural splendor

The Lowdown

The first resort in Ritz-Carlton’s “Reserve” portfolio, Phulay Bay established a new standard of luxury in Thailand when it opened several years ago. Set amid the rugged limestone karsts along the Andaman Sea, with virgin rain forests and dramatic waterfalls nearby, the property sets out to be paradise on earth. Behind 20-foot aubergine-colored walls and “hedges” of native trees, 54 villas and pavilions are large and lavishly tricked out, with Thai silks, enormous bathtubs and verandas. There’s a strong emphasis on wellness here for guests who want it, with a lavish spa run by ESPA, full moon yoga, detox retreats, meditation and blessing ceremonies led by a Buddhist monk, and a raw-food restaurant.

In the Area

The resort encourages guests to enjoy the surrounding area with excursions—for adults and children—arranged by its activities center. The options include boat trips for snorkeling and beaching at the pristine Koh Hong; trekking in the forest; interacting with the resort’s three-year-old baby elephant; diving and snorkeling around one of Thailand’s biggest coral reefs near Bamboo Island; taking a one-hour (each way) cruise to Koh Phi Phi, one of the Andaman Sea’s most famous islands; or visiting the scenic wonders of the secluded Phang Nga Bay, which became famous as the setting of the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.

How to Get There

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
111 Moo 3, Tumbol Nongthalay
Krabi, 81180 Thailand

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 957 Reviews
Top Notch ! Best in Krabi
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed here for 2 nights from 11th - 13th Oct’18. Upon arrival we were impressed by the welcome from the team and introduction with our butler “Seed” whom was superb throughout our stay and always on hand. The rooms are huge and very luxurious with the largest bed I have ever seen in a hotel. Everything you would expect from a Ritz property you get here. It feels exclusive and the staff throughout the hotel were all friendly and helpful. The Thai restaurant was the fantastic and really authentic. We spent most of the days relaxing by the huge impressive pool and enjoying the views with cocktails in hand. This is a pricy place to stay at but you really will not be disappointed. It’s perfect for a 2-3 nights stay to recharge your batteries. The only thing I would say is that being a Marriot Gold Member I enjoyed no extra benefits which I found odd as this is in the same group and it’s even on the main Marriot website.

Phu Wow , Phula Bay Resort
Reviewed 1 week ago

We finished our Krabi area at Phula Bay Ritz Carlton Resort .
I can tell that this is one of the Calm places i have been in the world .
When you reach to the hotel you get a Private Butler that serve you 24/7 .
The hotel team treat you like a King , take you from the room and back to the restaurant area .
There is Private boats that take to Hong Island as complimentary ,
The Food quality is perfect and the restaurants are quit and unique,
The room was clean and the area next to the room is like to leave in Jungle,
The pool is awesome and the water are no so cold ,
You can use the Spa area for free and you got a locker have there is Sauna , Jacuzzi and Hot Pool .
The Massage here in my opinion is Over prices , pay 6800 Bhat for 1 hour it's expensive , at US and Europe standard is not so expensive but hey we are in Thailand so here the massages over priced ,
Thanks to Tom and Sam that give us very pleasant stay and i sure when i be in Krabi next time is only to come to Phula Bay , Ritz Carlon Hotel,

Devine, Magnificent and Luxurious Resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heartfelt Thanks to Khun Ruby Garcia and her Resort Team (especially Khun Ari, Khun Polderdijk, Khun Som O and last but not least our Ton Hong: Khun. Pin) for this wonderful stay at Phulay Bay during the period end of September till early October 2018.

Food, Resort Facilities and Service (starting from the pick-up time at the airport until drop off) are excellent!
Spa: very relaxing, beautifully decorated, incorporating private Massage Rooms and separate Male / Female Steam, Sauna, Pool & Relaxing Area's.
Do recommend Movie Night (2 times per week) under the stars at Sala without the usual hassle by mosquitos or other insects!

Phulay Bay - some Extraordinary Resort which I Highly Endorse to visit!

Extraordinarily Beautiful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in the early hours of the morning, exhausted from our journey and it was pouring with rain. Our butler was waiting for us, however, and took our bags, along with our cares and tiredness!
Getting to our villa was like going through an enchanted forest. The sound of the rain, the crickets, the frogs- it was magical and all lit by beautiful lanterns.
When the sun rose the next morning and we awoke to a bright, clear day we thought we had found ourselves in paradise! The resort is extraordinarily beautiful as are the villas, the restaurants, the gardens, the pool, everything.
The interior designs feature beautiful, rich fabrics in neutral tones set against old, dark carved wood and large wooden pieces painted with traditional Thai designs. The interiors are exceptional and no detail has been overlooked.
The food was fresh, wholesome, flavourful (there is even a large Chef’s garden), inventive and suited to all tastes. Gluten free options are widely available and careful care and attention is paid to allergies or dietary/religious needs.
My husband went on a number of tours (island hopping, caves, National Park, waterfalls, historic temple) and was looked after with great care. I spend time by the pool and in the Spa and again, was served with great care, kindness and superb service.
The end of Sept/beginning of October is off season as it is the end of the wet season, but that in no way affected the service or anything that we wanted.
Ritz-Carlton’s best- I highly recommend this stunningly beautiful resort.
PS- I would not recommend it for those who are not able bodied as there are many, many stairs/steps with which to contend. Having said that- I would imagine that Ritz-Carlton has probably made provision for this, but I did not see evidence of it, personally.

Very good resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an amazing resort. Good service. Food is good. Quality resort. I will be back . Recommended if you like quiet and soothing environment. Beautiful scenery ! Great sea view! Nice Swimming pool! Enjoyed very much !