What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Inviting mushroom-like cottages that seem straight out of a Grimm’s fairy tale
- For an extra charge, the resort can arrange activities, from hiking to cooking classes
- The exhilarating arrival by speedboat (included in the rate)
- The resort occasionally has free yoga under a canopy of coconut trees
- A gracious staff
What To Know
- There is a three-night minimum stay
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The beaches are public and can be crowded (they’re part of Krabi Marine National Park; note that lounge chairs are not allowed directly on the beach)
- Expect rain in September and October
- Resident monkeys swinging overhead during breakfast can be startling — but they’re harmless
- Free WiFi
With a stay at Rayavadee in Krabi, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from West Railay Beach and close to Ao Phra Nang Beach. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Phra Nang Beach and East Railay Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 102 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private patios. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).
How to Get There
Sitting at the heart of a stunning peninsula on the edge of Krabi National Marine Park, in Railay, Krabi, Rayavadee is nestled in between lush green tropical gardens, surrounded on not-one-not-two-but three sides by pristine white sand beaches (Railay, Nammao, and Phranang Beach), crowned by dramatic limestone cliffs, crystal clear turquoise water of Andaman Sea, and exotic caverns and caves. Undoubtedly, this is one of Thailand’s finest beachfront properties and no need to say one of our all-time favorite. Waking up to the sound of monkeys, hearing the soft sounds of the waves touching the shore, feeling the gentle outdoor breeze as the sun warmly touches your face, pampering your style with sumptuous 75 mins spa, sipping Pina Colada as the sun kisses the horizon goodbye with the last beam of the golden hue, enjoying the romantic all candle lit dinner for two under the cave by the beach, and falling asleep under the stars to the sound of a thousand chirruping crickets, if you are ready for the all-out tropical indulgence, checking in this way.
Thailand radiance golden hue from its glittering temples to drop-dead gorgeous tropical white-sand-beaches to those exotic James Bond made famous islands to daily picture perfect sunsets. This place is no exception. The jungle-style mushroom shape pavilions are dotted among the natural fauna and flora of this stunning national park, featuring one of the most beautiful Instagram made famous “Phranang Beach” where cinematic limestone cliffs meet azure water. Getting there is made easy with numerous direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi. From the airport, we were picked-up from the chauffeur with 20 minutes private car ride to the pier, followed up 25 minutes of private speedboat ride to the resort.
Upon our arrival at Rayavadee, Railay welcomed us with his greatest charm; backdrops of dramatics limestone karats, clear turquoise water, three sides gorgeous white sand beaches, and the private cave that flirts with the ocean into the endless horizon. Coconut trees casted tropical shadow on the white sand as we walked into the resort. Lush green floral garden teaming up with tranquil ponds to form the perfect pathway to our Pool Pavilion villa. As we looked up our eyes meet with that of our neighbors, a family of Dusky Leaf Monkeys who were sitting peacefully on the branches of Bodhi tree in front of our villa. We like what we see the 3 x 8 meters private pool with spacious sun lodge and terrace setting in our mini jungle home, with wooden furnishings completing the luxury eco-friendly colonial-style vibe. We took the first dip to freshen up the day.
There are two options for breakfast venue. Our daily favorite is Railay Terrace, this beach front restaurant offers a la carte breakfast menu which blends Asian and Western cuisine together meaning that you can request heavy meal like Hainan Chicken Rice, Pad Thai, Pad See Ew all the way to western’s favorites like Egg Benedict, Croque Madam with shaved black truffle, Freshly made Belgian Waffles with fresh berries, and Chia See Smoothie Bowls.
Food is amazing here, you cannot leave the place stopping by “Krua Pharang” which offers Authentic Thai food with open air seating and view featuring breath stopping beach front view of Phranang Cave (Do yourself a favor by ordering these; Nua Yang Jim Jeaw, Gaeng Nua Yang Lam Yai Pai Chaploo, Gaeng Kai Yang Lychee) and by “Grotto” the hidden gem of Rayavadee, this ultra-romantic restaurant is nestled under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of Phranang Beach offering Caribbean-like barbecue candle lit dinner. We are so obsessed with the place that we have decided to get married here. Yes, I think this pretty much sums up our true love not to Grotto but to Rayavadee as a whole. There is no other place like it. We are so excited to be making more beautiful memories here. In a place where we can sincerely say “Home Away From Home”. Until we meet again, and that will not be long.
The hotel is at the most amazing location. It touches on 3 beaches, all truly amazing and a rock cuts accross it. All these plus the very lush superb maintained greenery of the resort, makes it paradise on earth. Everywhere you look, is a perfect instagram picture! Yet no pictures and no videos do justice to this place. You have to visit and live the experience to fully appreciate it.
The second amazing thing about this place is its people. We were treated like royalty. They knew our names and room number, our food and drink preferences within 24 hours from checking in. I am hot latte lover and my daughter is an iced tea lover. Within minutes from siting at breakfast, we would be asked if we wanted our hot latte and jasmin iced tea. I asked for mangoes at breakfast on day one and I was getting a plate of mangoes every day thereafter. A specific member of staff is assigned to you as your buddy/butler, who from the minute of check in until check out will look after you. We had the joy of having Joy: a person fully honoring her name! She would find us wherever we were and ask us whether we needed anything. She would book restaurants for us, boat trips and get us whatever we wanted. My daughter left her laptop charger in a hotel in Singapore and asked if she could buy one; it was a rather old model and required a specific charger. Within the day Joy had sent a friend to the apple shop in Krabi, found the charger and had it delivered to the resort by dinner time! All stuff was equally helpful and happy to do whatever necessary to make our stay memorable. I had one of the best service ever at this hotel.
The hotel itself is very nice but nothing to write home about. Whatever the hardware lucks, the software makes up for it: service and cleaning twice a day, fresh flowers everywhere, great attention to detail and little personal touches that can only put smiles on your face.
The decor is dark wood, the rooms very comfortable, all identical in size and design. The room and bathroom have everything you need: toiletries including toothpaste and toothbrush , mosquito repellent, flip flops, basket for the pool/beach. You only need to take your swimsuit and suntan lotion and limited clothes. You do not need any shoes either. The bed is high and extremely comfortable. You do not want to get out of it in the morning.
The resort is rather big and the first day you need a map to navigate. There are 3 beaches touching the resort: Railay beach where the pool is and one of the top 10 beaches in Thailand, Phranang beach where Princess cave and the famous Grotto restaurant is and where you get puddle boards and kayaks to explore the islands opposite and Nammao beach by the lobby which is mostly for boats to pull in, not ideal for swimming. The beaches look totally different in high and low tide.
The only issue with the resort is that because it is situated in such a paradise, it attracts many visitors, which translates to non stop flow of longtail boats on all 3 beaches all day long, converting the resort to a golden cage, if you do not wish to swim in a crowded beach. I had to put an alarm to wake up at 7 so that I get to enjoy the beach by 9 before the first boat arrived. I stayed inside the resort all day and went back to the beach in the evening when all the visitors were gone. It was fine but I would of course prefer a more quiet beach to spend the day without the roaring on the engines and the hundreds of visitors. I guess this is the price you pay for staying in paradise ????
The resort has a breathtaking and awesome greenery. Completely surrounded by nature which touched our souls. The villas are spacious and well maintained. All the staff members are extremely courteous and well behaved. Loved every minute of our stay at Rayavadee and wish to come back again and stay.