Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
What We Love
- The timeless beauty of colonial-style furniture and polished floorboards
- A jam-packed activities roster that includes meditation, yoga and sunset stretches
- Speedboat trips to an unpopulated limestone island with a secret lagoon
What To Know
- The huge lagoon-style pool, said to be Thailand’s largest
- A nine-hole golf course adjoins the property and overlooks the sea; the 18-hole Pakasai Golf Course is 45 minutes away
- The resort plans room refurbishments in late 2014
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 276-room low-rise resort fronts Thailand’s ridiculously picturesque Phang Nga Bay, which is dotted with camera-friendly craggy limestone islands. The sprawling retreat is made up of open-air pavilions with steeply pitched Thai roofs and French colonial interiors with dark wood panels, polished teak and vaulted ceilings. The grounds are thick with towering palm trees, and fragrant frangipani flowers add a tropical vibe.
Bed and Bath
The rooms are all colonial glamour — think polished floorboards, Regency lamps, carved timber beds and upholstered armchairs. The Old World look, executed in neutral tones, exudes a timeless charm. The elegance continues in the bathrooms, where translucent connecting windows help optimize the natural light. All rooms come with private balconies overlooking the ocean, garden or pool.
The lake-size pool (said to be Thailand’s largest) has a swim-up bar. (A semiprivate wing of the hotel also features swim-up rooms.) Ristorante Venezia serves fancy Italian dishes and pizzas cooked in a traditional stone oven, or you can tuck into Thai and Indian fare at White Lotus. For those with a sweet tooth, Café Vienna serves pastries and homemade ice cream. The spa, located in a separate pavilion with a long central pool, offers treatments using L’Occitane products.
In the Area
Don’t skip the speedboat trip to unpopulated Koh Hong; you can kick back on its white sand beach, paddle in the turquoise waters among a stunning array of fish, or kayak around the island to nose into the knee-deep lagoon. The facilities are rudimentary, so bring a picnic. Longtail boats regularly shuttle tourists to the most photogenic islands between Krabi and Phuket. Ao Nang is 20 minutes away and offers shopping, haggling, drinking and dining, or visit nearby Wat Sai Thai, home to a monumental Buddha swathed in golden robes reclining at the base of a limestone cliff.
How to Get There
Great resort. Staff were all professional and service was excellent. I believe this would be the best in Krabi.
Swimming Pool was the big draw for me as it is the largest in Thailand ( according to the team there )
Resort is huge and definitely a great place to relax. Highly recommend to take the Sofitel Speedboat tours. It is much more convenient and comfortable than the usual tours. Well worth the money.
Recommend to rent a car as it is not near the city which is a good thing.
Club benefits were excellent and Accor has done a great job ensuring club floor members get the best deals on the property.
Special thanks to Mobeen who caught up with us during our check out. Thank you for the hospitality.
We stayed at Sofitel in Krabi and it is just a magnificent place. Warm friendly staff everywhere from cleaners through to management, they just cannot do enough for you.
Great choice of eating places and breakfast to die for.They also provide a shuttle service into Ao Nang which is great . Biggest swimming pool Ive seen with pool bar and cafe.
Walking distance to may restaurants outside of the resort or shuttle into Ao Nang.
Overall I cannot recommend this place highly enough, absolutely beautiful resort,spotlessly clean and the service and friendliness of all the staff just made our visit fantastically worth while. Will definitely be returning.
Peter & Lea
We stumbled across the Sofitel in Krabi online as we knew we could get a good flight deal into Krabi itself and had wanted to visit the area for a long time. We booked directly with the hotel on the gastronomy package (essentially b&b with an additional £40 ish allowance for food/drinks on the room every night, discount on drinks, the spa and boat tours). More on the package later.
We were picked up as promised at the airport. It was quite early in the morning, but it felt seamless from the baggage claim through to the hotel. On arrival to the hotel it felt all very familiar. Having stayed in Sofitels in the past, most recently in Siem Reap, it had clearly been built at a similar time to a similar design. It was perfect and just easy. We’d also paid for an early check in and were able to take breakfast (after a nap) that morning (in lieu of our last day as we were leaving before breakfast even opened).
The room was nice, very clean and simply decorated. We were on the ground floor so our doors opened onto a terrace and a very short walk to the adult only section of the pool.
The pool was huge, but fortunately segregated such that there were quieter and fun sections depending what you were looking for. Plenty of sun beds were available so it was rare we didn’t get our first choice. The gym was well appointed and a good size so you never felt like you were on top of each other when in there.
The beach was accessible by crossing the road, but there was a zebra crossing to aid this. The sunsets were quite special though the landscape is perhaps less spectacular than other areas.
If you love golf, there is a course next door - we didnt play as we were enjoying the rest around the pool far too much!
The hotel provides a free shuttle into town, which we used once for an explore. We didn’t need more than an hour, but hadn’t intended eating or going on any tours whilst there. Make sure you book in advance however.
What they don’t tell you is that it is about a five minute walk to the nearest 7/11, which is also close to some other good restaurants and bars. The road is well lit so an easy journey by foot at night.
Food in itself was good in the hotel. Breakfast was one of the biggest spreads we’ve seen in a long time, with a good variety to suit all tastes. On evenings there were three restaurants to choose from. As we had the allowance, we did eat in the hotel most nights (a couple were in town and we used our allowance in the bar afterwards!!). The Italin restaurant was our most frequented, with the tuna 24 carat our favourite dish! We didn’t eat in the Thai/indian restaurant as the menu didnt suit at all - the dishes weren’t what we’d usual expect on a Thai menu.
On the last night (a Saturday) the italian restaurant was closed for a function, but we didnt find out until we’d arrived at the door. However, they had made provision in the Thai/Indian for the Italian menu - this was a nice touch as we’d have eaten out otherwise. Too many hotels just close a restaurant and make no further provision, so this was very much appreciated - thank you.
Our problem was that the restaurants didn’t know anything about our package or what it meant, so we ended up winging it a bit. This meant however that we had a lot of time on our final night with the reception staff making sure the bill was correct. The added complication was the discount on drinks, which wasnt always applied at the time of the bill. It all came right in the end however!
Once again on check out the transfer to the airport was prompt and seamless (but note even at 5.45am it is a good 45 minutes).
We loved this hotel, it was great. We’d be happy to return!
We stayed at the Sofitel 5 years ago for our 10th Wedding Anniversary.
Pondering over our options for winter sun we decided to return to the Sofitel Krabi.
It's not particularly easy to get to from the UK as there are no direct flights to Krabi. I remembered on our previous stay that there were a lot of Scandinavians in the hotel. A long story but we booked a package holiday on tui.se and flew from Copehagen. We had to get a separate connecting flight from LHR to Copenhagen.
One of the reasons for returning to the Sofitel was the golf professional- Paul Nawat. He gave me some coaching on my last stay. I managed to track him down on facebook and found out he still worked at the Sofitel. I like to play a bit of golf while on holiday and Paul is an excellent coach, and a really friendly guy. The golf course is ok for a casual game.
The other hotel staff are really friendly and kind.
Some brief notes-
Last time we went to the Hong Island, this time we booked the Sofitel 4 islands trip. Pricey but excellent.
Last time we went AI, this time B&B. B&B is recommended because you can sample the hotel restaurants (Lotus was A+) but also the local restaurants. There are many within a 5 minute walk of the hotel. I would recommend the Sabai ba bar (just over the bridge), and also any of the restaurants just passed on the beach front.
Hotel prices are similar to UK dining prices but for a highly quality service, outside of the hotel its roughly a third of the price.
We went to Ao Nang on the hotel shuttle- Please visit the Hill Top restaurant for great sunset views (booking highly recommended)
The only downsides to the hotel is the road in between the hotel and the beach which has heavy trucks on it, and the beach itself. The trucks drive slowly and are considerate but please stand back. The beach is ok but not the best in the area. Please try a taxi to Tupkaek beach which is 7 mins away- beautiful.
A few mentions for the staff
1. Kratae our room maid. She was excellent and very thoughtful and kind throughout our stay.
2. Jak and Pim and Night (Kanockwan?) in the breakfast area. Again excellent service, and very friendly. A couple of examples- I had a slight cough one day, and mentioned it fleetingly to Night. She returned to our table a few minutes later and offered to make me a tea with honey. Jak and Pim were always very cheerful, Jak started bringing us a glass of fresh orange to the table. They were all busy with service but managed to spend some brief time each day having a brief chat. They all organised a cake and flowers for us on our anniversary day.
3. Fai in the lobby bar. Warm and friendly. Excellent service
If you are coming to this area, I would highly recommend this hotel.
Dear Duty Manager
Thank you for your warm hospitality, welcome note, chocolates, cookies and cakes. You made us feel Magnifique and coming home again.
We are missing your comfy beds, Swimming pool and warm hospitality already.
We hope to be returning as soon as we could in 2019! :-)
With our warmest wishes & love
Lisa & beatrice