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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed at this property in March 2019 occupying three rooms. Overall we had a pleasant stay. Staff is wonderful and very accommodating. We stayed when this property was a Sheraton about 10 years ago and have found some changes, not all good.
A few things to note:
-The rooms are quite dated.
-housekeeping was very average all over the resort. The grounds and pool are massive and I understand the care needed. However due to the climate, which is not new in Krabi, there were bugs everywhere and I don't think the hotel does enough to keep them out, especially at night time. we can home to many bugs outside and inside the rooms. This was not a pleasant experience.
-It was hard to find pool attendants to get towels or even bar service.
-breakfast was good - a nice spread. A few more vegetarian options would be beneficial.
-overall food options are lacking throughout the property. this was very disappointing. After long days out exploring at times we were looking for in-hotel dining options with very few choices, especially vegetarian meals. There should be a coffee shop or a lounge area that serves snacks/drinks. The bar area/menu is very limited.
Overall a nice experience.
impressed by the service since first arrived, room upgraded with the club access - Thank you!, Khun Poppy at the club lounge was the one who did the smooth and efficient check in process, resort information provided in detail as well as escorted the the room with her end, Khun Peach with her million dollar smile who work at the club lounge provided us a such memorable service that me and my wife still talking about until now. The largest swim pool in Thailand is amazing as well as the huge kids club with great resort activities. love the beach in front of the resort, can just jump in the boat for island tour without go any further pier...resort room is old to be honest (renovation is needed i think), some hardwares are not functional made a bit inconvenience during the stay...but HSKP team did the great job for cleaning and the lil touch during turndown service (wishing good night words on the leaf), very sweet. i think we will be back next time with family. oh oh btw, the beef steak is phenomenon in all day dinging restaurant。
Hotel lobby is quite impressive with large open space. Check-in we no need to stand at counter. They will serve you at sofa. Room size is very roomy with large bathroom. Breakfast is wide variety of choices.
Excellent service from all locations in hotel
Despite the size of the property, the feel is intimate and the service is impeccable. Every member of staff is both engaging and seemingly engaged. The hospitality may well be somewhat learnt by rote, but there are few signs of it, and nothing gives a customer/guest more pleasure than feeling that they're genuinely welcome.
The food is good - with a special mention for the Thai restaurant, which is high quality and has a delightful ambience. There is plenty of choice at breakfast, and the coffee...the most important thing in any hotel : )...is reasonable.
The pool is fun, and I'd still be swimming a length had I not had to check out after five days, and the golf is just about ok - a bit 'mickey mouse', but then what would you expect from a 9-hole, mostly par-3 resort course? - but it is overpriced at more than US$50 (with clubs) for about 40 minutes of 'entertainment', or 28 shots, if you're a pretty good golfer.
That would be the only negative thing to say about a very good resort that knows what it is, and, more importantly, knows what it's doing. Great staff. We will be back.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel last weekend and fell in love with the Krabi area as well as this Sofitel. We organized a hotel van transfer beforehand and yes, it's a little more than you'd pay a normal taxi, but they made it so easy. Our flight landed early, the guy was already there to greet us, he had waters for us, welcome snacks in the van, and wifi. Our check in to the hotel was easy and Nat at reception was so nice. The Luxury room was a good size and our room faced the golf course, which gave us a bit of a view of the sunset. The pool area at this hotel is absolutely massive. One huge plus here is that there's an +18 section of the pool. The resort is really good for kids, but there are also parts of the hotel that are great for couples so if there are a lot of kids on the resort and they're not yours, you shouldn't have to worry. The spa is super professional and well designed. We've had plenty of hotel massages and it was one of the best all around experiences we've had globally. The dining options here are plentiful and I didn't mind us not getting the Club level access. Maybe next time. The staff is really friendly and helpful, especially the crew at the concierge. We booked a boat tour through the hotel, realizing that we were probably paying $50-100/person more than booking off the resort, but the service they offer is 100% worth it for us. There were 8 (hotel max is 15) of us on the boat so we had plenty of room, safety was important to the staff, and the food was good. Everything that this hotel did was done well and really enjoyed our stay. We're looking at how and when we can get back to Krabi and the Sofitel as soon as possible.