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
It feels like in Club Med with lots of activities in the club but most activities are chargeable. Food were good but chargeable too. Luckily my son was still 12 year old so he paid for child fare for most of the activities and food. Activities such as morning walk, morning workout and soccer are free. The resort provide feeder bus service to town and back. We chilled in the Resort most of our time.
It’s hard to no where to start with the review of this hotel as we where only there for 3 days but had so many wonderful moments . From the moment we arrived we where made to feel very special and welcome . The hotel itself was extremely well kept and the room was very spacious and comfortable. The hotel grounds where immaculately kept and was a joy to wake up to the view . The pool area itself is something you have to experience as it is amazing and no problems getting sun lounges . We where extremely pleased to see they had an adults only section of the pool which only added to our experience. The choice of restaurants was excellent with a good variety of different foods and nothing was too much trouble if you wanted something that was on the menu.what made our stay truly memorable was the outstanding personal touch we felt from every member of staff starting right from the managers Vincent and Mobeen through to every member of staff in each section of the hotel . Particularly our last night will stay in our thoughts forever as after having been served drinks at the explorer bar by the wonderful New who also organised with the band for me to play a few songs on the guitar which was even appreciated by the surrounding restaurant staff who all came out to support . This was then followed by the most perfect meal where the staff arranged a special table decorated with love hearts for my wife and myself which made us both very emotional. My wife and myself have had the privilege of travelling to many exclusive hotels in the world but this hotel is right at the top with a personal touch we haven’t experienced before . We want to thank all members of staff for this experience you are a credit to Sofitel and are already planning on coming back
Just leaved this wonderful resort a few days ago, let me comment this resort before I forget:
This resort just located the west coast of Krabi and about 15 minutes drive to the Ao Nang beach which the nearest downtown of this resort, it means you need to prepare your own transportation or depend on the shutter bus from the hotel to Ao Nang beach with their schedule time, of course you also can hire a privacy taxi to go where you want.
I chose this resort for my destination due to it just only 15 minutes away from the Ko Hong by their own speed boat, that is a so amazing and beautiful small island, and meanwhile I am also Accor Hotels loyalty member....so just a perfect choice for me.
This resort is a traditional Thai style construction and provided the service as English style?? at least I felt that, ha. There is a super huge swimming pool, very big, they said that is the biggest swimming pool in Thailand. And they also have Kids Club and Fitness Centre for the hotel guest, you can play on the seesaw and swing in a small park just outside of the Kids Club.... I really love the swing....
Delicious foods are provided also, there are three restaurants for your choice, White Lotus is my favorite one, they provided Thai food and it so delicious, I can not forget the Grilled lobster with fried Thai noodles.....of course the other two restaurants are also amazing, I have tried them both, too, but you know, when you went to another country, you will want to try the local food as well.
Basically, July is a low season for the resort and Krabi, the weather is changed so fast, you can see the sun light and suddenly become to heavy raining just within next minute.... but the most weather are still sunny and hot, may be you need to more good luck to sail in the sea, but if you choose to stay in the resort, it still a good decision for you.
My wife and I had a wonderful trip to Krabi and a large part of our delight was due to the exceptional hospitality delivered to us by the Sofitel team. They are a pure joy and it so evident in their disposition that guests are as valued as family, if not more. We were so well looked after and with so much personal touch that it was overwhelming at times.
I recommend this experience to those that want to stay slightly away from the busy beach area (rent a car or bike to drive to nearby places), want to stay in luxurious hospitality, big big rooms and great breakfast!
Note: We are Accor Platinum guests and traveled as a couple with our 2.5 yr old daughter and were able to extend our loyalty benefits to our friends (couple) through the MyResorts program.
It's so difficult to write a review for this hotel for us and compare it with other places we have stayed. Why? Because at some hotels you stay, one or maybe two members of staff might go so far above and beyond that you even bother mentioning their role, let alone remember their names.
At this hotel, we literally want to call out over a dozen staff specifically and apologise as there were others as well that deserve to be mentioned specifically by name, though we may not have remembered in this review.
Please don't take this praise lightly. The staff at this hotel are just incredible. They made the stay. It wouldn't matter if I was in a tent in the middle of the jungle if I was going to be genuinely looked after like this with my wife and daughter. It just so happens that it's a 5 star Sofitel as well.
This stay was actually the second time we have stayed at the hotel. Last year in April, we were blown away by how friendly the staff were then and vowed to return with friends. It didn't take a lot of arm twisting for our friends to join us this time and stay for a week, whilst we stayed for almost two weeks.
When you arrive, the hotel can feel a touch older, though not in a bad way. Just "classic". It's well kept for sure. If you are expecting brand new rooms and glitzy fixtures and fittings, this is not your hotel. The rooms also have a classic and stylish feel. Having said that, the rooms are extremely generous in size and have very comfortable furnishings.
The pool is incredible. I swear it runs between two post codes, it's that big. So you never have to fight for space in the pool, that's for sure!
A golf course is also on the property, though I did not play this time, only walked around it with my daughter. It's generally quiet out there, but as far as a resort course goes, it's in pretty good condition. Eight of the holes are par 3's with only one par 4, so don't expect a tournament course by any means, but it's challenging enough with lots of water, bunkers and jungle of course. The views from the course are superb.
But now for what makes the hotel incredible... the staff.
I'll start with management. Everyone from Bertrand, Vincent and Mobeen were superb. Having open and honest conversations with the hotel GM and other management was refreshing and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing was that they were all very quick to turn the praise back to the staff at the hotel and that spoke a lot about why staff seem to enjoy their jobs. When you have management that support you and know you are doing a great job... that made me smile... because the staff ARE amazing.
The biggest thanks of all though has to go to our personal concierge in Club Millesime, Bella. Amazing. Just amazing. Our daughter fell in love with her and so did we. Going above and beyond is one thing, but the attention to detail was simply another. Thank you Bella! You are a gem.
The other Club Millesime staff were also simply incredible. Bee, Peach, Noodle and Cha-aen. Gee I hope I didn't miss anyone because you all deserve a very high level of praise. Despite some clearly challenging and demanding guests, your smiles and service never wavered for us and we just want to let you know how grateful we are. We loved seeing you every day of our stay.
It was also so wonderful to see Banana again, who looked after us so well on our last trip and was again just brilliant in her service this time as well. And Pikki, thank you also. I will re-tell the story a thousand times of when you came and took my daughter to kids club, only to find out later from someone else that you were actually on your break at the time. I know you did it because you wanted to and not because you had to. You need to know that this does not happen in other hotels (or at least not often in our experience).
From the kids club and activities team, Pamella, A Best and Nudang. You set a standard for service with guests that other hotels in the world would struggle to match, no matter where they are. You all looked after us so well and we are well aware how above and beyond a "job description" you went. We can tell it means more to you than that.
And finally to the f&b team. And I know I have missed several names here, so I want to massively apologise, but you will know who you are. May and Tukta, please also let everyone know who the others were that you know looked after us, because you were all amazing. The whole team is surprising and spectacular. From the warm greetings every morning at breakfast and the genuine interest in us as guests, to obviously the chefs who work tirelessly to deliver delicious food, it really is the complete package that only gets better as you settle in and get to know the staff. You are all wonderful and we want to thank you.
If we loved the hotel on our first stay, it has absolutely cemented itself as a hotel that I share with others now. We will return, that's not a question. The question is, who wants to go back with us?
Also note: We traveled in the middle of wet season this time in June. We got a lot of rainy weather, though also got a few incredible days to get out to the islands (Hong Island is an absolute must, as is Railay Beach from Ao Nang... actually, there's loads more too, but start with the ones close). If you travel to this reason in wet season, remember it's called "wet season" for a reason! But given we were generally watching movies, having a drink, eating food, or getting a massage when it was raining, we didn't really care.
We can strongly recommend this hotel to families with children of all ages. They will love it and so will you. But our friends who also stayed have no kids and they wanted me to stress that it was a superb place without kids as well. There's a large pool area where kids aren't allowed and plenty of places to enjoy a cocktail without kids around also. Plus the golf course, gym and tennis courts are pretty darn good as well.