What We Love
- The hotel's location on an island known for its natural beauty, corals and marine life
- An environmental commitment that does more than pay lip service to being green
- Indoor and outdoor showers in the villas
What To Know
- The resort is reachable only by boat, and transfers are not included in the rates; they’re an additional $29 per adult and $15 child each way
- Some of the beaches on Racha are accessible to day-trippers
- As it’s a private island, there’s no going out to experience Phuket’s nightlife
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Whitewashed, contemporary villas located on Racha, a island off the coast of Phuket
A 25-minute speedboat ride from bustling Phuket, the Racha is an oasis of calm on a private island. Its 85 villas are studies in cool white linens, rich dark woods, and breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. Relaxation and romance are the focuses here. The Anumba Spa facilities both, with four spacious VIP couple’s suites, all with air conditioning, terrazzo plunge pools, steam showers, outdoor rain showers and private changing areas. Multiple dining venues off Western and Thai fare, buffets, wood-fired pizzas, and cocktails accompanied by the house band.
In the Area
Once you’re on the private island there are many activities on hand, and plenty of ways to enjoy the island’s pristine natural beauty, especially underwater. There are five dive sites around the island, and the resort has a PADI five-star dive center with a three-meter-deep purpose-built instructional pool. Less intrepid guests can snorkel or gaze into the clear waters from a kayak. On land, they can tour the island by ATV, mountain bike, or foot. The resort also has a tennis court and fitness center.
How to Get There
Just back from a short stay at the racha
Will have to say it's a beautifully made property... rooms are really spacious... well designed and with a great view.
The staff puts in great effort and is always smiling greeting and ready to help
Only small feedback I would like to give is for a luxury property the food presentation could improve.. for buffet as well as room service... food was very tasty... only I wish out would come with all add ons... even as small as salt n pepper I would need to call for separately during room service.
Else it was a great stay with no hiccups...
The location is beautiful... we were lucky to have a sea facing villa... the view at all times was stunning... since All beaches in Thailand are public so was this one... but that was not a worry at all... we would either go swimming b4 the boats got in 10am types or after 5pm types
There are enough sun beds hammocks large pillows n beach mats at the property to sun bathe if u like..
Thank u to the racha team.
It was my 2nd trip to the Racha resort. We were a big family w young kid and grand ma, staying at the 2 bed room w pool villa
Water and sand quality was nearly as good as the ones in Maldives while it is much shorter journey to get there from Singapore. It wasn’t as high end & expensive as Maldives but good, nice and clean enough to enjoy... My little one was enjoying swimming and snorkeling with all the colorful fishes just about all day long. Breakfast was simple, but pretty good quality. Lunch and dinner for Thai, Seafood and international cuisine was all satisfactory and yet price was very reasonable. Staffs were all very pleasant and warmly attentive.
In front of the hotel, many tourists were dropping by for a day snorkeling, but that was not to the level of disturbing, but making the entire place to be lively and interesting.
It was again really hard to come back to Singapore after 2 nights. I would like to thank you all for making our trip to be very smooth and memorable.
P.S the sun set was outrageously beautiful… especially from the rooftop swimming pool...
This is an immaculately maintained and beautifully situated resort, with elegant architecture and picture-taking opportunities from every angle. The food at the restaurants are above average and reasonably priced. Breakfast was high quality although I was a little disappointed with the coffee. The snorkeling trip around the island was very well organized and we saw some lovely coral reefs. The main beach in front is overrun with hundreds of tourists between the hours of 10 and 4, but otherwise was quiet and peaceful.
This is the best place to stay on Racha. It should be noted that The Racha is located along the most popular bay of the island, meaning there will be lots of day-tripper traffic until around 4PM. Afterwards, the island is beautiful. Trekking to the other bays is only a 10-20 minute walk. Free hourly rentals for the kayaks and stand-up paddle are a fantastic bonus. The restaurant is tasty, but cheaper food options can be found walking more into the center of the island. Be sure to watch sunset and make use of the 2:1 Happy Hour drink specials — it’s honestly the best view with great drinks on very comfy furniture!
We staid as a couple for 5 nights at the Racha, in entry level Deluxe Villa.
Many reviewers rave about the more luxurious offerings, but we were absolutely delighted with our room!
The resort is magnificient.
There are water monitors walking around leisurely, setting the tone for a relaxing mood.
Staff is formidable, all of them equally deserve our heartfelt thanks!
The beach is medium sized, very nice and clean, and there is snorkelling to be done on the left side.
As mentioned by many, from about 10:30 to 16:00 there are daytrippers on the beach, so you will want to go earlier and/or later to avoid them. The Racha is very proactive in communicating about this, which is very commendable.
As far as we were concerned, it was not much of an inconvenience. We are early birds and had plenty of time to enjoy the beach before having late breakfast.
We spent most afternoons relaxing around the infinity pool and the beautiful open room behind it. This area is adult only, which was a major plus for us (there is another pool area for families with kids, which we were happy to let them enjoy).
Please, the Racha, do not ever change this! This oasis of quiet was instrumental in the enjoyment of our stay.
We also enjoyed the spa (brilliant!), snorkelling, yoga, a bit of walking around the island, all very nice diversions to doing nothing much around the pool!
Food wise, breakfast buffet was great, changing every day, lots of variety, including sparkling wine, because "who said you shouldn't have some in the morning?" (lovely philosophy!).
Restaurants are fine but slightly below expectations in terms of cost/performance considering how stellar the Racha is otherwise.
Most noteworthy was the one-off seafood buffet (in particular its barbecue).
One thing that needed serious review though was cocktails. Either at the pool or the bar in front of the beach, they were our only real disappointment. Less ice and syrup, and more booze would help, but not only. They were inconsistent, as if liquids were mixed in random amounts in no particular order, rather than following a systematic recipe.
But I guess if you have to complain about one thing, and it's cocktails, it must meant that the Racha did a vast number of things right!
This was our first visit to the Racha, but hopefully not last.
Many thanks to the Racha & staff for delivering a perfectly relaxing getaway!