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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I emailed the GM (Devan) about a particular room we wanted prior to our arrival, I received a response back within 15 minutes, everything organised, impressive.
We stayed in Villa #102, which in my opinion is probably the best couples room. Due to it being low season and the bigger surf all boats arrive on the other side of the island. The upside of this big surf is that all the day tripper boats don't clog up the bay all day. Most mornings I had the beach to myself until about 10:30am before the day trippers arrive in there life jackets attempting to enter the sea (Funny to watch until I had to rescue one of them who was floating out to sea). It was also good to see the resort staff (including GM the Chef) cleaning the beach each morning.
We mainly ate lunch and dinner at the Beach restaurant, the seafood BBQ was really good.The other two restaurants felt more like eating in a big resort, which was not the experience we wanted from a small remote island escape like Racha. The only downside was breakfast, it was ok without being great (not In Trisara or Sala's league), A few A la Carte options for breakfast would be a big improvement on the current omelette station and buffet.
The 3 piece band was also really fun, they walk around the 3 restaurants taking song requests. We ended up "on stage" in the Ice Bar the one night as part of the band, must have been to many drinks at dinner !
Overall we had a really good time, the late checkout from Devan was also very appreciated.
This was our 3rd stay in 7 years at The Racha and it is still and outstanding location at the Koh Racha. Since we were returning customers, we could also comepare it to our previous stays. The Lobby at the Pier is still an awsome touch before heading off the the island. They have now made a small snack buffet which is a nice touch. We were picked up in a small nice open bus that tool us all the way to the boat on the pier. Over all greatservice and kind staff. Boat was also in a very nice condition.
We stayed in a Deluxe Pool Suite on the hill side with a nice view over the bay. Comment though is that some bushes could have been cut down a bit to make the view even more spectacular, also from our private infinity pool.
The room was really nicely decorated and very clean. Cleaning was every day as well a a nightly check in if everything was good. Having stayed here before, I would say that the room and private area could use a bit of maintenance, but really just only due to the high standard this Hotel has. The only complaint we had was that the aircondition could not cool the room below 27c . We were told that we came just in a week where the temperature rised a lot and it was a general problem in almost all the bongalows.
Another thing, seems this time that there were lots of moquitos, not something we came across during the past stays.
Be aware that there a lots of daytrippers arriving at the beach in front of the hotel. It starts around 11 and last until 15. Did not bother us too much, but once the daytrippers go back, you have the whole beach to your self. That is an awsome place to have almost all to your self!!
There are 3 restaurants at the hotel where we had all our meals at our 6 days stay. We found them all to be very nice. Breakfeast buffet is also great with a wide selection and good home made bread.
We had 3 Scuba Dives with the Hotel's dive center. Great service and they even have their own pool at the back for practice. Highly recommended dive center.
All in all, once again a great stay at The Racha. HIghly recomendable
Have been there for the first time. Staffs are great. Very helpful. The resort itself is very peaceful, not to mention the beach which is lovely. Kindly take note, this is a high end place which comes with the price.
We spent four days at The Racha and had an amazing time. When we checked in we were pleasantly surprised that we had been upgraded to the two room pool villa. It is a beautiful room with your own private infinity pool. Plenty of room for a family. The kids had a fabulous time as did we.
There are plenty of activities for the family. The ATV ride around the island, mountain biking and snorkelling were all wonderful ways to spend the time when not playing on the beach or lounging in the pool. My husband enjoyed the Spa and made numerous appointments for the massages. Would like to give a special thanks to Turai in the Dive Center who accompanied the children and kept them safe and calm on their first ever boat dives. The dive sites were nice shallow ones for the kids who were just learning. This fish life was quite varied although the coral has been damaged by the warming waters from El Nina. Next time would like to stay a little longer and get the kids certified, The Dive Center is quite well equipped with good equipment and their own dive pool.
The hotel has three restaurants the international cuisine is decent but not outstanding but their Thai restaurant kept us coming back. Yuyi was super efficient with his service and the tender coconuts were the sweetest we have had anywhere. The Red Curry was our favourite!
One more special thanks to the hotel nurse who was friendly, knowledgeable efficient when we visited her for an ear check for my daughter after diving!
Thank you Devan and your team at The Racha for a fabulous stay!
I highly recommend this resort in only dry season.
I liked the most beatiful beaches and very clean, decent room condition.
Most were perfect except for dining in resort.
But, I experienced the most dangerous situation on the sea. It was really shocking to take on the speedboat when it is rains.
If you want to cross the river 'Jordan', go to The racha in rainy season!