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
This is our 4th trip here at The Racha resort (our first trip was 15 years ago) and we still vote the best dream destination in Thailand. (I prefer to stick with comparison to within my country.)
The Racha provides best service and personal touch to our experience since we arrive at its private lounge from the Phuket port to the hotel on Racha Yai island. They have their own large speed boat for hotel guests with comfortable seat and safety precautions. I have been on speedboat in Thailand more that 10 trips and The Racha boat is the largest and most comfortable ride of all.
On the island, Racha Yai island pier is full of many one-day-trip boats with tourists visiting and snorkeling. The pier locates on the different side of the island and we need to take a shuttle to The Racha resort so, not many tourists visit the resort side. Please note that all the beach in Thailand does not belong to private individuals or companies according to Thai laws. So anyone can use the beach in front of the resort. I feel that hotel does a great job in managing those tourists not to interrupt with hotel guests.
The Racha is the perfect place for both relaxation and enjoy full of activities (ATV rides, mountain biking, tennis, water sports, snorkeling… Yes, we did all that in 3 days!!)
And the most impressive things that we think it is the best of all are the service from all team members from the receptions at Phuket port lounge to the boat staffs to staffs at the hotel to executive members to GM. Everyone provides excellent service and deliver with warmth, friendliness and sincerity. I have to mention this because this excellent level of service have been there since the first time we visited The Racha in 2004.
I would also like to mention one staff who went above and beyond to us was khun “Chian” from water sports center who was so helpful and provided us anything we asked for. And we asked for many things.
Last but not least, A dream holiday and would definitely recommend to anyone. This will not definitely be our last trip to The Racha. We will return for sure.
Racha have their own lounge at the port where they take details of all travellers in advance to aid a smooth checkin. This works fine for small families but we were a big group and problems regarding the booking began - we were eventually charged for 4 extra boat ride passengers and a per night per person charge as they said we had not booked for everyone via the site. We eventually arrived in to Racha feeling sea sick after 4.5m waves made the 40min trip feel like an eternity (we were told this is not common). The Captain however was very skill-full and got us their safely.
You arrive to the back side of the island which still needs a lot of work, Racha owners should really invest in providing a clean up operation to this part of the island. The rooms are nice, white in colour and sizeable. Be prepared for the giant Monitor lizards that are roaming freely. There are 2 pools: kids are not allowed in the main pool which is a ridiculous policy so we spent all our time in the kids pool when not at the main beach.
The beach is amazing - its the best part of the hotel. The waves were fabulous although the water current was strong.
The food at the hotel is appalling a part from breakfast which is good.
This for me is the reason why this hotel cant be classed as a 5* hotel. 3 restaurants, all charging Michelin prices for sub par food. Kids pizza and chips can set you back £30. The service at dinner was also appalling and we were offered deserts as compensation on 2 occasions.
If they improve the food and service this place could be sensational.
2 night stay here was awesome (enough time to enjoy). Very helpful staff with our young children. Lovely villa and great service. Island got very busy with day trippers between 10am and 3pm. Apart from that this place was like paradise!