- Secluded location accessible by boat
- Large property with extensive facilities
- Set in national park, loads of activities
- Good value for money
Centara Grand Beach Resort Krabi is a large, laidback property with great facilities set within its own peaceful bay against a stunning national park backdrop. In contrast to many other beachfront properties in Thailand’s Krabi province, it’s impossible to reach by road. The only way get to the resort is by speedboat from Nopparatthara Pier, which lends this wonderful location an all-the-more secluded and private feel. Despite its remote location, there are extensive facilities to enjoy including a choice of several restaurants, a two-tiered swimming pool and a luxurious spa and fitness centre. It’s a real pleasure to be surrounded by such incredible natural beauty, and there are plenty of activities to do ranging from cultural to sporting pursuits, from challenging activities to lounging around on the beach.
There are several accommodation categories to choose from including private units for couples complete with outdoor jacuzzis, private villas with plunge pools, family rooms and a range of standard and deluxe rooms to choose from. All rooms come with air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi and have views of either the ocean or the resort’s pretty gardens. The décor is modern Thai in feel with wood and stone furnishings throughout, and plenty of windows to let in the natural light.
When not lolling by the pool or in the spa, there are plenty of activities to participate in. Some are focused on nature and wildlife, while others are more geared towards culture and heritage. Visits to nearby hot springs, rock climbing at one of the country’s largest rock-climbing centres, white water rafting, snorkelling sessions and island-hopping boat excursions are all popular pursuits. Plenty of other activities such as beach football, beach volleyball, canoeing, aqua aerobics and paddle boarding are also readily available.
The facilities comprise three large restaurants and a casual lounge, and private dining on the beach at sunset can be arranged on request. It’s possible to upgrade to Club level accommodation and benefit from the facilities provided in the Club Lounge and reduced rates at the Spa. Swimming in the two-tiered pool or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the pristine 500metre-long beach are a real delight, and there’s also a well-equipped fitness centre, a shop and a library.
The resort welcomes children of all ages, although those of 12 years and above pay adult rates. Family rooms house two double beds, accommodating up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 3 children, and rooms with connecting balconies can be requested. The two-bedroom Beachfront Villa is also a good option for families looking for a spot of indulgence. Given that the resort lies in a national park, there’s plenty of wildlife around. Monkeys in particular can be curious and it’s best to keep doors closed at all times! There’s a children’s club with a program of daily activities and a pool just for children. Parents are reminded to ensure that children remain under adult supervision at all times.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019