- Stylish, upmarket resort
- Activity centres, games room, squash court
- Adjacent to beautiful national marine park
- Cultural, land and water-based activities
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Rayavadee is a stylish and upmarket eco-friendly resort set in its own 26-acre reserve on the very tip of Thailand’s Phranang Peninsula. It’s located in the country’s southern province of Krabi and lies on the coast of the Andaman Sea. The stunning Krabi Marine National Park, noted for its biodiversity and picturesque landscapes, borders the resort which has been successfully designed to blend in harmoniously with its unspoiled natural surroundings. Despite the area becoming more tourist friendly in recent years, the resort maintains a pleasantly tranquil atmosphere. The excellent facilities include a games room, squash court and comprehensive water-sports and activities centres. There’s also an abundance of activities on offer from cultural visits to wildlife hikes, excurisions to hot springs, snorkelling and sunset cruises.
There are two types of accommodation to choose from; two-storey pavilions, of which there are 96, and luxurious villas, of which there are five. All rooms are tucked away among lush, tropical vegetation just a stone’s throw from the beach. There are several categories of pavilion to choose from; some are closer to the pool, while others come with their own jacuzzi. Those staying in one of the five villas have the added perk of butler service.
There are no fewer than four dining venues at the resort ranging from elegant, fine dining restaurants to laidback, beachside eateries, with some specialising in Western dishes, some in Asian cuisine, and some in both. Each of the menus across all the dining venues offers a number of healthier, organic options. There’s also a full-service spa and salon where facial therapies, body wraps, massages and other relaxing treatments are on offer. For souvenirs and gifts, the boutique shop sells an eclectic array of items from homeware and handcrafted mementos to fine jewellery and traditional ceramics.
There’s a huge range of cultural, land and water-based activities to enjoy when not relaxing back at base. Visit nearby islands by speedboat and go snorkelling to discover the rich, colourful marine life, or enjoy a peaceful sunset cruise. Hike through the area’s lush jungles and learn about the fascinating wildlife, trek through national parks and marvel at the sight of natural hot springs, and learn about the local culture by trying out traditional activities such as fruit carving and garland weaving.
Children are welcome and there’s a really good range of family accommodation options and child-centric activities to choose from. The standard Family Pavilions have an extra ground floor bedroom with two queen size beds and ensuite bathroom, along with an outdoor terrace. The next step up is the Family Pavilion with a pool, jacuzzi and outdoor dining area. Right at the top end of the spectrum, Family Villa 105 occupies an excellent location right at the heart of the resort, just a 5-minute walk from two beautiful beaches. There are two adjoining bedrooms as well as an indoor living room and an outdoor terrace with a larger pool and jacuzzi. This option is perfect for those want to be close to the central facilities and a dedicated butler service is included too. There’s also a package of activities designed for children aged 4-12 (younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult). Examples include guided garden walks, cooking classes and tennis lessons. Due to the waterside nature of the resort, parents are reminded to ensure that children remain under constant adult supervision.
- Secluded location accessible by boat
- Large property with extensive facilities
- Set in national park, loads of activities
- Good value for money
- Peaceful beachside resort
- Lovely spa & fitness centre
- Scuba diving, snorkelling, canoeing
- Elephant treks, cookery lessons
- Smart, characterful beachfront resort
- Two pools, 3 restaurants, spa, fitness centre
- Peaceful location away from touristy areas
- Water sports, island hopping
Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie
charles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023
Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair
Alistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023
Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
Fiona and Kevin
Fiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023