- Stylish, upmarket resort
- Activity centres, games room, squash court
- Adjacent to beautiful national marine park
- Cultural, land and water-based activities
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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
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