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Rayavadee

Our rating

9/10

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Highlights

- 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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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 511 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

    MissingCarly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022

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