As soon as I set foot in Rayavadee, I just knew that I’d never want to leave! From the moment you arrive at Krabi airport right up until your boat ride back from the resort to the mainland, Rayavadee has a magical pull that will simply make you want to stay there forever. Surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs, lush jungles and turquoise waters, this luxurious resort is the picture-perfect Thailand we’ve all imagined.
Rayavadee’s private pavilions and villas are set amongst a manicured jungle reminiscent of a tropical village, with a vibe that screams all-out island indulgence. I was surprised to learn that there are almost 100 pavilions at the resort, as it never felt busy the entire time I was there – and in fact, it turned out that it was at 95% occupancy during my stay!
Some pavilions have terraces, others have private pools; if you’re travelling with the whole brood, opt for the family pavilion or one of the villas for a more spacious stay. Each pavilion or villa is fully equipped with everything you need, including fruit and snacks on tap! I’m very particular with bathrooms, and our expansive bathroom definitely did not disappoint; the resort uses Rayavadee branded amenities, which are available for purchase in the spa.
Everything in Rayavadee is special, and that includes the F&B outlets too.
The most special of them all is The Grotto; nestled under a limestone cliff overlooking Phranang Beach, this unique restaurant is located inside a cave, making it one of the most incredible Insta-worthy dining experiences around! Make sure to grab a spot late in the afternoon and watch the sunsets across the horizon.
When it comes to authentic Thai cuisine, Krua Phranang takes some beating; it’s the ideal spot for a romantic dinner. For something a bit more casual, Raitalay Terrace is your best bet. Serving international cuisine right next to Rayavadee’s infinity pool, it’s the perfect place for a quick break from the sun.
From R&R to Active Adventures
It’s all about rest and relaxation in Rayavadee. You can easily spend your entire holiday just chilling at Phranang Beach or at the resort’s swimming pool, which itself is only a few steps away from Railay Beach. Surrounded by a landscaped garden and limestone cliffs, the lagoon-style infinity pool is simply gorgeous. There’s also an ultra-luxurious spa if you want to take your pampering at Rayavadee to the next level.
If you fancy exploring Krabi and the surrounding area, you can always join the resort’s tours and excursions. Take a long-tail boat to one of the nearby islands, the most popular being Phi Phi; Rayavadee has its own fleets of boats, so you’re guaranteed exclusivity and luxury whilst island-hopping. As our speedboat neared Maya Beach (the spot where they filmed the movie, The Beach), we noticed a battalion of ships crammed with people heading toward the island – and felt glad that we had our own speedboat, where we travelled in comfort and could stop wherever we wanted!
Krabi – and Railay Bay in particular – is famous for rock climbing, with its craggy limestone cliffs and stunning scenery drawing in both first-time climbers and seasoned experts. If you’re feeling adventurous, head up the Hang Nak Hiking Trail; its entry point is just outside the resort, so it’s easily accessible. Be warned though, the start of the hike can be daunting as it’s an almost-vertical hike, mostly requiring you to climb on all-fours – but it’s well worth it, as the views at the peak are absolutely incredible.
Other activities laid on by the resort include Thai cooking classes, diving, kayaking, nature hikes and island escapes, with experiences available especially for children too. So whether it’s pure and simple relaxation or something a bit more adrenaline pumping you’re after, Krabi has all bases covered… and in the most indulgent style possible!