If fairy tales could be made into reality shows, Railay Beach in Krabi Thailand would be the perfect set and the cast would be living at Rayavadee, a 5 star resort which is unique in every way. From its spectacular location on the Railay Peninsula to its unsurpassed views of an almost mystical landscape featuring idyllic scenes of a powdery beach, blue ocean and lime stone giants jutting from the debts in the distance, the setting is profoundly exotic and jaw dropping beautiful.
Krabi is located on the west coast of Thailand. The area and its coast line is without a doubt the most scenic in Thailand and just off its shores a myriad of small scattered islands dot the Andaman Ocean. Some are inhabited, some completely natural and untouched. Known the world over for its pristine beaches like Ao Nang and Noparratara, Railay Beach stand out among the rest and has earned world class status. Though part of the mainland, Railay is situated on a small peninsula only accessible by 10 minute boat ride around the rain forest covered mountain which makes road travel impossible.
It is on this very beach, flanked by towering cliffs and set amid majestic palm trees where Rayavadee Krabi Resort and Spa treats its guests to a peerless holiday experience.Unless you want to keep things authentic and travel with one of the locals from the pier by traditional long tail boat, the resort’s own boat will meet you at Rayavadee pier to transfer you in style.
From the design of the rooms to its lay-out, the resort is built to represent an eastern Thai village allowing you an authentic experience. Accommodation at Rayavadee is characterized by all-out luxury, privacy and space. Interiors feature intricate hand crafted details, oriental flavoured furniture and décor,large private outdoor terraces, luxurious bathrooms and your own lounge which welcome tropical evening breezes.
If you are on your honeymoon or simply need a romantic getaway, try out one of the private hydro pool pavilions hidden among the tropical plants and trees. For families, two bedroom and even three bedroom accommodation featuring their own private pools are also available with incredible views of the beach and ocean.
If you are concerned about how to fill your days given you are on a beach cut off from the mainland, don’t be. Beside the fact the Ao Nang, Krabi’s commercial hub featuring countless shops, markets, restaurants and nightlife is only a few minutes away, Railay beach offers much to do and is further complimented by the resort’s first class facilities. The lime stone walls and natural cave like formations offers the perfect environment for rock climbing attracting the adrenaline junkies. You can also go for a boat trip in fascinating Phang Nga Bay which include the iconic Phi Phi Islands and see Maya Bay where the movie “The Beach” was filmed.Go for an elephant ride revealing pristine rain forest ora morning dive showcasing a colourful and exotic world below the surface of the ocean. Alternatively you can go on a hike which ends at a crystal clear waterfall in which to cool down and on your return, kick back on the beach, order a cocktail or enjoy for a traditional Thai massage.
But even on those days when staying in seems a better option than spending energy on exiting day trips, the resort and its location will see you not endure a dull moment, even though it might mean you won’t be moving a finger. The resort’s spa is a tranquil sanctuary for the senses where you can indulge in heavenly body treatments. After a game of tennis at the resorts own course you can cool off at the beachfront pool or sit down for a drink at The Grotto, a beach bar built into a natural cave. It is all there, waiting at Rayavadee Krabi.
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