Written by Karen Martin
Set on the edge of Krabi’s National Marine Park at the heart of Thailand’s stunning Phranang Peninsula, Rayavadee is surrounded by limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches, and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.
The resort’s 96 two-storey pavilions and five luxurious villas are dotted throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves. The seven types of pavilion include the Spa Pavilions, offering a private garden with an outdoor Jacuzzi, shower, and gazebo for total relaxation; and the spacious Family Pavilions with Pool, which offer a freshwater 3m x 8m private pool with Jacuzzi, set in an enclosed tropical garden with sun loungers and a dining area to enjoy private barbecues and meals.
The design of each of the five villas is unique, with a personal butler assigned to each one. The Phranang Villas are discreetly hidden amidst a dramatic landscape of limestone cliffs with views overlooking world-renowned Phranang Beach.
Dining options include innovative grill cuisine at Raya Dining, casual beachside fare at The Grotto, and a memorable dinner by the sea at Krua Phranang, the resort’s romantic Thai restaurant.
As well as a luxurious spa, there is a fitness centre, tennis and squash courts, and in addition, sea canoes, snorkelling, and windsurfing equipment is available at the watersports centre.
Activities and excursions
Rayavadee’s activities centre offers a range of excursions to Krabi’s most interesting sites as well as half- and full-day trips aboard its luxury speedboats to the area’s outlying islands. Cultural offerings include Thai cooking classes, batik printing, flower garland making, and learning the art of traditional Thai fruit carving.
Distance: 5,359 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 40 minutes
Frequency: Beginning December 6, Qatar Airways will operate four flights a week