Love the longtail boat theme
With bungalows of a design inspired by the Andaman region’s famous longtail arranged to take full advantage of the mountain view, the Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Ao Nang is a scenic and relaxing spot for those looking for some added comforts at a reasonable price.
Travellers to Krabi with a few extra baht to spend on accommodation have plenty of choice in the three- to four-star range in the Ao Nang beach area, but finding a place to stay with something more than a cookie-cutter design is more of a challenge. Aonang Phu Petra’s bungalows are not only striking in looks with their curved wooden roof design, but they are huge and have some rather swish added touches, including a double bathtub and silk draping over the bed.
The resort is found about 1.5 kilometres back from the beach at the base of some of Krabi’s famous karst hills, and the resort is well positioned to enjoy the views from most rooms and the central pool terrace and dining area.
Of the resort’s 25 rooms there are four different types: hillside villas and poolside villas, both of which are 57 square metres in size including the balcony; a 72-square-metre majestic suite poolside villa; and family grand poolside villas, which have a living room and two bedrooms spread over 122 square metres. All are air-con and have king-sized beds, telephones, TVs, included WiFi, kettles with coffee and tea and mini-fridges.
We stayed in the hillside villa, and were able to arrange for two extra single beds for our kids that easily fit in the room for an extra charge. We paid a total of 3,000 baht per night during our stay in the low-season month of August including the two extra beds but no breakfast. A search online for only two guests yielded prices as low as 1,799 baht for the same room, the cheapest option at the resort.
We can’t quite work out why the same-sized poolside rooms are priced higher by 300 baht or more than the hillside rooms, since the hillside rooms offer fantastic views and more privacy being at the outer edge of the resort. Perhaps more guests prefer the easy hop, skip and jump to the pool, which is indeed a marvellous place to unwind. There’s a shallow section for kids and whirlpool jets at the shallow end and, unusually, at the deep end, too.
The food at the restaurant is standard resort fare with a mix of Thai, Asian and Western dishes – adequate but nothing to write home about. We ordered room service for one meal and it arrived quickly and steaming hot, and we enjoyed munching on our burgers on the balcony while watching dusky langurs leap around the trees high up on the hill before us.
The resort might want to look into doing more frequent cleaning checks though, since the dishes we left on the balcony from our afternoon meal were not cleaned up till the next morning, and we suspect some creature (a langur?) messily indulged in a free meal from the remaining bits of leftovers during the night. But otherwise our room and common areas were kept clean and in tip-top shape.
Aonang Phu Petra Resort is found at the end of the narrow and very quiet Soi 11 just off Route 4203, about 28 kilometres from Krabi International Airport and two kilometres northeast of Ao Nang beach. The resort offers a free hourly shuttle service to and from the beach, plus there’s a tour desk in the 24-hour reception area if you need to hire a taxi.
For families or couples looking for a peaceful tropical setting to relax in and who don’t need to be right on the beach, Aonang Phu Petra is a great choice at a good value, too. If we return, we’ll be sure to bring our binoculars next time to see what else might be hanging around in those hills.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.