Plush rooms, two pools
Not in the luxury league of Rayavadee but a definite step up from Railay Bay and Sand Sea, Railay Village is an all-round excellent upscale resort.
The reception area, minimart, coffee shop, restaurant and one large swimming pool front the beach, with the fairly narrow grounds stretching back for quite a distance before ending at another long pool overlooked by the cheaper rooms, set in attractive two-floor buildings with wood-shingle roofs and private porches. These are immaculate and outfitted with classy dark-wood floors and headboards, king-size or two twin beds, luxurious daybeds, tasteful Thai art, large bathrooms and all other expected amenities. A bit closer to the beach, luxury Thai-style villas are fronted by wide terraces with tables overlooking small water lily ponds and abundant frangipani. Inside they bag you more space, wall-size windows and Jacuzzi tubs with LCD TVs mounted on the bathroom walls, allowing you to catch up on stocks or take in a movie as you soak (the main room areas have TVs as well, of course). The only negative is how all rooms, including the villas, are clustered fairly close together and lack sea views. The man who greeted us at reception spoke excellent English and was both cheerful and professional. Over on Railay East, Bhu Nga Thani Resort has similarly swanky Thai-style rooms with similar rates, but Railay Village has the better location.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.
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