Plush rooms with a longtail theme
We think the enormous rooms at the well-tested midranger Aonang Phu Petra Resort are still the best you’ll find among the roughly two-dozen resorts set on the scenic lanes that branch south off Ao Nang’s main drag. This one is a little further out than most competitors and we think it’s worth going the extra distance.
The standard “gloriyo” rooms have impressed us on every one of our inspections over the years. Sporting a longtail boat theme, they come in stretched-out concrete duplexes, each room with a furnished terrace out the front. Inside you get a load of space (57 square metres at minimum) plus hardwood floors, dreamy beds, vaulted ceilings, whirlpool tubs in huge bathrooms and a full list of amenities, including the biggest safes we’ve seen in a while.
While the cheapest rooms are set off in the corners of the property, several identical rooms stand closer to a good medium-size pool and fetch a little more cash. The resort also has two-bedroom family editions that bag you a total of 122 square metres and also have poolside settings. All rooms sport high ceilings and roofs shaped like longtail boats, complete with the wooden bows.
The pool and plenty of loungers conspires with a cliff view and on-site massage to make many guests stay put. Breakfast is included in the rates and there’s a bar and restaurant serving international and Thai fare. The resort is set in a scenic but quiet spot with little else around it, so look elsewhere if you want to be closer to the action.
It’s a half-kilometre walk out to the main drag and more than two kilometres to Ao Nang beach. Thankfully the resort offers a free shuttle service for guests. A seasoned yet polite and knowledgeable reception crew has always greeted us in a lobby that feels more like a theatre thanks to the super-high ceilings. The staffer who most recently showed us around did an exceptional job of engaging and answering questions in clear English with a good attitude.
Similar choices that are a bit closer to the centre of Ao Nang include Ban Sainai Resort, and Phu Pha Resort.
Address: 521 Ao Nang Soi 11, Ao Nang
T: (075) 626 666 ; (085) 122 1919;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'13.37" E, 8º2'2.46" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Add 200–400 baht for poolside
|1,800 baht||4,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,000 baht||5,400 baht|
|6,000 baht||8,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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