Hard to fault
Ban Sainai opened down one of the scenic side lanes with cliff views since our last visit to Ao Nang and though we think nearby Phu Phetra beats it by a hair, we had a great experience here as well.
Set in a lovely spot with a free shuttle making up for the location two kilometres from the beach, the resort offers nine types of concrete villas overlooking a pond, garden or large saltwater swimming pool. We like how these freestanding structures were designed to fit different preferences, from two-bedroom family editions to romantic rooms featuring Jacuzzis and porches hidden from the sight of others.
While the rooms we checked out lack the “wow factor” of Phu Phetra’s rooms, they were spotless, spacious (minimum of 49 square metres) and equipped with all of the extras you’d expect for the prices. Bamboo features, batik fabrics and paintings of traditional life in Thailand’s Andaman region help to offset the coldness of white tile floors.
Bathrooms sport terracotta tiles in spacious walk-in showers, and pricier rooms bag you whirlpool tubs. You also get a terrace with table and chairs. But the best part might just be the staff—everyone from the receptionists to the guy who showed us around had a great attitude.
Address: 550 Ao Nang Soi 11/1, Ao Nang
T: (075) 819 333; (084) 295 1112;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'0.42" E, 8º1'54.8" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||2,200 baht||4,800 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||3,200 baht||6,200 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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