Solid upscale beach resort
Not in the luxury league of Rayavadee but a definite step up from neighbouring Sand Sea Resort and Railay Bay Resort, Railay Village is a solid upscale beach resort with two pools and direct access to Haad Railay West.
It’s a fairly large operation with a spa, a large beachfront restaurant and an experienced team of uniformed staff. While rooms do not come with sea views, the two swimming pools are none too shabby. The long and slender property cuts back for some distance, ending at a run of duplexes built on either side of a lengthy lagoon-style pool draped in frangipani. While these rooms are fine, we prefer the freestanding villas, each with wood-shingle roof and a little moat, table in a garden and Jacuzzi tub inside. The design is classy enough, if not super memorable, and you get a full range of amenities (as you should for high-season rates that may make you gasp).
If looking to save cash, Sand Sea’s rooms are dated and worn down in places, but clean, and it also has two pools that are very popular with families. The scene at Railay Village tends to be quieter.
Address: Railay West
T: (075) 819 412-3; (080) 531 3443;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'16.5" E, 8º0'40.04" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||3,300 baht||4,700 baht|
|Superior double room||4,300 baht||6,000 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||4,700 baht||6,400 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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