Upscale resort with great views
Set atop a rocky hill overlooking the far southern end of Nai Phlao, Racha Kiri should do the trick for families and honeymooners.
The resort makes up for its share of obtuse concrete by way of a tasteful Thai theme, terrific views to Ao Khanom and a huge lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a Thai-style pavilion and beach bar.
The resort offers five room types starting with a comfortable superior with no views. The next step up gets you a balcony with a view, though we’d jump one notch higher to a deluxe with a chandelier hung from high ceilings, traditional Thai woodcarvings, four-poster bed with curtains and huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. Open a wooden window in the bathroom to soak in the sea views while you soak. The rooms have a romantic quality and we preferred the traditional Thai decor above the pricier Aava Resort’s modern room design. All of Racha Kiri’s rooms are equipped with soft beds and linens, TVs, DVD players, minibars and coffee/tea facilities.
The pricier rooms are clustered around a second, smaller swimming pool where you’re likely to have a more private swim. Though it’s not directly on the beach, we liked Racha Kiri’s location along the narrow road that winds between mountains and sea up to Ao Thong Yee. Thatch-roof pavilions, fountains, winding stairways and flower garlands hung from statues of Erawan and Ganesha serve as constant reminders that you’re on holiday in the tropics. The resort also runs a full-service spa along with a fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi, kids’ pool, lounge and restaurant. As soon as we walked in, three smiling receptionists jumped up to greet us before recounting the various room options off the top of their heads.
Address: 99 Nai Phlao - Thong Yee Rd, Khanom
T: (075) 527 847;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º53'6.18" E, 9º7'28.87" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||3,500 baht||3,500 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Up to 4,750 baht for “deluxe suite”.
|4,250 baht||4,250 baht|
|Private pool villa|
Up to 9,250 baht for “grand suite”. (No private pool.)
|6,250 baht||6,250 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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