The Racha opened in 2003 and quickly joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's list of hottest new resorts.
With its white-washed walls and minimalist architecture, this heavenly resort looks like it belongs in the Mediterranean, not some far-flung Thai island. Of course, this kind of experience doesn't come cheap, but at least here you get your money's worth. They have two pools, a tennis court, basketball court, three restaurants, a bar with live music each night, a fitness centre, the amazing Anumbra spa, a yoga studio, their own dive shop, and the best beachfront location on the island. The gorgeous villas are done in a simple style, yet contain everything you'd expect for these prices, including plasma TVs and espresso coffee makers. Every villa has a private terrace and outdoor rain shower, but the pricier suites also have a private jacuzzi tub or infinity-edged swimming pool. At the time of research in 2011, new pool villas and junior suites were being built. Staff are polite and professional and The Racha operates an on-site English school as part of continuous staff training. The Racha also offers traditional Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony packages — complete with monks. Be sure to book online to get the best prices and a promotional discount.
Last updated on 10th August, 2011.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 6,900 baht, high season 9,200 baht. Notes: Peak 11,000B
Room: Private pool villa, low season: 15,000 baht, high season 20,000 baht. Notes: Peak 24,000B
42/12-13 Moo 5, Ko Raya
T: (076) 35 5455
F: (076) 35 5637
Room rates: over 8,000B