Krabi Travel Guide
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The Thai beachtown of Krabi is located two hours east of Phuket, offering visitors a handful of national parks and barrier islands to explore in the Andaman Sea. The 192-room Centara Grand Krabi is the area's most luxurious property, and it's also the most secluded, tucked in at the base of a national park and surrounded by cliffs on both sides.
The resort is a combination of low-rise buildings and individual villas built up into the cliffs, and the real treat comes from the balconies of the rooms that sit up the highest: A breathtaking killer view that looks out over the resort to the ocean and rocky coastline. Looking the other direction at night, the sky lights up and the palm trees silhouette against the clouds.
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No? Well, that's because you've never spent a night at Ritz-Carlton's
over the top opulent Reserve Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand. Comprised of 54 villas set along the Andaman Sea, every inch of the resort is pure luxury—from the feng shui-inspired welcome pavilion to the cathedral-like bathrooms.
The above shot shows a bathroom entrance in one of the Ocean Pavilion villas (these bad boys go for around $550/night during the summer season). The painted double doors alone are pretty impressive, and peeking inside, we love how the scalloped porcelain sinks are set in the middle of the room like a shrine. But the fancy faucets are only the beginning of what Phulay Bay's bathrooms have to offer...
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On the coast of Krabi in Thailand sits Ritz-Carlton's prize jewel, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Phulay Bay. While a lot of meticulous planning went into the property's design, it seems there was one element of Phulay Bay that needed some adjusting after the initial opening.
Specifically, the welcome pavilion, where, upon arriving, guests must ceremoniously walk around the edges of a pond by following a path of stones (above). Fair enough. Except the path splits in two, so guests have to choose whether they want to enter from the left or right. Fair enough.
Then, the hotel found out that walking counter-clockwise is considered bad feng shui. Meaning half the guests, before they'd even checked into their picture-perfect villas, were already doomed. What to do?
While last week we were focusing on cheap Thailand hotels on the beach, we can't help getting a little excited about the latest announcement from Ritz-Carlton about their Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel brand. The theory behind their new brand suits us perfectly, because they are targeting:
People who want to get away from the stresses of everyday life by retreating to experience new cultures and adventures in exotic locations.
The first Reserve to open up will be Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand, and it should be ready sometime during 2009. Although prices for Phulay Bay show from April onwards, their website currently says they're accepting reservations from June 1, 2009.
At that time of year--off-peak for them--rooms will be starting at 19,550 Baht ($550) for a resort pavilion, going up to 68,000 Baht for a Royal Villa stay (almost $2,000). We'll be picking a villa though, because they're the ones with outdoor baths and private plunge pools. Definitely falls into the category of getting away from stress somewhere exotic.
The Langham Hotels group has just added a fancy eco resort to its collection by converting the Rawi Warin Resort & Spa to be the Langham Place Eco Resort and Spa at Koh Lanta, Krabi in Thailand which will open in January 2008. We're talking luxury resort with an eco-friendly policy, which always seems a little bit tricky to manage ... surely really caring for the environment would mean a little less luxury?
Whatever your political opinion, Krabi's Langham Place Eco Resort is definitely a place for a luxurious sunny holiday. The villas at the resort have a private plunge pool, and guests from all rooms have access to the four main pools. There are also six different restaurants and bars to keep the hunger and thirst at bay.
As for the green side of things, the Langham Place Eco Resort runs according to six conservation principles, basically looking at renewable energy, recycling, conserving water, getting involved with local people, protecting the local habitat and purchasing requirements in an environmentally friendly way. From a distance it's hard to tell how strictly these policies are implemented, but it's all got to start somewhere.
· Langham Signs First Hotel in Thailand [Asia Travel Tips]
· Langham Place Hong Kong Deals [HotelChatter]