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Killer View: Krabi's Centara Grand Resort in Southern Thailand

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  Site Where: Krabi, Thailand
July 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

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.

The seclusion provides guests with a private cove all to themselves, including a stretch of beach about a half-mile in length and a natural barrier to exit. There are plenty of options on site to keep you satisfied, though, including a spa, pool, three restaurants (international, Thai, and Japanese,) and a beach bar.

The location also results in another adventurous treat. Because there are no roads into or out of the resort, guests arrive via sea transfer. Those who want to go into town can make the short trip via an hourly boat shuttle offered complimentary by the Centara. It also arranges trips out to the barrier islands, such as Phi Phi, where the boat will pick you up at the Centara's dock.

If you plan to be in Southeast Asia this summer, the resort is holding a special between now and August 31st, starting at $116 per night including free Internet. Considering this type of accommodation and service would cost at least triple that in the Caribbean, it's a wonderful deal if you can pencil a Krabi retreat into your plans.

[Disclosure: Will stayed at Central Grand Krabi as a guest of the hotel.] [Photos: Will McGough]

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