When I’m on vacation, I would often ask myself if I want to relax and rejuvenate, or to experience the place and enjoy all that it has to offer. Sometimes, I like to stay right smack in the city where there’s easier access to facilities and food. Other times, I prefer the idea of being confined in a resort, relaxing by the poolside and ordering room service.
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort offers the latter option — a hotel fashioned in Grand Victorian style with teak floors, regency lampshades and colonial style furniture. The property is large and the pool is one of the biggest among the hotels in Southern Thailand.
rif and I spent two nights here where we enjoyed a session of cooking class, island hopping on the resort’s private boat and unwinding with their signature spa treatment. All that, on top of relaxing, recharging and indulging in all the Thai food I can possibly eat.
Of the lot, I especially enjoyed the private boat ride, which allowed us to sit back and relax comfortably, over glasses of chilled champagne with cold cuts and cheese. We went to Krabi the year before and did the same island hopping route, but since it was a shared (smaller and older) boat, it was no where near what we experienced at Sofitel Krabi.
Breakfast is quite impressive here. I liked that the spread is moderate yet sufficient, and the quality is maintained. The soup noodles were my favourite and smoothies are thick and creamy. As the restaurant (Maya) is just recently renovated and launched, the interior is modern and brightly lit, with al-fresco dining option and live cooking stations.
To get to town, you can either hire a hotel car or call for a taxi. Alternatively, do what rif and I did and rent a bicycle, head out and explore the hotel surroundings a bit better. I found this fun as the air is cool and you get a bit of sea breeze when you cycle. It costs THB150 per hour, for a bicycle.
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ao Nang, Sofitel Krabi is an option to consider. It’s fairly remote yet close enough to the city, and you have the option of relaxing at the resort or hire a taxi to take you to town for some nightlife.
Whichever way you prefer, this resort offers a bit of both. They are currently undergoing renovation to refurbish some of the rooms and facilities so do check and see if things are in order before you book.