“ Address: 113 Ao Nang Beach / Muang / Krabi 81000 / Thailand / Tel: +66 75 637270 4 „
We stayed for 7 nights in a superior room at the Aonang Villa Resort in Krabi during September 2009. This was the second week of our holiday in Thailand and was booked via Kuoni who wangled a deal for us which gave us 3 free nights if we booked 4 so the price for us would have been pretty good. The general rate for this standard of room at this time of year is 3000 BT (£60) per night which I think is very good value anyway.
The resort is situated right on Ao Nang beach and next to the main beach front strip full of bars, restaurants and shops. It was pretty easy to find although we were lucky enough to have a designated private transfer, again organised by Kuoni.
Check In / Lobby
On arrival we were met with some welcome drinks while we checked in and were given the keys to our room quickly and efficiently. We were in a room in the same block that reception is in, in fact our room was literally above reception (more of which later) so only one flight of stairs and relatively close for the bell boy.
The lobby area is large and feels quite posh, the hotel markets itself as a 5 star resort but I would say is probably closer to a good 4 star. Plenty of seating areas and tropical plants abound and next to the lobby is a library room and a large area scattered with sofas and chairs where complimentary tea, coffee and cakes are served each afternoon between 4-5pm.
In this area there are also a number of computers with internet access (you need to buy a card from reception), a selection of the days newspapers from around the world for you to peruse and a lending library which was a godsend for me as I had run out of stuff to read by this point on our holiday. A lot of the books are in Swedish and German as they are the main nationalities this hotel seems to attract but there were enough books in English to keep me going.
Our room had twin beds which were large singles. I really wanted to move room when I saw this room - not just because it was a twin instead of a double but because it overlooked the pool (I wanted a seaview) and was directly over the reception area which I figured would equate to lots of noise. My other half however absolutely hates complaining about anything and wanted us to give it a chance, which we did.
We ended up staying in this room and although there were a couple of occasions when I really wished we had moved (due to my correct assumptions about noise) on the whole it was fine and quite convenient due it being central on the sprawling resort and close to everything.
Aside from the beds, the room had a chez-lounge, a large wardrobe area with plenty of drawer space and with a digital safe, a sideboard with more drawers, a large TV and a desk with refreshments and a kettle on which was a nice touch. All the furniture was contemporary and felt quite new.
The bathroom was very spacious and had a granite topped sink and a large bath with a very nice power shower over it. The floor was tiled and there was a lot of drying space which is useful.
Oddly the bathroom also had a window with shutters which looked into the bedroom, this was quite nice in a way if you were just pottering about or getting ready to go out but whilst showering or using the loo you needed to actually pull the wooden shutters together and bolt them shut.
Our room also had a large balcony which looked over one of the pools and had a fantastic view of the large limestone cliff which is right next door to the hotel. This is one of the reasons my other half persuaded me to stay in this room as it was a spectacular sight and the rock changes colour depending on the time of day. It may not have been the sea view I wanted but it was very pretty and actually very representative of the area which is dotted with them.
The hotel has two main restaurants, the Kiang Le which is a la carte and on a terrace overlooking the beach and has both indoor and outdoor tables and the Jaan Diew which is indoors but open to the elements round the sides and this is the restaurant where breakfast is served buffet style each morning.
There are also two pool bars which serve snack food and light options throughout the day and there is also the room service option which we did not use but featured dishes from across the menus.
Breakfast was a very impressive affair it has to be said. Breakfast was included in our room rate and seemed to be included for everyone. The restaurant is large and probably seats around 200 when full but as we were there in low season it was rarely more than half full.
The buffet consists of pastries, cereals, toast with all different kinds of bread, full English options such as bacon and sausages and beans, a station cooking fresh eggs however you wanted them as well as omlettes, pancakes, french toast and a whole range of Thai curries, noodles and rice dishes. There is literally something for everyone!
Tea, coffee and a range of juices are also available and during our stay nothing ever ran out before it was replenished. The staff are highly efficient and plates are never left in front of you for more than a minute or so.
All the food was tasty and clearly freshly cooked, all the hot dishes are kept in closed steel containers over burners to keep the flies away and keep them warm. I got so into the Thai way of eating that I found myself indulging in the very tasty and fresh pad thai a couple of mornings here.
One night we ate in the Kiang Le restaurant because Kuoni had thrown in a complimentary dinner for two here. This was a meal with a 4 course set menu where there were around 4 options for each course. I had chicken satay skewers to start followed by a spicy tom yam chicken soup, green chicken curry with rice and a bowl of ice cream to finish.
All of the food was very tasty and of a high quality. The thai green curry in particular was one of the best I had while we were in Thailand. My husband had an entirely fish based version of the four courses (aside from the ice cream of course!) and he was equally impressed.
We stole a glance at the a la carte menu as we were leaving and thought it was actually quite pricy in comparison to the other restaurants along the beach, a main course was around the 400BT (£8) mark but then it was good quality with a sea view. We would just say shop around as there are plenty of low budget options in the area.
The hotel has two large pools, a quieter one near the front of the hotel which is overlooked by the limestone cliff and seems to be very popular with families with small kids and one nearer the beach which was quieter. We used both and there were always plenty of sunbeds available although it was low season.
Towels can be collected from near the beach bar and returned and swapped for clean ones as often as you like provided you have your towel tokens from reception. Do not lose these as you will be charged if you do.
There is a spa right next to the quieter pool with a number of mattresses and massueses ready to pamper you. I had a reflexology session and a pedicure which was very nice, they are more expensive than the ladies that offer the same sort of stuff along the beach but its convenient having it inside the hotel.
We found the service here to be exemplary and all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and always smiling. In the restaurants and at the front desk there was always somebody to answer queries and make sure you were happy. This was honestly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in in terms of service level.
A fantastic hotel in a very beautiful resort. Great facilities, wonderful service and good rooms too. For the price this place is a real bargain and I have paid more for much lower standards in many other places.
Ao Nang is smaller than Krabi town itsef and feels like an up and coming resort. It is a great place to stay with easy access to Ko Phi Phi, Railay and a number of other small islands, Ao Nang Villa Resort would be my first choice without a doubt if we ever returned.