If your expectation of a beach escape in Thailand involves giant sun-kissed limestone karsts rising majestically from the ocean and white sand beaches encircling jungle clad hillsides, then Rayavadee might just be the place for you. Although theoretically located on the mainland, the resort is dotted across a beautiful peninsula and only accessible by boat.
This is a truly breathtaking property in a dazzling location with a wonderful sense of traditional Thailand. A recent refurbishment ensures rooms are fresh and stylish and jam-packed with every creature comfort. 98 charming two-storey pavilions are duplex style with bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor and living space on the ground floor. Deluxe Pavilions are spacious and open out to the jungle gardens, whilst the Terrace Pavilions are more contemporary with an open-plan ground floor living area which flows onto a breezy outdoor terrace and lounge. Spa Pavilions come with an outdoor Jacuzzi in private walled gardens and Pool Villas have a private plunge pool in a similar setting. You can expect highly polished wood, rich fabrics and a unique circular design to all pavilions.
There are three beautiful beaches, which, although not private, do give access to a choice of local restaurants and bars on the beach. In-house Krua Phranang is best for yummy Thai classics matched with gorgeous beach views. Raitalay Terrace is the place for daytime nibbles and laid back evening meals and the Grotto is a spectacular limestone cavern perfect for sundowners.
It is entirely probable that you will have no desire to leave the glorious confines of the resort, however, if you do there is an extensive menu of activities including scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling and island adventures around Phang Nga Bay. For those seeking relaxation, indulge in an authentic Thai treatment at the spa.
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