Pavilion Queen's Bay
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... do, and delivers us to the bus depot where we catch Mini Van Number 2.
Another 5 hour journey lay ahead. But this was local service so we're packed like sardines. By the time we hit Krabi, even the alternating butt clenches I am periodically performing cannot stave off numb bum syndrome. And Stacey is going to have to find a Chiropractor... stat.
... the weekend night market. The biggest downside to Koh Samui is that dive sites are not very close which makes diving a bit more of a chore.
Koh Phi Phi Don would have to be my second favorite of the places we visited. This little island has a small strip of shops, resorts, food stalls, and thousands of tourists sandwiched between two small bays. The night life is vibrant and there are beach bars, fire shows, pool halls, and even a bar with a boxing ...
... then sat on the floor like they do and ate. Some was too spicy for me but the bits I had were so nice! There is one room for the ladies and one for the men and a few little rooms for the couples to have one each. It is just mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets but they were all made up really nicely by Ae's wife. In Thailand people go to bed pretty early - usually by about 9 every night and get up ...
... just over 3 hours we arrived at Krabi bus station. Which in fact is in the middle of no where. Conveniently there was a travel office there organising Songtheaws (open back jeeps with bench seats that are like communal taxis) to all the beach towns. So another 40 minute ride in the back of a jeep and we finally arrived at Ao Nang in Krabi. We walked for another hour dripping with sweat in the heat trying to find a room and find one that wasn't a ...
... us Canucks get around!Steven turned out to be a very interesting chap who worked 6 months in Fort Mac and had just purchased a restaurant pub down the street from where we were,called The Mango Restaurant,so we trucked down there after lunch to check it out,before we hopped on the bikes for home.What a first day on the road for Calamity Jane,just when I think I have the hang of this moped ****,and in kicks my A.D.D., and I'm not looking were I should be and I'm ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPavilion Queen's Bay Ao Nang
offered good rate plus an upgrade
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pavilion Queen's Bay Ao Nang
The rooms were nice and the service was spectacular! My favourite would be the big bar with a pool table and a live band downstairs! Will definitely go back again.
After 22 long, seemingly endless hours of flying I was anxious to get to Krabi and begin my first vacation in over a year. I picked the Pavillion Queen's Bay, not really knowing Krabi or which hotel to choose. I definitely made the right choice.
After arriving at the airport in Krabi, I left the gate area and was immediately greeted by my personal driver sent from the hotel. After a short trip from the airport to the hotel, I arrived at the hotel and was again greeted warmly by the concierge staff. I was very impressed with the vast open-air lobby which featured exquisite marble and woodwork. Check-in was quick, painless, and I was shown immediately to my room.
I was equally as impressed with the room which featured again, impressive decoration, a sumptuous bed, a huge bathroom, and my own private balcony with a large wooden swing from which I could sit on, rock, and stare off into the magnificent view. Once I got settled, I went downstairs to talk to the Concierge about where to go, what to do, etc... Needless to say, they all spoke excellent English and told me what was fun and hot in Krabi and what was not. On my way back to the hotel room, I decided to take a dip in the three level/floor pool. Set on three levels connected by cascading waterfalls and beautifully adorned with dark blue tile, I swam in bliss. For dinner that night, I decided to try the hotel restaurant on the 6th floor. I was not disappointed and had the best meal I have ever had in Thailand.
I spent the rest of my trip exploring Krabi and the surrounding islands and countryside. I did not want to leave, but alas all good things must come to an end. Check-out was as quick and painless as check-in was. It's been two months since my time in Krabi and I am planning my return already. No doubt, I will be staying at Queen's Bay again.
Best of Both Worlds
I stayed in Pavilion Queen's Bay over the New Year period in 2006. When I first got into Ao Nang, I was a little worried about the very very toursity beach strip that is similar to tacky beach holiday packages. Once I arrived at the resort I was relieved to find that the it is located a little off the main tourist strip on a hill with stunning views of both the surrounding tropical jungles as well as the sea. The decor is in perfect harmony with the hotel's tranquile surroundings. My first impression was that this hotel was perfect for a relaxing holiday.
My experience during my stay did indeed confirm my first impression of the hotel. The room we were shown to was spacious with a very comfortable king- size bed and large bathroom, and lots of wardrobe space. The hotel has a lovely 3-tiered pool with great views. The beach in main Ao Nang was very easy to get to but we preferred to get the long-tail boat to the Rai Lei beach. Ao Nang beach was too close to the bustling tourist activities for my liking, and getting away to the more spectacular beaches was also extremely easy from Ao Nang beach.
The hotel staff were all helpful, friendly and efficient, and spoke very good English. We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner buffet there. The hotel restaurant served really good breakfast, as well as Thai and Western food for lunch and dinner. There is also a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. We sampled everything during our stay and for someone who lives in Japan, I have to say that the standard of the Japanese restaurant is comparable to the very good restaurants in Japan. It tastes more interesting than traditional Japanese food, as their chiefs created some wonderful Thai-Japanese fusion dishes.
Needless to say, I had the perfect beach holiday that I expected during my stay at Pavillion Queen's Bay. It provided wonderful dining experiences as well as the best of both worlds of providing a sense of tranquility and the convienence of having easy access to the great beaches of Krabi peninsula.
Nice, quiet hotel away from the beach
if you're looking for a beach front resort, this is NOT the place you want. pavilion is located on a hill and is a fair distance from the sand. it's a dark road down the hill to the shops along Ao Nang beach.
but the rooms are clean and big. a huge bathroom, nice balcony with a swing and seating area, and thai day bed in your room. view of the sea a distance out, but you'll probably be looking at some construction work going on.
nice, but small pool. helpful staff, good breakfasts. great for a relaxing holiday
main grouse : the wooden floors are squeaky, you can hear your neighbour upstairs walking around
The only place fit for a movie star in Ao Nang!
I was worried that Krabi was going to be a dead town, like I've been told, even 9 months after the Tsunami. So imagine my surprise when I got to Pavilion Queen's Bay, stepped out of the car and the first person I saw was Christian Bale! Turns out he was shooting a movie in Krabi and was staying here, that gave me a really good first impression of the place. Love the 3-level swimming pool and the swinging bed on your private balcony! The room was very nice, huge bathroom, and lots of gorgeous Thai silk in the decor. Tried the Spa and that was very glamorously decorated too. By far the classiest looking place in Ao Nang, Krabi!
Wish I could rate this zero
What a disappointment! This hotel was definitely not a four or five star hotel! First of all, the management was horrible. They were actually sleeping on the job since there were almost no guests at the hotel.
The pool was not able to be used for either of the 2 stays.
A BIG DEAL -- I don't know about you but I like privacy when I use the bathroom. The bathrooms are lovely but are Thai double doors. This means that when they are closed, your roommate can peak in at the sides anyway. I do not expect people to speak my language when I am in their country but usually a 4 star hotel speaks English -- these people spoke NO ENGLISH! That was OK, I am good at charades.
The bed is unusually hard and the food from either room service or the upstairs hotel, not good.
The hotel is VERY far from the beach although we never saw the beach anyway. We were "upgraded" to a sea view but could not see the sea. We overlooked a construction site and mountains on the other side. I think the reason they placed us on that side of the hotel was so that we would not overlook the Thai Village Resort accross the street as it was MUCH nicer.
I would definitely recommend that you stay at The Cliffs or something else.
Unfortunately, I had pictures but in a disagreement with the people who I travelled with, they have not sent me all the picturs that we took together. It was their camera so I cannot complain but I did want to do a more comprehensive review on Tripadvisor. Sorry, folks.
Anyway, TRUST me, do not stay here! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thanks.
Would not recommend at all if you like 4-5*.
Sorry to be negative, but for us - this was a huge disappointment. We looked for a pampering hotel, right on the beach, with direct access, as well as proximity to restaurants and shops.
It is indeed close to the Ao Nang main road where there are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. But it is nowhere near a beach and has no access to its own stretch of beach.
The rooms were tired, and in need of refurbishment. The whole area in front of the hotel was being built and developped when we were there, a year ago.
We did not stay - we immediately asked to be moved -we were there for a whole week and would not compromise- and were very happy elsewhere (Sheraton). We may have missed elements like great service and food. We would not know. But if you are after a pampering, high standard place and on a beach holiday want the beach to be part of it, this is definitely not for you.
Arrived the middle of feb 05, and weren't sure what to expect because of the Tsunami. Fortunately the resort received minimal damage and things were pretty much back to normal, with the exception of fewer tourists.
The hotel was lovely and the room was an excellent size, but the resort was only around 15% full meant there wasn't much of an atmosphere. The hotel seemed to be running a limited service, as the restaurants and bars were closed and all meals & drinks were served in one area, there was no buffet breakfast instead we had a limited A la Carte service, no in room dining menu, coffee/tea facilities not replaced after use, internet not available.
The resort was operating with limited staff, but they seemed to be in need of training as a few little things were missing. Alarm calls were missed or late/early (by about 20-25 mins), calls to housekeeping where they were to get back to me were never returned, reconfirming flights seemed to cause a problem and on the last day our transfer, which we had prearranged with the hotel and reconfirmed the time with a few days before departure, was late because the driver was late.
A lovely hotel but because of our negative experience we would look at other resorts if returning to Krabi
Perfect hotel to relax and to be pampered
We stayed in Pavilion Queen's Bay in January 2004 and can really recommend it. The hotel is beautifully refurbished in Lana Thai style. The staff is very friendly and the athmosphere of the hotel is nice and quiet. All the rooms have a large balcony with seaview. Breakfast is served on top of the hotel (seaview) and the best we had in Thailand. The hotel guest are mostly people who want to relax. The hotel reaches the four standard and even five. The downside is in our opinion that the location of the little town Aonang where the hotel is situated is already spoiled by tourism. Too many tourists destroyed the beach, the coral reefs and Thai hospitality. The best is to stay in the hotel and ignore the village. Therefore we unfortunally will not return. But if you intend to visit Aonang / Krabi, definitely stay in Pavilion Queen's Bay.