Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa
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... up. Lipe is beautiful a real slice of paradise with turquoise water and pristine soft white powder sand. Staying at Geko 550 BHT Danny got 50BHT reduction as we are staying for 4 nights. Bungalow with hot water shower outside but so many mosquitoes in Thailand we are covered in bites. Had lunch then went for a walk around the island and to Sunrise beach. Had a couple of beers at our bungalow then dinner and in bed by ...
... Our 2nd slightly nail bitey moment was only minutes after all of that! We turned a corner and the tuk tuk gave up. It coughed twice and then died rolling to halt right in the middle lane of a 3 lane bumper car rally circuit! Cars and motorbikes slid around us beeping furiously. Water had flooded the engine so out we all jumped again and pushed the tuk tuk from the middle of what felt like a motorway to the side of the road where we patiently waited for the engine to ...
Our last major destination before heading back home. Koh Lanta. As simple as it may sound we still had a long way to travel. We have already done a lot in the last few days and it has caught up with us so we were looking forward to some easy living in Lanta. Early wake up and re packing our bags. They are full to the brim now and becoming too heavy to carry comfortably. Not that they were ever comfortable to start with. We had just about enough time to have a cup of tea before ...
Today we arrived at our second island Koh Lanta. We waved off Koh Lipe with another interesting long-tail boat ride to catch a speed boat for the journey north. The speed boat was a pretty different experience to the ferry as the journey lasted 3 hours and boat travelled twice as fast and bounced across the sea most of the way! The boat was not that big (only about 20 people on board) and we got to see some cool islands on the way as it stopped 3 times to drop off/pick people up. It was ...
... fish going about their daily business. Alas weren't the only ones and the sea seemed to be more populated with tourists than fish. Next to a series of underwater caves which needed to be explored via a narrow entrance. Unfortunately half of thailand's schoolchildren also had the same idea so we sat that one out. Lunch was served on a beautiful island with crystal clear waters and we sat on the beach under the hot sun. By the time we reached our final snorkelling spot the weather ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa Sikao
We have just returned from spending Christmas and New Year at the Amari Trang and have had a wonderful time! The hotel is extremely quiet and relaxing and the staff cannot do enough to help you. Their English is fairly limited but they always have a smile on their face and if you ask them to do something, once they have understood, then it is done almost immediately for you.
We stayed for 2 weeks at the Amari Trang from the end of April until the beginning of May. The hotel was excellent, the staff exceptionally friendly, and our deluxe room had the most stunning view overlooking the huge limestone rocks that protrude from the sea. ( We were recommended by another Trip Advisor to choose rooms 301 - 316 which are on the west side of the hotel). The restaurant food we thought to be very good, especially 'Aqua' the Italian restaurant which is air-conditioned. We were astounded at how quiet the hotel was as I would say on average there were no more that 60 guests staying - one day there were only 29! For the two of us who were looking for peace and quiet and a total chill-out holiday, this was excellent and, if we used the pool ,we quite often had it to ourselves! The real downside was, as a few other trip-advisors have commented, the so called beautiful white sand beach, which didn't really exist. The main reason I go away is for the beach and the emerald seas - but most of the time the beach was covered in washed-up garbage (bottles, bags, crates etc) plus, as the hotel is situated right next to the estuary, there's masses of mangrove roots and branches floating around in the sea! The weather when we were there was perfect, very hot and virtually cloudless skies, so it wasn't as if it had been stormy and hence had recently washed up all this muck. It would be wrong to say you couldn't swim in the sea at all, but it was best to wait until the tide started to go out so that all the 'crap' was left on the beach - you definitely needed to wear shoes on the beach and in the water. In the end I was picking up pieces of broken glass and handing them to the hotel staff! It's such a shame as the beach stretches round a huge bay for probably a couple of kilometres and is lined with casuarina trees, so if it was clean - could be paradise. Please note that it is not the hotel that throws out the rubbish but probably the locals and the fishermen.
Just returned from a week at the Amari Trang and found it to be a mixed bag.
We have just returned from a week at the Amari Trang Resort and Spa.
If you are looking for a taste of unspoilt Thailand, then look no further. The Amari Trang has the most fantastic location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
My husband and I visted the Amari Trang in Oct 2004 when the hotel was just a few months old.
Trang was a perfect getaway from a hectic city - if you're looking for nightlife and excitement, look somewhere else. The hotel was amazing, especially for the price during the low season. (I got a promotion through their website for 100 USD /night)
My husband and I stayed at the Amari Trang - Apr this year (05). It was perfect. It is generally the way that Photos in the brochure do not live up to reality but this was not the case, the rooms, the facilities, everything was beautiful. The staff made the place even more special for us. It was quiet and we obviously chatted to the staff. They went out of their way to be sociable and ensure we got the best out of the trip. There is nothing better than listening and talking to the locals to find the best of the area.
A stunningly modern and stylish beach getaway
We came here for 2 weeks in August which is not the best time to travel to the South-West of Thailand (rainy season). The hotel is a stunning work of design. Clean, modern and minimalist and extremely reasonably priced given the high quality accommodation. The staff were very friendly and the food wonderful (4 restaurants to eat at).
Don't come here if you are after an action packed holiday though. There is nothing to do around Trang particularly and the hotel is very isolated. Perfect for us (we just like to read and relax) but others may get bored. The beach was pretty poor and not very clean, but we spent most of time by the pool anyway.