Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa
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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.
The restaurants are excellent and offer a wide variety of choice and although it is not as cheap as eating out, the quality of the food is much better and there is little to see outside the hotel.
The beach was ok but you can't swim in the sea because it is far too shallow. Get the hotel boat over to Koh Kraden which takes about an hour and there the sea and the beach is beautiful. We hired a boat for the day and they took us to several snorkelling points and then to Koh Kraden for lunch. This is highly recommended and very good value for money.
The spa was also excellent and again very good value for money. On New Year's Day the girls from the spa came to the pool and gave a free message to everyone in order to help them recover from their hangover. This was a lovely touch as well as the cold towels and drinks that they brought you every day.
Be careful of mosquitoes as they are real problem. It is the only hotel that we have been to which provide you with a bottle of mosquito repellant with your drinks!
If you want to relax in peaceful and beautiful surroundings then this is the place for you!
Beautiful hotel and views but the beach...............
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.
On the plus side you could take the local long boat over to Koh Kradan (about 1 hour) for 400 baht or the hotel speed boat which is much quicker but more expensive. Here the hotel has a section of beach front ,with their own beach club and excellent facilites. The water was a lot cleaner and clearer, though don't expect the island to yourselves as quite a few other boats arrive, ladened with Thai day-trippers - however, fortunately they don't stay very long and then it's not too long before it's all peace and quiet again! It's certainly worth visiting as it also gets you some change of scenery for a while, and you can look at the local, treble/quadrupled decked Thail fishing boats that are very fascinating!
Back at the main hotel ,I have to be honest and say that in the 2 weeks we didn't venture outside the hotel to explore the area, which is most unusual for us, as we were told that there wasn't a lot to do. A German family that we met up with did go for a bike ride into the National Park but were very disappointed as they said the local people just don't seem to be very environmentally friendly as, yet again, there was garbage everywhere! There are some excursions that you can take and according to the guide books the area has a lot to offer but we declined.
Would I recommend the Amaria Trang? Yes I still would, as if you're looking for peace, quiet and chilling out with spectacular views and wonderful sunsets, then this is the place, and the hotel itself is very clean, staff very friendly and polite, and a good standard of food. (The hotel brochures and travel agents are wrong in saying it has a pristine white beach - unless other times of year it really is clean and clear? ) Would we return? Probably not in the near future, only because we would like to try another area of Thailand, having already done Phuket and Phi Phi - before the tsunami.
A great place but not perfect
Just returned from a week at the Amari Trang and found it to be a mixed bag.
The hotel buildings and setting are just stunning and all of the the rooms have amazing views of the islands.
However, if you are looking for a beach holiday this may not be the place for you. The beach is next to the esturary so the water and sand is not particulary clean. The sandbanks mean that even after walking out about a 1/4 mile you were still only ankle deep. The way around this is to visit Koh Kradon the hotel's private beach. This is about an hour away by long tail boat at a cost of 400 baht per person. We did this every day after the first couple of days but did begrudge having to pay to get to the beach we had dreamed of when the hotel's website and brochure pictures wrongly showed their own hotel front beach as being the stuff of white sand and blue seas. The pool area was nice however, the water was like getting into a bath, not exactly whats required when looking to cool off!
The restaurants were lovely and served great food. The Beach House is a great place to have a pre-dinner drink and watch the sunset over the islands. If you want to get out then we found Lai Trang a local restaurant to be incredibly cheap with their own transport that picks you up from the hotel and then drives you back after dinner.
There is definately a language barrier though with the staff, although admittedly their english is a darn sight better than to 2 words of thai I can speak! We ordered room service on one occassion and it took 15 minutes to get the guy to undertand that we wanted 2 club sandwiches!
All in all, a good relaxing holiday. The niggles certainly did not spoil the holiday but mean that we would probably try somewhere else next time.
Nice, but not an idyllic retreat
We have just returned from a week at the Amari Trang Resort and Spa.
First tip. We flew into Krabi airport (about 1hr 20 min drive) and the hotel charge 2,500BHT to pick you up (about £40), the official taxis at the airport will do it for about £10 cheaper.
The resort is family friendly, which is great if you have kids, but not so good if you want to go there as a couple and relax. If you can relax by the pool with a load of kids in it (aged between 2-10) then you'll be OK, if not, then this isn't the place for you!!
The staff are friendly and will try their best for you but there are some language difficulties. Examples:
a) a request for a 'can of tonic water' from room service was met with silence. After 2 minutes of trying to explain what I wanted I thought the message had got across. The resulting bacardi and tonic was not quite what I had expected!!
b) A request at the pool bar for a mango and orange juice smoothie (from the pre-printed drinks menu, proved so difficult I gave up!!
c) We ran out of washing detergent and phoned housekeeping for some more (it is provided in the room, so you might expect them to understand what it is), but alas this was not the case.
A top tip is to go to the 'restuarant' just down the road called Yok Yor (I think!!), the hotel will arrange a free taxi to it. Great food, nice and cheap and next door but one is a small shop where you can buy beer/soft drinks for a fraction of what the hotel charge.
The 'pure white sand' on the beach was not so pure (or white) as it was littered with debris, inluding glass, bottles, even an old shoe, along with big lumps of wood and an empty 10kg rice bag.
The service around the pool was not very good either. There were normally 3-4 staff employed in the pool bar but they were not very pro-active. Whenever anybody wanted service, they had to walk up to the bar to get the staff's attention and when you had finished eating/drinking, there was a long wait (up to half an hour in one case) for the bill to arrive.
Overall,we enjoyed our stay, but felt that the hotel is trying to find its niche between a family friendly hotel and a more exclusive retreat.
A taste of unspoilt Thailand
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.
The hotel is located on a quiet beach where most mornings we could stroll after breakfast and not meet another person. The only other people around were the local fishermen and farmers. The only criticism here, is that there was an amount of glass washed up on the shore. I have found this problem on a growing number of beaches in the Far East and it is a real shame. We saw (and removed) glass every day, but some people at the hotel never saw any.....so maybe we were just unlucky. Having made this criticism I have to say that we loved the beach....quiet, peaceful and often deserted, which is rare.
The hotel provides sun loungers and parasols on the beach and bring cold towels and fruit during the day. The pool is lovely with lots of sun loungers and a great bar serving food and drinks. The bar staff were great and we enjoyed chatting to them whilst we drank cold Singha and ate tasty food for lunch.
The restaurants served a variety of food from Thai to Italian. The food was excellent and in particular the Thai food was authentic and very tasty. If you want to eat outside of the hotel, there are a handful of 'beach restaurants' serving local Thai food. We tried them and they were great. The food was fresh and the Thai curry was amazing. The hotel will take you to these restaurants in their mini bus and collect you at an agreed time.
The rooms were good and had a very unusual designed bathroom, which I loved. They were comfortable and clean and had a nice little balcony. My only slight criticism is that I thought the rooms looked a little 'tired' which is surprising as the hotel is only two years old.
The staff were wonderful and could not do enough to help. They were friendly and efficient and nothing was too much trouble.
The hotel has its own boat and will take you out for snorkeling or to their island, which is just idyllic. The hotel's spa also offered great massage which we really enjoyed.
We loved our stay at the Amari Trang and would definately go there again. Go and enjoy a little taste of paradise!
The most wonderful placed I have stayed..
My husband and I visted the Amari Trang in Oct 2004 when the hotel was just a few months old.
We had had a few days at the Amari Atrium in Bangkok (fantasic city centre hotel too!) and having experienced the hussle and bustle of city life we were looking forward to getting away to the coast.
After a short (1 hour) flight down to Trang, we were first ataken back how clean the air was!
Secondly, we totally unexpected the wonderful welcome we were given. A very smartly and traditionally dressed lady greeted us and gave us a cool drink, flower and refreshing hand towel.
On arrival to hotel (approx 40 min drive) we were so taken back to the beauty of the area and hotel.
In the reception we were guided to a seat and offered a very refreshing welcome drink and more flowers. Check in cards were bought to you!!
We were then shown to the room and WOW what a treat! I had never seen such a big bed! The bath is enclosed by glass sliding doors so you can watch telly as you soak! The balcony was lovely and large with its own fan.
As the hotel was quiet we were upgraded to a superior room that overlooked the pool. Later in the holiday we did have the opportunity to view a suite and these are fab too!
There were three wonderful restuarants to choose from and although these are not included in the price, are very reasonable and well worth the money.The breakfast was wonderful too!
The staff in the hotel are absolutley fantasic - so courteous and friendly. We did meet the manager and his wife (both Dutch if I remember rightly) who also bent over backwards to make your stay wonderful.
The hotel has a wonderful, air conditioned gym and a fantasic health spa. If you don't do anything else while here - have a massage! It was a marvellous experience.
There is not alot to do in the immediate area, but just turn left out of the hotel gates and walk for a couple of minutes there is a little bar.
We did, however take a taxi to Trang itself and we would certainly recommend this. It is perfectly safe and an excellent place to buy gifts.
One trip we did from the hotel was the speed jet trip. Firstly, it takes you to Emerald Cove where you have the opportunity to swim through a tunnel (be warned it is very dark!!) to a beach that is only accessible by this tunnel and is like walking into a scene of the "Lost World"! If you do go, please make sure you wear long sleeves and if possible, cover your legs with leggings or such like, as when we came back through the tunnel there were loads of tiny jelly fish that sting! It may have just been the time of the year, so check first.
Also on the trip you visit the Amari day resort - it wasn't finished when we were there but the views are fab.
Overall, I must say that this has to be the best place I have stayed and I have stayed in many fine hotels around the world.
Visit now before it is enveloped by tourism!
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)
Even though some people told me that June wouldn't be the best time to go, I ended up with blue skies every day and an uncrowded beach / hotel. There were times I was the only person on the beach or by the nice pool. There aren't any hotels nearby or at least on the beach so I felt very secluded.
The website pictures are pretty accurate and show how nice the hotel looks but the most standout thing was the service - very friendly and always very helpful. It's hard to explain how thoughtful they are - just really small things like bringing bug spray out with the menus at the open air resturants or always saying hello and remembering your name.
The only reason why I wouldn't give an "Excellent" was that the massage I got at the hotel spa was overpriced, not as long as advertised, not air conditioned, and very weak (many better traditional massages in Bangkok for 1/3 of the price). Although management apologized, it was still disappointing.
IMPORTANT - arrange to have the hotel pick you up from the airport - it is about a 45 minute drive and there are no taxis (it is a VERY small airport - so don't arrive too early on your departure either).
Best Holiday ever
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.
The food was great, 3 lovely restaurants and the nightly entertainment was gentle but perfect.
The beach is nice, we did not swim in it much, but it is fine to swim in.
The views from the rooms are breathtaking, I have hundreds of phots of sunsets as each one you watch just seems better than the last.
We did get out and about a couple of times, there is not much close by but the Hotel do a complimentary taxi to take you to the local village.
We did a day trip to the Islands but we went with a local guest house rather than the Hotel and had a great day with a mix of Thai and Brits.
There is a small bar at the end of the road which we went to a couple of times, the lady that owns it is fascinating and speaks very good English.
If you want lots of excitement and entertainment this is not the place for you, but if you want luxury and pure relaxation and just a heavenly holiday go to the Amari Trang.
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.
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