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Travel Blogs from Ko Racha Yai
23rd – 26th July
On arrival at the mainland Racha check in desk we were requested to select the flavour of bath and shower gel from a range on offer. Then after complimentary drinks and cake it was soon time to board our speed boat to The Racha.
We were greeted on the boat by a gentleman who turned out to be the …
... earlier and left out uncovered in the heat we were taken to caves. All other ships had already left and we had the seas to ourselves. Each couple had a canoe guide who paddled them around through caves and into lagoons cut off from the main sea by the caves and only reachable at low tide. It was breathtaking! We then were taken to another cave system but our guide seemed to be having problems with getting the canoe to move through the shallow waters. The ...
... they were about why they became Christians. One girl told me she had bee lonely and started going to church to find a community and found both God and the community she was looking for! Another boy told me came to church because a girl asked him to and once he got there he just kind of got sucked in....he was baptized last month! These are the young leaders of China that will be influencing future generations and sharing God and his promise of love and hope ...
... what we would call a skin polish and I like more of a deep tissue massage. This was the first time that I have had to ask for them to go easy on me....after a 5 minute initial onslaught that almost brought tears. "medium please" I sheepishly asked after my initial bullish "strong please" I could hear Kirra chuckling.
We drank plenty ...
... CD of the photos taken inside Tom.....all very strange but since we don't have photos of us on the beach, we now at least have something to show you folks at home! We think he has picked it up from a dirty glass or cutlery. Once again the hospital were very efficient. Nevertheless we are looking forward to getting home to see a doctor who is fluent in English. I think a lot of the symptoms have at times been lost ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Racha Ko Racha Yai
My husand and I stayed at the Racha December 27th - January 2nd and absolutely loved the hotel. When we were planning our trip to Thailand we didn't think we would be able to stay there as we were told by our travel agent there was a 7 night minimum stay required. I emailed the Racha's reservation desk directly and they were more than graceous in finding accomdations for us during our stay in Thailand.
We arrived to Chalong Bay after a long flight from Sweden, and they were very gentle serving us drinks. Already at their check-in office you could tell they had taste for design. A 45-minute trip with a speedboat and we stepped of the boat in Bungalow Bay. Bungalow is a paradise for scuba divers and you can tell by the 20-25 diveboats that come there everyday. Staff is very friendly. We stayed for 5 nights with a baby of 1.5 years and sometimes we felt that people stared at us when we swum in the infinitypool. They have very friendly personell in the diveoffice, and you get your private divemaster when diving. The beach is a little tricky with many corals and you should wear sandals or risk getting cut. We had a superior villa with seaview and cannot complain about people staring in. Great library with ok internet speed. Two computers and rarely anyone using them. About the island: Not much to do. But The Racha lets you borrow bikes to get around. Which we did. But it was very hard following the roads around the island. We started biking to Siam Bay ( a perfect beach to be alone at) then we almost drove over a 6 feet varan and I almost died by the look. It was about my size... Then we followed the map and started to bike up in the jungle. All of a sudden eagles started to fly closer. sound of exotic animals everywhere. But we had to turn around because the machete guys did not finish the road. On the way back we saw buffalos, many birds and came to another resort called Banraya. Less expensive, less luxuary. But great massage and spa. On that side of the island the snorkling is faboulus. The racha personell arrange free trips there and they show you the stunning underwater life. About the room: Hard beds, safety, great balcony, everything was so quiet and nice. One bathtub, one shower and the best, an outdoor exotic shower. Food: we tried every restaurant at the island I believe. The Rachas were good, but not superior. Breakfast was perfect. Nice cozy places to eat are on the beach. Go there late at night and sit by the Bob Marley tent and have a drink. Overall: I visited Raya Island 3 years ago and then The Racha was not there. The locals got a good deal selling the land and they now live mostly on Siam Bay and the exotic Raya I remember was not really there anymore. The diving was less attrative, however still ok. Don't know if the Tsunami caused damage or if they fish with explosives, because corals were dead at many places. Western design was very beautiful. No Tennis court present at the dec 16th (BAD!) 3 days are enough I believe. The trip back was soooo scary. Very high waves.
I cannot belive this hotel from the minute i had arrived i could not belive how bad it was the rooms were so badly desigined when ever i would open the blinds to see the lovely view of the sea insted i had seen an even better view of the lovely people walking right pass my room which had hardley ever given me any privicy, the internet was extremely poor because it had kept on cutting off and once i had finally got a clear connection it had run extremely slow, the beds were apsolute crap and they were rock hard, there was hardly anything to do there and the service was terrible and once you had finally been served by a waiter the food would take for ever to be cooked and the wait for the food was a waste of time becuase the food was ----! THE WEBSITE WAS VERY MISLEADING AND THE HOTEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 3 STAR INSTED OF A 5 STAR!
Stayed for 4 nights before Xmas. Is the hotel supposed to be 5 star? It is at best 3 star and if this is what you expect you will not be dissapointed. The beds are cheap and very hard. The bedlinen is cheap. The food is very poor/boring. There is no service on the beach at all. There is virtually no service aorund the pool and the towels are a disgrace. The only redeeming factor are the staff most of whom appear to be very overworked and all appear to wear their own clothes when serving food. The owners should be embarrased. The hotel is a prime example of a good website fooling guests.
We arrived and upon check-in were blown away with the architectural design of the resort. It is simply incredible if you are into contemporary design.
We stayed at the Racha for five nights as part of our honeymoon from 8-12 November 2005. It was the most luxurious hotel we have ever stayed in, with excellent service from start to finish.
If you are looking for exclusivity and a luxurious escape, then this is the place for you.
If you are looking for a private retreat with lots of activities, this is the place for you. The decor is modern, but not industrial. The infinity pool is breathtaking! Staff is very friendly and accomodating. The food is very good, but not amazing. The rooms are fantastic. Ive been to much more expensive villas in other properties around the world and these villas were very comparable.
Stayed there for 1 nite (11/30/2004) and it was fantastic! Maybe the best way I can describe it is to do it in chronological order for my experience. The website is theracha and the pictures give you a great idea of what the resort's style is like. So I booked a superior seaview room (get a seaview room of any kind if you can... even "superior" is a deluxe grade of room here) and looked forward to our experience (we saw all couples here.. no families and of course no singles). We took a car down to Chalong Bay and found the pier quite easily... it's the relatively new area with a few useful shops and lots of staff wearing white The Racha shirts. Hopped into The Racha speedboat at 10am (Baht 1000 per head per way - your alternative is the public ferry for 550 baht departing at 9am and 3pm) and took a 35 min ride through crystal blue waters. Racha Island eventually appeared and when we sailed through the mouth of the lagoon and then saw the beach... it was incredible! A cosy little lagoon with beautiful white sand, crystal blue water, some assorted restaurants (and another bungalow-style hotel - this one was totally the opposite .. very much the treehouse look compared to Racha's modern style).. and The Racha. A handful of private boats parked in the waters including some swanky looking speedboats as well as some mid-sized charter boats (probably daytrippers). Hopped off the boat onto a floating plastic pier (environmentally friendly and non-destructive).. walked to the beach and then up to the "front office" which was an open-air pavillion with a couple of desks and a few sofas facing the beach. The front of the beach is public (daytrippers from Phuket) but the back part is private property of The Racha so be prepared to get a friendly hello from the security staff until they recognize you as a Racha guest. Sat for a few mins while they checked us in, then a staff took us to our villa (our bags were to follow a few mins later). We walked past the main buildings along the way (more details below) and about 50 meters later, we're at our villa which was right behind the main building with a view of the beach and sea. Villa was great... white clean modern lines with dark wood accents. Careful of the cement construction though.. it's all smooth so you won't get scratched up but it's hard as rock so it'll hurt. The cement ledge behind the bed is really hard and you can bang your head on it easily if you aren't careful.. and careful of walking on the cement floor if you have wet feet coz it'll hurt like hell if you slip and fall. Very nice open air (but private) shower in the back, nice and functional bathroom with a tub and a shower ..both big enough for two, main living area with a nice bed and doors that opened onto the front patio (including bench sofa and table) which faced the sea. The website pictures gave me the impression that the Racha was a bunch of modern construction that would stick out of the sand but in fact The Racha was totally surrounded by trees and nature, and yet every villa had gorgeous sea views. We settled in and then took off to check out the main building, which was down lower near the beach and thus out of the vegetation area. On the main floor of the main building is the Earth Cafe (great decor/views and great breakfast) but we headed up one level to the roof pool. Pool was also gorgeous! Not that big but it's an infinity pool (glass wall on the seaward side) and very stylish and very comfy and relaxing to swim. The Racha's pool chairs have the best view of the sea on the whole island. It gets better.. next to and behind the pool was the Library, a HUGE open air area with the same gorgeous view of the sea, lots of comfy seats, free magazines, glass airconditioned room with two free internet-connected PCs, free novels (maybe left there by previous guests) and even free coffee/cakes in mid afternoon. They also have yoga/taichi and other classes from time to time. Also on this level was the Fire Grill which was very very stylish (great view of the beach) and great food. Up another level and we're on the true roof... they have sunset beer parties here every night with a bartender, and guests can take in the view (note: the Racha is not positioned to see the sunset coz the sun sets behind the bit of land on the left side... to see the sun set behind the horizon, you'd need to get way more to the right side of the beach .. maybe at the little restaurant at the far right edge of the beach). After chilling out at the pool, we checked out some equipment. Racha provides complimentary snorkelling gear (the main beach has decent snorkelling), sea canoes, and mountain bikes to guests. There are a few paths to the other parts of the island (about 1.5km square... 15 mins gets you anywhere) with some better snorkelling, better swimming, and better scenic views. They were constructing new buildings (villas? spa?) so that area was a bit messy (not noisy) but it'll be great when it's finally done. The temporary spa is in a villa near the back of the resort, we didn't try it out but it looked promising. They are building a dedicated spa building. The guests at the Racha were quite private. Everyone's there to chill out and not to socialize, but it's not like they were unfriendly... they were just minding their own business. But for sure, it looked like an upscale crowd. Later, the daytrippers left, the beach quieted down (very nice at the end of the day) and after sunset, we discovered the downside with the Racha. The Racha's seafood restaurant -----. The prices are a lot better than Phuket but the seafood restaurant is of low caliber and we wouldn't eat there again. The Earth Cafe has only cafe fare but it's very high quality (great breakfast!) and the Fire Grill is great. The restaurant at the far right side of the beach (facing ocean... far left if you face the beach) is very simple but you don't get disappointed anyway. Into the wee hours, the library area has some music and is a nice place to chill and socialize. The next day, we took the 9am speedboat back to Chalong.... but we will definitely be back again and maybe for 2 nites or more next time. To sum it up, the decor and style are fantastic and it is a completely different feel from the usual "traditional Thai" kind of stuff you get elsewhere in Phuket. Not that many villas so it's quite cosy and an exclusive feeling. If you want to chill out, this is a great place to go. Don't bring kids and don't expect to do much else other than relax. In my opinion, very highly recommended if you want to get some peace and quiet and just enjoy your holiday.