Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
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Oh my gosh. What a journey, The airports were fairly confusing, but everyone was very helpful at pointing us in the right direction. After we got through security and customs in Australia, and into the duty free area we found ourselves drinking in a bar, We had about 2 hours to kill until our flight arrived. So Jason had been right (you're going to …
... baht each which was great negotiating as taxis on Phuket can be extortionate. The hotel we stayed in on our last night was quite weird, but maybe we had become too used to luxury on Ao Nang. We had a final pad thai for dinner (it was the only thing they served) and then in the morning got a lift to Phuket airport where Holly caught a flight back home and we had a Burger King for breakfast. Saying goodbye to Holly was really sad, I loved spending time with her and I ...
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We arrived over the Chinese New Year holidays in mid-Feb 2007, and despit earlier negative reviews, it is clear the hotel is almost complete. In fact, just the day before our arrival, the property was officially opened by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, third in line to the Chakri throne.
This is a new hotel, but what they didn't tell us when we booked was that it wasn't finished. It's noisy, dusty and messy. Not all the restaurants were open and neither were all the facilities. Looking at the website you would think that it has a private beach, what it doesn't show you is that there is a road between you and the beach - right next too the pool where large trucks that are building more hotels up the road, very frequently use. There is also a construction site next door. The beach is rocks, not beautiful sand.
We stayed at the Sofitel Krabi for 10 days over New Year. The nearby Sheraton is much much better, but unfortunately it was fully booked. Our impression is that the Sofitel gets a lot of the overflow when other 5-start hotels are fully booked. Some thoughts:
We have just stayed 3 nights in this hotel. The service has been excellent, rooms are very tastefully decorated with massive beds. Hotel food is a little over-priced however there are good local restaurants within walking distance. The hotel has a massive pool, breakfast is great and the lobby is very impressive. One of the restaurants is yet to open but there are 2 currently available and a beautiful spa. The hotel staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Other reviews of this hotel have mentioned that it is not ready, the beach is muddy etc. Admittedly the beach is nothing amazing however this doesn't seem to be a beach hotel, the pool more than compensates and there are lots of activities (tours etc) one can do from nearby Ao Nang. Overall, we loved our stay and recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing retreat, the perfect honeymoon, family getaway etc.
...ONE MORE HIGHLY POTENCIAL FORMER SOFITEL...
We recently stayed two nights at the new Sofitel in Krabi. We have stayed a number of times along this stretch of beach which is, in parts, really beautiful. (The other resorts we have stayed at in this area are the Sheraton and the Tubkaak- both similar price range). Unfortunately, there are some intrinsic problems with the Sofitel, which are unlikely to change in the foreseaable future. Firstly- the location. The hotel is NOT on absolute beach frontage, as you would expect for a resort of this standard (and price). In other words, you have to cross a reasonably busy road which runs the length of the resort's frontage. This road carries quarry trucks and buses etc day and night and is noisy. It also detracts from any feeling of privacy, seclusion and safety within the grounds of the resort (but especially at the pool which also runs the length of the resort's frontage). The beach over the road from the resort is a disappointment, to say the least. It is a very poor example of what Krabi has to offer- narrow, rocky, close to an industrial pier, and speedboats are allowed to moor right up onto the beach making it dangerous to swim (particularly for children). The dump sites and power lines which can be seen from the hotel balconies may one day be replaced by something more appealing.....but who knows? As for the resort itself- well, we couldn't complain considering the "bargain" rate we were getting (still expensive by Thai standards). We asked for a twin room and as none were available (only a few rooms have been completed) we were upgraded to a larger room at no extra cost. It was a lovely room- apart from the view and the fact that the shower leaked badly. The pool, thankfully, was finished. As promised, it is huge, but suffers from a lack of privacy and seclusion as mentioned. The army of construction workers working at one end of the pool don't help the privacy issue either. The building itself is a monstrosity and has been built with absolutely no consideration of the surrounding environment (which includes a stunning forest (national park) with walks/waterfalls etc). The Tubkaak resort puts the Sofitel to shame in this regard- it has been built in sympathy with the environment and is visually stunning. There is currently one restaurant open at the Sofitel-- if you enjoy cafeteria-style dining-- and in all credit to them, the meals are absolutely delicious!
After viewing websites about the opening of Sofitel Phokeethra, no one pre-empted us (hotel or travel agent) about the unfinished state of the hotel. Read on.....
Aviod this hotel
Avoid this hotel like the plague as the place is like a massive
building site! The reason why there`s no photograph of the
hotel (but only a sketch) is that the hotel is still under construction. The drawing is possibly how the hotel will look upon completion. Prices are exorbitant and there is a road between the hotel and the beach with sometimes what seems like a constant flow of heavy trucks to and fro. The beach is muddy when the tide is low.