Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi Golf & Spa Resort
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It looked likely to be a long day, 520 Km (not 470 Km as I wrote yesterday), plus a ferry and a
border crossing. But in the end we arrived earlier at the Sofitel in Krabi and took additional advantage of the one-hour less time zone to go for a swim and a G&T by the pool side…
Starting time was 8 am. The route …
So, we enjoyed the kayaking so much yesterday we had decided last night to return this morning, however we awoke to very cloudy skies and decided that the views would not be so great. All in all we have had fairly good weather this trip considering the tropical location. Apparently the super hard rain last night left behind the clouds.
So, apparently there was an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia and they had a brief tsunami warning, thank goodness it was lifted, the earthquake was way too close to us.
Today, we decided to go back to Ao Nang by taxi and jump on a long tail boat to Railay Beach which is about 10min by boat. There we got kayaks and took them out to …
As you've probably surmised by now, small islands are the thing to do in this part of southern
Thailand. Today we booked a tour of 4 of the most popular islands in this area.
We were picked up at our resort and transported about 15min into Ao Nang to a park type area near the water. It was here that all tours seemed to leave from. We …
Hong Island sits just off the coast of our hotel. The hotel offers a day trip to the island complete with a private butler, lunch, kayaking, and anything else you would need.
We left at 9:30 along with an annoying family from Australia with 3 bratty spolied kids and a nice retired couple from South Africa and a young couple from Russia who …
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi Golf & Spa Resort Nong Thale
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.