The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
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... on my leg like a Praying Mantis or something. She was leaning fully on my leg. I know she is tiny, but did not expect her to sit on my leg like a chameleon rocking herself to put pressure on different parts of the leg. All in all it was an experience. Good or not, I pinky promised to go back tomorrow eve. Oh how I dread it now... Maybe I should go for something different like a pedicure or facial. What can go ...
... He took a liking to a guy from Ukraine and started messing with him. He referred to Mum and I as "Aussie" After a little bit of banter we were taken over to another hut, this one complete with rickety stairs. Joe marvelled at my tattoos and told me to ditch my thongs. Mum was up and onto the elephant first and before i could have second thoughts, i found myself scrambling up onto the back of ours. The elephants skin felt like leather, leather with long course black hair. ...
... increasing list of irritations.
It was, of course, possible to hear Peggy calling us back aboard whilst swimming 6 foot below the surface. (I am convinced that she could be used as a shark deterrent in Australia) So we reluctantly hauled ourselves back on to “Boat number 11” for a swift thunder back across the bay to Ao Nang.
All in all, despite being herded around a bit like Larry the Lamb at the spring sheep dip, we had a truly memorable ...
... ones there...amazing. After that he took us to another island not sure what it was call it was a far way from Hong, we had the whole island to ourselves to sunbathe swim and chill walked in the water and saw some birds that liked like eagles not sure what they were tho. We had a pineapple for lunch there and sunbathed for a bit and Nina heard something in the bushes....It was a 3 footish lizard hopefully got a vid of it. After that we returned ...
... the jungle to reach a small village called Ban Ting Rai. Rows of houses on the road, ranged from shacks to small buildings. Even the local shop was part of someone's house. The mosque was blaring out prayers on the loud speakers and kids were playing football bare foot. Every single local rode or drove past us, smiled and said hello. We felt like white people must be non existent in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort Nong Thale
So amazing and relaxing will be going back here again! Tranquil and very peaceful
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Loved the friendly staff, our room was spotless and smelled amazing. Restaurant was great and affordable, beach was serene and gorgeous. It rained while we were there on June 7-9th, but we STILL had a fantastic time! 2/3 days it was pouring all day long, but we didn't care bc we just wanted to relax. Unfortunately we couldn't take any adventures, but I hear they offer some great boat stories.
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An amazing place to start your vacation, great view...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort Nong Thale
Stay at the Tubkaak!
Everything about this hotel is excellent. I am an 'attention to detail' person and they have certainly perfected this - a beach bag, orchids everywhere, free DVD hire, the music when you are shown to your room - and this list never ends. The staff are wonderful and very helpful, their English isn't perfect, but you're in Thailand for goodness sake (we learnt 3 words in Thai!!).
I am VERY picky and even I had trouble picking up on many things.
Stay here, you won't regret it. We stayed in a Delux room - they are on the first floor and have nice views. Very quiet and very relaxing.
When you decide to go, we hope you have as great a time as we did.
Kate and Rob - Newbury
My husband and i just returned from a 4 night stay at the Tubkaak. This "boutique" but upscale resort is a great choice. The staff were very friendly. The hotel is situated on the beach. The Only 2 negatives is that you need to drive by a mining area to get there - but its worth it. As for location the Rayavadee is in a better spot (by Raily beach) however it is twice the price. Not worth it - you can take a boat or a taxi anywhere you want to go!
Definitally go there and definitally go to Krabi over Ko Samui or Phuket. Absolutly wonderful - take boat trips to Phi Phi and surrounding islands....
Lovely and quiet
This was a sweet hotel. We stayed from Xmas Eve until 28 Dec. The positives are that the staff are very friendly, the food good (great Phad Thai), good cocktail menu. The service can be a litle slow... but when you are relaxing it does not really matter.
The rooms were lovely, although the sheets were clearly in need of replacing.
They lay on a "gala" dinner for Xmas Eve, which was awful... it had a very tacky Xmas theme. It is mandatory payment of £50 each, even if you did not want to go. The food was awful (buffet left out hours before the evening began) and the music was pretty bad too.
The Spa was excellent for massages, but don't let them near you finger nails if you pride yourself on growing them. I had the worst manicure ever!
The beach is lovely.
If you are looking for a true "boutique" resort, The Tubkaak is the place to go: friendly, small, luxurious and stunning!
We were arriving by car (a 2 1/2 hours journey) from busy Phuket, and driving through Krabi Province we noticed that Krabi is more green and lush than Phuket: lots of Palm Tree plantations, rain forest, all together, it's pure nature! It became even better when we arrived in The Tubkaak, where we were welcomed warmly by the Hotel manager and received a delicious lemongrass drink. This was the only hotel on our tour (we stayed in 4 hotels) which gave us so much details on facilities & activities in and around the hotel.
We stayed in the Deluxe Room and it was absolutely beautiful: huge bed, amazing outdoor shower and bath, balcony overlooking the pool, CD/DVD, etc, all beautifully decorated and with great attention for detail. The resort is only 2 years old, so everything is new and in perfect condition.
The pool is gorgeous (with jacuzzi), large and well maintained. You can stay all day at the pool without being interrupted and only hear the sounds of nature.
There is only 1 restaurant, but the menu is extensive and the food is of a high quality. Lunch menu is different from dinner menu and there is a choice of various cuisines. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. Being served, you really feel like a king and there is never any rush to order or pressure to leave.
Since this is a quiet resort, there are not many activities (e.g. no game room, no gym), however there is plenty of choice to book guided excursions (speed boat to Ko Phi Phi, James Bond Island, Elephant Trekking). We went to Hong Island and booked a private longtail boat through the hotel. It was a great experience and we enjoyed the local fauna & flora over there.
On our last evening, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset on the beach.
Our conclusion is that we are desperate to go back, because we really felt relaxed and already miss the delicious food, generous service and the relaxing atmosphere.
Geert & Judith, London
Heaven and beyond at the Tubaak
After months of searching for the perfect resort for our honeymoon, we stumbled on the Tubkaak Resort in Krabi. During this research, many folks on this forum raved about the Rayvadee, Banyan Tree and Pimalai but none of these exceeds our experience at the Tubkaak. We passed by many of these resorts and what we found was that the beaches were packed with tourists and vendors. If you're looking for a place of serenity and a bit of heaven, stay here.
I agree that this place is fairly remote so be prepared to stay put for a long time. We went into town (Krabi town and Ao Nang) for 2 hours and it was two hours two long. We couldn't wait to get back to our cottage (I recommend the Seaview Suite). Although the staff wasn't exactly 100% professionaly trained, they had 110% heart and soul. You can tell that they have a passion of welcoming folks and enjoyed practicing their English.
The grounds here were impeccable. Words don't do justice. The pool was amazing. The spa was wonderful and sometimes used it twice a day. The food was excellent and even ordered room service one night even though we were a stone's throw from the gorgeous restaurant.
We booked a few tours (elephant trekking and island hopping) and it was top notch. Don't go through independent travel agents, go through Tubkaak.
We didn't spend much time on the beach but rather enjoyed the pool where we met other travelers who also raved about the resort.
Be prepared to go through a bit of construction to get to the Tubkaak...it will throw you off a bit but I guarantee that once you arrive, you will not want to leave.
If the website looks too good to be true, the Tubkaak looks EXACTLY like what you see. We walked into our room with our outdoor sunken marble tub filled with rose petals as well as our bed.
Have fun and enjoy! I only wish I could say our next vacation was here again.
Stayed here for 2 nights (feb 4-6th'05). We had taken the Tubkaak suite which is worth every dime.
The staff were very helpful, extremely good natured and friendly. They went out of the way to set up dinner right on the beach, especially for us.
The spa was simple but excellent, used it to the hilt.
The minor complaints we did have were- language. Although they do speak and understand english it is very basic, and it seems easier to communicate in person than on the phone. But it really is minor, atleast their not arrogant like the french. Had worse experiences in Paris.
There for the tsunami
We were at the Tubkaak from December 24, 04 to January 1, 05.
The other reviews explain better than I the quiet, elegant, zen-like ambiance of the Tubkaak. I wish here to honour the staff for their compassion and efficiency.
My husband and our family had breakfast in the beautiful outside dining room overlooking the beach at about 9 AM on that fateful Sunday morning. The tide was low, and as usual, we contemplated the beautiful Hong Islands directly in front of the the hotel. After breakfast, I went to the library (wonderful, latest books). I was to meet my husband on the beach at 10:30. When I went to look for my husband he was not there. I saw two dozen staff running to gather furniture, kayaks and other equipment as the water had come forward about 800 meters since breakfast. Before panicking, I found my husband by the swimming pool.
It was clear that something highly unusual was happening. There are cascading waterfalls that flow on the property down to a pool full of fresh-water carp alongside the dining room. Among those frantically running and trying to save property, some staff and guests were trying to fish carp out of the pool which was now filled with sea water (many were saved!).
Amidst the chaos, the Assistant manager advised everyone to get their passports. We were being evacuated. (We learned later that the Manager was in Phuket, knew the great danger, and was ordering our evacuation). This process was done with great efficiency. The staff verified every room, trying to identify the whereabouts and safety of every guest.
The Tubkaak is situated at the end of a road. Just behind it is the entrance to a National Park. We walked up the hill in the park about 800 meters and stayed there all day. The elderly and infirm were taken up the hill by motor vehicles.
By the time we were at the top of the hill, we all knew that there had been a tsunami, but neither tourists nor Thais understood the depth of consequences. Many of the staff were on cell phones and some were crying, so we could suspect that some were worse off than we.
Bottles of water and juice, as well as enormous bowls of fruit appeared immediately in the National Park. At about 1 PM a wonderful Thai buffet with noodle dishes appeared. Nobody went hungry. The food was delicious.
Many guests were worried about a family with three children who had gone out that morning in a long-tail boat to have a picnic on one of the islands. At about 1:30 PM they appeared. They had no idea how much danger they had been in when the water flooded their picnic site and they couldn't get to their boat. When they arrived at the top of the hill with their two young daughters and their severly disabled son (who had been saved by a Tubkaak staff member who had accompanied the family as a baby-sitter), we all breathed a sigh of relief.
Throughout all this, the staff was totally present and supportive. At 4:30 PM we were permitted to return to our rooms. Electricity had been restored.
This is a quiet hotel - not for those who want to dance to loud music all night long. There were many children and families. I have never experienced a place where so much respect is shown for the privacy and needs of other guests. Perhaps the tsunami brought out the best in all.
The kindness and professionalism of all deserve 6 stars. (The owner was present throughout and from top management to gardeners, all staff were totally supportive of guests.)
At midnight on New Year's Eve the whole community of guests and staff sent out lighted candle lanterns to quietly honour all Tsunami victims. The picture of that quiet night sky filled with 100 lanterns flying over the Andaman sea will remain with me always.
My heart goes out to all the victims and our family urges you to support all relief efforts in any way you can.
Shssssssh....Wonderful but VERY quiet
This is a beautiful hotel. Stayed here for 5 nights. Deluxe rooms are on upper floor of the two storey houses, superior rooms on lower floor, sea view villas towards beach front (but not right on beach ie you don't step out of your door onto the sand). Architecture is stunning and the open air bathrooms are gorgeous with stone baths and sinks, lush plants, pebbles - think Zen. Running water cascades through the lush gardens in series of streams and pools. Lovely pool with central jacuzzi area (not very strong jets) and separate 'bubble' area. Open air massage sala, lovely shop, good but quite informal,small spa. Bar/library with lots of books and board games, cards, puzzles etc. If you're facing the sea, houses to right hand side and middle leading down to restaurant and beach are more secluded but you do get noise from service path behind houses on right hand side that staff use to access restaurant. We spent one night in a upper floor deluxe room on this side but suffered from the noise from the service path and construction noise from repairs they were carrying out on house next door - after mentioning this to manager we were immediately moved to another upper floor deluxe room in house situated around pool area - a lot quieter. Room and bathroom were sightly smaller but instead of open downstairs seating area it had balcony with large lounging daybed overlooking pool. Good restaurant (thank goodness since you'll be eating here a lot since there is nowhere else to go!) has stunning views across to Hong Islands. Resaturant prices are very reasonable all things considered (however I live in London so I'm used to very high prices - if you live elsewhere you might think they're exorbitant...!) though as with any other restaurant here 'western' dishes are the more expensive items on the menu. Wine as everywhere in Thailand is very expensive due to high taxes - expect to pay at least 1200 Baht for bottle of bog standard house wine. The Beach is good, very slightly pebbly in places, lots of shade from trees bordering beach but as with a lot of beaches in this part of Thailand you should be aware that you have to wade out a long, long way to get any depth and the sea is tidal and when the tide goes out (which is does twice a day) it REALLY goes out (and then these tiny, tiny crabs all scuttle about cleaning the sand for you!) Good thing about this beach is absence of longtail boats queuing for business - you can get them, if you want to visit Hong Islands for example, but they don't come into the beach touting for business = peace and quiet. Now don't let this put you off but it's worth mentioning that walking along the beach you can get a view of the nearby quarry/cement works enormous jetty/pier conveyor belt that loads up these huge ocean tankers (to left of hotel) but you do not see this when relaxing on the beach so it really doesn't affect you and it's far away enough that there is no noise from it. You do have to drive through this quarry/cement works to get to hotel on very bumpy unmade up road so leaving the hotel at night isn't really an option - it'd be a long, long bumpy ride in the pitch dark since there is absolutely nothing surrounding the hotel save a couple of other (more downmarket) small resorts. There is a lot of construction going on in the area so more resorts are being developed along this stretch of coast
Only minor gripe I had is that air conditioning units of the houses (machinery was housed on ground floor of houses) annoyed me sometimes with the droning noise when I was lazing around the pool but how picky is that? Staff very friendly and efficient, some not very good with English but my Thai is hardly fluent so can't complain and there was always a member of staff who could speak good English if you were having trouble being understood
If you need to get away from it all and relax, this is the hotel for you! Beautiful lush gardens in which 44 rooms and been placed without destroying any trees. The rooms around the pool are in Thai "houses" and we had a 1st floor room with a pitched roof and balcony with a day bed to laze on!
A deserted beach front with views out to Hong Island, a fabulous restaurant serving all types of cuisine not just Thai. If you like nightlife other than hearing the frogs or seeing a sloth move as slowly as we did this is not the place for you!
The Tubkaak was by far the best resort that we stayed at in Thailand. The grounds were beautiful with lost of lush gardens and Koi pools. The setting is perfect with lush mountain jungle as the backdrop and a beautiful beach facing the Hong islands. The rooms are beautiful (request an upstairs room as they are larger, airier, and have vaulted ceilings). The shower and large tub are open air. The pool was huge and very beautiful. There was a nice spa, library/bar and convenience shop on site and the restaurant was delicious. They have Thai and European food and a wonderful breakfast buffet. Finally, the service was absolutely impeccable. Smiles everywhere! They even let us stay in an empty room because our flight didn't leave until 8 pm. The resort is VERY secluded so I would recommend making transportation arrangements ahead of time with the hotel. It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport. This is a great place for honeymooners or those who just want to relax as there isn't much nearby. We loved it and wanted to stay longer! I highly recommend.