Great getaway A review of Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa
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).