Last Summer I finally ticked off a long-standing location from my bucket list and had a magical few weeks exploring the vibrant and beautiful country of Thailand. I’ll be doing several posts about Thailand on here, but my first has to be about the Rayavadee.
Two weeks into our Thailand trip, I found myself arriving by complimentary speedboat (I can’t say I’d ever experienced that before) to the Rayavadee Resort in Krabi after much anticipation and excitement to be there. Rayavadee is set on its own 26 acre island and is renowned across luxury travel blogs. Its idyllic scenery and luxury accommodation easily makes it one of the leading hotels of the world and it’s safe to say my expectations were high!
After checking in and admiring the beautiful gardens surround the reception area we were taken to our own Rayavadee Deluxe Pavilion which was our two storey circular home for the next few nights.
I was in love from first sight with our pavilion due to its size, privacy and beautiful furnishings. This is actually the most basic form of accommodation available at Rayavadee; I can only dream of what the luxury villas with their own pools are like, maybe that’s one for my honeymoon list! The downstairs of our pavilion was a large lounge area featuring a huge sofa bed, television, and a separate downstairs washroom.
Following the spiral stairs upstairs we found our bedroom with panoramic jungle views. There was also an adjoining bathroom featuring a large stand alone bathtub as well as a wet-room style shower and plenty of complimentary toiletries.
The views from our pavilion were breathtaking – we were surrounded by lush jungle in all directions.
Although I could have happily stayed in our little jungle home for the entire stay, we ventured out to discover the rest of the island. Walking around the grounds you get the feeling you are the only people on the island, or perhaps the world. We might have felt that way because we were in Thailand in May, the start of the off-season in Thailand, so perhaps the resort was quieter than usual.
All around us was tropical jungle, pools of water, and koi ponds. Lanterns lit the pathway and I suddenly started to feel like I was Jane from Tarzan!
We walked to the large pool area which is set back a few metres from the famously stunning Railay beach. Perched at the edge of Rayavadee’s infinity pool, we observed dozens of tourist boats arriving during the day to see Railay, swim in the clear water and admire the limestone cliffs that book-end the sand, before setting off to their next destination. Having one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on your doorstep was a very special privilege.
Later, we dined at The Grotto Rayavadee , a cave restaurant that is set right along the edge of Phra Nang beach. We went at sunset and the views were incredible, check out my post for the photos.
We spent our entire trip feeling very blessed and truly looked after. Rayavadee’s deluxe pavilions, grounds and surrounding beaches are stunning, but it’s the extra complimentary touches that make this resort so special. The bathroom is stocked with luxurious creams and ointments, your lounge is full of complimentary herbal teas and jars of handmade cookies, and free afternoon tea is offered every other day. Once a week a cocktail mixer is hosted for all guests to mingle but we unfortunately missed this as we had to depart for our next adventure.
I must mention that alongside the huge array of food on offer at the breakfast buffet, you’re able to order absolutely anything that your heart desires and it’s freshly prepared for you. My boyfriend took advantage of having a personal chef and ordered steak at 9am, which was no problem!
Rayavadee is definitely my ‘happy place’ and I often think of it when I’m feeling stressed or under the weather to cheer myself up a bit. I really hope I’m lucky enough to return. Find out more about this beautiful Krabi resort!
Next on our Thailand agenda was yet another beautiful resort (this holiday was supposed to be on a budget!) the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort in the fairly off the beaten track destination of Khao Lak.
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