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ANN MARIE REPORTS BACK FROM THAILAND

Filed Under: Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes

Posted on 31st Jul 2013

Ann Marie is just back from Thailand, and tells us her impressions of the best new luxury family hotels there:

“I visited Krabi on the mainland and stayed at the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. Krabi has more than 130 islands, which are grouped into four archipelagos – the Hong Islands, Poda Islands, Phi Phi Islands, and Lanta Islands. The landscape is very different from the flat plains of Bangkok as there are irregular limestone peaks, some as high as 400 feet high which are covered in jungle vegetation offering picturesque backdrops. Krabi has beautiful beaches and clear waters and offer a variety of reef fish and so is ideal for snorkeling and diving. I thought Krabi was a lovely part of the country, it had a very tropical feel with beautiful beaches and lagoons. It felt less touristy than Phuket but having said that it is more rustic and the service is not so on point in general.

The hotel was a lovely resort and felt the most relaxed of the hotels we visited. It is more of a basic rather than luxury 5* and this is reflected in the price. The resort had a gorgeous main pool area leading down on to the beach, plenty of sun-beds and umbrellas for shade. The main pool area also had a separate children’s pool. They had a small kids club but this did look better for younger kids with arts and crafts and a small outside play area but they also run a programme of activities too. There was a good choice of restaurants including the international, Thai, Indian and Italian and I really liked the food here: it was fresh and tasty. The prices also were very good and you did not feel you were paying over the odds for drinks and meals. The hotel has quite an international feel, and I think this stems from being an international chain and aside from the art work in the bedrooms you could have been anywhere in the world. The bedrooms were clean and well equipped (please note that most rooms come with a shower over the bath only). The main areas of the resort and the general style was very Thai and the staff dress traditionally although again have more of a Western approach to the service greeting with hello rather than sawadeeka which we had become accustomed to elsewhere. This did not detract from the hotel though and we could quite happily have stayed on longer. They are undergoing some soft refurbishments of the rooms and the spa and they have knocked a few rooms through to make a larger suite but this is all due to be completed by end of January.

“KC Resort is another little gem offering stylish, modern and bright accommodation. The resort is located in Koh Samui close to Chaweng which is a great shopping area and boasts a choice of restaurants, bars and night clubs. As the hotel has one international restaurant this is great for those who may want to get out and about. They also offer a shuttle service to the beach at Chaweng around 3 times per day. The resort is split into 2 areas with a main hotel with rooms and suites and a series of overwater villas which are perfect for honeymooners. Families could stay in here but probably best with older children as they are built over their own swimming pools and the balconies had wider gaps than one would like with smaller children and one side of the decking had stairs into the pool. The furnishings are white, giving the rooms a bright and airy feel; they have big windows to let in lots of light, big beds and comfy sofas. The décor and colour scheme continues in the main hotel’s 75 rooms and suites. They have spacious double rooms, and 1 bedroom suites. Some rooms can connect to form 2 bedroom suites. Each of the rooms has a jacuzzi bath and modern bathrooms with separate shower. The hotel can provide baby cots, and Playstations and DVD players can be requested for the rooms. There is no kids club but babysitting can be arranged. This hotel is popular with families and honeymooners.”

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