On the breathtaking west coast of Thailand is the province of Krabi, renowned for its stunning scenery, lush jungle, national parks and limestone cliffs jutting from the water’s still surface. As it’s a top destination in the Kingdom, you’ll want to make your way here at least once before departing the Land of Smiles. Here are the best hotels in Krabi.
You can now visit Krabi and the nearby islands with Culture Trip on our action-packed, 10-day small-group adventure to Southern Thailand, led by our Local Insider.
Surrounded by gardens overlooking the karst-dotted seascape of the Andaman Sea, the Anyavee Tubkaek Beach Resort features 79 modern rooms and villas – all fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and either a private balcony or terrace. Cool off in a choice of two outdoor pools – one with a sea view – then dine al fresco and sip ice-cold cocktails at the beachfront or roof terrace restaurant, accompanied by live music. Still not relaxed? A massage service, spa and jacuzzi are all available, too.
Expect elegantly furnished villas and pavilions with walk-in wardrobes, rainforest showers, private jacuzzis and garden-view verandas at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Choose from five restaurants with something for every taste, including authentic Thai, Mediterranean-inspired and locally sourced seafood options. You can also enjoy alternative dining experiences, such as wine tasting or even personalised dinners cooked to your taste. With 11 treatment rooms, a wellness cafe and a vitality pool, the lavishly equipped spa offers a serene spot for reflection and rejuvenation. Combining innovative design with a soft ambience, Phulay Bay guarantees an all-out-luxury experience.
The stylish Nakamanda Resort and Spa, overlooking a secluded bay on Klong Muang Beach, makes for a refreshing retreat from the crowds of nearby Krabi Town and Ao Nang. Luxury villas are designed in a layout reminiscent of a local village, interspersed between lush greenery, with spacious terraces ideally suited to switching off and connecting with nature. Head to the Beach Bar for sunset drinks, cool off at the seafront pool, indulge in a range of soothing treatments at the Naga Spa, and dine under the stars at the exquisite Kitchen restaurant. This place to stay in Krabi ticks all the boxes for families, couples and solo travellers.
If elegant rooms, fine dining, arty cocktails and idyllic sea views are at the top of your must-have list, you’ll be more than satisfied with a stay at the ShellSea Krabi on Fossil Shell Beach. The Otium Spa offers a range of massage treatments and aromatherapies, plus a jacuzzi, a steam room and a relaxation lounge. All rooms and villas come with opulent living areas, private balconies or terraces and spacious bathrooms stocked with luxury toiletries. If you’re keen to stay active, make use of the cutting-edge Wave fitness centre, swim in the family-friendly or adult-only pools, borrow kayaks or join a Thai boxing class.
The Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is certainly a mouthful, but it’s one of the grandest resorts on the Andaman Sea. Not only is it a stone’s throw from the ocean, but it’s also equipped with a whopping 7,000sqm (75,347sqft) pool that’s supposedly the largest pool in Thailand. The resort also has tennis courts, a spa with 12 treatment rooms, a nine-hole golf course and top-of-the-range restaurants.
With direct access to a private stretch of Tubkaek Beach, the rooms at Amari Vogue Krabi subtly combine modern decor with traditional Thai art and craftwork for an authentic, homely feel. Tuck into a delicious breakfast buffet at the Lotus Restaurant, which offers an à la carte Thai menu in the evenings, or head to Marco’s Restaurant and Bar for pan-Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and cocktails in a relaxed beachfront setting. On-site facilities include a choice of three swimming pools, a spa and a fitness centre. The nearby Koh Hong islands are easily reachable by longtail boat, while Ao Nang and Krabi Town are just a 25- and 40-minute drive away.
On Railay Beach, one of the most unspoilt white-sand beaches in Thailand, is the Sand Sea Resort. This Krabi hotel has panoramic views of the surrounding limestone cliffs, and the jungle hugs the resort on all other sides, offering absolute privacy. There are two outdoor pools to cool off in – unless you’d rather bathe in the Andaman Sea. The Sand Sea Resort is a great place for families, too – owing to the free kids club on-site, free cribs, a kiddie pool, and even babysitting and childcare options to allow parents a romantic night to themselves.
Beachfront properties don’t get much dreamier than those at Beyond Resort Krabi, equipped with no less than 170 rooms. The extravagant resort sits right along the Andaman Sea, so you can grab your spot on the beach early unless you’d rather spend the morning by the sprawling outdoor pool. There’s also a fitness centre and a full-service spa, and many of the top sights in Krabi are just a short drive away when you’re ready to explore.
The Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi is one of the most private resorts in the entire province. It has its own bay and is only accessible by boat, giving you all the privacy you could want. Comfortable lounging chairs line the beach, and limestone cliffs provide the backdrop. As for the accommodation, each suite is seemingly more luxurious than the last, designed for families and honeymooners. From outdoor jacuzzis to 360-degree views of the Andaman Sea, you can’t go wrong with any one of the 10 room types here.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.