Welcome to the most romantic hotels in southern Thailand’s Krabi Province: slow-paced, idyllic sanctuaries tucked into a tropical landscape.
Layana Resort and Spa is an adult-only resort on Ko Lanta's Long Beach, accessed via a private speed boat ride along the scenic Andaman coast. The 51 rooms epitomize what many travelers have in mind when they think of a luxurious Thai beach escape. Even the most basic Garden Pavilion Rooms feature contemporary Thai design, day beds, duck down duvets, and private balconies that look out to the resort's manicured grounds. Rooms are also spacious, with the smallest starting at 527 square feet. In addition to its pristine white-sand beach, the resort offers a saltwater infinity pool, hot tub, fitness center, and spa with full treatment menu and salt room. The Tides Restaurant offers a beachfront setting and a romantic, semi-formal dining experience, while the Sundowner Bar and Lounge offers a cocktail hour with waterfront views.
The grandest luxury property on Ko Lanta, the Pimalai Resort and Spa exudes exclusivity and romance. The resort has two sides -- a hill estate with secluded, lush grounds and a beachfront on beautiful Kantiang Beach and Bay. Most of the rooms are clustered on the beach side, although there are luxury pool villas up on the hill. All rooms are large and include teak floors, rattan curtains, daybeds, furnished patios and balconies, and plenty of privacy. There are four restaurants, several bars, tennis courts, a spa, and two pools (one an infinity-edge pool overlooking the entire bay). The on-site beach activity center offers kayaking, diving, and catamarans.
Surrounded by coconut groves and Krabi's iconic limestone cliffs, the 40-room Ban Sainai Resort has lovely and serene natural setting. Spacious, air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and balconies or terraces with beautiful views. The open-air restaurant serves breakfast and dinner (breakfast is free), but note that there is no alcohol served here. The outdoor saltwater pool is open until late; lunch and nonalcoholic beverages are served at the pool bar. Massages can be arranged.
Built into the hill between Tubkaek Beach and Hang Nak Mountain, this rustic-yet-luxurious boutique resort has a striking tropical location. The 59 rooms, suites, and villas are all contemporary and spacious. Every unit is equipped with modern amenities, like coffeemakers, minibars (the first round is free) flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There is a private patio or deck facing the pool, jungle, or beach from every room. Bathrooms are exceptional, with rustic brass rainfall showers and separate stone soaking tubs that are open to the sky, plus toiletries and marble sinks. Three indoor/outdoor restaurants -- Italian, Thai, and seafood -- have ocean views. The hotel's stretch of private beach is spectacular, with white sand, gentle waves, and sweeping views of the Hong Islands and Phang Nga Bay's limestone karst formations. Beach towels are provided by the resort.
The Rayavadee Resort is a luxury beachside property with an idyllic locale that’s only reachable by boat. Set across 26 tropical acres inspired by a southern Thai village, each of the hotel's 102 stand-alone rooms are chic and private. They also include separate bedrooms and living rooms, large flat-screen TVs, and luxe bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. The setting is stunning, with a massive outdoor pool wedged between Krabi's signature cliffs. Remote as it is, the resort's beaches are public and can become crowded in peak season. Four restaurants, bars, a luxe spa, tennis courts, and water sports round out the features.
This 57-room boutique resort hotel holds a private spot on Thailand’s gorgeous Tubkaek Beach. Luxurious rooms and villas are furnished with local accents and gorgeous natural wood, and feature massive bathrooms and private balconies -- some even have private plunge pools or hot tubs. Although it is a little isolated, being 10 minutes from the nearest village, the property offers all the ingredients for a relaxing beach vacation for couples in particular, with its full-service spa, swimming pool, delightful beachfront restaurant, and view of the Hong Islands. Prices in the on-site restaurant and bar can be a bit steep, though, and shuttle transport into town can add up.
With a romantic and quiet seaside setting, the Nakamanda Resort and Spa has all the makings of a tranquil tropical getaway. The 39-room resort has a quiet atmosphere, with villas spread throughout the grounds to create a sense of privacy. Buildings, from the casual and rustic restaurant to the sleek spa, have a breezy Thai style, and the open-air bar has two private terraces that face the Andaman Sea. Stylish, modern villas have soaking bathtubs, and some come with kitchenettes and hot tubs or pools.
The Twin Lotus Resort & Spa is a large, adult-only beachfront resort with 76 rooms and bungalows on a property large enough that buggies are used to shuttle guests around. All categories of rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, with DVD players and huge furnished terraces. The upscale resort sits toward the quiet northern end of Klong Dao Beach, and is close to Saladan town and the ferry pier for the mainland. Resort features include two pools, two restaurants, a fitness center and spa, and bicycle rentals.
Like most upscale resorts on the island of Phi Phi Don, Zeavola Resort has a stunning, secluded private beach -- but this property stands out thanks to its tastefully done details. The huge teak villas are decorated in rich fabrics, and come with modern conveniences like air-conditioning camouflaged behind slatted wood cabinets. Some have their own hilltop plunge pools and all have outdoor decks with bamboo privacy screens. Zeavola is far from town, requiring pricey boat transfers from the island's main pier, but once here couples tend to stay put.