Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Our last stop on our journey along the Andaman Coast was at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is located about 20 minutes away from Ao Nang across from a quiet beach and surrounded by palms and meticulously manicured grass. The Sofitel brand is famous for adding their touch of French art de vivre and local culture to their luxury properties.
Somehow through the interaction of their attentive and friendly staff and the layout of the hotel, the 276 room resort felt small and cozy. Even while swimming in the largest pool in Southeast Asia with its country club vibes, we could wade up to the pool bar and get personal recommendations from the bartender. Sofitel succeeds at making their resort one you never need to leave, and you probably won’t even want to.
It’s true the hotel is pretty far from anything. A taxi into Ao Nang will cost you 800 baht each way. The resort makes up for this with an extensive list of activities from batik painting to archery and from yoga to Muay Thai. They also have private luxury speedboat tours and group trips out to Hong Island for snorkeling and enjoying the famous white sand beaches. We were lucky enough to visit Hong Island on our private speedboat tour during the afternoon when no one else was there. Even with a light rain and low tide it was an amazing spot to visit and our leisure butlers were perfectly attentive.
The knowledgeable concierge staff are happy to help you plan and sign up for any such activities and excursions.
The beach right across the street from Sofitel isn’t the best for swimming, but there were some longtail boats parked there. If you don’t find what you want in the resort, there is a strip of bars and restaurants, a couple tour agencies and a dive shop about a ten minute walk from the entrance. Many tour operators located in Ao Nang will be happy to pick you up from Sofitel as well. For example, we dove with Aquavision and they provided transportation to and from the resort.
There are even bikes for rent for full or half day that you can use to ride up to the national park or nearby shops.
The So Spa was sizable with beautiful private spa rooms and LOccitane spa treatments. From the front desk to the masseuses, the service was consistently wonderful. We had delicious teas before and after our massage which was the best Thai massage we have received in Thailand so far.
Past the entryway to the spa is a charming water feature set in the middle of the rows of private rooms. Although we only got a massage, we noticed a steam room, shower and spa tub in the relaxing space. After our treatment, we sat in lounges listening to the rain and eating cookies. You would never guess the BBQ and swimming pool are just on the other side of a hedge.
We ate at two of the three restaurants on site at Sofitel. At White Orchid, the Thai and Indian restaurant, we had a long wait for our food, but it looked like it was due to two large parties that sat just before us. The staff was apologetic and the food was so good that we quickly forgot about the wait. We had two delicious Indian curries, lamb in red curry and chicken masala with garlic naan.
The poolside BBQ was a fun, casual dining option. For dinner we picked out our squid and fish wrapped in banana leaves by weight and they grilled it on the spot.
Breakfast had tons of choices including fresh honeycomb, healthy options, an egg bar, pancakes, lots of breads and dim sum.
Our King Superior room had a large angled balcony and somehow we couldn’t see any other rooms from ours. The room had a colonial feel with country club flair. Mustard yellow and black tiles in the bathroom were complimented by the watercolors of the nearby islands on the walls.
The king bed was super soft and we even had six oversized pillows in the room! We decided to order room service the first night and within 10 minutes of hanging up the phone, our food was delivered with a smile.
The gym was tiny with only a couple machines, but it doesn’t seem to be frequented. Plus, some of the daily activities are usually workouts. Of course you could also swim around the 7,000 square meter pool a few times or go for a stroll through the green grounds.
Also in the hotel are a Hemingway-themed work center, a coffee shop and a gift store. Let’s not forget the nine hole golf course with a view of the sea.
Sofitel Phokeethra is truly a destination within a destination but also offers plenty of possibilities to leave the mainland and see the rest of Krabi. Allow their helpful staff to plan your activities so you can spend your vacation relaxing in the sun.
- If you want to do excursions through outside tour operators, arrange pickup from the resort (a taxi to Ao Nang is 800 baht each way)
- Sofitel is far from the main part of town, but there are a few stores and restaurants just a few minutes away
- To get your beach fix, sign up for a speedboat trip out to the nearby islands
- For more information and to make a reservation, visit Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra online
Poplar Travels was a guest of Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra. Our opinion is always our own.