In the province of Krabi, we stayed at Rayavadee Resort which is located in Railay Beach. I can't say enough about how wonderful this resort is. It is quite possibly the nicest hotel that we have stayed at. The amazing service started right on the boat ride to the resort. We were given cool towels and water. We were greeted by the manager and staff who had jasmine bracelets for us and cool welcome drinks. We stayed in Villa 2/26 - which was a separate house with two levels. I was initially a bit worried about the bedding situation. We were promised one rollaway bed and I figured that Micah was going to have to sleep with us. However, when we got there, we realized that the "rollaway" was the size of a king bed and accomodated both boys with a lot of room to spare.
Inside the room was a luxurious bathroom that included any kind of toiletry that you can imagine. Even toothbrushes and bug spray. They also provided nut free cookies and snacks (just for my allergenic kids - very nice touch!!!)
There were three beaches on the property, separated by winding paths through the jungle. Phranang Beach was my personal favorite. It had Phranang Cave at one end which was dedicated to the goddess of fertility. There were hundreds of idols there - please use your imagination to figure out what the idols represented. My kids thought it was hysterical! Rayavadee provided complimentary watersports which we used a lot. They had kayaks, hobi-cats, snorkeling, paddleboards etc. We never had the chance to be bored!
The resort also offered complimentary kids activities such as kite making, cooking classes and pottery which my kids really enjoyed. They also met a few kids their age and made friends.
The dining options at Rayavadee were excellent. There was the grotto restaurant which was our favorite due to the fact that it was very unusual. It was actually located inside a cave with the sand beach as the floor. They had both Thai options and international foods. Rayavadee also offerered a fantastic Thai restaurant with a view of Phranang Beach, a main resort restaurant (which I thought was fine, but the weakest and most expensive of all the options) and an asian-fusion restaurant located at the pool on Railay Beach. I thought that the quality was excellent all around.
The breakfast buffet was located at the main resort restaurant. They had many made to order dishes, plus a large buffet with exotic fruits, asian dishes and pastries. My kids loved the made to order waffles and a pastry that resembled a Churro with chocolate chips. My husband could not get enough of the passion fruits. Three times a week, the resort offered a complimentary high tea that was a hit!
Finally, the staff at this resort was incredible. Julian Bruno in particular was a standout. He went above and beyond to help us resolve a photo issue by procurring a flash drive in town and downloading a CD with a smile on his face.
Overall, I loved this place. I honestly felt like crying when we left for Bangkok. I made my husband promise that we will return someday!