The stunning province of Krabi on Southern Thailand’s west coast is a picture-perfect getaway. This lush region is famous for its jungles and unique limestone cliffs, which attract sunseekers and rock climbers alike. Popular activities to enjoy on the island include eco tours, snorkelling, fossil hunting and yachting.
Made up of hundreds of off-shore islands, such as the bustling Phi Phi island and Ko Lanta, this paradise offers some of the best accommodation options anywhere in Thailand. With many of the 5* hotels situated right on the seafront and the surrounding islands, you’ll be able to experience the very best of what Krabi has to offer. But not all the accommodation is made equal. Here are our top picks for 5* luxury hotels and resorts in Krabi, Thailand.
FROM $162/ NIGHT
Minimalist rooms with a hint of classic Thai style – that’s what you’ll get at the adult-only Layana. This sophisticated beach resort is just a stone’s throw from Phra Ae Beach and well-known Saladan village. If you want to experience true luxury, the Ocean Deluxe Villa doesn’t disappoint. On offer are huge master bedrooms, a private Jacuzzi and rain shower, as well as private access to a crystal-clear sea view. There’s plenty to do on the resort too, with three dining options and a luxury wellness spa.
FROM $121/ NIGHT
Just a short distance from the Adaman Sea, the ShellSea is a superbly stylish, modern hotel. It’s just 3km from the sea taxis at Ao Nammao Pier and 12 minutes from Fossil Shell beach. If you’d prefer to hang around the pool, you’re in luck, because the ShellSea has two of them, with a spa chucked in for good measure. Choose from a garden or sea view room as standard or opt for a more luxurious stay with a pool access villa. It’s a little far out from the town, which might concern some people, but a free shuttle bus service is available when booked in advance.
FROM $503/ NIGHT
Fancy a personalised butler service for your entire stay? Phulay Bay has just that and so much more. The reserve villas are designed with enormous, top of the range bathroom suites, walk-in wardrobes, private pools and gardens. Away from your personalised villa, there’s a striking infinity pool with sea views, a high-end luxury spa and signature food experiences. The hefty price tag partly comes with the name – it’s a Ritz-Carlton reserve – but the service is attentive and the amenities some of the best in the area. Things to do in the area include Nosey Parker’s Elephant Camp and Railay beach, which is only accessible by boat. The resort is only 36km from Krabi Airport.
FROM $259/ NIGHT
Enjoy white sandy beaches, striking limestone cliffs and the sparkling waters of the Andaman sea at this award-winning resort. Spread over 26 acres of coconut grove, the two-storey pavilions and unique villas really are something to behold. Each space comes with all the luxuries you’d expect from a 5* hotel including huge TVs, Wi-Fi, beautifully modern spa-style bathrooms and lush outdoor spaces. Not only does the resort have four individual dining options, offering a mix of Western and Asian cuisine, there’s also a boutique where guests will find unique clothing, jewellery and homewares.
FROM $190/ NIGHT
Situated in Koh Lanta, one of Krabi’s lush islands, this secluded hillside resort is only accessible via private speedboat. Boasting three signature restaurants, two specialising in Thai and one in Western cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Pimalai offers a range of room options from their basic deluxe room to the beachside villa. Every room has a veranda, so you’ll be able experience the striking scenery and beach view wherever you are. When you want to step outside, you’ll find the Andaman Sea on your doorstep and the Khlong Chak Waterfall nearby. The resort also provides guests with complimentary transfers from Krabi airport both ways.