Krabi for honeymooners

A union on the sand

A union on the sand

When choosing a location for a honeymoon, most people consider their options carefully. Thailand has evolved into one of the preferred destinations for this once-in-a-lifetime holiday. The Southeast Asian nation boasts a temperate climate, stunning beaches, magnificent accommodation and people so friendly they seem to be permanently smiling.  

Although Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya are better known to international visitors, they are also pretty busy, which is not generally what honeymooners go for. Although Krabi is home to the noted beach locations of Ao Nang and Railay, it is quite spread ou,t and people wishing to enjoy romantic strolls on palm-fringed stretches of golden sands will easily find deserted locations that fit the bill perfectly.

Most guest houses and hotels in Krabi are close to the golden sands and the deep turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Dramatic limestone karsts covered in vines provided a fitting backdrop to beach vistas, and there are lots of restaurants and cafés by the shore where honeymooners are able to enjoy fabulous meals in intimacy.

Recommended Krabi restaurants for honeymooners include Lo Spuntino and Ruen Pruksa at Ao Nang. Chef Umberto oversees the creation of Italian and Thai delights at Lo Spuntino, with small pavilions (sala) dotted around the beautifully landscaped gardens. Diners here are able to enjoy their sumptuous meals and romantic tete-a-tetes without outside distractions.  

The Beach House sits right beside the sands at Klong Muang and is an ambient eatery furnished with rattan and simple ornaments. What it lacks in sophistication, it more than makes up for with its gastronomic gems and fantastic beach location. It is an open-sided structure where the cool sea breezes more than compensate for the lack of air-conditioning.

At Railay, the Railay Bay Restaurant and the legendary Rayavadee Resort are great settings for intimate meals. The Rayavadee actually has four different eateries, which serve up an eclectic selection of yummy dishes. It is a bit pricier than the Railay Bay, but perfect for special occasions. If dining at the Railay Bay, it is best to arrive early, as the sunset views are enchanting when sitting on sturdy teak beach chairs and indulging a pre-dinner aperitif.

The colour of passion

The colour of passion

Thailand in general, and Krabi in particular, is a splendid place for pampering the body. Spas and hotels with their own therapy centres offer a full range of massages, beauty treatments, herbal baths and saunas that give the body and soul a complete renaissance. The Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort at Klong Muang has a cosy spa facility, the Mandara, which offers couples four-hour packages of massages and therapies in twin suites.

The Tropical Herbal Spa & Resort at Ao Nang features luxury spa suites specifically designed for couples and honeymooners. The suites allow couples to take treatments together, and there is a herbal steam chamber and an outdoor Jacuzzi. The tub is a superb spot for two; bathers are provided with magnificent jungle and mountain vistas while jets gently massage aches and pains away.   

Staff at Krabi accommodation venues realise honeymoons are special occasions and push the boat out with superb service. Honeymoon guests are often welcomed with bowls of tropical fruit, bottles of celebratory wine or champagne, bouquets of flowers and specially baked honeymoon cakes. People choosing Krabi for their honeymoon can rest assured they will be given memories to treasure for a lifetime.

The Rayavadee Resort is renowned for its packages and services for honeymooners, this five-star does have prices to match. The resort has stylish villas set in verdant gardens, and has direct beach access. It is also in a very peaceful area when compared to Ao Nang, just a short boat trip away.

The Small Hotel Krabi is a contemporary four-star establishment that redefines the word chic. As its name implies, the Small Hotel is not big and is therefore able to offer a personal touch that complements the well-equipped, Asian-fusion style rooms. Its prime location gives honeymooning couples easy access to both Ao Nang’s abundant draws and Nopharat Thara Beach’s solitude.

The Nakamanda Resort at Klong Muang Beach, south of Ao Nang, is another marvellous honeymoon hotel. Guest amenities include the Naga Spa, a beachside restaurant and bar, a cocktail bar and a fitness centre. The nearby Peace Laguna Resort is only 10 minutes walk away, but seems much farther as it has bungalows set around a picturesque lagoon with massive limestone rocks encircling it. The bucolic atmosphere here is idyllic for lovers and newly-weds.  

There are lots of activities for Krabi visitors to enjoy. Most people taking their honeymoon here opt for private cruises on long-tail boats. Resorts and hotels will arrange private boat charters that transport couples to beaches with clear waters for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing in privacy. Romantic dinner sea-cruises are another highlight of a Krabi holiday. Honeymooning couples could also go rock-climbing at Railay, elephant trekking, hiking and fishing if the mood takes them.  

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