The Centara Anda Devi Krabi is a small, friendly four-star property and relatively new, at just three years into its existence.
One walks in off the road into the open-air lobby; small, brisk and functional, with square armchairs and ceiling fans with blades in the shape of palm leaves.
The 135-key hotel has accommodation divided into five categories: Deluxe, Deluxe Pool View, Deluxe Pool Exit, Family Suite Pool View and the Junior Suite Pool Exit (the equivalent of the Presidential suite.)
The Deluxe rooms at 34sqm offer the standard amenities, while the Deluxe Pool View are self-explanatory and at a much larger 38sqm, with a spacious balcony. The Deluxe Pool View Exit at 42sqm are quite clever, with the patio leading directly into the common swimming pool. It also offers two sunbeds. The bathrooms here come with a glass wall facing the bed space, which can be shuttered off by blinds. The Family Suite Pool View also has a living space, with bunk beds for children.
The decor in all the rooms is simple and minimal. Dark brown, heavy furniture is offset by almost-taupe curtains, while some rooms have a teal and mustard colour scheme. The panel above the bed has little gold leaf designs, resembling the gold leaf offerings made at Buddha shrines. All room categories have balconies or terraces, bath tubs as well as separate shower cubicles and come equipped with electronic safe, umbrella, tea/coffee maker, minibar and two complimentary bottles of water.
F&B options are rather limited and include the 134-seater Palm Court, the all-day dining outlet with themed buffet dinners every night. Room service is available until midnight. There is also Coco’s Pool Bar and a Lobby Bar; the latter offers Happy Hours between 5-7pm. There is live singing entertainment every evening that begins at the Lobby Bar and moves into the restaurant come dinner time.
A word on the food here. The Executive Chef, who is Thai, clearly knows his business. The food was very good both the nights I dined here and he is also extremely amenable to tailoring dishes more suited to a guest’s palate.
Recreation facilities include a swimming pool with water slide, a smaller kids pool and an outdoor jacuzzi within the main pool. The area is actually quite restful, with trees surrounding the pool. The hotel offers a small but serviceable gym overlooking the pool, encased by glass windows.
There is also the Spa Cenvaree with four treatment rooms. The signature treatment here is the hot stone massage. The spa uses local Thai herbs and the in-house Cenvaree products in its treatments, as well as the Australian brand, Jurlique.
Children can be kept occupied by the Camp Safari, with toys and games and free babysitting services by the hotel staff, although the parents are required to check on their offspring periodically. Specific kids activities can be organised, for which there is an extra charge.
There are some books available for guest use in the Lobby Bar and, within the area, is also the E-Zone comprising of a computer plus two gaming consoles for complimentary guest usage. There is free wifi across the hotel.
Convention facilities include two meeting rooms: The Anda Dhevi I that can take 200-pax theatre style and the Anda Dhevi II that can seat 100-pax theatre style.
The guest profile at the Anda Dhevi comprises of local Thais from Bangkok, Chinese and Scandinavian. It came as a welcome surprise to find that most of the staff speak more than passable English. Front Office staff are courteous and correct, while the F&B staff are more informal and friendly.
Three years into its life, perhaps it is time to consider soft touch renovations. The television sets too could do with upgrading to larger size models. Pest control is definitely needed to be more regularly exercised at this property; once a month does not cut it. Also, there is a glass shelf that juts out just above the tea/coffee maker, making for a nasty crack or two on the head.
In terms of location, the Anda Dhevi is roughly 6-7 minutes walk away from Nopparthara beach and a leisurely 20-minutes walk from the more popular Ao Nang beach. Along the way there are plenty of shops and streetside food to keep you occupied. From Ao Nang promenade, you can get a longtail boat to Railay island and the Phrang Nga cave with its absolutely spectacular lagoon (200 THB for the return trip, 20-minutes away.) There isn’t much to see in Krabi town itself, however the island is ideally suited to visit Koh Lanta, Phi Phi, or Phuket.
Do bear in mind that south Thailand is a mainly Muslim population and so pork is not likely to be served.
Krabi is easily accessible by air as well as rail. If you have the time and an adventurous spirit, I would recommend taking the comfortable overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani (THB 750, 2nd class AC sleeper.) An additional THB 250 gets you the combo bus/van ticket that takes you to Krabi town. From there, take a songtaew from the 7Eleven for a mere THB50 per head, to Ao Nang beach – or get a taxi. If you would like to be spared the hassle, fly into Krabi’s small but efficient airport (approximately 90-minutes from Bangkok.) Krabi is also close to the islands of Phuket (three hours) Phi Phi (roughly two hours) Koh Lanta (two hours) and Koh Lipe (about four hours.)
CENTARA ANDA DHEVI RESORT AND SPA KRABI
TEL: +66 75626222
FAX: +66 75626200
E-MAIL: [email protected]
Written by : Punam Mohandas