I've always wanted to stay in lovely, scenic holiday resorts where you get your own villa amidst sprawling greenery - no elevators, no boisterous children running up and down the hallway, etc. And I finally got the chance to during our short trip to Krabi last year in June!
Though we'd been to Krabi before in 2010, we decided to stay someplace different this time, and after loads of research (and a very glowing recommendation from our friend Joanne), decided on the lovely Aonang Phu Petra Resort.
Aonang Phu Petra Resort is about a 40 minute drive from the airport, and is nestled after a small, hilly, narrow path off the main Ao Nang street.
|Adam handling the check in process.|
The staff are very friendly and polite, and eager to please as well. Registration was relatively quick, and we even got a welcome drink and a cool tower to freshen up while waiting for our room key.
Once done, we got led to our room. Almost immediately, we were taken aback by how scenic and well-kept this little boutique resort was.
Lots of tropical plants dot either side of the walking paths at Aonang Phu Petra, and large palm trees provide some welcome shade. I particularly loved the pink hibiscus plants that seemed to be in bloom when we were there. :)
|Cute wooden garden lamps and labels. :D|
Our Gloriyo Hillside Villa (poolview villas also available) was impressively large, all 44 sqm of it. We especially liked the high ceilings that made our room seem even more spacious. Unfortunately, we do have one gripe about the bed, that it was too hard, but all points against the room just about stop here.
I also loved the large sliding door entrance to our villa that allowed lots of daylight into our room. In between the bed and the sliding doors is a small three seater and coffee table.
Because it rained nearly throughout our entire trip, we were absolutely thankful for the DVD player & movie rental that Aonang Phu Petra provided! The movie choices and player are available at the reception. Thanks to the heavy downpour every night, we stayed in for most of our nights after dinner watching old movies, curled up with some Lays potato chips. :D
I think the bathroom might have been my favourite of the whole room though! I fell in love with the whole setting of the island basin with its stone finish, and the rest of the wooden walls (though likely the laminated wood type, but still created a nice ambiance nonetheless).
The rain shower with glass doors was also lovely with its strong water pressure. There was also a nice big bathtub, next to that. On the toilet front, Aonang Phu Petra has an environmental policy which requests for you not to use too much toilet paper, and even if you do, dispose of it in their dustbins instead of flushing it down the toilet... which we found a little strange. The staff that helped us check in told us it was because of plumbing issues, but we found it a tad difficult to follow the instructions :S
Other room amenities are pretty basic - a kettle, two bottles of water daily, and complimentary coffee & tea. All other tidbits are chargeable.
There's also foam bath and shampoo provided in the washroom, besides the usual toothbrush and shower caps. The umbrella available in the closet was again handy, no thanks to the constant drizzle plaguing our trip. It will also prove extremely useful because there is no covered walkway from the individual bungalows to the main building where the cafe is.
As with all hotels, housekeeping will make their rounds every morning. Of course, if you're still in your room then they won't enter. But how to signal whether anyone is home or not? With the handy green slider on the wall as seen above, there won't be any awkward intrusions from the housekeepers. :D
When ready to go out, there's always the option of taking a dip at the pool! I assure you the view from the pool is exactly like the picture above, lovely aqua pool with grand surrounding limestone hills. #bliss
What's even better was the absence of guests during the times we used the pool, so we had lots of privacy! We presume most guests staying here like to spend their time exploring Krabi more than staying at the hotel, so the pool rarely gets its fair share of use. :)
After a morning dip, get ready to stock up for the long day ahead with a hearty breakfast spread! There were plenty of options, ranging from the ever-present Western food like sausages, bacon, eggs, toast, and lots of juice and cereal. Of course Thai delights like Pad Thai are available too upon request.
On our first couple days there the breakfast was laid out buffet style, but after that it was only cooked after ordering. We suppose it's better this way, since there would be less wastage.
So after a morning swim and a breakfast that doubles as lunch, there's nothing left to do but to start exploring the charms of Krabi island! Since Phu Petra is a good 15 minute walk away from the main road along a small bumpy track, the hotel provides a shuttle service to the McDonalds in Ao Nang, which is closer to the beach and along the main road.
A timetable is very useful, make sure you pick one up at the reception. But make sure the driver knows he has to pick passengers up, or else he may not be there later. Don't lose this handy "cheat sheet" for the wi-fi password to the resort's wireless is also there :p
If you have the luxury of time, Phu Petra also has a small selection on books, a games room and a small modest spa by the poolside where you can get massages. No doubt more expensive that those on the streets, but within the comfort of the hotel.
|Found the thai letters on the keyboard so fascinating!|
If you're like us, you'll find the PCs available in the lobby most useful - there's Adam replying your comments on the blog :p
So would we recommend Phu Petra for potential visitors? Yes we would! Though it's further away from the beach and main road compared to other hotels, the benefits in the serene and tranquil environment more than make up for it. (We've even had friends get engaged at this resort.)
Motorbikes are also available for hire all throughout Krabi and via the hotel with additional charges, so that eliminates the distance problem even further. (We tried renting one ourselves, but with no riding experience between us, it was a doomed endeavour).
|The pool we miss dearly till this day.|
So don't doubt the pictures - the landscape really is as good as it gets when staying at Phu Petra. :)
Our Krabi trip can be summed up as a great holiday, in a great place like the above, with the perfect company... absolute bliss!
Note: We booked our villa directly with the hotel for THB 2,030 per night for our trip in May 2012, inclusive of taxes, service charge & breakfast daily.
To read other Krabi-related posts:
Our Top 10 things to do in Krabi
Aonang Phu Petra Resort | Site
521 Soi 11, Moo 2 Tumbol Aonang Ampur Muang
Krabi 81000, Thailand
Tel: +66 75 626 666
Fax: +66 75 626 667