If you’re planning to head to Krabi, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options, with the two most popular locations tending to be either Krabi Town or Ao Nang. Sofitel Krabi is located in neither, instead being in a more remote location, but is accessible with Ao Nang by car in approximate 25 minutes, and Krabi Town in approximately 30. Prior to booking we we were worried that the location would be difficult, but in the end we were very happy with our choice. From Krabi Airport we opted to take the shuttle service to the hotel, which was 150baht each (€4), and on our return we negotiated a taxi from a tour shop close to the hotel to the Krabi Town ferry port for 500baht (€13).
Upon arrival we were shown to the Club Millésime lounge, due to my Le Club Accor Status, here we were offered a choice of soft drinks, presented with our key-cards and shown to our room.
Unfortunately, despite the hotel being far from full, we weren’t given a proper upgrade. We were instead allocated a ‘Superior Room with Club Millésime Access’, the only difference between this and the standard Superior Room would appear to be the added addition of an espresso machine, which is perhaps not the most exciting addition, especially when it’s possible to get complimentary hot and soft drinks from the lounge up until its closure at 8pm. As such, although technically an upgrade of sorts, it didn’t really feel as if the hotel was playing by the spirit of the Le Club Accor programme. This said, the room itself was of a high standard, well sized, and with a nice balcony area, if a little dated.
As always the MyBed by Sofitel afforded us a good nights sleep, whilst the room appeared to be well soundproofed, meaning we had no problems being able to relax. Internet was complimentary and worked well, and we were able to stream content without issue. The bathroom was dated, and the shower in particular could have done with being replaced, and really lacked power. Although its a standard issue in hotels, whilst the amenities provided were of a very high standard (L’Occitane) the bottles were tiny, and certainly not enough for two people. More were provided quickly and without issue upon request, however.
The Sofitel apparently boasts the largest pool in Thailand, and it was indeed extensive, and we enjoyed using it. There were different zones, and additional features such as a water volleyball net. There were also plenty of sunbeds, and I can imagine even during peak season it wouldn’t be an issue finding one, nor would you feel crowded using the pool. The hotel is located right next to the beach, and also provides sunbeds here. There is also an attendant permanently stationed at the beach offering towels. The beach itself isn’t amazing, but it was still a nice addition.
There were also daily organised activities, and although we didn’t end up trying any, they were pretty varied and we were tempted by the Thai classes.
Bars and Lounges
Being a resort, the hotel offers a number of onsite restaurants and bars. We didn’t try any of the restaurants, although there are 3 restaurants to choose from (Italian, Asian and International). The hotel also has a pool bar which operates throughout the day offering drinks and snacks, as well as another bar in the main hotel. As previously discussed, there is also a Club Millésime lounge, which is available to Le Club Accor Platinum members, as well as those booking a room with access.
The bar was very nice, and I particularly liked the décor. Our reservation included a complimentary cocktail, and in addition to this we had a welcome drink voucher. On a couple of nights we also noticed there was a singer/band, which was a nice addition (and not overbearing).
The lounge was very impressive. You can choose to take breakfast either in the lounge, or in the main restaurant (and it’s possible to go to the main buffet instead of the lounge for free, even if you don’t book a package which includes breakfast). Throughout the day soft drinks are offered, whilst between 5.30pm and 7.30pm complimentary cocktails and wine are offered, along with a very good selection of canapés. We really enjoyed using the lounge, and found it to be a really nice addition to our stay – so I’d definitely consider obtaining access with your booking if you can. It should be highlighted in particular that the staff were all superb.
We were worried that we’d feel a bit isolated due to the hotels location, and that it wouldn’t be possible to find places to eat or spend the evenings beyond the hotel. In the end, we needn’t have worried. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to both Ao Nang and Krabi Town, but you need to book this the day before. Meanwhile, if you walk just 10 minutes from the hotel, you will come to a small village from where there are a number of beach bars. We particularly recommend ‘Sunset Bar’, where we enjoyed a couple of very good meals, along with drinks.
There are also a number of small tour/travel shops, from where it is possible to book excursions, as well as any transportation you might need when departing the hotel (at far better prices than those offered by the Sofitel directly). As an example, we paid 2000baht (€50) to hire a private longboat to travel to Hong Island. The boat departed five minutes from the hotel, and it took forty or so minutes to get to the island (review can be found here).
We enjoyed staying at the Sofitel, and if we returned to Krabi we would definitely consider returning. We visited Ao Nang during our stay, and although it was interesting to spend an afternoon there, we were both glad that we opted not to stay in the town itself. The Sofitel offers an expansive number of facilities, with the pool being a particular highlight. The Club Millésime was particularly good, and the staff were all more than helpful.
If you choose to stay here, it is important to factor in the location, and decide whether or not it’s right for you. For us it worked perfectly, and we enjoyed the quieter local bars and restaurants.
The rooms could do with a refresh, but that’s not to say they weren’t very good, and as such, I’d have no problem recommending the Sofitel if your travels take you to Krabi.