During the past decade, many luxury hotels in Krabi have opened alongside the cheaper hostels and guesthouses which have existed for many years in this Thai province. Krabi has long been a popular off the beaten path getaway for budget backpackers, but there are now nearly 225 luxury hotels in Krabi which cater to visitors with more disposable income.
Virtually every corner of Krabi's coastline now contains at least one 4 star or 5 star luxury hotel. The most sumptuous Krabi properties of all allow guests to not only take in the area's spectacular karst cliffs and beaches from private patios or balconies, but also give visitors the option of having entire suites or even villas to themselves.
Other commonplace amenities at most luxury hotels in Krabi are outdoor swimming pools. Several establishments have multiple public swimming pools on their properties, including separate children's pools. The most luxurious properties of all boast their own private stretches of Krabi’s beaches, including the five-star Rawi Warin Resort and Spa on the lovely Ko Lanta island.
Spa treatments and delicious meals from upscale Thai or international restaurants are a couple more luxury hotel features which guests can enjoy surrounded by Krabi's great outdoors.
Phi Phi Island's Zeavola Resort and Spa is especially popular among scuba divers because of its highly rated PADI resort dive centre.Novice divers can take part in a four-hour scuba diving course before plunging beneath Phi Phi's waters.
The Railay Beach resort of Rayavadee often feels more like an intimate local village than a standard Krabi luxury hotel. Colourful flowers and coconut trees flourish in the painstakingly landscaped garden and the property also features its own private library and even an elegant souvenir boutique. This is also one of the luxury hotels in Krabi that offers sailing and canoeing tours.