Tranquility Yet Proximity at Arawan Beach Resort, including Emerald Pool, Thrilling Thai Tours Adven
Exploring options for the next six days of our stay in Krabi we used Expedia to dial in a few options to take the motor bike to and really make an informed decision about where we would sleep next. Ao Nam Mao immediately caught our attention as we cruised around Fossil Shell Beach. Motoring down the short country paved road about 25 minutes off the highway from Ao Nang Beach we knew we had found tranquility yet proximity at Arawan Beach Resort.
Staff members greeted us warmly in the reception area and offered cold water as we chatted with them about the resorts amenities. Three public access full sized pools, an hourly shuttle 7am-11pm to Ao Nong, a small beach area and limestone cliffs formed the little bay where the property was nestled. A fluently English speaking clerk invited us to walk with him and tour our options. There are five price points of rooms available at Arawan. The bottom of the pack is non poolside/non bay view rooms in the larger wings that sit furthest from the sea. Next on the pricing rung are the 1st floor poolside non bay view rooms followed by the middle wing second floor rooms with pool view. Coming in fourth was the room style we ultimately booked that was first floor poolside with dedicated lounge chairs and mid distance view of the bay. All these rooms were the same size. Top of the rung at Arawan is a thirty square foot larger room immediately adjacent to the bay with private soaking pool. We opted out of that option simply because of the other pools being large enough to swim laps.
Following our tour we inquired about the rate and availability and as we have many times found the price available at Expedia was less than offered by the front desk. We booked online immediately when back for the final night of stay at Ao Nang Beach.
Waking the next day we were excited for our move to Arawan. Alas, ourselves and baggage could not all be carried on the motorbike so I loaded into motorbike taxi with the bags and my honey rode solo to our new home.
Settling in was easy in the spacious room that included living area with couch, coffee table and television which was separated from the bedroom area by a 3/4 wall. The bed was elevated on a wood platform with electrical outlets and overhead reading lights to each side. There was refrigerator, typical Thai coffee making supplies of bottled water, electric teapot, instant coffee and condiments. The closet area was sufficient and the bathroom was quite large with ornate gold tiled tub and shower. The water was hot and the pressure excellent. Free internet was especially good on the afternoons when most were out adventuring but definitely lagged in the mornings and into the late evenings.