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One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

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One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Hoping someone can recommend a hotel and/or resort or bungalows which will accommodate us all in one room - 2 adults, 2 small children (6 and 4) and a six month old baby in a cot.

We'd prefer beachfront (clear water, soft sand, gently shelving for the kids), a fab big pool, and access to local eating places. A kids club would be a bonus but not essential.

Also, if possible, we'd love to find a room on the ground floor level which would be very near the pool so if the baby is napping, one of us can sit outside on a patio or such, right near the room, rather than having to sit inside.

I know I'm asking alot but if you don't ask ....

Budget, ideally under 4000 bhts per night. Is this realistic ?

Thanks everyone.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Time of year? This will affect cost significantly as prices halve between May (some places mid-April) and November.

The new Kantary Beach Hotel on Pak weeb Beach is specifically targetting families with children and has excellent kids' facilities. Accommodation is in hotel blocks with suites (separate bedroom, put-me-ip in lounge) and bungalows (same arrangement). Having only opened a few weeks ago rates are very attractive at the moment - see kantarycollection.com/kantarybeach-khaolak/i… and pics at picasaweb.google.com/CousinKL/KantaryBeach…

There are several beach resaurants nearby and the main townships of Bang Niang and Bang La On are 10 minutes and 15 minutes away respectively by hotel shuttle or taxis for many restaurants and shops.

The Cousin Resort which I am staying in has 2 family bungalows with 2 bedrooms and comes within your budget but availability depends on when you are thinking of.

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2. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Thanks for your advice. We are going in April, from around 10th to 30th. Have noticed we can get a very good rate at Orchid Resort from mid April (as you suggested) - 3500 baht inc breakfast for a huge family room with two bedrooms, sitting area. Orchid looks gorgeous and lots of good reviews. Huge pool. No kids club but babysitting available. Only problem is lack of suitable eating places within walking distance (have found one of your old posts and you mention your favourite Sunset Bar). Although the shuttle sounds easy enough - 10 mins, cheap price - it might be a bit of a hassle to do that every night with the two little ones and the baby in a buggy.

Maybe it's more laidback in Khao Lak (what do you think?) but one trip to Malaysia, we were rushing to make the shuttle (it was hourly - not great when you have hungry and tired little children), fighting for a seat with other tourists, and the driver would literally stop for a few seconds to drop everyone off in town - huge panic with buggy etc. And of course then you have to time yourself to make it back again.

What's the best alternative, closer to the towns, that would offer the same level of luxury and service as Orchid and a similar rate ? Where we could walk out of the resort with kids and ta da ... some eating places (no need for loads and loads of choice) ?

Also, do you think 3 weeks is too long in the one place? If so, is there another area or island we could aim for in the last week, without too much hassle, that would show us another part of Thailand ?

Thanks again for all your help. And sorry for all the questions.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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3. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

" do you think 3 weeks is too long in the one place?" - you're asking someone who stays in Khao Lak for 5 months! LOL

Seriously, first Khao Lak is more laid back than the parts of Malaysia we have visited and there would be no rushing about to and from the Orchid as you have described. The Sunset Bar is the only restaurant within walking distance though and I would think 3 weeks there might be a bit much if you really do want ready access to a range of restaurants. So, probably Bang Niang or nearer to Bang La On may suit you better. Have a look at information (including maps) on KL and accommodation at http://www.khaolaklovers.com/ and http://khaolak.de/ and see what appeals to you in those areas. The Laguna Resort on Nang Thong Beach has good children's facilities, including own pool, with the beach front bungalows being particularly nice. It also has restaurants opposite to its entrance on the highway and many more just down the road in Bang La On.

If you were to split your holiday, a popular two-centre destination is Krabi. You could fly into Phuket Airport and out of Krabi (or vice-versa).

At the period you are looking at you may be able to pick up some very good rates from mid-April just after Songkran when some resorts reduce their rates by upto half to Wet Season (starts May) levels.

Be aware that April being at the end of the Dry Season can get very hot and prone to some afternoon thunderstorms as the season changes but all restaurants, shops etc. will still be open.

Good Luck and come back for any more information.

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4. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Thanks for your advice - Laguna seems perfect (and they replied by email!) however their villas are full so they can only offer a regular room which might be a bit small for five of us. Back to the drawing board !

Like the idea of going to Krabi too. What is the best way to get there - e.g. quickest and least hassle.

Thanks.

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5. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Taxi to Krabi will take about two and a half hours from either Phuket Airport or from Khao Lak. Contact Boss at Cheaper than Hotel Taxis in Khao Lak for a quote from Khao Lak on cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com

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6. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Hi

Ayara Villas in Bang Niang has a 2 bedroomed family villa

www.ayara-villas.com also Emerald Resort at Khao Lak Beach ( south )has rooms that can take 2 adults 2 children and a cot and has a handful of restaurants nearby walking distance or 10 minute tuk tuk ride into the town.

http://www.khaolakemeraldresort.com/

I quite often do the trip to Krabi and go by car and driver or mini van which takes 2.5 hours cost around 2500B.

Julie

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7. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Have just looked at the Ayara website and it looks lovely and also offering special rates for the month of April which is exactly when we are there. Just waiting to hear back via email to see if they have availability.

Do either of you know if this area of beach is particularly nice (fine sand and gentle shelving water is best for the kids) and I think I found an old post by Alan which gave a huge list of nearby eating places (although I've read so many I can't really remember !) so I think it's in a good location for walking out in the evening.

Getting quite excited now ! Any good advice on similar resorts in Krabi that would accommodate all of us? I know that Centara Grand is offering really good rates via the usual suspects here in London (Trailfinders etc) but think that although I would love the isolation and the setting, it's a big hassle to go out every night on a boat to get to the eating places.

Thank you both SO MUCH. Advice is fantastic !

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8. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Hi Matt,

The Ayara Villas is a very nice resort with hotel room complex with its own pool just up the road from us at the Cousin, bungalows on the other side of the road then more side sea facing bungalows on the beach with very small pool. It is next to a huge new resort, the Casa Del Flora, that is currently being finished. They say it will open this month but I very much doubt it seeing daily the amount of work necessary. Not much noise and disruption though now but I thought you should be aware of it. This part of Bang Niang Beach is nice and wide and shelves fairly gently. Knowing that you like your pools, the ones at Ayara are not much bigger relative to the size of the accommodation than here at Cousin. See fuller reply on the Emerald at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

The Emerlad is on the more secluded Khao Lak (South) Beach which is the first beach you reach coming from Phuket. It's a lovey beach with just a handful of resorts and the equally nice Poseidon Beach adjacent. Several restaurants within walking distance but most 10 minutes away by taxi over the mountain in Bang la On.

Sorry, I can't help with Krabi resorts but be aware that Ao Nang is very much more commercialised than Khao Lak and its beach not as nice.

Edited: 03 January 2011, 06:43
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9. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Hi,

I adore the Krabi area as the scenery with the limestone cliffs are awesome. The Centara resort is lovely but it is or can be isolated . There is a path to Ao Nang called the monkey trek which people use but it was not a good pathway last time I used it and perhaps not brilliant with a pram and young children.

Ao Nang is very commercial and the beaches apart from the offshore beaches are mostly what you would call working beaches for the longtail boats. Nopporat Thara beach is nice but not a patch on the khao Lak beaches. For the best beaches you would need to catch a longtail boat out to the islands 25 minutes offshore. Sometimes on the islands it can be tricky finding shade if it is busy. Other family hotels to look at Ao Nang villa which is accross from the beach www.aonangvilla.com another nice hotel 10 minutes walk krabi la playa has a nice pool www.krabilaplaya.com .

If a nice beach and hotel is a priority you could have a look at Phuket for a change of scene the Kata area is very good for families and a nice hotel is the Katathani which is on a beautiful sandy beach in a small bay. Only 2 hotels share this beach. www.katathani.com with easy access to dining places outside the hotel and also 5 minutes walk to Kata Noi village. You also have the choice of 2 beaches kata noi and also the main Kata Beach 7 minutes walk. Karon is also popular with families but I like the Kata beach better.

Julie

Edited: 03 January 2011, 20:42
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10. Re: One room to sleep 2 adults, 2 children and a baby??

Hello again. Was all ready to press the CONFIRM button on Thai Airways flights today and then found out (via this Flight Forum) that they don't have individual screens on the planes. Totally out of the question with two small children who will not want to watch the latest Tom Cruise film on a projector type screen. Just when you think you are getting somewhere ...

Slighty worrying about the Ayara Villas and building next door so thanks for letting us know. If either of you are curious as to what rates we are being offered from the various hotels, please let me know and I'll PM you. Not sure it's acceptable to list on the Forum ?

Julie thanks for the suggestion of going back to Phuket but have my heart set on Krabi (limestone cliffs etc) so think might look at Railay Beach for accomm as have read it is wonderful although am a bit confused as to whether that is a long tail ride away too. Ao Nang doesn't sound very nice so would like to avoid that area.

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