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Hotel Highlights

  • An undiscovered part of Thailand
  • Relax and be pampered or experience non-stop activity and adventure
  • An awesome destination for kids of all ages

Overview

Nature envelops boutique retreat Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, 90 minutes' drive south of Krabi. Cascading water, fragrant gardens and a rustic elegance reflect the tropical jungle and vibrantly blue sea that surround it. Add in a buzzy beach club on Koh Kradan, an Ayurvedic spa and local adventures to stimulate even the most jaded of travellers, and you have the essence of a pinch-yourself-to-believe-it beach escape.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa with us:

THB500 voucher for food and drink (excluding alcohol) and THB500 voucher for a massage treatment at Anantara Spa Si Kao

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa

Advance purchase: 20% off Anantara Si Kao: 15% off Anantara Si Kao short breaks special

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

139, including 11 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability until 2pm (to guarantee a late check-out until 6pm a half-day fee is charged; after 6pm, a full extra night’s charge applies). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $109.36 (THB3,500), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast.

Also

Spa devotees will be thrilled with the offerings at the Anantara Spa and Wellness 360°. From half-hour aromatic floral baths to multi-day detox and rejuvenation packages, there's something to suit everyone. For the ultimate pedicure, book the Dr Fish spa treatment, where you plunge your feet into a pool of tiny fish who then proceed to nibble away any rough skin.

At the hotel

Spa and wellness centre, PADI dive centre, tennis court, two pools, restaurants, bar, kids’ club, beach club, activity centre, gym, library of books and DVDs, concierge, free WiFi in public areas (THB350 net a day in rooms). In rooms: satellite TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, own-label Anantara toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Go for one of the spacious Deluxe Terrace suites, which have the same polished elegance as the other rooms but with the added blessing of a patch of lawn for private sunbathing. If you're got kids in tow, the Anantara Family Pool Terraces are a better bet, with garden access and refreshing plunge pools.

Poolside

Relax by the large oval outdoor pool, set amid lush tropical gardens with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean; there's a good-sized kids' pool alongside.

Packing tips

You'll be spending a lot of time in the water, so an array of costumes, plus plenty of sunscreen are essential. It's fairly remote here, too, with few opportunities for nearby shopping, so bring all the books, magazines and kids' games needed.

Also

All rooms are non-smoking; smoking is only allowed in specified areas.

Children

They'll love it here. Free baby cots and extra beds for children under 12 are available (excluding breakfast at THB350++ each); extra beds for older children cost THB1,550 a night, including breakfast.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel recycles and composts, sources food locally, and supports mangrove replanting.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The resort has two main restaurants. The first, Leelawadee, a casual, open-air venue, serves a lavish buffet breakfast, light lunches and southern Thai dishes in the evening. Acqua is Anantara's star evening restaurant offering fine Italian cuisine and seafood, either in the elegant white dining room or on the balcony, which is particularly beautiful as the sun sets. Elsewhere light meals and snacks are served throughout the day at the Beach House bar, Pool Bar and at the beach club on Koh Kradan.

Hotel Bar

With its airy, white-washed surrounds, scatter cushions and beanbags, the Beach House exudes an easy-going vibe. Try a Thaiprinhia – a Siamese take on the Brazilian classic – as you roll out the backgammon. There is also a Pool Bar, which serves drinks, pizzas and snacks during the day, and a beach club at Koh Kradan.

Last orders

10.30pm for food or drinks at Leelawadee, Acqua and Beach House. Leelawadee and Beach House close at 11pm; Acqua at 10.30pm.

Room service

Available 24 hours, with a choice of the full restaurant menus during opening hours, and a range of refreshing drinks.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Very relaxed in most of the venues, although Acqua calls for a slightly smarter approach.

Top table

Anantara prides itself on its Dining By Design, where a personal chef creates a magical meal for two in a unique setting, whether that's on the beach, by the forest's edge or on your balcony.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

As compelling as it is to laze under the pine trees by the pool, it’s really worth exploring what there is to do both within the resort’s boundaries and further afield. On the beach you can borrow kayaks and catamarans for a couple of hours on the water. The snorkelling is beautiful from the private beach on Koh Kradan, accessed by regular 20-minute speedboat rides from the resort. The Anantara also has a PADI dive facility – even non-divers can join in on an ocean experience lead by the experienced staff – and access to 10 dive sites. Further afield, the staff at the Diversion Centre can organise tours to the stunning Hat Chao Mai National Park (sea-kayaking adventures are popular), jungle and waterfall treks, elephant rides, dugong and wildlife tours, and island hopping. Less adventure required? Thai cooking and language classes can be arranged at the resort, and it would be churlish not to spend some time being pampered at the Anantara Spa and Wellness 360°.

Local restaurants

There are few options for eating in Si Kao outside of the resort, although there are some informal, beachside seafood restaurants in the area. One is Yokyor (+66 (0) 75 274 014; www.yokyor.com) on Pak Meng Beach, which will collect you from the resort and drop you off again after dinner. Another option is the restaurant at a small resort called Lay Trang (+66 (0) 21 962 055) on the beachfront at Si Kao town.
 
The hotel does organise trips to Trang to visit the  night market, so there’s a chance to try one of the restaurants there. Wunderbar (24 Sathani Road; +66 (0) 75 214 563; www.wunderbar-trang.com) has a German owner, so there’s a good menu of inexpensive Thai and Western meals. Trang cuisine is different to most Thai food due to the large population of Chinese, Malay and Indian residents. There are a couple of cheap, tasty Muslim eateries near the train station, as well as dim sum restaurants scattered around town, including the highly recommended Ton Noon Dim Sum (202 Pad Sathani Road).

Local cafés

Trang is famous for its kopi shops, usually run by Hokkein Chinese. The coffee served here is strong and filtered and often has sweetened condensed milk added. Make sure you ask for kopi though, rather than kafae (the Thai pronunciation of coffee), or you’ll end up with Nescafe. Traditionally taken in the morning with dim sum and moo yang (roast pork), it’s also popular mid-afternoon and at midnight. There are many kopi shops in Trang, but two of the most popular are Ko Teng (77-79 Praram Road), downstairs from the town’s busiest hostel, and Sin-O-Cha, right at the railway station.

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Seductive Si Kao seaside

Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa

198-199 Moo 5, Had Pak Meng–Changlang Road, Changlang Beach, Maifad, Si Kao, Trang, Thailand, Thailand 92150

Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa is on Changlang Beach on the Andaman Coast, in Thailand's south west. The nearest large town is Trang, 45 minutes' drive away, although many visitors arrive at Krabi Airport, which is a 90-minute drive away.

Planes

There are several flights a day from Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (www.suvarnabhumiairport.com), and flights from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur (www.klia.com.my), to Krabi International Airport (www.krabiairportonline.com). Transfers for the 103-kilometre, 90-minute drive south cost THB2,750 a car each way. Local airline Nok Air (www.nokair.com) also has daily flights from Bangkok's Don Muang Airport (www.donmuangairportonline.com) to Trang Airport, which is 47 kilometres away. Transfers for the 45-minute drive west from Trang cost THB1,650 a car each way.

Trains

There’s an overnight train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station to Trang. Thailand’s rail system (www.railway.co.th) is rather slow and creaky, but first- and second-class seats are air-conditioned and comfortable. It's a different way to see more of the country if you have the time. Transfers from the station to the hotel cost THB1,650 a car each way.

Automobiles

There’s free parking at the hotel, which is a 90-minute drive south of Krabi and 45 minutes west of Trang.

Other

Make the most of the sparkling, azure-hued Andaman Sea by chartering Anantara’s Sunseeker Manhattan 60 luxury yacht, The Minor Affair, to take you from Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket to Anantara Si Kao. The journey is three-and-a-half hours non-stop, but to soak up the spectacular seascape (and because you have to charter the yacht for the whole day), we recommend you adopt a slower pace and stop off for snorkelling on the way. The price starts at THB205,000 (excluding taxes) for a full-day charter including lunch – so you might want to find a few friends to share it with. The yacht has room for eight guests.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Our long-tail boat slides onto the sand and Mr Smith and I leap out to make our unconventional and not-so-stealth entrance to Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa via the beach. Soaked to the bone after speeding through a rainstorm, we are relieved that staff are waiting for us on the shore to swap our luggage for orange-scented towels. Seasonal drenching notwithstanding, Anantara is the promised land…
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Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Our long-tail boat slides onto the sand and Mr Smith and I leap out to make our unconventional and not-so-stealth entrance to Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa via the beach. Soaked to the bone after speeding through a rainstorm, we are relieved that staff are waiting for us on the shore to swap our luggage for orange-scented towels. Seasonal drenching notwithstanding, Anantara is the promised land for water lovers, occupying a heavenly corner of Thailand’s south-west coast where it has its own beach plus a diving club in the nearby national conservation area of Koh Kradan.

Leaving damp footprints through the white-washed, open-fronted Beach House lobby, we reach our Deluxe Sea View room. Before the bellboy has even brought in our bags Mr Smith switches into interior design mode, sliding the frosted screens separating bathroom and bedroom back and forth and stealing ideas for home. Left to check out the rest of our teak-clad room and its Siamese silk furnishings, I discover an amazing view of rugged islands that would be shortlisted by any lair-hunting Bond villain.

Mr Smith bags the bath so I read the hotel information directory to him from the bedroom, including an impressive array of detox options. There are special breakfasts, spa treatments and yoga classes with the resort’s doctor, with whom you could also have a private nutritional consultation. But we are on a tropical holiday and, for us at least, indulgence is definitely on the cards.

Minding the tiny frogs hopping across the garden path, we explore and find the spa which is neatly tucked away from the main part of the hotel. While deciding on our treatments, we are distracted by the moat circling the spa‘s reception, which is filled with lily pads, cute tadpoles and giant goldfish. This being a Thai spa, the obligatory Buddhas are present to supervise activities. When the spa consultant lets slip that a daily yoga class is held on the beach each morning I get excited and make a mental note: yoga on the beach beats yoga in a London gym any day.

Conveniently, two masseuses are available and we treat ourselves to a traditional massage together. I had briefed Mr Smith during the flight about how Thai massage differs from Swedish. They start from the toes up, no oil is applied and the hands are used to clutch and compress knots in the muscles. Even so, he is a little shocked when the diminutive Thai masseuse pounces on the table and proceeds to walk on his back. I wouldn’t say there was yelping as such, but more of a long, hard exhalation.

A cocktail at the Beach House bar is required to soothe Mr Smith. After two mojitos – made with scrummy caramelised brown sugar – I already doubt my ability to wake up for the morning yoga class. Later that evening, after an Italian banquet, we end the night stargazing from our balcony and listening to the crashing waves.

Inevitably, I wake up late and miss the yoga class. Admitting defeat, we spend a leisurely morning enjoying the view of the turquoise sea from the glass-fronted restaurant. At Anantara’s Koh Kradan diving club snorkellers and scuba divers can glimpse beneath those waves and the coral here is some of the best I’ve seen. When the tide is low, you can swim through the small opening of the Emerald Cave, near Koh Mook, and the sunlight makes the water inside gleam bright green.

Early (too early) the following morning, on the beach, there are four of us – me, Mr Smith, the yoga teacher and the yoga teacher’s wife – saluting the sunrise. I’m not surprised to find out that the smell of the sea is indeed more enjoyable than the odour of other Londoners’ sweat during downward-facing dog. It’s a gentle session but leaves us feeling more balanced and it helps Mr Smith and I sum up our stay: there’s lots to do at Anantara but you don’t have to do any of it. You can detox or drink cocktails at the beach bar, go kayaking or get massaged. And to make sure we try everything once, we make our exit from the front door this time and take a taxi to the airport.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa's Guestbook below.

 

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We loved

The hotel staff was super friendly, and the spa was superb!

Don’t expect

I wish a few more activities were offered.

Rating: 8/10 stars