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Are you planning a trip to Krabi in Thailand and wondering where the best place to stay is? I recently spent 2 nights at the Alisea Boutique Hotel in Ao Nang, Krabi and I loved it from the moment I stepped in. It will put you right in the heart of Ao Nang but make you feel like you’re well away from the buzzy roads all at the same time. It’s cute, quaint and really affordable making it a great hotel to base yourself at before exploring more of the Krabi’s islands. Here’s my review of my stay to inspire you to visit.
I was also visiting Thailand in the rainy seasons which I feel makes accommodation choices that more important. If it’s raining like mad outside, having a comfy room to relax in as well as drinks and snacks within easy reach is a must. Fortunately, Alisea offers this and so much more. Find out in my review here.
Quiet location with sea views
I travelled overland from Malaysia to Krabi town which is about a 30 minute drive from Ao Nang. Alisea kindly arranged a transfer for us making the end of our journey easy and comfortable. The hotel is right in the heart of Ao Nang and its busy strip of shops, bars and restaurants that make up its centre. It’s closeness to the main area makes it the perfect place to explore on foot. Its location just off the main road means it’s away from the noise and bright lights.
As well as being close to the main part of Ao Nang, Alisea is pretty close to the beach. In fact, it’s close enough to the beach that the hotel boasts sea views from some of the bedrooms as well as the pool. This is such a great luxury to have and there’s something so soothing about having an ocean view to look at. The beach itself is just a 5 minute walk away too.
I stayed in one of their beautiful Loft Suites and absolutely loved its charm. The rooms are simply decorated with neutral colours and beautiful dark wood furniture which gives it a rustic feel and makes it cosy. The room was a great size and Tom and I had plenty of space to put our bags and still move around easily. Our room overlooked the neighbouring hotel’s pool which was super quiet. As well as the Loft Suites, they also have Superior Rooms and the Honeymoon Suites to choose from so there’s a room to suit different budgets.
As seems to always be the case in Asia, the bed was massive and it was so nice to have a duvet instead of sheets too. There are also 2 different pillows on the bed making it extra comfortable. The curtains across the 2 windows blocked the light out well too and I couldn’t hear any music or noise coming from the nearby bars.
The Loft Suite has some amazing features in it. Aside from the wardrobe, mini fridge, kettle, TV and small table and chair, it also has long windows which opened up onto a small standing balcony overlooking the pool, but the best part about the room was upstairs. Yes, that’s right, our room had an upstairs. Up here not only was there a full-sized balcony with chairs to relax on but also a beautiful wooden outdoor bathtub! It’s been put at the back of the balcony and tall walls separated our balconies from our neighbour’s making it a private area. What a treat!
Our ensuite was a great size and decorated in a way that matched the room. There was loads of space to put our toiletries but it was also a nice touch to have shampoo and body wash in refillable bottles for us to use too. The shower was lovely with both a normal and waterfall shower to use. The bathroom had a glass wall between it and the bedroom but there was a curtain to cover it for privacy.
The only thing I would change about the room is for there to be more plug sockets. As someone who travels with quite a lot of gadgetry, the more sockets the better! The wifi was also a little on the weak side in the rooms, but you are there to relax and switch off after all.
The friendliest customer service
From the moment I checked in, the staff could not have been sweeter. The reception team were so kind and we were welcomed with a fresh juice whilst they took our luggage from us to carry. The cleaners, housekeepers, bar staff and restaurant staff were honestly so nice, kind and polite and would say hello or stop for a chat as we were coming and going from throughout the day. Everyone was more than happy to help with anything and it was so nice to chat to them and get some tips about the area.
For me, you’re not on holiday until you’re in the pool. Alisea’s beautiful infinity pool not only offers a refreshing break from the sticky Thai heat but also a great little view of the turquoise sea! There are plenty of loungers to relax on as well as a poolside bar to really get into holiday mode.
Downstairs there’s a full sized pool table which is a great thing to have on a rainy day as well as a minimart with cold beers and soft drinks. If you’re as bad at pool as I am then chances are the rain may have stopped by the time you finish a game! Alternatively, if you’re looking to really unwind, Alisea does have a spa offering a range of treatments to choose from.
Breakfast is served up in the restaurant adjoining the hotel (Umberto’s Italian) and whilst I didn’t get the chance to enjoy a meal here, the breakfast buffet definitely filled me up each day. There’s a selection of fruits, salads, pastries, Thai and western hot food as well as an egg station where you can get your choice of eggs made fresh in front of you. After a lot of fried foods from my time in Bali and Singapore, my waistline was definitely thankful for the fresh items!
An awesome beachfront restaurant
As if the infinity pool with a sea view wasn’t enough, Alisea also has the Andamana Beach Restaurant, a restaurant right on the seafront with its own private beach. The restaurant itself is a huge awesome bamboo structure which complements it’s natural surroundings so well. They serve up a good selection of both Thai and western food as well as some delicious cocktails. It’s so relaxing here and I felt a million miles away from everything. They also provide towels and beach mats and there are even swings and hammocks on the beach. Bliss!
So, if you’re looking for a hotel in Ao Nang that has charm, a truly luxurious feel with a sea view and extra amenities, then Alisea is great for you. Being close to the main area but not directly on it meant I got a good nights sleep, away from the busy bars and I didn’t have far to walk to reach restaurants and shops. My room was so cosy and having extras such as an outside bathtub and a balcony was amazing! If you’re looking for a great affordable place to stay in Ao Nang, then I would not hesitate to recommend Alisea to you!
A huge thank you to Alisea Boutique Hotel for sponsoring my stay. As always, all opinions and views are entirely my own.