Centara Grand Krabi Review

And finally it’s the long awaited Krabi trip update! I admit I was kinda procrastinating when I see the number of pictures I had in my camera and it took me some time to pick those that I really would wanna share. All in all, I’m down to 50 over photos and all are edited, therefore, with a full time job, it really does take some effort to compile, edit, and lastly, to type this out. Not forgetting there are days where house chores need to be done, time to spend with family etc etc.

Nonetheless, I edited all my pics at one go, and it was rather satisfying to have achieved this for the day. I strongly believe in content creation, and not just pictures alone, therefore this post is gonna be so lengthy! Although I have to admit there are blogs that truly speaks with pictures, but personally I would prefer to read a blogpost with more information. I truly wanted to share how I feel about a certain place I’ve stayed, something I’ve used or some food that is so damn awesome, you just got to try it for yourself.

So anyway, here it is. My 4 days stay at Centara Grand Krabi! I’m so excited to share with you on this trip because it was truly a very beautiful place, lesser tourists comparing to places like Bali & Phuket, and if you’re from Singapore, you will certainly appreciate the fact that the airfare is very affordable. The flip side of it is that only budget airlines go to Krabi, so if you’re someone who hates taking budget airline planes, feel free to get a private chopper or something. Although I’m not too sure where you can land. 😛

As seen from my previous Chanel post here, I had the luxury to pamper myself at the beautiful and exclusive lounge before my flight, and the trip had already kickstarted things nicely. We took Tiger Air and we arrived in Krabi in less than 2 hours.

Upon arrival, we had the hotel staff whom we arranged for to pick us up in a private car. The perks of having the hotel staffs taking care of you, not having to feel lost and wondering where to head to to the ferry terminal and where to take taxis.

The friendly staff helping us with our luggages.

The surroundings were already quite pretty, so I shall just leave it to your imagination.

On board the ferry and not taking safety lightly. Remember your life jackets. It can potentially save your life!

When we arrived, we were greeted by this view. Happy people enjoying their swim. If you’re in need of peace, somewhere where you can chill and relax, I will certainly recommend Krabi.

One tip if you’re considering booking The Centara Grand, you may wish to upgrade to the Club Lounge because it is really worth your every penny.  It is in the affordable range from what I remembered, you can always check the rates from agoda.com because that was where we booked our room.

While the tourists (including myself and my hubby) were being ushered off to the main lobby for check-in, we had the luxury to be treated like VIPs where we were led to a different place with air-conditioning to do our check-in. If you’ve been to a beach resort, you will know that usually lobby areas are not air-conditioned.

While the staff was attending to us, we didn’t have to queue. We were asked to enjoy the mini tea-time buffet spread. The selection wasn’t plenty, but is good enough for tea. They even have different timings serving different types of food where if you’re here at like 3.30pm or something, they will serve Thai kueh kuehs. At night, there will be cocktails. Everything is inclusive of the price you’ve paid.

Their cookies are super delicious by the way, and I kept going back for more.

Cooling and enjoying the whole VIP treatment.

After our food and lazed around for a while, we made our way to the room. Definitely no complaints! Spacious, what I would expect of a good beach resort hotel, and the view is omg omg. The only thing was I spotted a stain on one of the pillow case and we called housekeeping to change. Unfortunately, throughout the entire experience we had over here calling housekeeping a couple of times, as their English proficiency wasn’t great, there are times we got a little frustrated trying to get across to them what we needed or wanted. I guess housekeeping needs to brush up on their English language so as to be able to better serve the guests. They are actually very polite nonetheless, so we couldn’t get angry at them.

This was the view I wanted. When I was reading the reviews from Tripadvisor, I kept telling my husband I only want the room with outdoor jacuzzi.

And hey, this is the outdoor jacuzzi tub!

Tranquility at its maximum. 4 days whizzed by too fast, and I can’t tell you how much I’m missing this place. They have bath salt and bath soap provided for, so you need not bring your own. It is super bubbly! I didn’t soak myself in the jacuzzi on day one actually, but I thought this picture comes in nicely to showcase the balcony area. Do get a room like this with the outdoor jacuzzi. You won’t have regrets.

Exploring around the resort and this calls for an #ootd! I had to do 2 advertorials- one for Purpur and the other was for Rent A Dress. Top and bottom pictured below are from Purpur.

This view tho.

The resort has its own private beach, therefore it is definitely not crowded and is more exclusive and clean.

We were fortunate enough to come across a wedding that was taking place, and we kinda gatecrashed it (not really coz we were standing at the side, not within the wedding reception area), and these 2 kids are super adorable! God bless the couple for an everlasting marriage.

Back to the room to have a rest and to change to something more suitable for a resort. We came back to this.

Centara Grand gave us  a lovely strawberry shortcake as my husband emailed them to enquire about anniversary perks. We wanted to sort of celebrate our monthly anniversary for our dating date and they gave us this yummy cake and fruits. Thank you so much and to my lovely husband for this special arrangement and telling the resort not to give chocolate or cheese cake. Already give you a cake for free and still so many requests. Hahaha… but, this is what we call a 5-star hotel/resort kind of service right?

At night, as we walked down to the dining area, it was massive humid. But I guess staying in a resort it’s ok to feel warm anyway. ^__^

We chose Thai food for the night. Food was delicious!!

After dinner, we headed to the lounge to get our liquor fix. This is hard liquor by the way and is so good. We went 3 consecutive nights for this.

The next morning, after a good night’s rest, we had breakfast. We had two choices- one was to go to the main breakfast area where the they had an international spread and it was a relatively large buffet area, or to go to the lounge to eat. As the lounge is small and we wanted more varieties, we went to the main area. Likewise for the second day which was a Sunday, where they had a pianist playing in the morning a the main area, so dining was a bliss.

In case you’re not aware, there are free roaming monkeys everywhere. They are pretty much harmless unless you go and attack them. Otherwise, they will be most happy to get some food from you. This monkey was eating a grape given by someone. The monkeys literally roam everywhere, even to your balcony, so my advise is that you don’t consume any food in the balcony unless you want monkeys as your companion. Also, do keep your doors to the balcony shut as there are cases where the monkeys raid the room and open the fridge door. Omg! Otherwise, they are cute little animals. I had fun watching them. But I kinda freaked out when a relatively huge one was walking by the balcony. I tried to take a photo of that monkey but he/she went too fast.

This is what I wore to channel the Coachella vibes. Photo taken in the spa area. We went through the menu and decided to take a couple spa package.

The whole day was spent playing around at the pool, the beach, kayaking (which the resort had a one hour free kayaking session), lazing around, using the jaccuzi, and it was time to head out to Aonang Beach.

I had a change of outfit.

The hubs googled to find out the ways to get to Aonang Beach. One was to take the hotel free ferry shuttle, and after which we needed to take a tuk tuk to the town area, or, we can reach by foot by taking the monkey trail.

Wanting to take a little adventure, we decided on the monkey trail and oh boy, what a wrong decision made!

Firstly, the heat and humidity was bad enough. I think I perspired more than when I go jogging. Secondly, it was nearly dusk when we started the walk. There aren’t many people around and the place looked a little creepy. On top of that, the entire trail looked like someone hammered blocks of wood for people to walk on. I was so afraid I will walk onto a plank and the plank will give way. Or I will accidentally step into space and fall through the holes in-between the steps. Scary max.

I think it has got to do with the time we went because it was getting dark and all. Obviously I was being too careful to hold my phone or camera to take any pictures. Here are 2 examples of the trail I grabbed from the net. Photos credit to respective owners.

So imagine walking through this when the sky was turning dark. I have no idea why I said ok to walk back after our dinner because by then it was dark. Like seriously. As my husband was walking behind me, I was afraid he would suddenly disappear or something. I think my mind was full of those scary movie scenes. Although the entire trail was relatively well lit, except for certain spots we needed to use our flashlight, it still gave me the creeps. If you like, you can walk the trail in the day. Unless you’re very adventurous, you may try it at night. However, it is highly not recommended for kids and old folks as the trail isn’t that easy to walk.

The good thing was before we exit from the beach to start the trail, there’s a security area and they will ask guests for their room number and likewise when we were back, they also made sure we were guests of the resort.

So anyway, we survived the trail and here’s Aonang Beach town area.

We across this stall that sells a snack which my hubby loves. Look at the number of people. It has got to be the most crowded stall!

This is like the Thai roti prata or Thai pancake. We had the one with bananas. So good.

After walking the town area and getting souvenirs, we finally settled down at this place called Thai Thai for dinner. The food was alright, not too bad, but I would say the best. And it was kinda sad that they ran out of coconuts when all along I thought that Thailand would have coconuts aplenty. Even in the Thai restaurant in oour resort, they didn’t have coconuts either.

The next day after breakfast, we spent some time taking some shots together, as well as taking my outfit for Rent A Dress. They are a luxury brand boutique where they offer a variety of dresses from day to evening gowns for rental. Here, I’m wearing a dress from For Love and Lemons which you can rent it at Rent A Dress, and it is one of my favorite brand at the moment.

Here’s a super short video featuring my dress.

Then, after the previous day watersports, it was time to relax at the spa. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and alot of people all enjoyed the spa very much, but honestly for my husband and I, we have been to better spas. I’m not someone who enjoys massage all that much, and I went only because my husband wanted to. We had a milk bath and the tub was so small, even fitting one human in the tub is considered small already, and I’m talking about us being in an Asian size. Although we took a couple package, the bath tub was really too minute.

Even the room in the spa was nothing much to wow about.

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The services provided by the masseur was good. They were nice and friendly. As I said I’m not a fan of massage so I didn’t enjoy it all that much, but it’s just me.

Then, by the time we were done, it was around 7.30pm. I wanted to get a moisturizer from them and then it was time for dinner.

We opted to have Japanese for that night. We had teppanyaki and the food was really delicious. If we had made prior reservations, I think the chef would have came out to show off his skills but the tables at the chef there were already filled. So we had our dinner without the ‘show’.

The night came too soon, we had our last bit of lounge usage before we went back to the room and prepared to go home the next morning.

We had our breakfast at the lounge that morning because the main lobby was further and we wanted air con and use of the washroom before heading to catch the ferry.

Our flight was at 11.50am and we booked the ferry at 9am. I would strongly suggest that you take an early shuttle because they took more than half an hour loading trying to get everyone, then they had to organize all the luggages and humans into the ferry, and it took around 20 minutes to arrive at the pier. From the pier, it took like half an hour to reach the airport.

We made it to the airport at around 11am. Thankfully there wasn’t any queue, so we went in rather quickly and still had some time before boarding to get some snacks.

Overall, my experience at Centara Grand was really good and if I would want to go back there someday and see how I can make the experience even better. Thank you to all the staffs for the hospitality you’ve given us.

Last photo when we landed in Singapore. My dress is what Song Hye Kyo wore in Descendants of the Sun.

Thanks for reading and I hope that my review has helped you in your travel plans to Krabi.

Love,

Sharon

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