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Reviewed 15 February 2018

My wife and I stayed in #164 beachfront with a private infinity pool, and it was gorgeous! The room was spacious and well appointed, the views were amazing, and the staff was top notch. The resort faces west on Tubkaek Beach, so sunsets are amazing. Two restaurants on site, spa, gym, library, and gift shop as well. Beaches were well maintained and the hotel grounds were beautiful. Highly recommended if you're looking to escape the touristy and crowded Railway or Phuket areas!!

Stayed: February 2018
2  Thank James W
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

To start with the positives, this is a beautiful property with attentive and competent staff. The beach is serene and photogenic. The pool is quiet and relaxing. All-inclusive breakfast was very good and varied with both Western and Thai options. We spent four days at the property, including a day trip to Phi Phi Islands and a half day nature hike at the nearby mountain, which is definitely worthwhile for the views and exertion.

The negative - it's very difficult to leave the resort or the surrounding area. Yes, the hotel offers shuttle buses to nearby Nong Thale and Krabi Town, which we took advantage of. However, these were charged per-person and not cheap, ludicrously so when compared with other areas of Thailand (think 200-350 baht per person, each way). We knew this going in and were OK sacrificing the costs on the assumption we'd be able to take a shuttle whenever we wanted. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Although the hotel website says they provide shuttle service, it does not specify that they only run the shuttles every other evening, at 6:30PM (to Nong Thale) and 5:30PM (to Krabi) and take you back to the hotel at 9PM. The price for a local taxi or private shuttle is much, much higher, so these were our only justifiable options.

In terms of other places we've been in Thailand, these rates were just usurious. Doubly so when you consider how much we're paying for a room. I understand the hotel makes money off these shuttles but it's tacky to charge for a once nightly trip. Either offer the shuttles gratis, or be up front on your website that they only run occasionally. Otherwise it seems like a ploy to convince guests to remain a the resort for dinner and spend ridiculous prices for an average meal.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Jacob L
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

The Tubkaak, what can I say. The most wonderful boutique hotel nestling in the lush green trees on the tranquil Andaman sea, which laps up to the tables laid out ready to eat breakfast , lunch or supper or just to sip a cocktail or two during happy hour. It is quite astounding how the hotel blends into the back ground, making it virtually invisible from the beach. The rooms are all beautiful, spacious and well appointed. Beach towels and fans ready in a beach bag, refreshed every day, flip flops outside the door if you're in a hurry; who cares if they're not necessarily new, a lovely touch just in case. Water provided in the rooms (4 bottles a day) and the first cans in the mini bar are complimentary. There is a Nespresso coffee machine in each room but the only gripe i have and it's so miniscule is that they are not over generous with the pods so you may have to ask for more. The ground can get quite hot in the blazing sun. We were given a superior room (144) on the bottom floor overlooking the pool, which is by the way a little oasis to look at. Although wonderful we felt it lacked a little privacy if you wanted to sit outside to relax so we asked to move to an upstairs room. The hotel was full but 3 days later we moved around the corner to a beautiful room,upstairs, (117), with a lovely balcony and view through the trees to the sea. It cost us £25 per night extra but worth every penny. The move was effortless, with the wonderful staff carrying everything. The hotel is small and the rooms situated so that they all disappear into the greenery, it's quiet and you actually see very few people whilst you walk around. The beach is gorgeous with a back drop of islands reaching out of the sea to entice you. The giant beanbags are comfy, but they do get hot in the sun so it's nice to turn them over occasionally to the colder side. If they're are any spare I found that putting one behind the other made a great chair, comfier if you wanted to sit up a bit more. They're are plenty to go round. The sun is hot, hotter than anywhere I've been and I would say use the highest factor sun screen you can. It burns within minutes. We used to sit under the dappled shade of the trees most morning and only sit in the full sun for a couple of hours a day. We still got as brown as berries. The beach is lovely to walk along, and when the tide is out there are thousand of tiny crabs scurrying around. There are a couple of restaurants close by, easy to walk to along the sand, or road which is quite safe. They even provide torches which we used at night. We didn't ever see a mosquito, only bitten a couple of times, but they do provide cream if you are prone to attract them!
The restaraunt is on decking with a coy carp underneath that you can feed each morning... hundreds of them, quite a spectacle as they swim for food!
The food was wonderful, breakfast sumptuous, with fresh fruit, juices, cereals, pastries and Thai food, eggs to order, all the sides you would ever want. The coffee is the best I've ever had in a hotel! Lunch there if you needed and really the cost of things was up to you. As much or as little as you wanted. We did not find it unnecessarily expensive, depending on what you ate. We only had supper a couple of times as we like to explore the local places too. It is a hotel after all and so bound to be a little more expensive, but it's all done beautifully, the staff are exceptional as always in Thailand and so hardworking, there at times for 10 hours or more per day. On our last evening they gave us a complimentary bottle of bubbles and made me a birthday cake. (It's definitely worth remembering that the exchange rate is not that good at the moment and so we definitely found that it cost more in general). The dress is as you want, it's not overly smart and men don't need long trousers if they don't want. Go upstairs at happy hour to watch the sunset, it's as spectacular as on the beach. There is easy listening live music every night. We didn't eat in the Italian at the hotel as in Thailand seems crazy to eat anything else.
Excursions are easy to book, long tails boats wait on the waters edge each day to whisk you away. We choose to go everywhere by tuk tuk which we found just a few paces from the hotel. Very cheap and our driver waited for us, whether it was 30 mins or 2 hours!
The spa was luxurious and worth the extra money to be so totally pampered and treated like royalty. I had a head massage and a destress one, both amazing.
We loved the local village, Klung Meoung , Ao
Nang was bustling, crazy and fun, we didn't really enjoy Krabi town at night for the market but loved the half day excursion we took in the daytime. Choose an island trip with care, ours was too busy, although we were promised that it was not going to be. It was not recommended by the hotel but our tour company.
We were so lucky to have 12 nights at Tubkaak and loved every moment. There is a shop but I felt it didn't have masses of things so chose to shop outside the hotel but they went out of their way to pack Thai cushions that we bought in town so we could take them on the plane.
We could find no fault and adored every moment of being there. Sheer bliss, total luxury without being intrusive or overbearing.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Ochre999
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Overall my husband and I enjoyed our 4 night stay May 2018 and left with beautiful memories of our long boat rides to islands, magical sunsets from the restaurant and beach, and the incredible massages at the spa, albeit quite pricey!

The food was good, breakfast plentiful and the complimentry water in room, welcomed. The pottery elephant as a parting gift was a lovely touch too.

We loved the remoteness of the area, the private beach shared with only a handful other properties and that Tubkaak was sympathetically placed within the landscape, not like some of its huge neighbours. Beautiful big shade tress, with fairy lights, candles and stars at night was all very enchanting and romantic.

All the other good things mentioned in reviews are agreed with, but 9 months later I still remember the following...

Arriving earlier than the check in time by approx 3 hours (which fore warning was given when booking), the reception advised that no rooms were available, as they were full...fair enough. So we waited until spot on check in time before we were allowed in. However, come evening we quickly learned the property was lucky to be half full and were left wondering...

We mostly ate & drank at the property, given there was not much choice close by and the food was good too and reasonable prices for a resort, but on our first evening we asked to be seated at a table on the sand. We were told that we needed a reservation for these (once again fair enough and made one for the following evening), and they were all reserved on this particular night, so we sat elsewhere (which is no problem). The live entertainment was enjoyable and we stayed for some hours, which come end of the night to our surprise only one beach table became occupied.
This happened other times during our stay, and not just at dinner...

I can't say if it was particular staff behaviour, or company policy, but it just felt like "meanness" of spirit.

I would recommend Tubkaak to others, as these hopefully are only isolated incidents that we encountered.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank MKM73
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for 7 days after 10 days touring Thailand. The hotel and location is amazing, we did splash out and stayed in The Laurel suite. Beautiful views across the Andaman Sea, the beach is a soft warm sand no waves and perfect for swimming in the warm sea just steps from our suite. All the hotel staff were charming and helpful and immensely courteous in the inimitable Thai style. The resort is quiet and peaceful so if you are after nightlife look elsewhere. The resort in located in a wooded valley and takes about 40-45 mins from Krabi airport.
Food is served from 2 restaurants the main one serves breakfast ,lunch & dinner delicious Thai food in a beautiful setting.The other restaurant s DeMare an Italian restaurant, again with a beachside setting only open for dinner nice variety of Italian pasta and other Italian fare with a good selection of pizza.
Good range of wines available but quite expensive,as wine is generally in Thailand but perhaps cheaper than Bangkok.
Overall a perfect holiday in a beautiful setting with great service by all the staff we would definitely visit again.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank John M
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