After our three day stint in the rainforest we headed off for the final part of our honeymoon, seven nights at the incredible Rayavadee in Krabi.Due to the location of the resort you have to take a boat from the Krabi pier directly around the coastline to the resort entrance. It only takes 20 minutes but it makes the resort feel very exclusive and private.
Rayavadee is situated in the heart of Krabi’s beautiful Phranang Peninsula, an area renowned for its natural beauty… it certainly lived up to its reputation!
The resort was built with the idea of living in balance within this unique environment which is why the accommodation is nestled in between the resorts many trees and wildlife.
When searching for honeymoon destinations we came across the Rayavadee and instantly knew we had to go there.
It reminded us of scenes from Jurassic Park, with tropical plants and flowers all nestled amongst red stone cliffs and bright blue skylines.
We were convinced that at some point during our stay we’d find ourselves fleeing towards the sea being chased by a T-Rex (luckily for us, this never happened!).
The resort itself is very tranquil, every step you take is another breathtaking, picture perfect moment and the attention to detail is spectacular.
In the evenings the whole resort would be lit up with golden, glowing lanterns and oil burners, lighting the way towards the four beautiful restaurants on offer there, all of which were situated beside the beach and sea.
One evening we booked a table at The Grotto.
The Grotto is nestled under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of beautiful Phranang Beach. You sit at the table with your feet in the sand and eat the most wonderful meat and fresh seafood platter.
There is something so romantic about sipping wine and eating freshly caught seafood by candlelight whilst sitting next to the very sea the fish was caught from that day.
Although the Rayavadee resort is situated in a secluded part of Krabi it is within walking distance of the local market in Railay, which includes local eateries and bars.
This area is very bohemian and whilst walking around you find yourself rubbing shoulders with travellers and backpackers from far and wide who are magnetised to the area due to the relaxed and chilled vibes.
We spent a couple of evenings drinking our way through bottles of local beer and local rum, particularly Sangsom, an exotic local rum with heady aromas of coconut and soft sugar cane all encased in a beautiful golden liquor and mixed with Cola.
We sat on mismatched rugs on the beach, let the cool rum wet our dry throats and toasted to our wonderful Thai honeymoon adventure.
One evening we also headed back out of the resort along Railay beach to Mr Chef’s cooking class on the beach.
Both of us being big foodies, we decided to spend the evening learning how to cook six traditional Thai dishes under the fantastic supervision of Mr Chef, a master of Thai cookery and flavour combinations.
After all six dishes were prepared, including prawn balls, special fried rice and Thai green curry, we got to devour the food whilst watching the sun set over the ocean.
It was a perfect end to a perfect day.
Whilst staying at the Rayavadee we also took a day boat trip to many of the local islands including; Maya Bay, Bamboo Island and Phi Phi, and tried our hand at a spot of body boarding too.
However, most of our time was spent relaxing on the golden beach beside the emerald sea or dipped deep beneath the resorts infinity pool.
The Rayavadee is a truly beautiful and magical place, we already cannot wait to visit again one day and relive its unspoilt charm.
This was the last stop on our honeymoon, after the Rayavadee we said a very sad farewell to Thailand and all its beauty… until next time!
To find out more about Krabi including weather, currency, room rates visit this useful Expedia Guide.