The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
Sink into a beanbag on the beach and watch as a dash of pink sunset illuminates dreamy island silhouettes in the distance. You can easily lose track of time on quiet Tub Kaek Beach so it’s handy that you’re only steps away from your hotel, which is hidden within the tropical trees behind you. The view of distant rocky islands across the sea is one of the resort’s highlights. Thanks to the protection from the islands, the sea is calm and swimmable almost all year round and you can be snorkelling among classic Krabi cliff-backed beaches in a 30-minute transfer to the Hong Islands.
The resort’s location and mood are better suited to adults; it’s quiet and blissfully secluded from the tourist-filled areas. There are just a few restaurants down the beach and just minutes away there’s a rewarding, and entirely optional, hiking trail with panoramic views of Krabi. The resort’s two restaurants are both great spots for beachside dining. Choose from classic Thai at The Arundina or tuck into the area’s best Italian food at Di Mare. For absolute relaxation, a session in one of the spectacular spa treatment rooms is a must. An hour-long Thai oil massage melts away every worry, and it’s impossible not to feel at peace when you’re protected in a cocoon-shaped room where dark wooden panels soar upwards to reveal an open skylight at the top.
The two-storey villas around the resort are home to the Superior Rooms on the lower floor and Deluxe Rooms on the upper. Each room is designed to be soft and soothing and is complete with a romance-inducing outdoor bathtub so you can share a relaxing soak under the stars. Superior Rooms have a ground-floor terrace so you’re seconds from the freeform pool, while Deluxe Rooms are on the upper floor with bedrooms under a pitched roof and a balcony overlooking the pool. Upgrade to a Sea View Suite to make the most of luxurious desert island surrounds in a standalone villa, with spacious living areas and a porch looking out to the beach.