Thursday, September 22, 2016

Holiday Inn Resort – Krabi, Thailand


My buddy stood in shadow under the awning of our balcony at Holiday Inn Resort in Krabi, Thailand. I was preparing coffee while he was busy watching the golden sunset reflecting its light towards Ao Nang Beach. As the sun dips lower, he quietly lounged on the sunbed as I walked towards him and seated on the other one. I noticed some guests four floors below who were enjoying their afternoon dip at the pool. Wrapping my cup of coffee on both hands, I gently sipped on it as I witnessed the sky turned reddish orange to purple. That perfect moment of stillness was priceless.

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Krabi was our second stop on the Thailand leg of our Beach Hop Asia 2016 summer backpacking trip. Me and my buddy were joined by six of our dearest friends and had a blast on the party island of Koh Pangan at the infamous Full Moon Party. After enduring long hours of ferry and bus rides, we arrived in Krabi around afternoon and settled on our home for three days, Holiday Inn Resort Krabi.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

The resort is conveniently located right across Ao Nang Beach and a mere 10-minute walk to Ao Nang center where restaurants and shops are located. The seclusion we had on this side was perfect as we were all yearning for that peaceful retreat right after the crazy partying we did.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

The resort’s lobby had this contemporary-tropical feel to it as they utilized wood, glass, steel and stones (yes, stones as wall design) for the whole space. The wooden furniture were pumped up with orange and green plush pillows and cushions. The high ceiling provided an airy feel with a nice view of the pool and lush greeneries around.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

We booked on different accommodation types so as to explore more of Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. Some went to a Premier Room while some got lucky and had a private access to the pool directly from their room.

Billeted on a Deluxe Room (check room types and rates), me and my buddy were on the topmost floor of what seemed to be a villa which provided a penthouse-feel as we got to have a great view of almost everything.

The room was enormous with high-ceiling and traditional Thai roofing. Earth tones dominated the whole space. The unfinished effect on the concrete walls and flooring complemented the warm feel from the wood.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand
Deluxe Room on the topmost floor (feels like a penthouse suite)
A wooden wardrobe closet was found near the main door with in-room safe, bathrobes and bedroom slippers inside. I walked passed the closet and noticed a long wooden ledge beside it that kept the mini-bar, coffee and tea-making facilities and fridge (underneath). It stretched up to a workstation with wooden chair and desk lamp.

On the far end of the desk was the queen-sized bed that rested on a wooden bedstead. Its clean white linens and fluffy pillows were such a refreshing sight.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

Across the bed was a wooden frame with a flat screen TV mounted on it, below it was a DVD rack. I love our room, it was spacious, airy and homey.

I walked further and noticed a door leading to the bathroom. It was huge and echoed the whole theme of wood and concrete which added to its industrial feel, in a very classy way. The unfinished concrete walls and flooring were complemented by the wooden furnishings from the vanity mirror. Bathroom amenities on wooden trays were also provided.

I also spotted a separate stall for the hot and cold shower and opposite it was a fitted bathtub with a great view from the glass window beside it. I instantly felt the need to have a long warm bubble bath the moment I saw it.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

I went back to the main room and pushed aside the heavy drapes that almost encircled the room. I shrieked as I opened the glass doors. It revealed a corner balcony with two wooden sunbeds facing the pool. I turned to the other side of the balcony and saw a coffee table and chairs. There was also a wooden door leading to the other side of the room.

I loved how we had the perfect balcony for sunset-watching, tanning and coffee breaks. It instantly became my favorite spot.

It took us the whole afternoon to rest and recuperate. I hid under the lustrous sheets and let the long curtains apart so as to open up the whole space. It was almost sundown when I got up and witnessed a great purplish sunset right outside our private balcony.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand
The view from our private balcony
That night, I slept like a baby after a quick visit to downtown for dinner and some bottles of beer.

The early morning sun glowed in our room as I woke up, I then recalled leaving the drapes open. I immediately got up, prepared my morning coffee and sat on the sunbed. I closed my eyes and let the sun kissed my skin while hearing the sweet chirping of the birds; it was too perfect.

The group converged on InnAsia Restaurant, the in-house restaurant of the resort, where the breakfast buffet was served. We feasted on traditional and international brekkie favorites. After spending three weeks in Malaysia before heading to Thailand, I was craving for pork bacons. So imagine my excitement as I fill my plate with pancakes, egg and bacons!

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand
Pork bacons at last!
The whole day was spent hopping around nearby islands. At around four in the afternoon, we’re back at the comfort of our room. The same cycle went on; sunbed, coffee and sunset.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Thailand
Hello there neighbors!
That night, we had a quick dip at the pool while boozing up, it was our last night in Krabi. My friends will be leaving us behind as me and my buddy will carry on with our backpacking trip. It was sad, but I know that this crazy fun group will have more trips in the future.

Relaxing is an understatement as to how I describe our three-day affair at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. The simplest joys in life can be found on simplest places, like balconies with a fantastic sunset view, really.


Holiday Inn Resort Krabi (check for discounted rates)
123 Moo3, Ao Nang Beach,
Krabi, Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 75.810.888
Email Address: info@holidayinnkrabi.com


(check here for discounted tours, transportation and activities in Krabi)






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