Picture perfect Thailand, at The Amari Vogue, on Tubkaek Beach [REVIEW]

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To reach the Amari Vogue hotel on Tubkaek Beach, we first took the ferry from Phuket towards Krabi. Arriving in the port of Ao Nang, with our legs dangling over the edge, felt like arriving in paradise. This area is the home of those famous, lumbering limestone rocks that poke out of the sea and are so synonymous with a Thai island skyline. We chose accommodation away from the famed Railay Beach. It was definitely on our list of places to see later on in our trip, but we wanted to be staying a little further away from the masses.

The Amari Vogue is around 20 minutes by road from Ao Nang ferry port (and around 40 minutes from Krabi airport). Our transport was included in our ferry trip cost – when you get off the boat, they ask where you are going, and send you to the corresponding mini bus. The hotel is located on Tubkaek Beach, a long stretch of golden sands with a few large scale hotels. There are a few local restaurants along the road, a short walk away, and the hotel can organise transport there for you, but other than that, it feels fairly remote: in a wonderful way.


FACT PACK:

Hotel: Amari Vogue, Krabi
Location: Tubkaek Beach
Address: Tubkaak Beach, Krabi 81180
Phone: +66 (0) 7560 7777
Nearest airport: 40 Minutes drive from Krabi Airport, 20 Minutes drive from Ao Nang
Nearest ferry pier: Ao Nang
Rates: Visit the Amari website for the latest offers
Website: Amari Vogue
Pool? Yes, freeform and plunge
Wi-Fi? Yes, in room and in communal areas
Perfect for: Couples, and families, looking for a relaxing, picturesque break
FashCatherine credentials: The location is classic postcard Thailand stuff. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the beach view. Also, the memory of happy hour cocktails at sunset will remain with me forever more: it was incredible.


 

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Approaching Krabi on the ferry

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View from reception

Arriving at reception, you are drawn through by the picture perfect view ahead. Amari Vogue has been built into a hillside, and that the reception pillars frame the frontwards view, down the steps, past the hotel accommodation, straight down to the beach and those iconic limestone rocks. Staff bring a refreshing drink and cool towelettes while you check in. High customer service is a trademark of all the Amari properties I have visited, so far.

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Our room was on the ground floor of one of the upper stepped tiers, next to the breakfast/Thai restaurant. Not every one of the 57 rooms have a sea view. The better class rooms are nearer the beach, so do check on booking, if that is important to you. Our room was filled with dark wood furniture, a sliding panel into the bath/bathroom, a patio door to a large balcony and two huge double beds. It was more ‘rustic’, shall we say, especially compared to the Amari Phuket that we had just left, but the best part about the Amari Vogue is it’s location, so we hardly spent any time in our room, apart from to sleep.

Being toward the top of the hotel meant we had quite a few steps to walk down to the pool, sunset bar and beach restaurant. Not a problem for us, and you can always enjoy looking at the pretty flora and fauna along the way. There are a few smaller pools, too, at the varying levels on the way down, mainly occupied by early rising families, who managed to ‘bag’ the area for the day, or sun worshippers, who spied the perfect position at the top of the pool for uninterrupted all day sun. We never had a problem finding a sunbed though, they are dotted all over. The main pool leads to an infinity edge, which I draped myself over many a time, as it gives an idyllic view down to the beach.

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Thai cowboy – jumping for joy on Tubkaek beach

Ah, the beach. Tubkaek beach is in my top three beaches in Thailand – the other two are Haat Yao, and Haat Salad, both on Koh Phangan. Tubkaek is long, wide for most of the day, and clean. It is peaceful, and offers some of the most Instagrammable opportunities, you will find! Although, it was lovely to switch off the technology and enjoy the tranquility. There are sunbeds to be found on the beach. And when you are ready for something a little more active, you can borrow one of the hotels kayaks. We took a couple for a spin, and found a little beach, all of our own. Talk about making memories to last a lifetime – you’ll make a bunch of them, here!

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On the rocks at one end of Tubkaek Beach

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The sunsets over Tubkaek Beach speak for themselves…

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From the beach, you can see Hong Islands national park, in the distance. Long tail boats sit bobbing by the waters edge and can take you over and back, for a fee. Most Thai national parks charge an entrance fee, so don’t be surprised by that, but it isn’t ever more than the equivalent of a couple of English pounds.

Alternatively, for a day out, the hotel offers a daily minivan at set hours, back and forth to the beachside town of Ao Nang, (pictured below) so, near the ferry port we arrived at. The beach here is vast and open, with a huge mountain at one end, where monkeys roam freely. Careful, they will pinch your drinks, and more! Lots of boat tours run from here, and you can always book tours with local agents, too. Although, they won’t be as regulated as the hotel organised trips. The rest of the town is pleasant, with the usual stream of beachfront restaurants, bars and 7-Elevens (a Thai institution for backpackers!). Look out for the fresh fruit shake stalls, offering zingy combos, sticky rice and mango stalls and roti stalls – which I always have with banana and Nutella.

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Ao Nang Beach (above) – nice, but not as nice as Tubkaek (below)

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Things not to miss at Amari Vogue, Krabi:

  • Cocktails happy hour at the beachfront Bellini restaurant – talk about drinks with a view!
  • A full body massage at the in hotel Breeze Spa – I have tried these massages at a few Amari hotels, and they have been among the best I have had in Thailand.
  • Dinner at the hotel’s Bellini restaurant – we loved the delicious Italian food, here, including fresh pasta and pizza. The Thai food restaurant is at the top of the stairs of the hotel, and nowhere near the beach or sunset. So, it is a shame that you can’t eat Thai food near the beach, but the quality of the Italian, makes up for it. Plus, this may be changing… so watch this space!

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A classic Thailand image – a long tail boat at Tubkaek Beach

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Cocktails from Amari Vogue on Tubkaek Beach

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Just one of the reasons you will leave wanting to return…

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The stay reviewed in the article above, in January 2016, was supported by Amari

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