Located on the west coast of Thailand, Krabi is a popular province with beautiful islands nearby.
Along the sandy beaches, you’ll find some of the most luxurious 5-star resorts.
Whether you’re traveling as a couple or with family, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
We’ll show you rooms with incredible sea views, private pools, and hot tubs.
So before you plan a trip, here are the best 5-star Karbi resorts on the beach.
1. Layana Resort & Spa
Layana Resort & Spa is an oasis of tranquillity near the beloved Long Beach and Pra-Ae Beach, on the island of Koh Lanta.
This upscale resort treats its guests with spacious king rooms and villas.
Couples will love the private circular hot tub and spacious living area at the villas.
For larger groups, stay in the La Maison where you’ll have separate rooms and a private pool.
At Linger Longer Spa, you can get massages and beauty treatments, or, relax in the sauna and a salt spa.
Overlook the sea with a plate of Thai or Mediterranean food at SeaSky, or propose a toast in the Sundowners Bar and Lounge.
To escape the tropical heat of southern Thailand, jump into one of the hotel’s many pools, or nap under an umbrella at the beach.
- Guest Rating: 9.6
- Best Room: La Maison
- Address: 272 Moo 3, Saladan, Krabi, 81150 Ko Lanta, Thailand
2. Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
This classy resort overlooks the magnificent islands in Phang Nga Bay.
All their rooms are super luxurious decorated with Thai artworks, dark hand-carved furniture, and marble bathrooms.
Their villas, in particular, are real standouts.
Check out the Royal beach villa which comes with a private infinity pool, huge bathtubs, and an outdoor rainforest shower.
It’s designed for the most romantic stays, so think about your honeymoon.
For dining, there are Mediterranean dishes at Jampoon, the ‘floating’ restaurant Lae Lay, or Western fare at the poolside.
If you opt for an unwinding treatment in the spa, you’ll be rewarded with excellent views of the lush gardens.
The local experience here is complete with a Batik painting class, Thai cooking class, or language lessons.
- Guest Rating: 9.5
- Best Room: Royal beach villa
- Address: 111 Moo 3 Nongthalay, Muang, 81000 Tab Kaek Beach, Thailand
3. Pimalai Resort & Spa
Soak up the serenity of tropical vegetation and the crystal blue Andaman Sea at the Pimalai Resort & Spa.
With a huge property by the beach, this 5-star resort boasts luxurious rooms, suites, and villas on the island Koh Lanta.
The style of the dwelling can be described as contemporary Thai, with bright colours, beams on the ceilings, and wooden floors.
For couples, choose the Hillside private pool villa and you’ll have the most intimate stay.
If you’re visiting with family or friends, check out the 2-3 bedroom villas that come with insane luxuries.
Also onsite, you can try Thai cooking classes, yoga, Muay Thai, and a spa.
But the most fun is at the beach with complimentary body boards, kayaks, and various sports.
- Guest Rating: 9.5
- Best Room: Three-bedroom villas
- Address: 99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi, 81150 Ko Lanta, Thailand
4. Koh Jum Beach Villas
Koh Jum Beach Villas is a small 5-star resort on the island of Koh Pu, with 19 beachside villas.
For honeymoons, check out the 1-bedroom villas surrounded by lush trees.
They all have plenty of open space, but some also have private pools and outdoor showers.
Larger groups can choose a range of villas from 2 to 5 bedrooms.
You’ll have outstanding views from the balcony no matter where you stay.
At night, enjoy a meal at the poolside, where you can pair exquisite Thai food with the finest wines.
A cool feature of this hotel is the organic garden, where you can sample fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Guest Rating: 9.4
- Best Room: 5 bedroom beach villa
- Address: 320 M.3 T. Koh Sriboya, Nua Klong, Krabi, 81130 Ko Jum, Thailand
Rayavadee is nestled amidst limestone cliffs and tropical greenery.
The elegant pavilions with incredible wooden details and hand-crafted decor make this a unique resort.
For couples, book the Pool Pavilion to get maximum privacy in your own 2-story dwelling and private pool.
Families have more choices from suites to luxurious villas.
Outside, there are more unique experiences like dining in The Grotto under a limestone cliff.
In the spa, pamper yourself with a body treatment or have your hair and nails done in the salon.
The hotel can also organise activities like a Thai cooking class and tours.
Bring home some memories from the on-site boutique shop, which has items ranging from jewelry to woven textiles.
- Guest Rating: 9.4
- Best Room: Villa with private pool
- Address: 214 Moo 2 T. Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi, 81000 Railay Beach, Thailand
6. The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
Along the striking Tubkaek Beach sits The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort, a premium boutique resort crowned with 5 stars.
There’s a wide range of luxurious options from a charming double room to the splendid Tubkaak Suite.
You’ll love the intimate settings for bathtubs and private pools, ideal for couples celebrating honeymoons.
Or, make it extra special with a beach dinner for two upon request.
There’s also Italian and Thai fare at the Di Mare and The Arundina restaurants, both overlooking the sea.
Other facilities onsite include a spa, library, outdoor pool, and gym.
- Guest Rating: 9.2
- Best Room: The Tubkaak suite
- Address: 123 Moo 3, Tumbol Nongtalay, Amphur Muang, Krabi, 81180 Tab Kaek Beach, Thailand
7. Banyan Tree Krabi
Reside in the middle of a rainforest at the Banyan Tree Krabi, an affluent property that borders Phang Nga Bay.
All 72 suites have private pools, so you can easily cool down from the humid weather.
The interior of the residences is modern, with lots of light tones, minimalist furniture, and dark timber details.
Dine at the beach while the sun sets, find a table in one of the 4 chic restaurants, or take the finger-licking food with you to the suite.
Conclude your holiday in the Kredkaew Bar, where you can indulge in tapas and refreshing drinks with sea views.
For a romantic setting, you can have your suite set with relaxing music, fragrant oils, and a bathtub full of flowers.
- Guest Rating: 9.2
- Best Room: 2-bedroom ocean pool suite
- Address: 279 Moo 3 Tambon Nongtalay Amphoe Muang Krabi, 81180 Tab Kaek Beach, Thailand
8. Rawi Warin Resort And Spa
This 5-star seaside resort on enchanting Koh Lanta lets its guests choose from 185 rooms, suites, and villas.
Admire the sunsets from your own room, as each of them has floor-to-ceiling windows and a sea-facing lounge area or bed.
Couples will like the intimate vibes in the Pool villas.
While families can enjoy more space in the Baan Rawi or Baan Warin suites.
During the day, there are plenty of activities onsite including billiards, foosball, and a boxing room.
But if you just want to relax, head to the spa, library, or one of the four pools at the resort.
Start the day with breakfast at The Golden Pond, or bask in 7 other eateries and bars.
- Guest Rating: 9.0
- Best Room: Baan Rawi suite
- Address: 139 Moo 8 Lanta Yai Island, Krabi, 81150 Ko Lanta, Thailand
9. Zeavola Resort
Zeavola Resort is based on Koh Phi Phi, a magical archipelago in the Andaman Sea.
Footsteps away from the fine sand beaches, you’ll find epic suites and villas to meet all of your vacation needs.
Make sure you book the One-bedroom villa.
It’s a secluded hut-like house with a private swimming pool, or poolside dayroom to relax in, and a large lounge deck.
Also onsite, the Zeavola Spa and swimming pools are excellent alternatives.
But if you like adventure, the resort can organise diving trips in the region.
Dining here is the icing on the cake, with the impeccable Mediterranean and Thai cuisine to treat your tastebuds.
- Guest Rating: 9.0
- Best Room: One-bedroom villa
- Address: 11 Moo 8 Laem Tong, Ao Nang, Krabi, 81000 Phi Phi Don, Thailand
10. Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort has its own private area by the sea for guests.
Surrounded by tropical gardens, couples will love the setting no matter which room they pick.
Inside, you’ll find modern Thai decor and comforts.
But if you’re after the best stay, book the Club suite with plunge pool.
You’ll also get access to the Club Lounge where there’s afternoon tea and coffee.
Remain fit during your holiday with yoga sessions or more uptempo Muay Thai boxing classes.
At night, dine at one of the resort’s restaurants and bars where you can delve into international cuisines.
- Guest Rating: 8.9
- Best Room: Club suite with plunge pool
- Address: 155 Moo 2, Nong Thale, Muang, 81180 Klong Muang Beach, Thailand
11. Saii Phi Phi Island Village
Along a long stretch of private beach sits Saii Phi Phi Island Village.
With a backdrop of the region’s typical limestone rocks, the bungalows, suites, and villas sit in a wondrous setting.
Check out the Hillside Pool Villas if you want the best rooms and privacy.
This comes with a welcoming fruit basket, daily turndown drinks and treats, and a complimentary in-room high tea.
For food, there’s a buffet breakfast, freshly grilled food at the grill house, and authentic Thai dishes at the Ruan Thai Restaurant.
Also onsite, there’s a Marine Discovery Centre where you can see sharks and clown fish – kids will love this.
Other facilities include 2 outdoor pools, a spa centre, and a gift shop.
- Guest Rating: 8.8
- Best Room: 2-Bedroom oceanview hillside pool villa
- Address: 49 Moo 8, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang, 81000 Phi Phi Don, Thailand
12. The ShellSea Krabi
The ShellSea Krabi is located just outside Krabi town on Thailand’s mainland and offers modern rooms near the beach.
With 72 rooms, 12 villas, and 1 Grand Pool Villa, there’s always vacancy.
But you’ll need to book ahead if you want the Grand Pool Villa on the beachfront.
You’ll get a large private pool, hot tub, a spacious lounge, and sea views from the outdoor area.
If the beachfront villa is unavailable, you can still spend the day at the main pool.
Enjoy the massaging hydro jets and drinks on the side in the Fin Bar.
Drop by the fitness centre for a personal workout or join a yoga class with one of the resort’s instructors.
For dining, try the artsy setting of the Cerulean Restaurant or the more casual Azure Bar.
- Guest Rating: 8.8
- Best Room: Villa – beachfront
- Address: 999 Moo 6, Sai Thai, Muang, Krabi, 81000 Ao Nam Mao, Thailand
13. Amari Vogue Krabi
Amari Vogue Krabi is based in a complex that resembles traditional Thai temples, including pointy roofs and rich decorations.
Pick from king rooms or private pool villas fitted with the comforts to facilitate your ideal holiday.
You’ll love the secluded balconies and private hot tubs.
In the morning, dive into a luscious breakfast buffet at the Lotus Restaurant.
Or sit down at the beachfront for an Asian or Mediterranean meal at the romantic Marco’s Restaurant and Bar.
For some pampering, check out the extensive spa menu or chill on a lounge by the outdoor pool.
The Voyager Lounge is a quiet open space, perfect for reading, playing board games, or watching live sports.
If it’s a honeymoon, opt for the Couple Celebration Package that includes a set menu for dinner, a romantic setup of your room, and complimentary sparkling wine.
- Guest Rating: 8.5
- Best Room: Villas with private pool
- Address: 149 Moo 3, Tambon Nongtalay, Amphur Muang, Krabi, 81180 Tab Kaek Beach, Thailand
14. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
This resort is conveniently located within walking distance from the striking Ao Nang Beach.
With such awe-inspiring natural surroundings, it’s easy to enjoy the deluxe rooms and villas.
From your furnished balcony or comfortable bathtub, you can overlook the tranquil gardens of the resort without a care in the world.
Straight from the beachfront, you can go out for a sea kayaking adventure, a snorkeling session, or a diving trip organised by the hotel.
The true magic of this resort happens in its 4 restaurants.
They sit amidst ponds with lotus flowers and the fine white sand of the private Pai Plong Beach.
If you want something more romantic, book in-room dining, or have the table set at the beach to enjoy a 3-course meal.
- Guest Rating: 8.1
- Best Room: Private pool beachfront villas
- Address: 396-396/1 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi, 81000 Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
15. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
This Sofitel resort is blessed with fantastic bay views and a strip of golden sand.
There are 276 rooms and suites to welcome guests with colonial styling and modern facilities.
For the best room, make sure you book the Pool Suite.
You’ll have a separate living room, furnished balcony, and direct access to the pool.
During the day, you can try Thai dance lessons, cooking classes, and language classes.
To cool down, head to the Explorer Bar for fantastic cocktails, or sample some homemade ice cream at Le Glacier.
Other areas to chill include the spa, swimming pools, and a private beach where you can catch the sea breeze.
- Guest Rating: 8.1
- Best Room: Pool suite
- Address: Klong Muang Beach T. Nongtalay, Krabi, 81000 Klong Muang Beach, Thailand
Map of 5-Star Krabi Resorts on the Beach
The Hillside Pool Villa is the best resort with a pool at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort.
From your personal pool or the furnished deck beside it, you’re treated to astounding bird’s-eye views of the sea and tropical greenery.
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve has, without competition, the coolest designer hot tubs of all resorts on this list.
Bubble away with your lover in one of the villas, where the hot tub faces the lush garden.
The sea views are genuinely breathtaking at the Zeavola Resort and we consider them the best by far.
Especially from the Pool Villa Suite, the vistas over the jungle and the Andaman Sea are unmatched.
The Ocean Facing Villa with Pool at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi has the best designed terrace.
It has comfortable deckchairs and marvelous views of the coastal limestone cliffs.
These 3 resorts can arrange romantic dinners right on the beach.
Pimalai Resort & Spa, The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort, and Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.
While the latter offers a 3-course menu on the beach, the other resorts let you choose from all of their menu items.
|5-Star Krabi Resorts||Best Rooms|
|Layana Resort & Spa||La Maison|
|Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve||Royal beach villa|
|Pimalai Resort & Spa||Three-bedroom villas|
|Koh Jum Beach Villas||5 bedroom beach villa|
|Rayavadee||Villa with private pool|
|The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort||The Tubkaak suite|
|Banyan Tree Krabi||2-bedroom ocean pool suite|
|Rawi Warin Resort And Spa||Baan Rawi suite|
|Zeavola Resort||One-bedroom villa|
|Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort||Club suite with plunge pool|
|Saii Phi Phi Island Village||2-Bedroom oceanview hillside pool villa|
|The ShellSea Krabi||Villa – beachfront|
|Amari Vogue Krabi||Villas with private pool|
|Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi||Private pool beachfront villas|
|Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort||Pool suite|