This month the Pavilions Anana Krabi in Thailand has reopened with the addition of 20 new pool access suites and a restaurant supplied by an on-site farm. Jenny Southan reports
Part of luxury hotel brand the Pavilions Hotels and Resorts, the 79-suite Pavilions Anana Krabi first opened in February 2021 on the south-west coast of Thailand’s famous Phang Nga Bay. After a period of closure during the pandemic, it reopened on March 1, 2022.
To cater to an anticipated surge in bookings, it has add 20 new Pool Access Suites (ten on the ground floor and ten on the first floor) that are centred around a shared lava stone pool with mineral-rich water sourced from nearby limestone mountains.
Each measuring 68 sqm, all suites feature espresso machines, and free arrival minibars and wifi. The pool is located a few steps away via a private terrace or private balconies and spiral staircases. Although communal, Globetrender thinks it provides a sense of exclusive access, which is special. The Pavilions Anana Krabi has also added a new restaurant, Botanica, specialising in Thai and Indian cuisine with an emphasis on plant-based cuisine. All ingredients are sourced from local artisan producers or the resort’s on-site organic permaculture plantation.
Powered by the regenerative principles of composting and water conservation, this one-acre small holding and oyster mushroom nursery provides a “sustainable farm-to-fork” experience.Also available are hot and cold treatments in the Himalayan salt spa, a yoga shala set amidst the permaculture farm, an open-air gym, panoramic outdoor sauna, and a herbal steam room. Therapies and treatments blend traditional Thai healing techniques with organic essential Thai oils and herbs to create a unique “all-natural” spa experience.In terms of activities, there are three “curated journeys” available. These include exploring the local mangroves by solar-powered longtail boat; visiting Aonang’s only ethical elephant sanctuary; and biking or hiking the challenging 3.7km trail up Khao Ngon Nak National Park’s Dragon Crest Mountain.
The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts now has a total of ten owned or managed hotels and resorts in operation across Asia and Europe, with a further three in the pipeline.