With beautiful beaches, jungles dotted with waterfalls and cave temples, oceanfront seafood restaurants and island-hopping tours, it’s no wonder Krabi is one of Thailand’s most popular family holiday destinations. Here are some of the best hotels and resorts for families in the province – and best of all kids can stay for free!
1. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
Nestled amongst spectacular karst limestone cliffs for which Krabi is famous, this five-star resort is located on a secluded beach. Families will love the cascading pool with a waterslide and lively beach club, COAST Beach Club & Bistro, which has an outdoor pool table on the sand. There’s also a bright and colourful kids’ club with a ball pit, and a water sports centre. There are a range of rooms, suites and private villas decorated with elegant Thai furnishings to choose from, including pool access, garden view and beachfront options. The Resort is accessible via speedboat from Nopparat Thara Pier, which is a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport.
2. Centara Ao nang Beach Resort & Spa
Located at the quieter end of Ao Nang Beach, just a short stroll from restaurants and bars, Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi is a vibrant four-star resort. It consists of a cluster of low-rise buildings around a free-form pool and beachfront terrace. It’s specially designed family rooms have bunk beds, while pool access rooms and rooms with private pools are also available. Families will also love the kids’ club and free activities. It’s around 40 minutes’ drive from the airport and just a short long-tail boat ride to Railay Bay.
3. Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa
With a large pool with a waterslide and a kids’ club, this four-star resort northwest of Ao Nang Beach is a great option. Located besides shops and restaurants and just a few minutes’ walk to Nopparat Thara Beach, it has pool access rooms and family suites. With an al fresco setting just steps from the pool, the all-day Palm Court restaurant serves Western, Asian and Thai cuisine, including southern Thai specialities and fresh seafood, as well as a buffet breakfast, themed buffet dinners and vegetarian options. You can also grab a pizza, burger or fish and chips from Coco’s Pool Bar.
4. Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort
This sleek 3.5-star resort, which is around 10 minutes’ walk to the beach, offers a more affordable option. It has 158 stylish rooms with views of the limestone cliffs and the pool. As well as a children’s pool, it has family-friendly residences with bunk beds. Interconnecting rooms are also available. MIX Bistro offers traditional flavours of Thai cuisine as well as classic recipes from around the world. There’s also a PADI Dive Centre, bike hire and a tour desk to book excursions.
5. COSI Krabi Aonang Beach
Families with teenagers or adult kids will be sure to score brownie points by booking a holiday at this contemporary hotel, which has a 24-hour social hangout and digital play space with foosball and brightly coloured beanbags called The Hub, a rooftop pool with a see-through glass side ideal for Instagram pics and free Wi-Fi. The three-star property also has a gym and offers free daily food and drink credits at Café 247. Its rooms have a minimalistic design, with “power showers” and 360° rotating LED lamps.
Up to two children can stay free when sharing with two adult guests in a room utilising existing bedding at Centara Hotels & Resorts in Krabi. They can also eat breakfast free if the room rate incorporates a room and breakfast tariff. Terms and conditions apply.