Australian photographer Tim Clark shares his experience of his stay at Rayavadee Krabi, a luxury resort on the stunning Phra Nang Peninsula within Krabi Marine National Park in Thailand.
As you catch your first glimpse of Rayavadee nestled within in the tropical foliage on the shore of Phra Nang beach, you’re instantly shot with a sense of excitement. Situated on edge of Krabi Marine National Park, access to Rayavadee is via a short boat ride from the mainland. The location truly reinforces the special feeling of freedom and relaxation you encounter during your stay.
On arrival, we were welcomed into The Grotto restaurant for dinner, which included a fine selection of local Thai-style seafood and salads. If this dining experience within an ancient cave watching the sun slowly dip below the Andaman Sea doesn’t cut it for you, I don’t know what will. The complementary colors, smells and tastes were all an exceptional delight to the senses.
As the afternoon draws to an end and the day-trippers visiting the island are well and truly on their way, you’re left with an immense feeling of peace and quiet. Thanks to the carefully designed layout of Rayavadee, guests are able to experience a spacious style of living without sacrificing privacy.
The organic yet stylish architecture that both the villas and pavilions boast draws inspiration from the natural tones and colors found in the tropical gardens, towering limestone cliffs and clear shores that neighbour the property.
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If you’re up before the sun, you’ll appreciate just how magic this part of the world is as you watch the sun burst over the horizon and hear the island and its wildlife coming to life again. Waking up at Rayavadee is like nothing I’ve experienced before. The ease of rolling out of bed in the morning and stepping metres from your front door to feel the sand between your toes quickly becomes a daily routine.
Jumping on one of the hotel’s boats in the morning to explore and hop between the surrounding islands, including Tub and Phi Phi, I was reminded what a privilege it was to arrive at this archipelago well before the crowds from Phuket.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay to simply switch off ora base for an adventurous getaway filled with diving, sailing and hiking, Rayavadee is the perfect resort to accommodate you. You simply have to experience it to believe it: Rayavadee is truly something dreams are made of.
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Tim Clark is an Australian-based photographer who has crafted his passion for travel and adventure into a lifestyle that allows him to live his dream and blur the line between work and life. Wherever he may be found, it’s always the small and rare occasions that leave a lasting impression on him and inspire him to keep moving and to continue to share his passion through photography.