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The Anana Ecological Resort Krabi (formally Pavilions Anana Krabi Hotel in Krabi) is a 5 star eco-sustainable resort located in a quiet, rural area surrounded by lush forests and hills. It is around a 10 minute drive from the main Ao Nang beach but regular free shuttles from the hotel to and from the beach are available.
With Ao Nang beach a gateway to numerous Thai islands plus its own vibrant nightlife, the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi serene hillside setting feels a world away from the crowded beach and noisy bars, with two luxurious pools, a rooftop bar and restaurants onsite.
We stayed at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi in November 2022 in a Pavilions Anana Krabi poolside villa for five nights.
This is our honest review of Anana Ecological Resort Krabi near Ao Nang Beach, Thailand.
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The Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Location
Surrounded by lush forests and incredible views of nearby mountains, villages and farms, the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi location is perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Ao Nang for some for all or some of your stay.
You can see the surrounding natural area around Anana Ecological Resort Krabi best by going to the rooftop bar located on the seventh floor, open most nights (especially alluring during sunset).
The resort also operates a farm next door (although we weren’t told anything about this during check-in) or couldn’t find any onsite literature about it.
If you want to be in the thick of the night-life and bar action, this secluded location may not be for you – but if you want a peaceful stay (which we did), then this is ideal. A free shuttle bus to Ao Nang beach operates regularly too (the last shuttle back from town is 9pm).
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Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Environmental Credentials
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi is very proud of its environment ethos and bills itself as an ‘eco-sustainable’ resort. It has several posters dotted around the site which explain what it is trying to do including:
- Complimentary water bottles (glass) to avoid plastic waste
- Responsible spring water management
- The Sky Garden restores 50% of the hotel footprint
- Plastic free environment
- Low consumption air conditioners and heat pumps
- Volcanic mineral swimming pools (less chemicals)
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Check-In
Our check-in at the resort was swift. Copies of your passport are taken upon check-in and then a member of the concierge team helps with your luggage and shows you the room facilities.
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Rooms
There are several room types at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi including Thai studios (hotel rooms), although we were fortunate enough to stay in one of the 20 poolside villas, that had a pool view and direct access to the swimming pool.
To note we stayed at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi in late November 2022, which is the start of the ‘peak’ tourist season. Prices vary and seem to be cheaper in the off peak tourist season but when we visited, poolside rooms on the upper floor were around £115 a night.
The poolside rooms at the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi were absolutely incredible and possibly the best accommodation we’ve ever stayed at in Thailand. The villa rooms are huge (over 500 sq metres) with a huge king size bed in the centre.
These poolside rooms at the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi are split over two levels with a large bathroom (with shower) at the rear, along with a storage area, plus at the front, a lounge and seating area with the biggest TV we’ve ever seen (Netflix was available to log into as well).
Our room included a fridge, complimentary water (four new bottles every day) plus on the first day, there were free soft drinks in the fridge.
A nice touch was the coffee maker as the pods used come from a Thai based coffee company – four pods were provided and replaced each day.
Our balcony had a wicker circular seat, big enough for two to sit on plus a drying rack for our wet clothes (handy as we were in the pools loads). The best bit from the pool view and access to the pool via a small staircase tucked away to the left of our balcony.
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Swimming Pools
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi has two swimming pools, both of which were well maintained and beautiful to look at. We had direct access to a pool outside our villa and this was available for all hotel guests to enjoy.
The main swimming pool was quite big, with areas of varying depth meaning some sections you could relax in and some swim in. The use of black marble tiles in the main pool made it look very sleek (and the reflections looked cool) but this also meant it was hard to detect where the sides were if you were swimming underwater.
There were lots of sun loungers around the main Anana Ecological Resort Krabi swimming pool, many with sun shades / parasols with free towels available from the poolside restaurant.
Unfortunately the poolside bar / swim up bar at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi was never open during our entire stay. We aren’t sure why as many days were beautiful sunshine (the lack of regular opening hours of the two bars at Pavilions Anana Krabi was one of our few frustrations about the facilities there).
Pools are open from 9am to 9pm and we swam several times a day, as both pools were very inviting and a nice temperature to cool off in and escape the hot midday temperatures and searing sun.
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Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Breakfast
Our room rate at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi included a daily buffet breakfast, served daily between 6.30am to 10.30am. The buffet breakfast is served in a small, downstairs room near to the reception with a patio area where you could sit outside.
The Anana Ecological Resort breakfast had lots of choices including an egg station (omelette/ scrambled eggs freshly prepared). There was also a cereal station, sweet treats and bread section plus fresh fruit juices and two coffee machines.
Hot breakfast usually included french toast, boiled eggs, sauteed potatoes, bacon and tomatoes, baked beans plus two hot Thai noodle / rice dishes.
Unlike most hotels in Krabi, the breakfast at Anana Ecological Resort didn’t include Indian breakfast offerings as standard, just on a couple of days when a huge Indian tour group was staying.
Overall, the breakfast was really good at the hotel, especially all the fresh fruit available. Delicious.
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Anana Ecological Resort Krabi restaurants
Other than the breakfast eating area called ‘Streats’, there was one other main restaurant on site at the hotel, located next door to the main pool.
The food was good here with most dishes around the 200 baht to 400 baht mark – think pizzas, pasta, Thai noodles, curry, rice dishes and even fish and chips. Service was good but the setting itself wasn’t that great – the restaurant kind of feels half-finished, like you are sitting in someone’s garage.
For that reason, we chose to eat all our other meals in our room as we felt the lounge area in our room was nicer than the poolside restaurant.
To note the room service offering at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi was very good, with prompt service and delivery with a smile – the food menu is exactly the same as the restaurant and the prices the same too. The 10% service charge and 7% Government tax is also added, as standard in most Thai hotels.
You can also eat in the rooftop bar but during the five nights we stayed, it didn’t open the first two nights and during our time here, we only saw one couple eating in the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi rooftop bar (we overheard it was part of their dining package and the sunset set-up looked sublime).
Tee in The Jungle – a nearby restaurant
Other than getting room service several times, the other reason we didn’t dine in the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi more was the fact there was an incredible family run restaurant around the rear of the hotel, hidden a little away along a dirt track – Tee Restaurant in the Jungle (run by a sweet lady called Tee).
Tee Restaurant in the Jungle was just fabulous – the family who ran it were so lovely, and the food delicious and pretty inexpensive.
You sit in little huts in the middle of the jungle and the food is out of this world. Eg the Tee in the Jungle pad thai was only 80 baht and was the best pad thai we had in Krabi.
Beers were also 80 baht for a small Chang beer (as a comparison, small Changs were 120 baht at the Pavilions Anana Krabi bars plus service and tax).
We visited Tee Restaurant in the Jungle on a couple of occasions (once at night, once in the day – do take mosquito repellant) but we saw some Google reviews saying hotel residents went daily – it really was that good and friendly.
As a parting gift, we were also given free fruit to take away both times. Tee Restaurant in the Jungle is highly recommended as an alternative to the restaurant and room service offerings at the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi. Just our cup of Tee, sorry tea 🙂
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The Pavilions Anana Krabi Bars
There two dedicated bars at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi (a swim up bar and a rooftop bar on the seventh floor) plus a bar located in the poolside restaurant (this is the one to use during the day to purchase drinks for the pool).
Frustratingly the swim-bar up at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi never opened once during our visit – this closure was never communicated once during our check-in or stay so we aren’t sure why as the weather was generally dry.
The rooftop bar seems to open only when there is a clear sky (it was closed for the first two nights of our stay).
The rooftop bar has incredible views especially at sunset and you can see the sea and Ao Nang Beach in the distance.
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi has a happy hour at the rooftop bar that is 2 for 1 on soft drinks, mocktails and cocktails between 5pm and 6.30pm – think mojitos, caipirinhas, long island ice teas etc.
The range of cocktails were good and during happy hour, you could get two classic cocktails for around 180 baht (buy 1 get 1 free) plus service and tax. The Pavilions rooftop bar has potential to be something special but just feels lacking in terms of the set-up; like they aren’t sure if they’ll continue with it.
Anana Ecological Resort Krabi Spa
During our stay we booked a couple of spa treatments – one massage and one body scrub. The spa facilities felt very professional compared to other hotel spas in Krabi and we really enjoyed our experience. During our stay they had a buy one massage get one free offer too.
There is a tour desk at reception where you can book all manner of trips – they also promote their own tour heavily in the lifts which consists of an electric boat ride and then lunch (daytime) or trip to a night market (in the evening).
There is some form of farm next door which we think is owned by the resort but this is never mentioned anywhere onsite, just occasionally on their website – it would be nice if you visit or eat here, another missed opportunity.
We believe there also used to be an arrangement to get free transfers to a Krabi Beach Club (we’d read about it on Tripadvisor and they also mention it briefly on an old reception poster) but when we enquired at reception, we were told it was a ‘bad’ beach so we aren’t sure what to make of this.
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Anana Ecological Resort Krabi – Overall
We really enjoyed our stay at the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi. Whilst the poolside villa room certainly lived up to its 5* rating as well as the luxurious and opulent swimming pools, the resort facilities could be improved somewhat (particularly the poolside restaurant and ensuring the bars open when advertised).
Also, for some (not us), you could say the resort is a little isolated but this is also very much part of its charm if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Ao Nang. With a few tweaks to the facilities this could be the ultimate home away from home.
10 out of 10 for the accommodation and swimming pools at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi
7 out of 10 for the facilities at Anana Ecological Resort Krabi
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