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Reviewed 14 May 2016

In celebration of our 25th Wedding Anniversary and our birthdays (we are one day apart), we decided to return to a new part of Thailand and have a romantic getaway. The Tubkaak appealed because of its location, amenities and also array of activities offered.
Even though we arrived at 3 am, we were greeted with a refreshing scented towel and cool drink upon check in. Guided by flashlight to our room, we entered a small villa and were instantly charmed. Rose petals were strewn across the bed in a heart shape, and a complimentary bottle of wine welcomed us. The Laurel Suite was wonderful, with a view to the sea and a porch where we could sit and watch the comings and goings of the hotel. We were almost just as close to the pool as the sea and a short walk to the main restaurant. WIthin our villa, the outdoor tub and shower were romantic and with two full bathrooms and a living room in the suite, we had plenty of space to move around.
The hotel offers complimentary bikes with helmets to explore the nearby village, and on our ride back, we stopped for a drink at the Beach House Restaurant, which has beautiful views overlooking the sea.
The hotel can connect you to a variety of half and full day tours and offers shuttle service into AoNang, about 20 minutes away. Unfortunately the shuttle service has very limited times and is not free. We got a tuk tuk back from AoNang and that proved to be fun, if not a longer trip. AoNang is a relatively typical Thailand beach town, but also comfortable. Vendor shops line the main street and there are plenty of dining options to choose. We went on a recommendation to try Jungle Kitchen one night and thought it was delicious. A charming, family run location, the home-made dishes are large and the service friendly. They pour a nice glass of white wine too! We also chose to take in the Muay Thai boxing matches on Friday night at the Stadium. This is not for everyone. With about 5-6 fighters each evening, they start with the youngest-around 9 years old. It is an intense sport and the fighters are very serious-we witnessed 3 knockouts among the older (18-20 at the oldest) fighters. A cultural experience for sure.
On Saturday we chose to hire a long boat and visit the nearby Hong Island, as well as some other "touristy" island hopping. Leaving early is your best bet, because many other hotels offer the same experience and before you know it, the areas become full of longboats with people doing the same thing as you. Snorkeling wasn't that great for us due to the murky water, but we still enjoyed dipping in the emerald green sea and visiting around the karst formations and a lagoon. On Hong Island, we walked the nature trail, once the high tide had covered the beach area and saw where people had evacuated during the Tsunami of 2004.
We loved how at the hotel, the tide would come in and take up the beach completely, but then it would go very far out at low tide and you could walk and explore further along the coast. The bean bag beach "chairs" were cool and especially comfortable for us. We ordered lunch by the sea each day, and it was just the right amount of relaxed attention we needed for food and drink service. Get a bucket of Chang beers and pour it over the ice in the glasses they provide. It's more refreshing than you think!
The menu at the restaurant was limited, but the food (mix of Southern and more popular Thai with some Western) was well prepared, tasty and reasonably priced. My favorite part of breakfast was the freshly squeezed juice (different combo every day) and fresh fruit and the fact that you could sit near the mini lagoon and watch the koi fish waiting to be fed.
The design of the hotel is such that when you are looking at it from the water, it is almost invisible. They take a lot of care to provide natural surroundings with grass, trees and plants, and the design of the buildings is in sync with nature and the environment. And hotel guests have privacy from one another. Another touch I really liked was the pot of water outside our villa to rinse our feet after coming from the beach and an umbrella always at the ready for afternoon rain. They provided very nice beach towels, a tote bag and flipflops...as well as robes and slippers in the room.
One more thing...the last day we decided to adventure to the National Park basically up the hill and next door to trek to the top of the jungle hill. It is a 4K hike, challenging in places and on that day, very hot and humid. Take water and be prepared to climb steadily upwards.
Sunny, the Hotel GM for 9 years, came by and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. The staff were friendly, accessible and willing to accommodate our requests at any time.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go for the Laurel Suite, it doesn't have a private pool, but you are so close to the sea and pool, you won't need it.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank apandthree
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

We were in Krabi visiting my son and stayed at Tubkaak based on favorable Trip Advisor reviews. The resort was small but beautifully designed. it is far from town so we ate at the hotel restaurants which were both outdoors with no air conditioning. It was hot and humid and difficult to enjoy a meal when you're sweating and being eaten by mosquitos. The food was mediocre at best and expensive by Thai standards. There were what seemed like a thousand young honeymooners there. I suspect it's been written up in some Brides magazine or something. The sunsets were beautiful on the beach. We enjoyed the room with a private pool. Wifi was abysmal.

Room Tip: The room with a pool was nice but probably unnecessary as there's a big pool centrally located that was much nicer.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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3  Thank JML1103
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Tubkaak from May 2nd - 7th, and we could not have been happier with this resort.

PROS:
- Service is unbelievably amazing. Polite, happy, sweet, helpful, and wonderful staff. Everyone we interacted with was fantastic. I especially want to call out the front desk staff for their awesome attitudes and helpfulness throughout our stay.

- Location is unbeatable! You'll be close enough to all of the local scenic stops (Hong Islands for lagoons/boating, Ao Nang for boating/shopping, Ao Thalane for kayaking, etc) to get there in a half hour or less, but this resort feels private and secluded.

- Beautiful! The view from the beach is incredible, and so is the attention to detail in the rooms of the resort. The whole place is just gorgeous.

- Excellent food at breakfast and great options for other meals. There are two restaurants at the resort, which we ate at exclusively when we were there, but if you want more variety, there are restaurants at the neighboring hotels too.

- Excursion management is top notch. We scuba dove, sea kayaked, boat-tripped, and more, and every excursion was able to be scheduled through the Tubkaak and paid with a hotel voucher that added onto our final hotel bill. So easy and organized.

- Excellent hotel management. Our room experienced an air conditioning issue on the first day, and while we were fine and just happy to be there, they upgraded us to the next level of room for free. This was so kind and wonderful and completely exceeded our expectations. Props to Sunny the manager for checking in on everyone at dinner to make sure people were happy and to solve any problems if they arose.

CONS:
- No ATM nearby, and you will need cash. Definitely recommend getting at least 4000 baht at the airport currency exchange in small bills before arriving. We ran out of cash for tips (for excursions and hotel staff) about halfway through the week, and had to bicycle to the nearest ATM, which was about a 40-minute round trip bike ride. Enjoyable but avoidable!

OVERALL:
Highly, highly recommend this resort. It's beautiful, well-managed, and an absolute dream to stay at. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. We've stayed at luxury resorts in many other countries and this beat them all.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Theresa G
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

This is a lovely and friendly hotel set along a beautiful beach in a quieter spot of Thailand. Two main restaurants at either end of the property are Thai and Itialian based – the Italian being particularly fine.

The hotel has a lovely beach with some pleasant shade made possible by mature, overhanging trees. The view is simply stunning, with the islands off Krabi being just a short distance away, also providing a wonderful sunset.

Breakfast time is also feeding time for the massive koi in the adjacent ponds, so don’t forget to feed them!

We had a pool room, which was a good size and had a lovely outdoor pool and bath tub. Standard rooms are in a 4 unit block mainly around the main pool, so not as private.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Thank TomInDublin
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

This resort from start to finish, top to bottom was nothing short of excellence. The warm greeting and tour of the hotel on arrival from the front of house staff member Pamporn was just the start.

The resort facilities are of amazing quality, as are the rooms. Little touches like flowers on the bed and in the outdoor bath, giving us the first round of the mini bar on the house, a bottle of wine for our honeymoon and dropping off little baked goods each afternoon were great.

The food at both the Thai and Italian restaurant were of great quality, however I think the Thai takes the cake for the best. The tours are well worth doing, we did a number of them, especially the elephant tour, the trips into Ao Nang and Krabi.

Also make sure to make use of the Spa area, the massages are brilliant and the rooms are a whole new experience.

I cannot say enough about this great resort but I do not want to ramble either, if you go to Thailand stay in this resort!

Room Tip: Every room is amazing, however beach views are well worth it.
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Joshua P
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