Updated: January 26, 2018
The Best Kid-Friendly Hotel in Railay
Railay is one of the best places in Thailand for kids. Great beaches, no cars (footpaths going every direction), and since there are no roads you have to take a longtail boat to get here – fun! (Just be prepared to get a little wet getting off in Railay.) Not a lot of hotels for families of 4, 5, or 6, so book early.
Opulence, three beaches, mountains and forest; families welcomed. The secluded villas (mostly called pavilions) are dotted among immaculate lawns, coconut groves and a jungle of squirrels and monkeys – all metres from the ocean and under the looming limestone mountains. The magnificently landscaped grounds, which are vast enough for guests to need buggies and staff to ride bicycles, seem endless and front 3 beaches. The main Infinity pool, with edges seamlessly merging into the azure sea, is at the sublime Railay West beach. All pavilions are 2-storey, hidden behind walls and dense foliage, and separated by at least 20m. They feature a lovely outdoor dining room and lounge area, while some also have a private pool and/or Jacuzzi. Downstairs, the huge sofa is large enough to convert to a bed for one child. Better still, attached to the special Family Pavilion is an extra room with a second bedroom and another bathroom. The Rayavadee actively encourages families with a wide range of engaging activities such as yoga, sand-sculpting, Thai cooking and self-guided nature walks, and amenities including tennis, squash and a library. Surprisingly, there’s no Kids’ Club, but every youngster will adore the setting and space.