“This must be what a king feels like.” My husband is up to his neck in the soothing coolness of our private pool at Pimann Buri. “Beyond heavenly,” I agree.
The luxury resort marketplace is very competitive throughout Thailand, with big hotel names and independents alike vying for your business. In Krabi, the folks at Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas are “in it to win it” with a superlative setting and an outstanding experience to offer you.
Secluded from, but very close to, the stunning Ao Nang beach and environs, Pimann Buri allows for a getaway which can be as private and self-contained as you wish. Services and entertainment in Ao Nang and Krabi town are reached by complimentary shuttle. The hotel can arrange any number of wonderful excursions to ensure a memorable stay, or you can choose to enjoy a private retreat within the confines of your spacious villa with private pool.
Our Experience: There is just no other way to put it: we were treated like royalty at Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas. Named from the Sanskrit for “Heavenly City,” Pimann Buri is minutes away from Ao Nang beach and the bustle of Krabi Town, but may as well be in a different world altogether. This is a most heavenly world, in which every comfort and want is anticipated and delivered with an air of effortlessness. This is a lifestyle we could very easily and very quickly get used to!
When we were invited to visit and review Pimann Buri, the anticipation began to build immediately. A series of emails inquired: Would we like to have their in-house person arrange for excursions? Would we be up for a junk boat island dinner cruise? Would we be able to eat spicy food? Did we have any special medical or food allergy issues our personal chef (!) and driver should consider? Did we want to go elephant trekking? How would we like to visit the Emerald Pool and Hot Springs in the jungle? Would we care to visit the spa for treatments? When would we arrive in Krabi so that they could be waiting for us?
As it turned out, our arrival was somewhat unusual. After taking the train from Hua Hin to Surat Thani, we had a bit of an escapade catching a bus to Krabi. No matter, Pimann Buri managers Kan and Nui, along with driver Anurak were waiting for us at the “bus stop” (which is really just a designated area on the main street) in Krabi town. When we return to Krabi (and we most certainly will), we’ll fly.
Within a few minutes after our chaotic arrival, we were delivered to our three-bedroom villa at Pimann Buri. And oh, what a villa! If you were to design a house from scratch, this villa’s layout and appointments would inspire you. Every detail was carefully thought and rendered. Clustered around our private pool, each living space had an abundance of windows, its own TV and entertainment system, and separate air conditioning. The layout offered lots of privacy, yet was suitable for non-family or family groups.
Main living area: An open concept space with fully-equipped theatre kitchen, semi-formal dining space, and sumptuous seating area. Light and bright with windows on three sides. Access to the back garden, and ½ bath.
Master suite: Luxurious king bed and dressing table/desk display area. Overlooking the pool. Dressing alcove with generous closets leads to the bath.
Master bath: Enormous with separate lav, shower, toilet and whirlpool bathing zones. Outdoor shower in secluded lanai.
Bedrooms 2 (with queen bed) and 3 (with twin beds) each had their own private bath. More than comfortable for six people, the villa can accommodate up to nine.
Life spent entirely at Pimann Buri during your stay would be extremely enjoyable on its own, but they are committed to providing you with unique experiences tailored to your interests as well.
Jungle Tour: Within about a half hour’s drive of Krabi is the Thung Teo Forest National Park, which offers unusual natural attractions in a jungle setting. A leisurely walk takes you past hot spring-fed pools, a hermit’s shrine and back to the most amazing phosporescent swimming pool blue pool – the Crystal Lagoon – we’ve ever seen. Our driver, Anurak, was most solicitous of us as we made our way through slippery walkways and standing water to get to these phenomena.
After lunch, we visited the hot springs, where visitors languished in the warm, supposedly medicinally beneficial mineral pools.
And finally, Anurak delivered us to see Wat Kaew Ko Wararam Temple, the “white temple” in Krabi.
Spa Experience: We’ve become big fans of the couple’s massage experience and Pimann Buri’s partner, Boosabakorn Spa, is the most luxurious in Krabi Town. We selected a coconut body scrub, and then an aromatic oil massage.
Junk Boat Island Dinner Cruise: Accompanied by Som-O from Pimann Buri, we boarded a vintage junk boat for a leisurely cruise around Poda, Tub and Chicken Islands. After stopping at a secluded beach for snorkeling, crewmembers grilled up a magnificent on-board dinner of tasty seafood just before a magnificent sunset. We then outran a gathering storm (which made for fantastic photos) to get back to shore safe and sound.
Private Poolside Seafood Barbeque: Staff set up a festive atmosphere with party lights and special table setting, then cooked an astonishing array of traditional Thai seafood: soft-shell crab, prawns and fish, with side dishes, wine and fruit dessert. We received white glove service at our dining table for a truly remarkable experience.
Favorite Details: The pool and sundeck transitioned each space from another. Rooms were entered via sliding glass doors in a nod to traditional Thai style. This was a private world in which we could have gladly stayed for months on end. Our villa’s pool was generously sized, with a beautiful water feature. We used it multiple times each day, but perhaps the most enjoyable was in the evening in the peaceful moonlight.
Staff members at Pimann Buri are a very special group. Our chef, Mr. Loh and his assistant, Arm, delivered enormous meals with artistic flair, and remembered our preferences. You can also choose to prepare breakfast yourself from a complimentary grocery basket delivered to your villa, but why would you when you could have Mr. Loh? Our driver, Anurak, transported us into the jungle to visit hot springs and hidden pools in the National Park, and delivered us to our train in Surat Thani early in the morning with a goodbye hug. Charming personal assistance was provided by Fah onsite, and Son-O, who also joined us on the Junk Boat Islands tour. Tik and housekeeping staff invisibly ensured our villa was constantly spotless.
All of this was made possible through the direction and leadership of Kan and Nui, the management team. We wanted for absolutely nothing, and were made to feel as though we were their only guests.
Pricing: Two bedroom villa including breakfast is 24,700THB (about $690USD at the time of this writing) per night. Three bedroom villa including breakfast is 30,700THB (about $860USD at the time of this writing) per night. All Inclusive (free minibar, lunch at villa or Bistro with soft drinks, private in-villa dinner, and roundtrip transfer to airport, pier or terminal for up to six persons, 2 nights accommodation), Body and Soul (free transport to airport, pier or terminal for six persons, three hour relaxation spa package, private in-villa seafood barbeque, 2 nights accommodation), 7 Days Wonder (free roundtrip transfer to airport pier or terminal for up to six persons, one-day speed boat tour of 4 islands, 3 hour spa pakage including sauna, massage, foot relaxation, local market tour and cooking class, elephant trekking and waterfall visit, in-villa seafood dinner, six nights accommodation) Packages available. Early Bird Promotion discounts: 25% discount for 14 days advance notice, 40-45% discount for 60 days advance notice. VIP membership available with more discounts and privileges.
Our Rating: *****+ (out of 5 stars). Pimann Buri might have just broken our rating system. If you are seeking the Thai tropical resort experience of a lifetime – be it romantic, family, or group of friends – we unhesitatingly recommend Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas.
Disclosure: Our entire stay was compliments of Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas. No doubt about it, we were treated royally. This standard of service is their norm and it is rendered flawlessly.