Five comfortable one-bedroom villas provide a relaxed and friendly stay
To the west of Krabi’s busy Ao Nang beach lies Noppharat Thara Beach—a long stretch of sandy shore bisected by a large creek running inland. The section of beach to the east of this creek is referred to as Long Beach, and although it’s blissfully peaceful, the only accommodation options are a few cheap and cheerful backpacker bungalows. However, a short drive up the hill sits Sengjan Garden, an enclosed enclave of five private, stand-alone villas that flank a shimmering 5 x 15 metre outdoor swimming pool. Conveniently located along the main road, it offers proximity to the area’s beaches as well as the creature comforts that make a holiday more enjoyable.
This charming resort, which opened its doors in mid-February of this year, takes its name from the Thai sengjan tree, of which two are planted in the courtyard garden. And while there is plenty of greenery about, the villas themselves are a mix of cool greys and white, offset by dark wood accents in the bedroom and black marble countertops in the kitchenettes. All five of the 40 sq.m villas are equipped with kitchen facilities—sink, microwave, kettle, mini-fridge, cutlery, etc.—which makes them suitable for long stay guests as well.
The villas all have separate bedroom quarters, each with a comfortable queen bed and a modern en suite bathroom, complete with toiletries, plush towels, and glassed in showers. Other villa amenities include air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, room fan, and sliding glass doors that lead to a small outdoor terrace. The rooms also feature original Japanese woodblock art prints created by the co-owner of the resort; a lovely touch that makes each unit unique.
Breakfast is included with the stay, and features bacon and eggs, toast, fresh marmalade, fresh fruit, grilled tomatoes, coffee, juice and more—all served on the shaded verandah of the main house. Light snacks are also available during the day, and an upright fridge has beer, sodas, and other beverages for sale. However, guests are encouraged to seek out local restaurants at lunch and dinner, and there are several good places close at hand.
By day the marble topped deck by the pool is the perfect spot for relaxing in a reclining lounger, and the views all around feature the extraordinary limestone karst scenery that typifies the landscape of Krabi, including nearby Naga Peak. Meanwhile, beyond its rear wall, the resort backs up against lush palm and rubber plantations, both of which keep the air cool and fresh. By night, however, the blackened sky is strewn with a blanket of stars that provide a dreamy lightshow if you choose—as I did—to end the day floating serenely in the swimming pool (which stays open till 10pm). by Bruce Scott
NOTE: The resort is located just a short drive from many area highlights, including Long Beach, Klong Muang Beach, and the Khao Ngon Nak Nature Trail. Daily/weekly motorcycle rental can be easily arranged by the staff.
241 Moo 6, Klong Sai Kao Soi 1, Ao Nang
Tel: 08 838 0006