Are you born a Foody or can you become one (classic nature vs nurture debate)? So if I look at myself.. I always loved food and was open to exploring different cuisine and anything new. On the other hand, Achal was a picky (read annoying) eater. Initial days of our eating out, he turned his nose up at everything..even pasta (Asian food was completely off the table!)..without having tried! 15 years of encouragement (read nagging) including 4 years of hostel life, and 3 years of life in the UK; end result - he is a Foody!
So coming to December 2016 - that was the beginning of a crazy time in life! We were busy wrapping up work before the holidays, attended a wedding in Jaipur (which involved lots of drunken dancing on the road) and just too much happening! Thankfully, we had planned our year-end holiday well in advance and got decent rates. It was time for a well-deserved holiday in Krabi, Thailand! Think white sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, chilled Singha beer and yummy Thai food - what more do you want in life!
Where to stay: Research tells us that Railay beach is the most popular place to stay. Next best is Ao Nang, which is where we managed to find a resort. Now, if you are going around New Year’s, most resorts will charge you a massive sum for a mandatory gala dinner. We were keen to spend New Year’s Eve at the beach, so this was a major factor to consider when making our reservations. We booked into Ao Nang Fiori Resort & Spa - a new resort with decent rating. This turned out to be the best decision – more details later!
From India, we took Air Asia to Krabi (stop over at Singapore). Now, Air Asia is a totally no-frills flight, which translates into paying for even a glass of water. At Singapore we had a 6 hour long layover and hence made use of our Priority Lounge access. From Krabi airport we got a cab easily to the resort. After a bit of confusion during check-in, our golf cart took us till our room (quite a steep incline) and to say the least, we were transported to heaven! An individual cottage with our own hot tub on a private deck with a stunning view, white cotton curtains blowing softly in the wind… aaah!
View from our deck!
Entrance to the resort with the restaurant in the background
We made full use of the hot tub - at any point in the day and night, we would jump in. Separated from the world, this was our cocoon - complete silence surrounded us (punctuated with our bollywood music from our bluetooth speaker). We spent many hours (till we shriveled up) discussing life, reminiscing old memories and laughing! Especially at night, it was magical with the twinkling stars.
The only issue with this resort is that they don't serve alcohol. But fear not, there's Tesco right next door (make sure you note the opening hours). Tired from travel and exhausted from the days before, we just ordered room service. Surprisingly, the Pad Thai was fantastic and one the best we would eat here (unfortunately we didn't take pictures). Even the breakfast (included in room tariff) was quite nice, with a pretty decent spread. But being light eaters, especially in the mornings, we couldn't do it justice.