Krabi with the family – Our stay at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi

After being away for two girly holidays with my colleagues in Bangkok, it’s finally time for a family holiday. And our travel destination-Krabi, Thailand!

I’ve never been much of a beach vacation traveler and would rather head to cities like Taipei and Hong Kong where there is never a shortage of activities and places to visit. But after we had family holidays to Bali and Phuket last year and the year before, I’m pretty much a convert and like how we can simply kick back and take it easy.

It was the Monsoon season in Krabi (August) when we visited so we were prepared for some rain and even had wet weather plans like our coloring books, games and books. But thankfully, we had fantastic weather on the days that we were out island hopping and elephant trekking, which I will share about in my next post.

But first a post on where we stayed for our family vacation in Krabi.

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Airport to Hotel

Due to the lack of flight on Air Asia to Krabi, we took the 3pm flight and arrived in Krabi at 3:45pm after a 1 hour 45 minutes flight ( Singapore is one hour ahead of Thailand). From the airport, it took us another half an hour to get to our hotel at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi in Ao Nang which you can easily book at the airport for a fixed fee of 600 bhat to Ao Nang.

For those wondering where to stay in Krabi, there are basically two options. If you prefer to be near the beach and intend to do some island hopping, then I’ll recommend staying in Ao Nang. But if you prefer to do more shopping and plan to go to the night markets for shopping and street food, then stay at Krabi Town which is about half an hour drive from Ao Nang.

Stay at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi, Ao Nang Beach

For us, we opted for Holiday Inn Resort Krabi in Ao Nang and couldn’t ask for a more family friendly hotel as kids get to stay and eat for free.

Situated off the more crowded stretch of Ao Nang, it takes about 10 -15 minutes to walk to the main Ao Nang Beach stretch and a mere 5 minutes by Tuk Tuk (Thailand local taxi service mainly targeted at tourists). Right beside of the resort was the Ao Nang beach front with a pharmacy, 24-hour Family Mart, some eateries and shops conveniently located next door.

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The Holiday Inn Resort Krabi and the nearby amenities

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Main lobby at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi

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Sophie couldn’t resist going on the swing at the reception area.

Accommodation

Check in was prompt and we were ushered to our room, the Premier Garden View room on level 3 (the top level of the hotel) which gave us a vantage point as it overlooked the rest of the resort. Our room was very spacious with a king size bed and the high ceiling made it extra roomy.

The deco had a rustic feel with bare cement screed walls and flooring, accompanied by clean and understated wooden furnishing.

I always like my room  bright and airy, and here we had lots of natural lighting with glass panel sliding doors from the hotel room to the balcony.

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Our room for the next 4 nights – the Premier Garden View room

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Basic toiletries provided by the hotel

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These two were giggling when they checked out the bathroom. And when I entered, I saw them already posing beside the bathtub >.< They sure know mummy well.

Just beside the bath tub is a separate standing shower area as well.

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View of the pool access rooms from our room

If you’re going with kids, you may want to check out out their family suite which is in the newer wing that was renovated back in 2013.

Too bad, we didn’t get a chance to stay in it as it was so popular and were all fully booked. The room at this wing faces the main pool as well as the kids pool area which you can see from the photos below.

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Newer wing that overlooks the main pool

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Another block that overlooks the kids pool

Swimming Pools

Speaking of pools, there are 3 pools on the hotel grounds but we were most impressed by the kids pool that had 4 slides! Now that’s raising the bar to please their little guests!

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Can you spot the 3 slides in this photo?

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Spending time with daddy dearest at the pool

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The children play under the watchful eye of a hotel staff on duty

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Sophie attempting a surfer babe pose!

Going by the shrills of delight as the kids zoom down the water slides,  I bet it must have been super fun and Sophie even attempted a few stunts as she slid down her knees.

Too bad, adults are not allowed on the slides so for me, it’s off to the Island Bar for a piña colda! #mykindofholiday

Beside the pool, there was also a playground and a trampoline for kids to bounce around and expend their boundless energy, while parents can relax by the pool.

 

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Kids and Teens Club

The main draw for staying at the Holiday Inn is their Kids Club. Besides daily program for the kids, they can also watch movies, read or simply have fun with the many toy options available.

And yes, they even have a mini playground within the Kids Club too! You can imagine how hard it was for me to get Sophie out of the kids club to head out for meals.

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Fun with lego and playing dress up

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But my only grouse is that while there are staff at the Kids Club, we find that they didn’t make much effort to engage the children.  Or maybe it’s because they didn’t see the need to since most of the parents were around with their kids. But still I would have liked if they carried out the activity that was stated on the program and interacted with the kids instead of leaving them to their own device.

Dining Options

We had our daily breakfast at InnAsia Restaurant, the main resturant at Holiday Inn on level 2. It boasts a view of the Ao Nang Beach infront of the hotel.  I would say that the offering is pretty decent with both Asian and Western choices, so no complains there.

In fact, hubby said we’re eating more fruits that we usually do, so that’s a BIG plus point 🙂

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A mascot dropped by at breakfast

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InnAsia also offers themed dining on selected nights and we choose to dine in for their Thai Night on Friday evening. We were hoping to catch the sunset from the restaurant but somehow it was disappointing as Krabi just doesn’t have spectacular sunsets like they do in Bali.

We had local dishes like Thai seafood salad, green curry with beef, deep fried fish with sweet chili sauce, stir fried chicken with cashew nut, mango salad, and many much more. But I was wondering where’s the authentic Thai desserts like mango sticky rice or red ruby?


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We felt totally rejuvenated about our 4 nights here at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. But of course, we did more than just enjoy the hotel’s facilities as we discovered that Krabi was quite a family friendly travel destination. I’ll be sharing more about the activities we did and food we ate in another post, so do look out for that!

Thanks Holiday Inn Resort Krabi for our wonderful stay!

 

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach
123 Moo3 Ao Nang Beach Muang,
Krabi 81000 Thailand
E-mail: info@holidayinnkrabi.com

 

Heading to Krabi soon? Don’t miss these post about our Krabi trip too.

 

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* A Juggling Mom received a complimentary stay at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own..

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Comments: 30

  1. May August 26, 2015 at 7:46 am Reply

    I like hotels that put in effort for our children 🙂 never put Krabi on my list of travels before! Waiting for your other parts to make a decision!

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm Reply

      We went island hopping but may be too dangerous for your kids. Wait till they can swim and they’ll enjoy it more.

  2. Angie.S August 26, 2015 at 8:33 am Reply

    3 Pools! That alone makes this resort a winner on my list. Sophie looks absolutely happy in the pics, she must have enjoyed the vacation loads!

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

      4 in fact, plus the orange one tat’s not in the same photo 🙂 Yes as usual, she requested to go to the pool everyday!

  3. Lyn Lee August 26, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply

    Wow it looks like a very pleasant resort! And the kids’ club is so spacious! Did you go to the beach much? I heard that Krabi has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (nice sand and clear water?).

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm Reply

      Oh yes the sand is so fine and the waters are so clear when we did Island hopping. Will post more photos of that to show you.

  4. Waiwai August 26, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply

    Wow! Such a nice resort! I haven’t been to Krabi before!

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

      You should go sometime. Nice and relaxing holiday destination.

  5. missuschewy August 26, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    The resort looks lovely! And I totally LOL-ed at the bathroom photo 😉

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Haha so used to mummy snapping photos away once we check into the hotel room that they can gamely pose for photos… in the toilet!

  6. Bumble Bee Mum August 26, 2015 at 10:19 am Reply

    OMG, this resort looks AMAZING!! Pool with slides? Kids club? Indoor playground? Thai food buffet? I say BRING IT ON….

    And thank you for sharing this on Travel Tuesday! Pinning it up for future vacation ideas!

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Holiday Inn hotels has always been very family friendly and they don’t disappoint.

      • Bumble Bee Mum August 28, 2015 at 12:10 am Reply

        I stayed in the Holiday Inn hotel at Sapporo but it was nothing like this. But that was a business hotel in the city lah, not a resort. :p

  7. yAnn August 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I was seriously contemplating this hotel when planning our holiday – now I wish I had chosen it! Boo.

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Which one did you stay at in the end? Go for another Krabi vacation then 🙂

  8. Ai Sakura August 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm Reply

    wow how awesome is the pool!!!! Love the wooden, rustic feel of the room too. Holiday Inn certainly makes a good family stay with so many kid-friendly facilities.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Yes our stays with them have been positive so far and I do recommend those with kids to consider them.

  9. Rina August 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm Reply

    I was told that Premier Garden View room does not come with bathtub. Only Superior rooms have. But I saw your photos that your room has. Is this the normal room or you were upgraded to another room category. I will be going there with my family next month. Thanks

  10. phoebe August 27, 2015 at 10:46 am Reply

    The room is so big! I love the surrounding of the resort. Its basically a all in one resort! Have saw a couple of blogs about Krabi and always so tempted to go… Thanks for sharing

  11. enitsuj August 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I’ve always used Holiday Inn hotels for our budget travels but this one takes the cake! Definitely considering this as a destination when the kids are older! Btw, did you sign up with their IHG membership for points?

    • Susan September 3, 2015 at 8:57 am Reply

      Yes I did as we usually stay with the rest of the hotels under IHG too

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  13. Rina September 3, 2015 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Does your Premier Garden View room comes with bathtub or were you upgraded to another type of room?

    • Susan September 4, 2015 at 12:53 am Reply

      Hi Rina,
      Mine was a Premier Garden View room but I’m not sure if they have bathtubs for all the rooms in this category. Maybe you’ll like to email to ask the hotel?

  14. denise September 9, 2015 at 10:25 am Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks to your post I have booked holiday Inn Krabi (Kids suite) in Dec. Keep us updated with your travels!

    • Susan September 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm Reply

      The kids suites are so awesome! Have an enjoyable time there and I’ll be blogging about what we did in Krabi including some of the places we ate at. Do check back soon 🙂

  15. sensualbeauty1982 September 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,love reading your blog on the hotel…ill b going to krabi this dec ’15 and m considering holiday inn…ill b going wz 9 kids!!! N thank god i came across your blog abt the kids facilities in holiday inn.Did you managed to have some alone time by leaving your child alone at the kids club?Is it safe to leave the kids at the kids club ?

    • Susan October 6, 2015 at 11:39 am Reply

      Hi,
      The staff there can help to take care of your kids at the kids club but we didn’t do so as there were not many kids when we went on the second day for her to play with. I’m guessing that if you’re going with 9 kids and they have company, they’ll be more than happy to be at the kids club with the staff.

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