Ao Nang Orchid Resort is a good choice for those who want well-appointed rooms and a big swimming pool but don’t expect much else in the way of facilities from their hotel. Set back from the main road, it is less than 100m to the sand of Ao Nang Beach and is one of the best value resorts in this prime central location.
Rooms are divided into two 3 storey hotel blocks, and a handful of (less value for money) “villas” set around the freeform swimming pool, with direct access to the water from the terrace. These small Pool Access Villas are Ao Nang Orchid’s most expensive rooms and, though the in-room amenities are luxurious, the rest of the resort unfortunately does not offer the range or standard of facilities that would justify the 4 star price tag.
The Pool Access Villas are accessed from the back, as the pool access terrace overhangs the water. The interior has teakwood floors and a vaulted ceiling and has been furnished to a very high standard, with quality wood and linens. Tones are muted and the vast bathroom, with Jacuzzi bathtub, is cool and dark. Sliding glass doors open onto the terrace and the steps leading down to the pool.
The rest of the rooms are located in two hotel buildings, one right next to the road. Though identical in terms of amenities, the rooms are divided into four categories based on their location and view. In the main building next to the pool are the road-facing “Superior” rooms and the cliff-and-sea-facing “Grand Deluxe Pool View” rooms. In the new building next to the road are the Grand Superior (lower floors) and Grand Superior Sea View (top floor) rooms, which are brighter and slightly larger than the teak-and-terracotta accommodation in the main building.
As all differences are cosmetic, the superior rooms, being considerably cheaper, offer good value for money unless you are a very light sleeper. Interconnecting rooms are available for large families or groups.
The swimming pool at Ao Nang Orchid is one of Ao Nang’s best. But with villas on two sides, there is not a lot of room left for sun loungers for the guests staying in the hotel rooms. The solution? Build an island in the middle of the pool, with a bridge to get to it. Other features around this area include several water jets (sprayed from the trunks of the elephant statues around the pool), a “waterfall” and a large spillover children’s pool. All in all, there is plenty to keep guests entertained – and cool.
There is little outdoor space in the resort, however, other than around the pool – though there is sufficient foliage to give the place a green feel. The restaurant, where breakfast is taken, offers both outdoor seating and an indoor, air conditioned dining room. As the resort is bang in the middle of the commercial zone, there will be no need to take other meals here, unless you wish to. Ao Nang Orchid also has its own speedboat and tour service for guests. Secure off street car parking is available.
Last updated: July 1, 2014