Tropical Herbal Spa & Resort has recently (early 2012) been taken over by a management company who have decided to rename it as Ao Nang Premier Resort. We have not been informed of any other changes (refurbishment etc.) that have happened as part of this change.
This is a shame as the concept of the resort is fantastic – a small number of rooms (9), each with a unique floor layout, set within a large private garden up on the hill overlooking spectacular cliff scenery, and an on-site spa. The idea is for guests to feel “at one with nature” and to be able to re-connect with their surroundings. Hence you will find wooden floors; huge windows; natural fabrics and an open-air bath for two, where you can indulge in complete privacy.
However the once-luxurious rooms are now looking shabby and have been somewhat invaded by the local wildlife. Those who are afraid of bugs may wish to stay in a less ‘natural’ setting, as the lack of walls does mean you may find the odd grasshopper or lizard in your tub!
The recent construction of a multi-storey hotel next door has also somewhat lessened the magic by obstructing the view and meaning guests can be overlooked.
Though rooms are starting to look a little worn, all are clean and come with air con (bedroom only), a large, private verandah or balcony overlooking the garden, a bathroom with toilet and shower area (outdoor, but covered), as well as the separate jacuzzi bath. A TV, DVD player, hair dryer, safe, fridge and minibar are standard in every room.
All beds are romantic four-posters, draped with a muslin mosquito canopy (essential given the surroundings). The rooms are located within their own private garden, with a small recreation pavilion for the use of in-house guests. A shared swimming pool is also available for hotel guests.
Breakfast is served buffet style in the resort restaurant. Recent guests have informed us that this is not open for other meals, despite being advertised as such. As of late 2013, the on-site Tropical Herbal Spa has also been closed. Off-street car parking is available.
Last updated: July 23, 2014