Railay Princess Resort, along with its sister resort, Railay Bay, is at the forefront of the unrelenting gentrification of Railay. A newish resort, that opened in early 2006, and recently completely refurbished, it is large in scale and catering mainly to couples and families, rather than the backpackers of yore.
The resort is situated in between the east and west side – Railay West Beach is around 250m walk, through Sand Sea Resort – and occupies a vast area, featuring a a large pond (or small lake!), filled with fish and lotus flowers, that is traversed by a wooden walkway. With the Railay cliffs in the background, Railay Princess enjoys quite a picturesque location.
There are two wings, each with their own freeform swimming pool. The 126 rooms offer private balconies and are housed in three storey blocks – there are no bungalows here.
The room interiors are decorated in a contemporary Thai style. Furnishings and fabrics are nice, and in-room amenities modern – e.g flat panel TVs hung on the wall. Overall, they feel very comfortable and clean. Superior rooms are the smallest, at 30sqm, and offer shower-only bathrooms. They are located in the east side wing. Deluxe and Grand Deluxe are larger at 42 sqm and offer a bathtub, as well as a separate walk-in shower. They are all west-facing rooms overlooking the pond and cliffs.
The hotel also offers a small spa, fitness centre and kids club. The Princess restaurant is located next to the lily pond and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as providing room service until 11pm. The Thai food is not bad. Service is generally good and attentive, although English is not spoken fluently. Please note that Railay Princess is a Muslim-owned resort and as such does not serve pork in its restaurant.
Last updated: July 9, 2014