Ao Nang Princeville Resort is a lovely little hotel in the same style as the popular Somkiet Buri Resort. What it lacks in greenery compared with the latter, however, it more than makes up for with a great location - although the recent huge price hikes here mean you certainly pay for the privilege of being on the beach front. Granted, there are only a handful of resorts actually on the main road along the beach in Ao Nang, but many of them offer more competitive rates.
There are 50 rooms in all, set back down a private 50-metre lane to ensure relative quiet, and decorated in a beautiful contemporary Thai style. A certain amount of care (relatively speaking, for Krabi) has gone into the furnishings, with a nice attention to detail. The rooms, and indeed the whole resort, are spotlessly clean.
The deluxe rooms are housed on the lower floors of the two main buildings, offering sumptuous furnishings in silk and hand-carved wood; individually designed polished sandstone floors; and granite bathrooms with separate bathtub and walk-in shower. They each have a private balcony overlooking the pool; the upper floor rooms are identical but come with a sea view - although if you request one of these, bear in mind that there is no lift service.The deluxe and deluxe seaview rooms offer air con, TV with satellite channels, minibar, IDD telephone, hairdryer, kettle with complimentary tea and coffee, toiletries and umbrella, and an electronic safe.
Room types are available with double or twin beds, and for families, Ao Nang Princeville provides triple "family" rooms which are slightly larger versions of the deluxe rooms, with a large king size and single bed. Grand Deluxe rooms are larger still and are located on the ground floor next to the swimming pool (no sea view). They have a double sized jacuzzi bathtub in the room.
The swimming pool is average-sized with a children's splash pool and jacuzzi area attached. The resort also has its own restaurant, White Orchid, which serves seafood and Thai food, as well as your morning breakfast - please note that no pork will be served here as the resort owners are Muslim, from the nearby village of Klong Haeng. There is also a small massage area, close by the reception, offering Thai, foot, aromatherapy and oil massages.