I’m Olly, a full-time traveler for the past 5 years. I visit every destination I write about & handpick all recommendations.
The Quick Answer for Where to Stay in Railay
Railay is a small peninsula with no cars or road transport. Therefore, you can walk to all the pristine beaches in no time. Some of the best Krabi resorts can be found in Railay and this makes choosing where to stay in Krabi a much easier process. Railay’s accommodation options range from budget backpacker hostels to amazing 5-star resorts right on the beach.
1. Rayavadee Luxury
The best 5-star luxury accommodation in Railay famous for its epic cave restaurant. Boasts immaculately designed rooms, 6 restaurants, an outdoor pool, & incredible balcony views.
2. Railay Phutawan Resort – Hidden Gem
Perfect choice for families wanting to relax amongst nature with incredible views over the ocean. With a free babysitting service and restaurant on site, it’s a great place for a parent date night.
3. Railay Bay Resort – Beachfront
The perfect choice for those looking for a bang-for-buck resort. Situated on the beautiful West Railay Beach it is great for those wanting to just relax by the pool with a drink in hand.
Breaking Down the Best Areas to Stay In Railay
Below are my three recommended areas to base your stay in Railay
- West Railay Beach – This beach is the perfect pick for watching the sunset or relaxing by the pool overlooking the ocean. Excellent choice for those wanting a convenient location that has kayaking, paddle boarding, and cafes.
- East Railay Beach – With ocean views and restaurants on every corner East Railay Beach is a great location for those wanting to be close enough to explore the incredible limestone cliffs, Phra Nang Beach, and Bat Cave.
- Railay Inland – Known for its closeness to nature the inland area of Railay ticks all the boxes for relaxation and spectacular views and just a short 10-minute walk to both West and East beaches.
West Railay Beach: Best for Outdoor Swimming Pool Views
1. Rayavadee – Best Luxury Railay Beach Resort
Rayvadee Resort is a 5-star resort that is beyond stunning and offers both villas and pavilions as an accommodation choice.
If you decide to go with the private villa options, expect a generous amount of amenities along with a lush tropical atmosphere for you and your family. Their largest luxury villa option is the Phranang Villa, which includes three bedrooms, a spacious outdoor pool, and even your own butler!
Furthermore, Rayavadee provides beautiful gardens and hidden areas to relax with only the sounds of birds and monkeys to be heard. It’s well-known The Grotto Cave restaurant has excellent access and views over Phra Nang Beach.
2. Sand Sea Resort
Sand Sea Resort is among one of the best cheap accommodation options close to Railay Beach.
There are plenty of terrific reasons for spending a night or two here, and this isn’t just limited to the fact that there are two outdoor swimming pools on the property.
Sand Sea Resort offers its own onsite restaurant known as the Sunset Restaurant, and you can expect to indulge in both local Thai dishes and mouth-watering seafood dishes.
After enjoying the food, it is time to take your relaxation to the next level at the Sand And Sea Spa. This spa offers incredible sea views and premium options at the same time.
Now that isn’t a bad way to spend a day in Railay!
3. Railay Bay Resort & Spa
When it comes to resorts that provide direct access to Railay Beach, Railay Bay Resort & Spa is one of the few around with this exclusive benefit.
The hotel also offers impressive villas including both their Luxury Suite Pool Villa and Family Pool Villa. The Family Pool Villa is the more cost-effective option, offering two separate bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a stocked refrigerator, and even your own personal hammock for soaking up those rays.
Besides the accommodation options, Railay Beach sits at the front of the hotel!
Now that’s what I call convenient!
East Railay Beach- Incredible Limestone Cliff Views and Caves
4. Avatar Railay
Avatar Railay has a very distinctive name for a Railay Beach hotel, and its unique architectural design matches its quirky title. This resort is designed to be energy efficient, and this is characterized by their natural choice of hardwoods used in the hotel’s furniture and fabrics.
Besides its eco-friendly design, all of the hotel rooms and villas come with daily housekeeping and room service to ensure your stay is as welcoming as possible.
A great adult-only option if you’re wanting to relax.
5. Railay Princess Resort
Although Railay Princess Resort is a 3-star hotel, you can find practically everything here from an exclusive fitness center, spa, and even its own kid’s club.
If the wide range of facilities isn’t enough to intrigue you, the hotel’s location makes it even more attractive as a whole. East Railay Beach and Phra Nang Cave Beach aren’t only close by, but the resort is also less than a 10-minute walk from the popular Princess Lagoon.
Not bad for those adventurers among us!
6. Blanco Hideout Railay – Best Budget Railay Beach Accommodation
Blanco Hideout not only offer typical dorm-style rooms found in most hostels, but it is also possible to book one of their sea-view bungalow dorms.
When you combine these options with the hostel’s affordable room prices, it creates a perfect place to stay in Railay for those social backpackers out there.
Although Blanco Hideout has its advantages, one drawback is that it isn’t possible to book a double room. Even though you could say that this adds to the social experience of the hostel, this isn’t great if you are someone who enjoys your own space from time to time.
Blanco also has a sun terrace that provides views of both the beautiful Andaman Sea and Krabi’s Andaman Coast.
The hostel also runs a pub crawl for those wanting to enjoy a night out.