So I literally found the most beautifully located hotel in the world: The Rayavadee. By “the world” I mean that I’ve ever been to. But still, it’s a big deal. The weirdest part is that when I found it, I had a totally unanticipated emotion. Yes, I was over the moon that such a special place exists. However, there was a part of me that was convinced that no one should be allowed to own such a place. The fact that the Rayavadee is located on this triangular plot of land, that has access to three beaches on each of it’s three sides is virtually unheard of in the world. I seems to me that this odd geometric shape of jungle and sand should really some form of national park. It’s rare. It’s pure heaven. It needs to be preserved.
With that being said, we are insurmountably lucky that the developers of this resort turned out to be tasteful people that they were. When this land was put up for sale and bought, it very quickly could have gone downhill. It wouldn’t have taken much for a group of people to come in, tear it all apart and create some horribly over the top gigantic luxury hotel. I’m talking pavement and endless human structures. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
The Rayavadee was created to perfectly compliment that land that is it situated on; instead of it being built “on” the beach, it became a part of it. In making this point as clear as possible, I have been to these beaches twice before, walked past the resort countless times and never even realized that there was a five star hotel sitting just out of sight.
From an outsiders perspective of the Rayavadee, you see very little. If you stand one on beach and look at the resort, you see nothing but a path. If you stand on another beach and look at the resort, you see glimpses of a small restaurant lined with trees and the shimmers of a pool in the jungle. From the third beach you see a building and some sunbeds beds. That is all.
The point of this very long elaborate description of how you can’t actually “see” the Rayavadee is to simply explain that although this piece of paradise has been developed, it has been done in the best way possible. In fact, you might almost find yourself a little too close to nature. The dense jungle paths connecting the beaches with the bungalows are filled with animals: annoying monkeys, adorable Langurs, noisy crickets, creepy monitor lizards, giant tokays and horribly crawly bugs. In all honestly, the only wildlife I appreciated were the langurs with their fuzzy babies and long tails. The staff made a point of telling me about the giant snakes. Luckily, I saw none.
All in all, I have forgiven The Rayavadee for putting a hotel in the middle of paradise. In fact, I want to thank them for making such an experience possible. If it wasn’t this hotel, it would simply be another and I can guarantee you it wouldn’t be as perfect.
It’s because of The Rayavadee that the idyllic area connecting the three beaches of Railay is still the jungle paradise that it is today. It was with the vision of the creators of the Rayavadee that has allowed it to truly become like nowhere else on earth…
Oh, and if you want a cool dining experience, be sure to check out The Rayavadee’s “The Grotto“. This restaurant alone is worth the trip.