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An islet of treasures

Inside Amari Vogue Krabi. Photo: Aruna Chandaraju   | Photo Credit: mail pic

It was difficult to tell which the biggest allure of Amari Vogue was. The Thai resort provided the perfect balm for metro-jangled nerves, satisfied the fussiest of foodies, and wowed Nature-lovers and design-buffs alike. For us, the draw was the soothing ambience and the breathtaking views from this picturesque beach-front property, located in one of South-East Asia's most stunning destinations.

Visual treat

Seated on the secluded beach of Amari Vogue Krabi, we spent hours gazing at the sea, soaring limestone cliffs and the islands beyond — especially at dusk and dawn when the sea and sky were bathed in an incredibly beautiful deep blue, even as the lapping of the waves added to its natural rhythm.

A boat-ride to Hong Island and the lagoon nearby offered spectacular views of the white-sand beaches, rocks much-sought-after by rock-climbers and trekkers, and the rather shallow, crystalline, wonderfully blue waters. A short walk into the island's Than Bok Khorani National Park led us to sightings of exotic birds, and a couple of reptiles.

Further inside, there were sobering reminders of the power of Nature –– the ruins of boats; wreckage from the 2004-tsunami.

Actually, most beaches in Krabi offer easy access to the numerous islands around, for, the town is barely 20 km from the bay.

During low tide, it is possible — in a few cases — to reach one island from another by foot! So, if you love caves, you can make your resort the base-camp for forays into several caves that dot the island.

The craggy limestone cliffs of Phra Nang area made for perfect photo-ops for a friend's spanking new camera. She had made off alone with a local guide to the Ao Phra Nang Peninsula on a long-tail boat. And, we spent the evening checking out the incredible pictures, shot in perfect light that had eluded us during our trip to Hong.

Exotic art

Returning to Amari, we spent time gaping at the resort's Thai-style architecture and interiors with many touches of exotic Lanna art.

The 57 luxurious rooms and suites as well as the Lotus Restaurant, bar-lounge, lobby, and Sivari Spa — all dotted with vases holding gorgeous orchids and lotuses — are accessorised with richly colourful motifs of flowers, animals, and scenes from daily life. The profusion of natural greenery, especially the palms, ensures that the resort blends smoothly with its natural surroundings.

Lotus Restaurant specialises in ethnic Thai specialities, and we had most of our meals here — after all, when in Thailand, it makes sense to eat as the Thais do, we figured.

At the Sivari Spa, I chose the Balinese Massage — nimble fingers of the therapist worked magic, as I slowly drank in the delicious aromas of lavender and tea-tree oil. I almost feel asleep. But then, there were miles to go, and I reluctantly checked out of Amari Vogue, a slice of heaven.

How to get there

There are regular flights to Krabi from Bangkok, which is connected to all major Indian cities. For details, visit www.amari.com


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