Words & Pictures: Saifuddin Ismailji

A sanctuary of absolute luxury, there couldn’t be a better abode in Krabi, centrally located along Ao Nang Beach. The L Resort is probably last of its kind to offer visitors an experiential hospitality.

Ongoing trend in most hotels and resorts is that visitors arrive at the reception, show their booking, take the key and in most cases, guests may drag their luggage to their room. But here, at the L Resort, the management receive guests on arrival and according to traditional norms of hospitality, courteously bring them to the room, introducing the spacious room’s amenities which includes ultra-comfort bed, the “Interactive Guest Experience” (a device that allows guests to order room service and even schedule a tour), large screen TV, tea-coffee making facility, room slippers, comfort robe, quality toiletries. A well stock fruit basket is presented on arrival.

The Resort offers the signature Larger Sea-view Suite, the Larger Suite, the L Suite, the Lite room and Standard room – all with 5-star amenities, and some with a balcony, which affords the view of the sea. The entire hotel area offers free high-speed Wi-Fi.

The resort with a soul – down the memory lane, I remember my first visit to the resort, then, had about a dozen well-appointed Swiss cottages that provided abode to visitors. Back in late 1990’s, I was leisurely strolling Ao Nang tourist district, and as I pass by Wanna’s Place, a humble personality by the entrance waived at me and invited me over coffee. He was khun Stephan (the owner) who introduced me to his bungalow accommodation. I settled here for the next 3 days and a heart-to-heart friendship was instantly fostered.

His wife founded Ao Nang’s oldest gourmet restaurant: Wanna’s Place, which later initiated bungalow accommodation and soon became a rendezvous for tourists to stay and delight in Thai and Swiss food recipes.

By 2016, the bungalow accommodation was transformed into a modern lifestyle resort comprising a large pool by the bar with adjacent rock-pools and waterfall and a private pool for Pool Villa guests and it is also the first resort in Krabi to have introduced use of green energy.

Today, the resort still retains the historic Swiss Cottages – a window into the stages of development.

Recently, I lost my dear friend who passed away untimely. Friendship could be so special; I could almost see his spiritual presence at the resort, now run by his two sons, an efficient peoples’ person manager and a friendly staff. 

Today, the L-Resort defines the “L” taken into perspective, which spells living lifestyle in Luxury: Lavishness (ambiance) – Lithe (in services) – Lucid (in detail) – Luminous (interior) – Luscious (in culinary concept). These “L” factors make the Resort one of the most Lustrous abodes in South Thailand and is rated among a few Environmentally Friendly hospitality venues.

The Wanna’s Place is the talk of the town restaurant serving the best Swiss and European culinary delights (including its signature beef or lamb steak on a hot-Stone with a choice of side dish variety of potatoes like French fries or potato gratin). This year, the menu comprises more variety in Swiss culinary like and the menu has no shortage of local Thai dishes and desserts. At dinner time, chef’s recommendation: For starters: Fresh green salad with tomato with grated cabbage and carrot, Main course: Piccata Milanese – Chicken escalope butter with flour and egg, parmesan cheese served with spaghetti and for dessert:  Panna Cotta – Panna cotta powder and milk jelly with mixed berries in thick syrup served with whipped cream. New on the menu: iconic Swiss dish Rosti with salmon, also Berner Rosti, Rosti with fried eggs and other traditional favorites like Fondue, Raclette.

Certainly, the best breakfast in town, an assortment caters traditional breakfast with a variety of cereals, cheese, sausages, potatoes, baked beans, soups, hot beverages, juices, fresh fruits and desserts. The egg station will make your choice of egg platter and on the buffet, a daily rotation of hot food like Lemon chicken, chicken in sweet brown sauce, spaghetti, phad-Thai and more.

The rear portion of the designed restaurant has photos depicting humble beginning of the Wanna’s Place and the bungalows. From basic bungalow lodging and a small bar-restaurant to the gradual transformation of lifestyle resort.

The friendly staff can arrange airport transfer and assist in travel information, fix tours/excursion, boat ticket.

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  1. Your opening remark about the change in attitude of hotel staff is all too true, and you are right that it is by creating personal bonds that one develops loyalty over time, or simply the memory of a great place to stay that one recommends to others. I wish you a wonderful Happy New Year, full of interesting travels.

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    1. Hello. Many thanks for visiting my blog. It seems a long time when you were there. Now there are changes. Hospitality (at many hotels) is not the same. Some though still observe values of hospitality and respect to repeat travelers. Indeed, sad to have lost a very humble friend – may his soul rest in eternal peace. Take care.

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