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FINDING good wine to drink in Thailand can be fraught with danger. Firstly, local taxes make wines very expensive, and secondly hotels and restaurants do not always store their wine stocks away from the hot weather.
One exception to this rule is the renowned Rayavadee luxury resort in Krabi, where wines are showcased and stored impeccably. From Chateau Lynch-Bages to Opus One, Tyrrell’s to Felton Road, Rayavadee, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, sets the bar high for indulgence. Set on 10.5ha, with beaches on three sides, Rayavadee is accessed only by boat, and the resort offers luxury speedboat transfers that get you in the mood for tropical opulence before you have even arrived. There are just 102 rooms across the leafy resort, so the vibe is very much boutique, with all the accommodation in private pavilions ranging from two-storey deluxe pavilions (90sq/m) with garden views, to the sea-view Phranang Villa with three bedrooms, its own pool and butler. There are several dining options including The Grotto, built into an ancient cave, making it an ideal vantage point for guests who linger over cocktails while admiring the spectacular sunsets. Kura Phranang, directly overlooking the beach, is an authentic Thai eatery where the chef has been installed since the resort opened 25 years ago. With views of limestone cliffs and tiny outlying islands, it features traditional Thai dishes like whole sea bass with ginger, and red duck curry. Raitaly Terrace serves a la carte breakfasts and lighter dishes overlooking the swimming pool, while Raya Dining is the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with Thai, western, Indian and Japanese options. Rayavadee, 214 Moo 2, Tumbon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang, Krabi; phone +6675 620 740 or visit www.rayavadee.com.