Baan Grood is a small and very tranquil seafront town on the Gulf of Thailand in rural Prachuap Khiri Khan province. A favourite getaway place for Thai families and in-the-know Scandinavians, it is otherwise off the tourism map, especially for those seeking nightlife, theme parks, golf, shopping and “must-do” stuff. The comfortable, four-star Baan Grood Arcadia Resort & Spa, facing a seemingly endless beach is the best resort in town.
Where is the Baan Grood Arcadia Resort?
Baan Grood (aka Ban Krut and other phonetic variations) is 300 km southwest of Bangkok on what is called the “sunrise side” of the Gulf of Thailand.
The resort is two km from Ban Krut railway station.
First Impressions of Baan Grood Arcadia Resort
A well-located, unpretentious, sea-facing resort with a sprawling layout, offering a wide range of accommodation, from stand-alone suites to a budget block, and plenty in between.
Free bicycles help get you from one point to another and to the central reception-restaurant-main pool complex.
What are the rooms like?
The rooms at Baan Grood Arcadia are more than comfy. Among the range, a good choice for couples is the 32 sq metre Deluxe Poolside Room, from which you can step straight into the pool from your private porch.
All the expected amenities are present and correct, such as air-conditioning, cable TV (although with few English channels), DVD player, safe and free WiFi.
Other options include the Deluxe Seaview Villa or a two-storey Family Pool Villa with four bedrooms and private swimming pool.
The food at Baan Grood Arcadia Resort
Ban Krut is a regional Thai village, not downtown Bangkok, and the dining possibilities are accordingly less ambitious.
The resort’s Arcadia Kitchen offers good, satisfying fare in both Thai and Western cuisines.
Its Café De Wa is an excellent spot for beach watching while snacking and serves fine coffee.
The Baan Grood Arcadia Resort – The Lowdown
If you’re serious about escapism, about getting away from other tropical “paradises” that now resemble hyperactive purgatory, then Ban Krut is yours.
Start the day by cycling a few kilometres and then swimming anywhere on the empty, tree-lined beach.
Have a massage, read an epic novel, wander the morning market, loll by the pool. Baan Grood Arcadia Resort lets you do all this, and less, in comfort and clear Arcadian conscience.
John Borthwick was a guest of Baan Grood Arcadia Resort and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
How to get to Baan Grood Arcadia Resort & Spa
Baan Grood Arcadia Resort is at 333/2 Moo 3 Thongchai, Bangsapan, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77190, Tel: +66 32 695 095. Travel by air-conditioned train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station to Baan Grood/Ban Krut (300 km), or drive. The absence of a convenient local airport is a contributing “plus”.