Thailand - the new choice for a family vacation.
This newly refurbished resort is the perfect choice for those wanting quality value for money and a relaxing break in Thailand.Transfer time is hour and a half taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket to the shores of the Andaman Sea. On arrival it is hard to tell where the exterior and interior of the hotel begin and end.
The open plan foyer and reception area blend seamlessly with the exterior and present a commanding vista over the property and out to sea.Check in was fast and efficient,while you are given a traditional Thai water ceremony your bags are being whisked around to your room.
The rooms themselves are all new with a mixture of contemporary western furniture and some interesting Thai pieces of art.Staying in a junior suite provided a separate living room with a dinning area ,a large bedroom, an ensuite shower ,wc and dressing area with large wardrobes with a built in safe.The bedroom had a comfortable king size double bed and cable TV.The living area also hascable Tv plenty of seating ,dining area, minibar with free water and a couple of nice touches of spare flip flops and an umbrella to shade you from the sun or occasional cloud burst.The ensuite area had everything you would expect in a five star resort ,robes soft towels (beach and bath) complimentary soaps,shampoo etc hairdryer and a rechargeable torch. For those who cannot do without their technology there is a free and fast wifi system throughout the resort.
Open your french windows onto your garden terrace to sit outside in cane furniture and admire the newly planted gardens that run the length of the resort down to the pool area.The pool area is impressive surrounded with loungers and parasols. Dedicated swimmers can do lengths for the more relaxed holiday makers just splash about and cool off.
Themaximum depth is 1.4 m and it is an infinity pool ,so the water goes right up to the edge making it an ideal place to relax and watch the sunset.There is a jacuzzi area in the pool with strong bubbles, to ease away the tension after a long day's sunbathing . Toddlers are catter have their own paddling pool only 60cm deep ideal for splashing about in.The pool area is also home to some of the free activities that the resort provides:early morning jogging,introduction to Muay Thai free use of kayaks and bodyboards.If that sounds a little arduous it also has a pool side bar serving cocktails and nonalcoholic refreshing drinks. Between the pool and the beach is a grove of trees providing shade and the perfect place to relax,either on a sunlounger or rocking gently in your hammock listening to the waves lapping on the beach. A great place to catch up on reading, the resort has a small free library incase you forgot to pack a book or kindle.It is also another fine place to watch spectacular sunsets.
The beach itself is golden sand and deserted, turn right and you can wander alone with your thoughts or romantic companion for miles.Turn left and a few minutes walk brings you to beach massage parlours, bars and a few beach shack restaurants the choice is yours peace and quiet or something more lively. Which ever way you choose you will be next to the warm blue gentle waters of the Andaman Sea looking out over unspoilt views.
When its time to eat the resort provides three options.Colours an indoor air conditioned restaurant, Pad Thai an open air restaurant or room service. Colours is where everyone has breakfast.The options are epicurean delight and allow you to have different choices each day Asian and european food are offered so you can everything from,cerealstoast,ham cheese freshly made omelets,fruit yogurt,cakes various Asian food. Colours is open all day for lunch and ala carte evening meals. If you are going al carte I would definitely recommend the the duck duo. lobster thermidor and crepes. Pad thai setup along the shore line is the ideal place for a romantic dinning in a beach setting. The chefs prepare the food in woks nearby and the sizzling food just fills your nostrils.If had one complaint about the food It would be that it is too tempting and too tasty and I put on an extra couple of pounds, although that's my own fault as there is a gym for guests to use. Now I know why it is next to the restaurant. If you ever wondered how they make the food so tasty they offer Thai cooking classes at the bamboo hut by the beach for an additional payment.
It was great fun selecting a menu then preparing it under the direction of the hotel chef. I even got to wear a chefs hat to give me more confidence.
Other activities include fruit carving and towel folding there is also a children's center to occupy the little ones while you get some quality time together.The resort is in a peaceful area but if you want to go down town they provide a shuttle bus twice a day it takes about 15 minutes.
The most important thing about where you stay are the staff they can make or break a holiday fortunately all the staff I have met during my stay were extremely friendly and well trained. From serving staff making sure I had enough tea and coffee, cleaning ladies who worked around my schedule,activity staff encouraging guests to join in without being pushy all the way up to the executive chef who seemed to have time for everyone.
Overall impression great place for couples and famllies with some children, who want to spend quality time together in magnificant surroundings and enjoy the finer things in life.