Hubby and I are planning on travelling to Phuket mid November for 14 days with our 2 1/2 yo daughter.
At first we were looking at staying around Patong, but in the last couple of days cheap deal has been offered with deals.com.au for $900 for 7 nights at Bel Air Panwa including breakfast, a couple of day trips (elephant ride for 2, explore and shopping trip to phuket town, family pass to aquarium etc) and access to the beach by shuttle.
I've read some bad reviews re Bel Air and was wondering has anyone been there recently, and is it less than 3 star rating as some people have suggested with very poor service!
Basically looking for a nice place to stay, (2 bedroom deal is great with little one), good breakfast (not expecting Masterchef quality, but nice, well presented and fresh), and good service. Have no issues with staff having limited english as we are going to a foreign country after all!
We've chosen to stay away from the hustle and bustle, having a little one, and just to be able to relax, but if wanted to, hubby and bubs can sit by the pool or head down to the beach whilst I get to go shopping in phuket town.
Also after info about tailors / shoe makers in the area, jewellery shop, best markets for tourist shopping, places to eat out for lunch and dinner, cost of meals / drinks, laundry in the area, babysitting suggestions, taxi recommendations, can you hire a car seat for bubs (or is this a bit over the top for a SE Asian holiday), is there a minimart nearby to purchase extra water, drinks, munchies, fresh fruit etc and average prices, exchange places. Been to Bali, Penang, Borneo etc previously so have some experience with SE Asia holidays, but would love all the usual info for 1st time traveller to the area (and first time traveller as a mum with bubs overseas).
Read some info about hilly walk to Panwa village. Is it very hard walk ( say with a pram)?
INFO RE HOTEL required asap as we have to book by Tues morning, but other info can wait!
Sorry for all the questions, but want to have a fantastic and relaxing holiday, especially as this will be the first OS holiday for hubby and the family has had a lot of stresses over the last 2 years.
Thanking all for info in advance,
PS Budget is not extravagant, more on the average side, but if we can get good advice and deals and not be ripped off, means that we can spend extra elsewhere (like shopping!) and it will be very greatly appreciated!