We had the pleasure of staying at the Boomerage Village Cottages for several days at the end of November before having to head back to Bangkok to see if when the Bangkok airport was going to open up again. If we knew it was going to take longer we would have preferred to stay here! So here is my review:
Location: Beautifully landscaped, we cannot stop saying how gorgeous it was and very well maintained. We loved walking around feeling we were in our own Oasis and jungle. It definitely had a nice feel to it away from the Kata Beach town. However, it took 15-20 minutes to walk to the beach/town. Yes, they do offer a free shuttle down to the beach, but they couldn't accomodate 4 full grown adults in one car so it would have been several trips. Also, you are responsible for your own way back. Most of the taxi drivers have no idea where this place is. The cards in Thai Paolo gave us to show him helped, and pointed them in the right general direction but when we came close we had to point to them exactly where to turn because it's easy to miss. Also, yes that hill is a killer. Because of it, we didn't venture down at night for dinner. Since we were up on a hill, we had a nice view of Kata town and a very faint ocean view :) On the walk to town there were several stray dogs around but none were aggressive and they pretty much ignored us when we walked by.
Rooms: We stayed in the Superior Cottage which was beautiful, and we had bunk beds in ours. One complaint we had is that the beds were really hard and not comfortable. We would rotate to see who got stuck on the bunk beds for the night because they were worse than the bed. But the rest of the cottage was great, western style toilets, a hot shower, mini fridge, a safe we used, and TV. We liked the decor too and it was pretty spacious and very clean. We really liked the patio we had out front with two lounging chairs to relax and view the gorgeous gardens.
Amenities: The pool recently opened so they were offering a "Happy Hour" special which was buy one drink get one free between 4-5pm. We made sure to stick around the pool during that time to take advantage of the special. I found out my mai tais and pina coladas were included so I enjoyed that! The pool was clean and in good working order of course, the pool area was nicely designed with some statues and a shower. They have a pool/snooker table that I unfortunately never used, and a dart board.
Restaurant: We had a free breakfast buffet every morning which was pretty good, a couple times if you came right at 8am everything wasn't ready yet.. But it had a decent selection of food which filled you up.. Better than nothing! It was served late too until 1pm, and the restaurant didn't open until 4pm. They also gave you a 10% discount for eating at their restaurant! So we ate there everytime at night because we didn't want to go up the hill again later lol. The food was delicious but more expensive. We had the pasta and pizza dishes which I really enjoyed. However, do not expect speedy service because there (like everywhere else in Thailand) was slow. I really enjoy the mini crackers with tuna on top after they took our order since it was so yummy. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and had a nice view too of Kata Beach.
Staff: Paolo was wonderful and extremely helpful.. Whenever he saw us he would make sure everything was fine and how we were doing. He tried to help us out when he ccould when we were looking into getting on a bus to Bangkok, and what our options were when we were trying to figure out that mess. He gave us many helpful tips and advice for the area and to watch out for the tuk tuk mafia, which they were! The staff at the restaurant were polite and patient but I don't think they spoke much English. Overall everyone was very friendly and tentative. We booked a Phi Phi tour through them with no problems.
A suggestion I have is to have an internet cafe or station up there. I found it a bit annoying to have to walk 15 minutes to the nearest internet cafe to write a couple emails. We were lucky that our previous hotels offered free internet to us every day and this was different since there wasn't even a computer we could use.
The only other thing my dad didn't really like was that everything was charged to your room, much like a cruise ship.. I didn't mind too much and understand why and it is technically more convenient.. You just have to watch what you spend and make sure you don't have a nasty bill at the end. You get your bill and sign off on it and pay it at the end.
So yes, you are away from the main sights and restaurants and up a big hill to get there.. It does give it it's charm though.. But it is a beautiful spot and definitely worth checking out!
Heather, Steve, Maureen, and Murray.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boomerang Village Resort Phuket. Surrounded by greenery and colorful environment characteristic of the island of Phuket, an oasis proper. Virtually dipped in the nature of a tropical garden. The property boasts panoramic views of Kata and is located approximately 80 metres above sea level, is situated about 950 meters from the lovely Kata Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boomerang Village Hotel Kata Beach
- Boomerang Village Resort Phuket/Kata Beach