From the moment we stepped out of the airport taxi into the impressive lobby, we knew everything was going to be fantastic. Not only were the reception staff very welcoming in that particularly lovely Thai fashion, but they informed us that we had been upgraded to the Serene Wing. Now I was more than happy with the Deluxe rooms we had been originally allocated in the Sino Wing but there are two types of holiday to be had at the Old Phuket. The Deluxe Sino rooms are gorgeous in that you step back into the grandeur of a bygone age but with all the comforts of a modern hotel room. A glamorous four-poster bed with white mesh nets romantically swishing around it, invites you to recline and pretend to be a princess in the "The King and I". The en-suite is just gorgeous in that you step outside into an enclosed garden and shower under the stars. This set-up is especially lovely for couples rather than families. The rooms in the Serene Wing are up-to-date, edgy and huge and enjoy lovely views of the lush greenery as well as catching welcome breezes.
Having been upgraded once, my husband and I took advantage of the great rates and upgraded again to a direct Pool Access room and, to be honest, these are heavenly. They are exactly what they say, in that you open your deck doors and the glittering, turquoise pool is right there at your feet. Each Pool Access room has its own spa jets in the water bench next to your own private steps into the pool. It might be a bit different if the hotel is busy in that people could be swimming past your room all the time but since the hotel was pretty quiet, we often had the whole pool to ourselves. And it's a HUGE pool. There are 3 long lap lanes down the sides, with a large section adjoining as well as a shallow dipping pool in the middle. I would recommend the Serene Wing if you are with kids as you are right by the pool.
Breakfast is buffet style and if anyone has a problem with it, then they would have a problem with Paradise!! There was so much choice, with pretty much every type of cuisine you could possibly wish for, no matter if you were European, Asian or Aussie, like us.
The hotel boasts a library with computers and internet as well as a gym and games room. You can get internet for free in the lobby or buy a cheap card and get internet anywhere around the hotel. The shops and beauty parlours are literally on the doorstep but you can also have treatments right there in the hotel grounds, which is lovely because it is outdoors with gorgeous views of the mountains.
The rooms are clean, with fresh linen provided daily (or every other day if you request it) even tho the towels themselves are rather grey and thin. The beds are pretty firm but that suits us anyway. The air-conditioning is very effective and even when there was a power-cut, the generators clicked on immediately.
Just a couple of words of warning: be very, very careful of the smooth concrete floors when your feet are wet. They are very slippery and probably would not meet Western safety standards. If you are big tea drinkers like us,I recommend you go out and buy tea-bags and milk from the nearby shop as you only get 2 per day.
All in all, I would highly recommend the Old Phuket. We had a terrific holiday here and if I went back to Karon, I would most definitely head there again.
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- The Old Phuket - Karon Beach Resort is located in the central tranquil of Karon Beach, charming and beautiful with its spectacular view of swimming pool and hilly. ... more less
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