I was somewhat disappointed with the Old Phuket Resort, Karon. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and opted for a spa suite; an extra cost. The room itself was private enough; however, the spa was outside in the front (small) courtyard which was directly next to the main thoroughfare. Very noisy and not so private.
The room itself was ok, however it wasn’t as new or luxurious as we expected and didn’t seem to match the photos provided by the travel agent. The room had air-conditioner but no fan or fly screens on any of the two doors (no windows either). This was an issue for us as my wife can’t stand air-con as it dries her out and there were too many mosquitos at night to open up the doors. Combined with a hard bed and very high/firm pillows, sleeping comfortably was difficult.
The reception area and staff were always pleasant and ready to help. Their english was adequate enough to assist/answer all requests. It is thoroughly recommended to book all transfers and local transport through the resort. They were able to higher local drivers with private vehicles at about half the price of the local taxi/Tuk Tuk service. This also meant seatbelts which was reassuring after witnessing how people drive in Thailand.
The restaurant inside the resort was nice, with good food and atmosphere. Could have used some ambient music though. The egg chef was good; however, the selection of items that could be mixed with the eggs was very limited compared to previous experiences and expectations. The resort has two pools; however, we only visited the one. It was lovely and very new.
Immediately outside the resort is a short street with restaurants, tailors, markets, etc which was convenient and reasonably private. The resort recommended that we try the massage parlour in this area and even provided a discount for resort guests. This was a big mistake. The masseurs were overly rough which resulted in my neck and upper back being extremely sore on and off for a month and a half; to the point where I was unable to look sideways or downwards. I suspect this is not uncommon for any massage parlour in Thailand. I would not get another Thai massage after this experience.
I would consider staying at the resort again; however, I would opt to stay in the new apartment like accommodation built immediately surrounding the new pool.
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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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