We are just ending a wonderful stay at the Surin ! It delivered on all our expectations, although our choice to go to busy Phuket when we love small boutique hotels and exclusive "far away from the crowd" experiences could have made it quite a challenge.
The Surin is nestled in the gorgeous and quiet "Pansea" beach, and gives you the ultimate feeling of peaceful luxury in what is a very busy and touristic island overall.
All rooms are very nicely decorated (the hotel was just renovated) in a zen type atmosphere of white and light greys with accents of lime green. Our room was spatious and very confortable, including a huge bathroom with both bath and shower, and a seating area/ 2nd room that can sleep up to two kids. We even had an ipod deck and nespresso machine !
What makes the Surin stand out in Phuket is that somehow the hotel staff have managed to find an agreement with the local families around so that the beach feels private (although it is not). This is very much appreciated as it avoids the very unpleasant atmosphere of side by side sunbeds and parasols that populate it seems every beach of the Phuket west coast. There are locals offering drinks, snacks and massages at reasonable prices on the beach. Of course you can get drinks at The Surin's beach bar and order a variety of Thai or continental food there as well. Drinking water is free.
The pool is nice and not over crowded. The beach is clean and the water crystal clear. Many watersports are complementary (catamaran sailing, paddle board, windsurfing, snorkeling). There is also a great gym with top end equipment.
We did appreciate the food, although prices compare mostly to european prices vs local Thai prices. But some of the food experiences they propose and that we chose to do, made our stay at the Surin really special. We had a private barbecue on our terrasse. Also we tried the candle light Thai dinner in the middle of the beach. Ended in a high with the release of sky lantern. So romantic ! Great food with high quality fresh products (including lobster and tiger prawns), both dinners included a combination of 4 different dishes both for staters and entrees and came in huge quantities when you added it all !
The only watchout is that your choice of room might change your perception of the resort. We stayed in the Deluxe beach suites (the most expensive ones, right on the beach). Although all rooms are nicely decorated and spatious enough, the superior or hillside cottages would take you many stairs to go down to the pool or the beach, which would deprive you from the peaceful beach experience and make it quite unpleasant if you'd forgot your book or sunscreen ! Also, some of the guests here seem to be of the type to wake up early to "book" the sunbeds. The accomodation options on the beach (Deluxe beach suite and beach studio) allow you to have your private sunbeds on your terrasse and prevent you from the need of any morning rush ! Now, if all sunbeds were eventually taken, the staff made sure you found a space and set up something for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Surin Phuket is an exclusive beach retreat for discerning travelers, families and couples seeking relaxation and indulgence in a serene beachfront setting. A member of Design Hotels™ and located on the tranquil Pansea Beach on the west coast of Phuket Island, Thailand.Offering a total of 103 hillside and beachfront cottages and suites all discreetly built into a carefully conserved landscape amidst coconut trees and gently sloping down to meet a small coral reef. The Surin, Phuket offers a contemporary Thai experience in timeless simplicity and modern sophistication. Shaded by a canopy of coconut trees and joined together by a network of jungle walkways the Hillside Cottages are just the things for guests who wish to experience a tropical rustic experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Surin Phuket Hotel Thalang
- Chedi Phuket Hotel Thalang
- Chedi Phuket Thalang
- Chedi Hotel Phuket
- The Surin Phuket Thailand