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The Sands Boutique Resort & Spa
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The Sands Boutique Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Nai Harn
Reviewed 11 April 2013

To say that my friends and I were bitterly disappointed with the standard of this apartment is an understatement.

The apartment was dirty, damp and incredibly dark. It was not the apartment pictured on booking.com or if it was it most certainly did not have that furniture and did not include the features as suggested such as internet (a weak signal could only be gained outside), laundry facilities, it had no thai interiors and there was certainly no view of the lake from our balcony which was constantly infested with mosquitos due to the pots of stagnet water outside the only view we got was the big power pylon and wires that made a constant buzzing noise or the construction site at the rear of the property.

There was mould and filth in the microwave and all over the kettle. In fact anything you picked up in the kitchen had to be washed before it could be used. The whole placed smelled musty, damp and mouldy and the smell remained the entire time despite trying to keep windows open to air it. This smell was also through the linen in the property.

When we first arrived we found that the bathrooms after showering had a disgusting sewerage smell, this seemed to be overcome by your security staff running the taps for a while however it did occur on and off during our stay.

During our 6 day, 5 night stay there the apartment was only serviced once.

Prior to staying at the Sands we had been staying at the Baan Bua villas. We were paying THB 200 LESS per night to stay in this 3 bedroom villa with its own pool.

We believe that the apartment was not as it was advertised and despite it being peak season, due to the quality and standard and location of the apartment in the block it was well in excess of the tariff that other, more luxurious properties were asking, ie Baan Bua.

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Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

At the time of our stay in the area we were under the impression that this place was a fair distance from Nai Harn beach. In fact, it's only about 150 meters from Nai Harn. It's effectively the third hotel on Nai Harn beach, with the development abutting the All Seasons.
Never went into the place but it appears to be fairly new. As stated by another reviewer, there is construction currently under way beside this place.
Nai Harn is a great beach - Much quieter than the ones immediately north.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank VanBC-Food-lover
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

We arrived at the Sands via a pre arranged Taxi Bus from the Airport. Meow, the resort manageress had organized everything for us over just a few emails in the weeks running up to our stay. Check-in was easy and while Meow was updating us on Internet, Pool location etc etc the Gardner/Security man grabbed our bags and took them to the Apartment. After dropping our bags we decided to go back to reception to ask about Hire Cars, Meow gave us the choices and within 15 minutes a Jeep was delivered to us.

The place is great, just a five minute walk from a small but secluded beach, and lots of little shack restaurants and shops if you don’t want to make the five minute car ride into Nai Harn Town. The restaurants look a little weather beaten, but all serve great food; the shops on the other hand were a tad expensive, if that’s possible in Thailand.

The Apartments are privately owned, so I’m assuming all a little different in what they have to offer internally, but the one we had was excellent. It was clean, spacious with Balcony for Smokers, good kitchen and large fridge and all you need for a full two week /two month holiday…

The resort itself was quite quiet, which was nice, but it would have been nice to have a few people around the pool and the Pool Bar open. However, it was off season, and in no way affected our stay.

The brochure/website pix make it seem like a beach front property, when in fact there is a Lake with a road in between… however, its still quite a nice outlook, and I think wasn’t really a disappointment for us.

Further afield into Nai Harn you will find a wealth of Restaurants, Bars, Shops etc…Da Vinci's is a popular Italian restaurant with excellent food, and also the stylish open air “Ole Bar” is great for a Drink on the way home… if you need a large supermarket, you will have to drive about 20 minutes further on the main highway. Also nearby the Apartments are various activities such as Elephant Trekking, Quading, Scooter rental, Boat Hire, Boat Trips etc etc…

All in all a great trip and I would not hesitate to return to the Sands in Nai Harn … go off season if you don’t like the crowds, as it can get busy!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Dingbat-Ward
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

We booked a months stay at this condo resort as we wished a peaceful vacation. According to the web page all that stood between us and the beach was a lagoon. The photo looked like the lawn ended at the lagoon. What is failed to show was a very busy road where scooters, cars and little buses raced up and down all day. The photo must have been taken in the early hours. The web page also showed lovely trees backing onto the pool. This is no longer the case as there is a massive construcion site right behind the hotel. One of the buildings that they are working on is only a few feet from the. The pool was beautiful with lovely plants around it and a small snack bar which sold soft drinks and beer. It was not always open.

There was often a lot of noise from the island park in the middle of the lagoon as different groups stayed overnight for several days.

The staff were very friendly and helpful and the condo was cleaned twice a week. The beautiful beach was only a short walk away. If you like snorkelling or diving Ao Sane beach was a 25 minute walk through the Yacht club. There was also some snorkelling at either end of Nai Harn Beach.

There were small inexpensive buses that went to Rawai and Phuket Town. Taxi's were very expensive. On a Sunday morning it took a full hour to reach the airport. If you want a Catholic Mass you have to go to the Meridian Hotel at 5.30 on Saturday night. It cost $40 return by taxi but the driver waited for you.

The weather was fantastic and we did have an enjoyable stay in spite of the noise.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank damien
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Reviewed 24 June 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Sands Boutique Resort & Spa

Address: 23/13 Moo 1, | Nai Harn Beach, Nai Harn, Rawai, Phuket 83130, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Rawai > Nai Harn
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nai Harn
#5 Spa Hotel in Nai Harn
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
The Sands Boutique Resort & Spa Phuket/Nai Harn

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