I must confess that I’ve just read some of the recent reports on the Royal Embassy and I realise that all I’m about to do is repeat and emphasise the majority of the previous comments – but I will try to add to them where I can.
Yes, the hosts; Phil, the owner of the business, Aree his partner and Henri the front of House Manager are all delightful people, they all work very hard and are all tremendously customer focussed, as are all of the staff – in fact, I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced any better service than that which we enjoyed during our 11 day stay at the Royal Embassy. Just to give one example, of which there were many; I asked Phil to recommend a nice beach in the area, not only did he recommend Laem Singh Beach (which is beautiful), but he also insisted on driving us there, at our convenience, the following morning.
Yes, the rooms are all well appointed, immaculately clean and well proportioned. We had a 2 bed-roomed apartment, with 2 identical double bedrooms, a bathroom, a well appointed kitchen and dining area and a lounge area – plus a small decked area over-looking the gardens and the Pool. Note: I’m sure that the other apartments are lovely too – but if you can get one on the ground floor I think you’ll find that the access to/from the pool is better (we had A-2 which is perfect).
Yes, the resort is located a little way from the beach (about a 15min walk), and I think that’s reflected in the price. However, I believe that Phil is thinking of introducing a Hotel Tuk-Tuk Service for 2013, so that will eliminate the only minor negative I could find. Note: The Google Map on the tripadvisor web-site is misleading. The resort is not located on the outskirts of Patong as suggested, it’s on the outskirts of Kamala, just where the beach road branches off the Patong-Kamala road at the southern end of town (the map on the Agoda web-site is accurate).
Yes, the grounds, the bar-restaurant and the pools are immaculately maintained and are being improved all of the time. It’s clear that Phil, Aree and the staff have invested a lot of time and effort in improving the resort over the past year – something which is reflected in it’s swift rise from (I believe) 17th just under a year ago to currently 3rd in the tripadvisor ranking of Kamala Hotels – a fantastic achievement.
Yes, the food served at the resort is excellent – after 4 visits to Kamala and Kamala Beach, I don’t think that there is any better Thai or European food to be had in the area.
In summary, I really can’t speak too highly of the resort, of its management or of the staff – although I do realise that if we carry on praising them like this the Royal Embassy will either be too busy or too expensive for us to return in the future!
I already mentioned the meteoric rise of the Royal Embassy up the tripadvisor rankings, but if value for money was the only criteria it would already be number 1 by such a margin that they would need to restart the list at about number 6 or 7.
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