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Andaman Seaside Resort
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Bang Tao Beach
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“beach front simplicity”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

Nestled at the end of the beach, the resorts restaurant divides the quiet absolute seafront from the busy package deal complexes popular with Russian tourists. No lines of sun lounges or beach sellers here, the resort seems to be divided from it by an invisible barrier.

The resort has a small, but functional pool, it's spotless maintained by its family owners. Plenty of space, privacy and zero noise at night. Staff are friendly and helpful, rooms were made up daily with fresh towels and linen. Room had fridge and kettle, stocked with bottled water. 2 adults and 3 kids in a spacious air conditioned room.

The resort feels family run, there's no pressure to do anything our book anything. However, they will make phone calls or chase up people for you. There's decent free WiFi too.

Breakfast was included and very generous. Meals were typical of local pricing in cafes. Surin beach is 250baht in a tuk tuk and has a great night good market for cheap eats and great seafood. But again, it's a Russian package deal beach so gets very busy.

Overall, it's a great choice for families who prefer not to be in large complexes offering pseudo European hotel service among hundreds of people hoarding sunbeds and haggling for 10baht off a banana. But that's all there if you walk fifty metres past the "barrier". Plenty of people seemed to be return visitors, mostly Scandinavian.

We stayed 8 nights and found it a perfect base for day trips or just relaxing by the shallow beachfront. And yes, it's absolute beach front.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed in this resort while on a trip to Phuket for a wedding. It's amazing how poor some of the reviews are for this but I dont really know what they expected frim thailand. My friend stayed in one of the best villas in Phuket and encountered similar problems. It's the nature of Thailand I guess and is to be appreciated.

It's true it is down a dusty road (all the roads are dusty and many look like back roads). The staff were very friendly. Initially encountered a problem as our room as reported as a three bed room (two singles and a double), but the actual room had two king beds and they said there was no option for three beds. A quick chat with a nice english speaking gent on the phone cleared things up and they apologised and a bottle of wine appeared in a fridge to apologise.

The room was really spacious!! The bathroom was a bit smelly and the shower temp was difficult to alter. The room was beautiful and cool once the air con was started. Great refuge. Beds were firm but not uncomfortable. Pool was lovely. Breakfast was not too bad. Different dishes each day. Hot Chocolate was my favourite.

The place is situated just about 100m from the beach. Great to walk along in the mornings (wear sunscreen). Be wary of dogs when running on beach. I tried to walk down to a more populated beach. I dont recommend this. One hour of hot, sticky arduous walking got me to Kamala beach (great place).

Other important thing to note is the massage place just a few doors south of the resort has masseurs who without asking may try to help you enjoy your massage too much (if you know what I mean). Felt a bit violated, but a quick abrupt "no!" does the trick. I kept my underpants on which is highly recommended. The beauty parlour just north is over priced and terrible. Get massages in Kamala.

I used Khan as a taxi driver. He can be found by walking north, through the little township area and onto the dirt road a bit. His little restaurant is on the left. He also hires out cars and bikes. Amazing service!!! Always willing to help. A simple call to him results in a taxi pick up soon enough even if he is busy personally. He just can't pick up from the hotel though due to the local taxi drivers not wanting other drivers in their zone.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Atulandamanseaside, Manager at Andaman Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 20 December 2013
Dear Andrew,

Thank you very much for staying with us. We really appreciate your positive review. The way you have explained everything in and out of the hotel is just outstanding. I am sure other guest will definitely take a look on your review and chose Andaman Seaside Resort, Bangtao Beach.

I am very happy that you appreciated the bottle of wine.

Many thanks, hope to see you again.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

I took my wife and her family to this hotel last weekend and WILL NEVER STAY AGAIN!! Unlike the glossy photos in booking.com our taxi turned off the main highway on to what would be best described as a dirt track. The taxi followedthis bumpy road forabout 1/2 mile before being detoured through a building site or several of them!! Another 1/2 mile and we were at our hotel. Shown our rooms on a first floor landing, they appeared adequate until, and I'm glad I sat at the end of the bed, I lay back on the mattress made of rock hard stone. Don't jump into bed or you'll do yourself an injury. Noisy at night is the under statement of the year!! Besides the karaoke and loud music all night, the motorbikes used the street as a whacky races circuit. Visited a seafood restaurant on the beach to discover the waves breaking on the sand in the restaurant and the live electrical wires on the sand getting swamped by waves. Whilst the rooms appeared clean, I cannot say the same of the toilet/shower area which upon close inspection is infested with ants!! Dont be fooled as I was by the glossy pictures. I'll never be back!! Breakfast is also appauling as only 2 out of my party of 5 would eat it

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Coolangatta, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

My wife & I stayed here for 4 sleepless nights in early December & although handy to the beach & local restaurants would never stay here again. As mentioned below, the "yellow bar", less than 50 metres away belts out very loud music & karaoke ALL NIGHT LONG. In addition the beds are rock hard & getting to sleep in those conditions is challenging. A further criticism of this hotel, is that the breakfast is, in a word "disgusting" and I suspect was cooked the night (or week) before. The shower fluctuated between luke warm & cold most of the time, and the aircon rattled but worked well enough.
These various criticisms could be tolerated in a place for half the cost of this one, but for the money charged certainly the breakfast & amenities should be much better.
The pool was very nice & based on other reviews here we payed the extra for the pool side villas, but seriously would not recommend this hotel unless you are desperate & can sleep through anything. I'd give it 2/10 if I was feeling generous :-(

  • Stayed November 2013
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed here from 2nd to 12th November 2013, yes the rooms are perhaps not as amazing as they look in the brochure but they were clean, spacious and cool which is just what you need. The beds are very very hard but so what you don't spend much time in bed in a place like Thailand. The staff are incredibly hard working, very friendly & polite and nothing is too much trouble. If you get a chance go out of the hotel and turn right, 3 shops up the street is a restaurant called Eezee Food, don't be fooled by the name; the food here is incredible, PLEASE try the Spring Rolls and the Pad Thai they are the best ever and the price is so low it will amaze you. The staff here again are so so friendly. We tried several places to eat but we kept coming back here. If I am ever lucky enough to visit Phuket again I will definately stay here again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Atulandamanseaside, Manager at Andaman Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 20 December 2013
Dear Nixclem

Thank you very much for staying with us. We really appreciate your positive review. I am sure other guest will definitely take a look on your review and chose Andaman Seaside Resort, Bangtao Beach.

Many thanks, hope to see you again.

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KL
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

Booked family room & for sure is one of the most spacious rooms we have ever stayed. It has 2 large double beds with plenty of room for luggages. Clean bedding, clean shower, hot water, functional aircon but limited parking space. Great location near the beach & restaurants. If travelling as couple worth booking villas near the pool.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Atulandamanseaside, Manager at Andaman Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2013
Dear gordita33,

Thank you for your nice feedback. It really means a lot to us. We thank you for the stay with us.
We would love to serve you again.
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Dev
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Casier, Italy
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Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

With the preamble, that in low season you get really convenient rates, my overall assessment is of a "good deal" to stay here so e days.
I was looking for a quite place, and this is one. With a scooter you can reach Patong in about 20 minutes. If you are looking for huge party place/bay than you are probably wrong here.
You have all the necessary in few minutes walking distance. The beach is Bang Thao Beach, if somebody looks for an other beach, than he should choose another place.
The rooms are really clean, in comparison with other middle level Thai hotel this was at the moment the best one in matter cleannes.
The structure is not brand new and as usual in Thailand there is some "small things" or details that a wester tourist will see, that could be better, but is to consider that we talk about a middle level Thai hotel.
Good service, everybody is Thai-friendly.
I would come here again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Atulandamanseaside, General Manager at Andaman Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Dear DamianoZornetta,

Thanks a lot for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It means us a lot. We appreciate your meaningful message which helps other guests to choose the right place to stay.

We would love to serve you again.

Many thanks
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Property: Andaman Seaside Resort
Address: 69/74, 82/39-46 Moo 3, Baan Bangtao, Bang Tao Beach, Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110, Thailand (Formerly Andaman Seaview Resort Bang Tao)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District > Choeng Thale > Bang Tao Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Bang Tao Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bang Tao Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Andaman Seaside Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Andaman Seaside Resort Bangtao Beach is a beautiful 3 star property that is located just 100 meters from beautiful Bangtao Beach. It is one of the most popular resorts in the area because of its cheap price, excellent facilities and close proximity to the Phuket International Airport. Hotel is having total 32 rooms which consist of 16 Poolside Villas and 16 Family Rooms. Nearly all of the 32 rooms have private balconies with two chairs table. Few Rooms have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Hotel has mainly two types of rooms: 1. Deluxe Family Rooms are 44 sqm, located on the First Floor (not on ground floor) Having Balconies, with Two sitting Chairs and One Table. Room is having 2 King size Beds. Mini Bar, Fridge, Tea/Coffee making facility, hair dryer (on request), Writing desk, Television, Internet WiFi Free of charge, Hot & Cold water, Telephone. Bathrooms have a shower only and provides Shower Gel and Shampoo. For Families this is the best room. 2. Deluxe Poolside Villa room has an open balcony for sunbath and direct access to the pool. The rooms are Spacious, well furnished with state of art. The rooms are with king size beds and twin beds, Mini Bar, fridge, Tea/Coffee making facility, hair dryer, Writing desk, LCD Television, Internet WiFi Free of charge, Hot & Cold water, Telephone. One extra bed can be accommodated for an additional cost. While guest book Deluxe Poolside Villa Triple then we just put on ex-bed for third adult. ... more   less 
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