We have just returned from a 2 weeks stay at the resort. We were a bit concerned after reading some of the reviews but our experience of the hotel is very good.
We had no problem with the check in. It was fast efficient and the receptionist was very friendly.
We had a deluxe family room. The room is spacious, well laid out, clean and comfortable for the 4 of us (2 Adults and 2 children aged 10 and 11).
We were on B&B basis. Breakfast was served from 6am to 10am. The choice was good and varied. The latest we went down for breakfast was 9:30am. There were still plenty of choices left. However, some mornings when they are busy, you are directed to alternative restaurants/rooms within the hotel. Some are nice, some lacked atmosphere (e.g. having breakfast in the office). Saying that, you still have the same choice and food is plentiful. If you go for breakfast between 8 and 8:30, then you should be ok. Also, we found that if you approach the restaurant via the stairs from the main lobby (1st floor), you are unlikely to get directed to one of the alternative venues, no matter what time you go down for breakfast.
We found the food expensive if you eat in the hotel, especially if the kids do not like it. Dinner is approx 1299 bhat + tax and service charge per person. If you eat out, you can feed a family of 4 with lots of nice food for 1000 bhat.
If you want to eat in the hotel (e.g. lunch), you can buy vouchers. You pay 750 bhat and you get a voucher for 1000 bhat. A chicken and chips basket is 260 bhat + 17%, fish and chips is 270 bhat + 17%. It works out approx £23 for 4. This is plus drinks. Remember to add 17% to all drinks for tax and service charge.
There is a family mart opposite the hotel that is open 24 hours a day. A bottle of coke is 35p. You can keep it stocked up for during the day.
If you want to eat locally, you can walk up the road and a meal for 4 should be no more than 1000 bhat. Turn right out of the hotel then at the end of the road, turn left. The restaurants are at the top of the road. The German restaurant opposite the Seven 11 is very nice.
You get more choice if you go into town. You can take a hop on and hop off bus type thing for 10 bhat per person. To take one of these, you will need to come out the hotel main entrance, walk to the end of the road and cross the street. It’s a 10 minutes walk. The food court at Central Festival on the ground floor is really nice. The restaurants on the 4th floor are very good too. I struggle to spend more than 1000 bhat for food.
As we have young kids and it was warm, we splashed out for a taxi into town and back. It is 150 bhat. Walk out the hotel and there will be plenty outside. Tell them where you want to go and they will say 200. Tell them you will pay 150 and start walking. Someone will take you for that. It will be the same price coming back from town.
The dive shop within the hotel is good. We went for a scuba day out. They call it discovery dive. It is 4000 bhat per person and if you are an open water diver, the cost if 2900. It is a great day out. The company is very professional and the instructors are excellent.
Overall, we like the resort and would go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five-star Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is an exciting Lost World themed resort set on Wong Amat Beach, is a destination in its own right. As a retreat for couples or as a fun place for families, guests will enjoy the resort’s 555 spacious ocean-facing rooms, suites and family residences (from 42 to 326 square metres), eight dining venues including COAST Beach Club & Bistro, an award-winning spa, and a gigantic water park. The resort has fun, action and relaxation for everyone. The Lost World, at the very heart of the resort, is a world to explore: a freeform swimming pool, a meandering lazy river, 12 water slides, an adult’s pool, Jacuzzis, cliff jumping platforms, and Monson Island, a children’s water playground featuring water guns, miniature geysers, and jumbo water buckets. Children can also enjoy two kids clubs, a club lounge dedicated to families, and a plethora of activities. The 230-metre beach is perfect for water sports, such as sailing and kayaking, and a PADI dive centre is also available. If this sounds too intense, Spa Cenvaree is a true refuge for the senses and has 24 treatment rooms and a yoga and meditation pavilion. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, two tennis courts and rock climbing facilities. A shuttle service connects to Central Festival Pattaya shopping and lifestyle centre on an hourly basis and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is approximately 90 minutes away from the resort. ... more less
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