We stayed at the Amari in Phuket over the Chinese New Year period. We planned this trip as an introduction to Thailand for my parents-in-law who are reluctant travellers and as far as introductions go, it was the best it could be.
We booked the deluxe rooms, top floor (on the basis of advice given on tripadvisor) and stayed for 4 nights. We asked for King size beds too! The rooms were beautifully decorated and very comfortable, with good views over the beach and sea - a peaceful place to sit and drink a cup of tea (!).
The Amari is described as being on the quieter side of Patong beach. What this means is that it has its own small beach (coral beach...) and is far enough away from Patong beach to give you a sense of peace and quiet, but near enough for you to walk in in ten minutes if you want to be a part of the Patong scene. Seeing how crowded and hectic Patong beach was, we were especially pleased that the Amari had its own private beach - this was good for walking along, and for kids to play on. You could swim in the water here too - but there are better beaches around Phuket which are easy to get to.
The hotel had a variety of different areas to sit in including two pools, the beachfront, and a few loungers along a jetty stretching out into the sea. There was even a little platform moored off the jetty, which you could snorkel around. You could also organise short trips to other beaches etc. with the hotel or with the boatmen who arrive during the day on one corner of the beach.
Food: three restaurants with views over the sea and with fantastic food - Italian (La Gritta), Thai and a general dining area. The general dining area was an open area where we had a lovely and massive breakfast buffet every morning. It also served different types of food in the evening. The hotel kept things interesting by organising various types of dining events - even on the jetty (looked very romantic!). There is also a bar area which was great for pre-dinner drinks.
Spa: OK, you can get good massages for about 250 baht in town, and this is a little pricey in comparison, but it is worth it. You get your own spa room, set high up on one side of the resort - open fronts, looking out to sea but still private. Well worth it for that special luxurious treat and you do feel like you are on top of the world!!
Staff: Friendly, thoughtful and helpful - we were treated really well all through our stay.
Things you could try and pick on if you wanted to find something to pick on: as the hotel is quite old, the bathroom could do with a little updating, but really - how much time do you spend in a bathroom? Also the hotel has been "accused" of having too many steps - but this is probably good exercise once you've got a few of those breakfast buffets in you! And finally - perhaps there should be a separate smoking area in the restaurants as most of the smokers at the hotel while we were staying seemed to have an affinity to the tables where the sea breezes could blow all their smoke directly onto the non-smokers!
For a hotel which is meant to be 20+ years old (so I was told by a staff member), they've done a wonderful job in keeping it beautiful and well-maintained. Most importantly - my parents-in-laws' first visit to Thailand was a great success, and they simply loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden away on a secluded beach near Patong, Amari Phuket (formerly known as Amari Coral Beach Phuket) is the ideal Phuket vacation spot no matter what you are seeking. With first-class restaurants, affordable luxury accommodation and a quiet beach, this island resort hotel offers a holiday experience unlike any other. You can indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the renowned Breeze Spa, offering a whole range of spa treatments and massages. Reward yourself, and come celebrate the magic of Phuket with Amari Phuket. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amari Coral Beach Phuket Hotel Patong
- Amari Coral Beach Hotel
- Amari Coral Beach Patong
- Amari Coral Beach Resort
- Amari Phuket Patong