I stayed here for 2 nights, it costed me about US$400 (inclusive of tax, service chanrge and breakfast) for a Deluxe room. Originally wanted to book Holiday Inn but it was full as I went during peak season Chinese New Year.
Arrived Phuket airport, I emailed the hotel beforehand to arrange for transportation. Unfortunately my flight was cancelled and I took the next flight, but I forgot to inform the hotel, so they charged me US$24 for no show. The hotel staff at the airport was helpful and arranged transportation when I found out that the taxi for me had come and left. My friend was arriving Phuket at 2am and I asked the concierge to send a taxi to pick her up. She ended up queuing for the customs for 2 hours and so the taxi left. Again, there was another US$24 charged for no show. I guess I couldn't really blame the hotel, but thought the taxi will easily be able to pick up other travellers and so I was a bit disappointed they still charged the full price and us having to pay double.
On arrival, lobby spacious and check-in was ok. A staff walked me to my room, which is 10 minutes from the lobby. The staff showed me around along the way. I was genuinely surprised at how nice and big the resort is. Phuket hotels are generally more expensive than elsewhere in Thailand and I guess I wasn't expecting much since I didn't pay a lot for the stay (I stayed in Banyan Tree for 2 nights afterwards and it was US$1850 in total, so at least 4 fold). There are 2 swimming pools, at least 3 restaurants, nice spa etc.
Was really pleased with the room, it's big with a balcony overlooking the sea. It’s really comfortable sitting on the sofa for a read. The decor is quite nice and better than hotel website photos. The bathroom is alright and the water pressure is strong. The furniture is well kept and overall the whole hotel is new and very clean. Pillows are really comfortable and air con in the room also works well.
As other reviewors have noted, it's basically 5-10 minutes down to Patong Beach where it is buzzling with restaurants and shops. There are tuk tuks waiting outside the hotel and it costed less than US$3 to get there.
I ordered a tuk tuk as I need to go to this diving place, I told the concierge I need one in 10 mins. Someone from the concierge then called after 3 mins and said the tuk tuk is waiting outside in the car park near our side. I was a bit annoyed as I need another few mins to get ready but I hurried and left the room within a min. There was no tuk tuk at the car park so I rushed to the lobby. There was no tuk tuk waiting there either so concierge ordered another one for me. Apart from this incident, the staff is really friendly and courteous. Wouldn't say they are efficient but I guess we are supposed to be all chilled and relaxed there.
I had dinner at La Gritta as I heard it is one of the best restaurants in Phuket. I went at 9, they close at 10 and so there were very few people. I had soup, lasagne, a drink n a bottle of water and it only costed me US$30 with a table overlooking the sea. The lasagne was absolutely gorgeous and I wish I had time to go back for another one. Definitely recommend going for dinner. The breakfast buffet was also really nice. Although it doesn't seem to have a wide selection, I do found everything I want.
Me and my friend also tried the spa, you actually do it in a private hut, kinda feel like open air, but I did not encounter any problems with insects, probably because they have incense. I had a chocolate scrub and wrap, then a massage. Originally the package was 30 mins scrub, 60 mins wrap and 60 mins massage. I thought 60 mins wrap was too long and after I was being wrapped in a roll, I asked whether I can shorten it to 30 mins and get 90 mins massage instead. The lady helping was not sure but she asked the manager to come and it was sorted out after I insisted that I do not want to be wrapped for an hour. My skin was silky smooth afterwards and the massage was really nice too. By the time we finished, it was dark and you can hear the waves. It costed about US$170 which I suspect is more expensive than elsewhere but I still think it's worthwhile.
Overall, even with the taxi charges and the tuk tuk incident, I am still very happy with the hotel and will most likely return when I re-visit Phuket.
- 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 private 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