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“If you are looking for a peacefull holiday, take this hotel”

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Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Ranked #17 of 331 Hotels in Patong
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2010

This hotel is far away from the stressfull areas in Phuket. This is in the middle of nowhere, I`d say.
But once you manage to get there, you don´t want to go elswhere, if you appreciate peace on your holidays.
Do not go there if clubbing, pubs and nightlife is what you want around the corner on your stay in Thailand.

If you are just as much frustrated as I am, watching people getting drunk all over, watching prostitutes walking on the streets, pedofilians with young boys or girls, etc, do come to this place and you don´t have to look at it every night. At least you can protect your own children from watching it somehow by staying in this quiet hotel and it´s areas in evenings.

Hotel is quite big, with reasonable sized rooms. Roomcleaning every day.
Pillows are totally too hard, like having a block of wood under your head. Take your own pillow with you, if you have problems with your neck.
Freezer in the rooms, which is good for your on water, juices, chocolates etc. to keep cold.
We had groundfloor room, so we had wonderful fiew over the pool area and the sea behind it. Be careful with the bats if walking in the dark!

We chose to have halfboard. It was nothint too impressive. On our 2nd week we went out to eat few times, even we had payed for dinners for two weeks.
Breakfast is really good. Lots of things to eat. We loved fresh fruit, croissants, omelettes.

For shoping we chose to take taxi few times a week to take us to Carrefour for snacks, bottled water, soft drinks and so on. Our children, aged 4 and 12, liked to do "their shopping" for toys, chocolates, chips etc. in Carrefour. (Money they have had for Christmas- and birthdaypresents).

Staff at the reception area gave us all information and help in everything we ever needed, with smiling faces.

Hotel has it´s own beach, but it is not very good for swimming. Full of rocks.
You can take the longtail boat, if you wish to go the sea.
Sun was shining bright every day, and that was the only thing we were really after, when planed to go Thailand. More touristic places compared this hotel, are ruined ages ago in most of the places.
Do go to the beach, even it is full of rocks. In stead of swimming, take manicures, pedicures, massages. I had some treat almost everyday - with 2-5 euros.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

To celebrate our 20th anniversary I organised a 10 day holiday in Thailand. We had 2 great days in Bangkok and then booked another hotel pay for 4 and stay 8. We left after the paid 4 days and went to the Merlin Beach resort. We had stayed at this resort in the September before the Tsunami. The hotel was superb as was the staff. Returning 2 years later we were welcomed back as if we were family. The staff couldn't do enough for us. The food and service was excellent and the facilities were first rate. The travel into Patong is just part of the adventure of Phuket and is a good opportunity to relax before a big night out, and the shuttle service is a great opportunity to meet other guests. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

ok i have read all the reviews on this hotel and and i am still left scratching my head as to what went wrong.it all started when we checked in ,they wanted to charge us for an extra bed. they finally realized after one hour of deliberation that we were correct. next we met the pool bar staff,well that was an enlightening experience. the rudest people we have ever met.i will not go into detail suffice to say some fellow aussies we had never met before backed us up in the predicament we were in.let me just say that these people are very selective as to what they want to understand and when. polite and curtious?????we wre a group of friends with small children as well as teenagers and we were treated very poorly. till the day we left we never left out our pleases and thankyous no matter how frustrating the experience was.never ever was the word sorry a part of their vocab. the manager wanted to opologize with free drinks which we politely declined . even she had missed the point. they have the best pool but im afraid thats about it.!!! next time ill stay in patong.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

My friend and I stayed her from late December to early January over the new year period and the Hotel was lovely. The staff greeted us with a complimentary tropical fruit drink and a traditional Thai cool towel which is exactly what we needed as it was very hot and it was heaven.

The hotel was very large, spotless, the service was fantastic and the rooms very beautiful. We were given a free upgrade from superior to grand deluxe which was wonderful. The room was large and had a view of the two resort pools.

Breakfast was fantastic with so much variety. From traditional eggs, cereals, pancakes, danishes/cakes to Asian styled stir frys, soups and noodes. Not to mention the lavish tropical fruits. Breakfast was the finest display possible.

The staff were always friendly and kind, and always eager to help.

The new years gala which was included in the cost of staying for NYE was a fantastic night. There was such a huge selection in the buffet and the display of decorations, and the "pirate ship" was fantastic. However, FYI alcohol was not included in the cost and they charged it to you room.

The downsides to this hotel: the market and location. If you are young travellers, stay away if you want to party. This is a resort and is FAR AWAY from Patong. Yes it is only 10 minutes by taxi or tuk tuk, but my friend and I wasted 250 baht each way getting to Patong and back each day. The hotel does provide a free shuttle bus, but the times are quite inconvenient. 10am, 11am, 3pm, 9pm or something very similar. And the returning buses are in the Patong Merlin Hotel (do not get these confused - when booking my evil travel agent gave me the impression that this is where we were staying. The Patong Merlin is RIGHT in the centre of Patong and younger travelers are more suited to go there) which is at the back of the main road of Patong - so you have to walk through the entire hotel to get to the shuttle bus.

The resort is beautiful, very beautiful but it is a family resort. The vast majority of people staying here when I was there were families, and even couples were seldom found here. So if you are after a family holiday away from the husstle and busstle of Patong, this place is for you.

The resort does have a private beach, which is stunning at high tide with its crystal clear waters and white sand. However, at low tide, the reason why it is not suitable for swimming comes to light. There is dead coral everywhere and it is impossible to swim here. So the beach is beautiful, but you can really only sunbake on it.

There are four massage places on this beach, all charging 250 BHT an hour, but some are better than others. I personally do not recommend the upstairs massage place on the far right side. The lady was terribly unskilled, did not use massage oil until I had to ask her, and did not ask me to wash my feet at the start of the massage. Thus I felt dirty, and she was not inclined to do a decent job on my feet. However, I did try the massage place on the "ground leve" (not upstairs) on the far left of the beach, and that lady was tiny but mighty. They have you wash your feet, and when finished present you with a piece of pineapple and a bottle of water. Alternatively, you could go to the day spa at the hotel, but the Thai massage was 800 BHT for an hour.

Overall this resort was wonderful the service was outstanding, the breakfast was delicious, and the beach quite beautiful. However, the location was terrible, and the taxi/tuk tuk into Patong was such a waste of money. Next time I will stay in the heart of Patong.

P.S if you are considering to catch a motor cycle/scooter into or from Patong, BE VERY CAREFUL!!!! I received a second or third degree burn from the exhaust of the bike on my first night in Patong. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

I wouldn't recommend this hotel for my friends personally due to the location, but for families I definitely would.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

Should have done this review 2 years ago!

My husband and I had heard such great reviews from friends who had stayed at this hotel that we decided to give it a go for our honeymoon in November 2007. We definitely do not regret it! After spending 3 nights at the Phi Phi Island Village Resort (best get-away island ever) we were welcomed to the Merlin with welcome drinks even though we arrived at 9pm.

Our room was awesome, it was connected to the huge pool they have connecting to all the pool rooms, and so you can access this at any time during your stay. It also means that it’s pretty quiet and away from the main pool where all the kiddies are. Very romantic!

The food was excellent, especially breakfast, the staff are soooo friendly there’s never a day that went by that they didn’t bend backwards to help us or assist us with anything.

The beds are comfy, nice pillows and decent bathrooms. If you can get the Pool Access Room – it’s the best.

There are free transfers provided by the hotel which takes you to Patong, and other main locations, and brings you back. The hotel is about 5-10mins drive from the hussle and bussle of Patong which we really appreciated. It was as though one minute you were in the city and the next you arrive at the sanctuary of the hotel – fresh air, comfort and clean!!!!

We highly recommend this hotel and would go back millions of times. It gives you the best of both worlds and is close to everything.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

Great looking hotel very clean and tidy staff very friendly if all going to plan , dont ask for any flexibility in the thought process we were left standing around on new years eve for 1 hour while we waited for someone to take charge and organize a table that we had already booked but because someone forgot to write down our table number on the tickets it became a bit of a comedy with staff running for cover our table did eventuate and this also happened to several other families. Overall the hotel has immaculate grounds and rooms but there just wasnt any fun the enviorment was very sterile with pools closing at 8.00 oclock and with staff policing this not a good place for active families or singles or teenagers.also the hotel seems to have some deal on with the taxi drivers out front they wont allow you to catch a tuk tuk from out front of the hotel and direct you to the taxi drivers who advertise 250 baht to patong but at night try to charge 300 baht plenty of arguments with many guests arose because of this.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank bruce64Darwin
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

I have stayed at this beautiful resort twice now and I wouldnt stay anywhere else in phuket!!

The pools are beautiful (especially the swim up bar), it has its own back beach which is not good for swimming but relaxing, the restaurants and food are to die for, it is opposite the quiet tri trang beach which is more beautiful and peaceful that pating beach, rooms are clean and over look the swimming pools, and the gorgeous thais couldnt jump any quicker to help you. It is about a 4min ride (150 baht) trip to patong to lovely staying out of the hustle and bustle.
This place is so beautiful we've considered getting married there, definately reccommend!!

Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 99 Muen-Ngern Road | Tri-Trang Beach, Phuket, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand (Formerly Merlin Beach Resort)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Patong
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Patong
#12 Spa Hotel in Patong
#13 Family Hotel in Patong
#14 Luxury Hotel in Patong
#15 Romantic Hotel in Patong
Price Range: £92 - £372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 414
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set among forested mountains and lush, tropical landscaped gardens, serenity awaits at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach. Located on a beautiful secluded stretch of white sandy Tri-Trang Beach, our resort in Phuket, Thailand boasts its own reef and stylish accommodation. We are the ultimate destination for individual travelers, families, weddings and MICE. Three beautifully appointed swimming pools, modern fitness facilities, kids club, Spa & a wide variety of food & beverage. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach has an outstanding activity program for all ages offering extensive options for the most discerning traveler. The resort's own house reef offers guests colorful underwater adventures (snorkeling and diving) without ever leaving the property. It is also home to Phuket's first sanctuary for butterflies, a unique conservation project aimed at increasing the native butterfly population. ... more   less 
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Merlin Beach Hotel Patong
Merlin Beach Resort Phuket
Hotel Merlin Beach
Beach Merlin Resort
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