Sadly, today is our last day at Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa. My husband, daughter and I have had the most relaxing and luxurious 10 days at Avista. Indeed, other guests we met have had the same experience, many of them advising that they will be booking in again next year!
There are so many good things we must share about Avista, that I have categorised it all under sub-headings
We arrived at the ungodly hour of 1am (4am hour time), but staff were there ready and waiting with their now, signature juice, cold towels and orchid leis. As it was late and raining, they quickly showed us to our room and explained all the features of the room (including the central control panel for lighting and air-conditioning) and left us to sleep in the most comfortable beds ever.
The hotel is located on the hill south of Patong Beach. A 5 minute taxi/shuttle away from the buzz of Patong - enough to escape the noise and craziness, but still close enough for when you feel like hitting the town for some shopping and night life. The hotel shuttle is free and runs every 2 hours, however the taxis are TB300 (around AUD $10) and ready to go when you are.
You can also get a free shuttle to the local and private Paradise Beach where you pay TB100 to enter and have access to free umbrellas & lounges. There is a beach front restaurant there also, plus a masseuses offering very inexpensive massages. Worth a trip there if you want to feel the sand between your toes. Go early in the day to ensure your secure a good position on the beach!
As we were traveling with our daughter we opted for the Family Vista room which had a King & Queen size bed and amazing view of the pool, ocean, hillside and of course, sunsets. Couples can opt for spa rooms and or rooms sitting right next to the pool, but we still enjoyed our room with its view and easy access to the pools
There are three pools at the resort. One adults only (which we did not visit, having a child with us) and two others that are both luxurious infinity pools with swim up bars where you can order the most divine pool side snacks and inexpensive cocktails TB250 (about AUD $8).
Food & Beverage:
The Breakfast buffet in the resort is as good as any 5 star Sydney restaurant. The selection, presentation and quality is all top notch. Everything from freshly made omelettes and eggs any way you want them; made to order Asian stir fries; freshly squeezed juices; salads; cheeses; breads and pastries. It's all there and open 6.30am-10.30am
The poolside snacks are wonderful. Our favourites were the Vietnamese Seared Tuna Rice Paper Rolls; Chicken Satays; Cajun Chicken & Mango Salad; Spicy Thai Beef Salad and Caesar Salad. The pizzas were also crispy and thin, the way they should be. The kids menu was also a hit - 'Chicken Little' being the favourite of our little guest.
While we could often have headed out to Patong for dinner, we found ourselves having dinner in-house as there was such a wide selection and it was of such a high standard. After 10 days you would think we would be sick of it, but we constantly found new items to try. Fresh pasta, local Thai style meals, Salads; Steaks and Burgers.
This venue is only 8-months old, yet the staff who (for many this is their first job in hospitality) go well out of their way to ensure you have everything you want/need. Contrary to earlier posts, I found their command of English to be totally acceptable - we are in Thailand after all (!!) and I found that if ever there was a language block, a few simple gestures and a smile would see the message getting across.
Special mention must go to 'Bong' the F&B manager. He is so professional and passionate about ensuring your food and service is top notch. Also to his team. There are so many of them to name, but Tom & May thank you for your roof top bar cocktails and smiles; Neung, Jeff and Suraket, your poolside cocktails and service were also very much appreciated. Anchalee, your service and friendly hug goodbye will not be forgotten.
Of course, Tim the head chef, should also be commended on his diverse menu and the quality of food his team is pumping out each day. It is high quality and consistent.
Unusual to add this in this as a topic, but I felt I must as an earlier post implied there was not enough support in this area. My experience is quite the opposite.
After getting a little too much sun on our third day here, I found myself passing out before dinner was even served to us in the restaurant. A mild case of sunstroke became more of a concern as I fell and hit my head on the hard tile floor. Naturally, this was frightening experience for my family and the staff present, as it appeared I had a minor case of concussion, but after careful observation, I was whisked back to my room to rest in a wheel chair and the Duty Manager advised that they had a car on standby to take me to the hospital should my condition worsen. Luckily and thankfully, after a good nights rest, I was 'good as gold' the next day, but the staff were all so keen to check up on me, many stopping to enquire how I was - even days later.
We booked via myholiday.com.au which was very handy as we booked a week prior to coming here and got a fantastic last minute rate, however you can also book here via Travel Advisor where there are still some amazing deals. So don't delay book your next Phuket holiday at Avista, you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa, PhuketParadise in Phuket with Fresh Perspectives on the Perfect Tropical EscapeAs a discerning traveller, you understand that there are two sides to every story. Our view is, why limit yourself to a single point of view? Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa offers two equally mesmerising panoramas from its perch upon a steep green peak in southern Phuket.Ensconced in your lavish, luxuriously appointed guest room, Jacuzzi Duplex or the very private pool suite, we assure you of complete privacy. One of the vistas brings you back to nature as you gaze over a sea of trees to the calm of Tri Trang Beach; a contemplative outlook, pristine, green, serene. A contrasting view, due north is an expansive Andaman seascape, azure by day, glittering party strip by night, awash with the possibilities of paradise.This is luxury from a new angle. Naturally, you will find the expected amenities and cosseted comforts one expects from the ultra luxe tropical escapes: a private beach club, indulgent spa and dining adventures, 24-hour butler and seamless service. ... more less
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