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Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in Rawai
Certificate of Excellence
Grimaud, France
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56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in Phuket”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

From the moment I arrived to my departure, Jay at the reception has been more than gracious along with her colleague Ron. The room was clean, spacious and the bed very comfortable. the whole experience has been just positive and friendly. Had a delicious cocktail and dinner and later met Charlie, the Chef, a very interesting person from New York. Liked the Christmas decoration by the pool. It's a very relaxing and laid back place to stay, with great beaches nearby, especially Nai Harn. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for quality and who wants to be away from the noise and pollution! A true "gem"! I will return for sure!

Room Tip: I was in a room on the first floor and it had a lovely balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 28 December 2013
Thank you for the good feelings you generate. It was lovely to have had you with us and we do look forward to seeing you again.

Pleasing a world traveler like yourself is not always easy. Your comments especially are welcome.

Blessings,
STARR
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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

The only redeeming value of Friendship Beach is its proximity to a beautiful beach, and perhaps the friendliness of the manager himself, Starr, and the American chef, Charlie.

During our extended stay at Friendship Beach Resort, we were riddled with constant maintenance problems that the maintenance staff were either unwilling or unable to solve. Loose plumbing & fixtures, hot water heaters in the showers that only worked intermittently, toilets that brought in as much sediment as they flushed out (sometimes more), unstable cable/satellite connection to most of the only 4 or 5 channels they have in English, spotty internet connection apparently due to an overwhelmed internal network badly in need of upgrading.

The housekeeping staff kept promising to leave us extra towels but never did. The wait staff at the restaurant were completely incapable of fulfilling simple requests such as bringing us an extra glass when we'd order room service.

All of this and more we were able to have for a price on par with some of the most expensive five-star hotels we've ever stayed in! The worst part is that in spite of several "chats" with the staff and management, even though they were all very pleasant to speak with, nothing ever changed.

There are much better places to stay in very close to Friendship Beach that are a far better value! After seeing what a nightmare Friendship Beach was going to be, we quickly found a far better deal right down the road at a much nicer facility!

Friendship Beach Resort has the raw potential to be much more than it is. It is truly a disappointment that the ownership and management don't appear to be motivated to do anything to improve.

This was a miserable experience for us. Whatever you do, avoid Friendship Beach like the plague!

Room Tip: Don't choose one at Friendship Beach at all!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 28 December 2013
Look at the review above this one and look at the review below this one and you will see that something is amiss.
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Sandnes, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

I have stayed for many years, and always for six weeks. I love to enjoy my morning coffee at beach side watching all the touristboats gong to the different Islands. I just love the chrew. They are very friendly and helpsome. Charley makes exellent food. I love the quiet of this place. I am counting my days, only nine left until I leave for Friendship. Looking forward seeing all of You.

Love from Vigdis

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
We know who you are. The lady who sits for hours every day by the seaside with a smile on her face. It is so wonderful to have people like you visit us and bathe in the atmosphere we have created. You make our hearts sing - it is our pleasure to experience your good nature and up beat attitude. If only the world had more people like you.

Thank you for your kind and wonderful accolades. We will try to treat you like a queen like we do all our guests.

Blessings,
STARR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

We came to the hotel for food as we were told the food was good and you can use the pool. We have been twice in a week now and have had both Thai and English food from the menu and are happy to say both dishes where delicious. The view is lovely looking onto the sea and boats, the staff are friendly and very helpful, I especially like the fact that they played with my 4 year old daughter so entertained her for a while and also made sure my 5 month old baby was entertained whilst we ate our food. Excellent.
I haven't stayed here but defo an option if we come back.

The Mills family



Stayed December 2013
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Thanks for you positive review. As you noticed, we have a large menu catering to vegetarian, vegan, meat lovers and Thai. It takes a lot of work to keep it all together with exceptional quality and it is people like you who make it all worthwhile.

Best regards,
STARR
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

Nice hotel but the photos on the net are misleading. You cannot sit on the breach. Dogs play and foul the breach. The beach is not clean it's full of whatever the high tide brings in. This is a bay with islands in the distance. You get 2 high tides a day but you will not find any swimmer at those times. Tourists are there for sunbathing by the small pool or for other reasons. I booked the hotel based on the photos. Maybe to be fair one should show a photo of what it looks like during low tide. If you like taking a shower under the sky this is what you will get. We had food poisoning at Siam niramit and tried to get assistance from the hotel. The manager a westerner could not be bothered to contact us but sent a local who gave me a couple of sachets which after taking a mouthful I was rushing to the toilet again. No one made any attempt to even try to see if we may need some blend food. It was 12 hours of hell. No one took our call in the night!

  • Stayed November 2013
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Sorry you got food poisoning from an outside restaurant - that can really have impact on vacation time. Had we known of your problem, we would have taken you for treatment.

Hope to see you again,
STARR
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

The 1st room I was given was very small and had a balcony like a jail cell it was about 7ft high all round with glass bricks I was not at all impressed after paying £200 for this room, so requested another room an they wanted extra £200!! I went to reception an complained that I weren't happy to stay Here so they up graded my room to a balcony car park view this room was amazing compared to the other I was so happy with it it had large window comfy bed wouldn't of complained if it was my 1st offer, this hotels out the way we booked for 3 day of out bag pack in trip to chill out catch a few rays their is no shopping or nightlife around alls their is a 7/11 10 min walk up the road I recommend to hire a car, the food in the hotel was amazing cooked from the American chef who comes for a friendly chat after you have eat in your meals, the staff are also very helpful would defo visit hear again with upgraded room.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 11 December 2013
Dear Sir - I all depends on what you are looking for. If you want quiet and away from the frantic hustle and bustle of the island, this is the place to be. If you want to be in the 'middle of things' then there are many accommodations in those areas. Actually you can have the best of both worlds by staying here and taking a taxi elsewhere when you want to party. You will not find a waterfront resort with this type of atmosphere for less money or maintained to the highest degree possible.

Best,
STARR
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

I was in Friendship Beach (Phuket) and its Atmanji wellness centre for a detox November 2013. They know their stuff, and they plan well. This was my second visit - the first in 2012 (ultra cleanse program) for a major overhaul and the second (eat well program) for maintenance as well as reinforcement of the lessons of healthy lifestyle. The Atmanjai team was ‘good’ on my first visit - they were ’better’ on my second. I cannot fault their professionalism, genuine care and friendliness. Atmanjai is a game changer. Gavan (Melbourne).

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
A review can not get much better than yours. Anything that stagnates will wilt - we are the opposite: we are constantly upgrading and improving the quality of what we offer and you obviously appreciated all that we have done.

We re-vamp our Atmanjai Wellness Center yearly as well as our accommodations. Our goal is set higher each year. What fun life can be!

Best regards,
STARR
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Property: Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Address: 27/1 Soi Mittrapap | Friendship Beach, Rawai, Phuket 83130, Thailand (Formerly Friendship Beach Resort & Spa by iCheck Inn)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Rawai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Rawai
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Rawai
#6 Spa Hotel in Rawai
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rawai
#8 Family Hotel in Rawai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre is your very own private hideaway located on the south east coast of Phuket Island. Situated right on the beach, our comfortable 30 rooms and suites offer exceptional value in a stunning location and are just a stones throw from the resort's pool and secluded beach.The hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chalong Bay and is the perfect location in which to explore the Andaman's famous archipelago of islands.Located on beautiful Chalong Bay.Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre has a spa and private beach and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The 30 air-conditioned rooms feature a minibar, satellite TV and private hot shower and are just a short walk from the beach and boast a high ceiling, tile floor and Bali-style decor. All rooms at Friendship Beach Resort & Spa come with a fridge and a personal safe.Central Shopping Mall, Tesco Lotus Mall and the Home Pro Village Mall are a 10-minute drive from the hotel. It is a 25-minute drive from Patong Beach and a 45-minute drive from Phuket Airport. On-site parking is free. Atmanjai Wellness Centre offers spa treatments and detox programs, as well as oceanside yoga classes. Guests can lounge by the outdoor pool, enjoy the garden or unwind with a massage.The hotel's restaurant offers al fresco dining, serving up Thai and Western favourites. It is open daily from 07:00-22:00. ... more   less 
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Friendship Beach Waterfront Hotel Rawai
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