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Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Rawai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 January 2014

I stayed at Friendship Beach resort for a couple of weeks while participating in the Atmanjai Health Centre's wellness programme.

The resort has a nice, sea water, pool and comfortable, well maintained and impeccably clean rooms. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and comfortable. The resort was very busy during the Christmas and New Year holidays, which placed some pressure on the restaurant staff at times and service suffered a little as a result.

However I found the waiting staff, house cleaners and grounds staff to be welcoming, friendly and service orientated. It was a very enjoyable stay at a very reasonable price.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Staying 2 weeks and doing the de-tox program during the Christmas Holidays is a tribute to your tenacity of having a more healthy body. Not easy to do with all the smells and array of foods.

We appreciate your comments. See you for another de-tox next season?

Be well and best regards,
STARR

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Met my old friend Barry from Australia with my wife for drinks and lunch and found the place delightful. Sitting in the bar right on the beach you have a wonderfully view out over the water to islands in the distance and this with a cold drink in hand is as good as you will get.
We now wish we had taken the time to check out the rooms and the rest of the resort.
Lunch was a burrito and possibly one of the best I have had. The staff were friendly and attentive, a credit to the the management.
Normally we stay at the best five star resorts with all the fancy trimmings but when in Thailand next time would give serious consideration to staying here.
Congratulations to the management.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Wonderful, wonderful. Thank you for the very positive comments. We appreciate your business and caring attitude.

Best regards,
STARR

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We loved that you could do yoga every morning and use the gym at Serenity down the beach. The view is breathtaking being right on the ocean. It was wonderful to watch the kite surfers while relaxing in the sun. The food was awesome especially the raw food delights such as the raw chocolate desert, the maca smoothies, and the ginger and tamarind cooler. The staff were friendly and helpful. The spa treatments went above and beyond the normal. We had the chance to do a foot bath that detoxes your body and an ultrasonic zapper session that removes viruses and toxins electronically. We also loved the Christmas Eve dinner with all the decorations, live music and festive atmosphere. To go to a swimming beach we got a taxi to Kata Noi one day and to Nai Harn another day--only 15 minutes. We'd definitely come back and do the whole detox program at Atamanjai.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

We are blessed to have people like you stay with us. it is truly a pleasure to mingle with the guests having a good time; especially when the staff went beyond the norm to decorate and provide everyone with a good time.

Here's looking forward to your next stay with us and doing the de-tox program.

Best regards.
STARR

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

I found this place on tripadvisor. I only went for dinner and I didn't stay at the hotel.

I really enjoyed the burger and fries I ordered. I also had a beer with dinner which added to the yumminess of the burger!

My next trip I had a burrito and margarita which wasn't as good as the burger and beer.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank ggruendler
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StarrFriendshipBeach, General Manager at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

While we really can't take credit for the awesome view, we do appreciate your comments. Come again.

Best,
STARR

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I went to Friendship beach so that I may be situated where the detox clinic is. This is my second time at the detox but first for the accommodation. Firstly, the detox clinic, Atmanjai, is simply an awesome place to clean your system of whatever Western vices you may accumulated over time. I fully recommend Atmanjai and encourage anyone interested in improving one's health to learn more of what they do via YouTube.
The accommodation, however, though okay, is not worth the price tag attached. I would expect to pay half what I did pay. Granted they had, or said there was only one room left, I was forced to stay on the best room in the place. It was not what I would think of as the best, far from it. Again, it was nice, but far from the price tag. There were a few other incidentals that "irked" me but these can be found in all but the very best hotels, or those run with true care, from top to bottom. By the way, the beach is unable to be enjoyed, the tides show it to be unfavourable and it can be quite dirty, it is used as a local thoroughfare.
I will re-iterate, the detox is life-giving/saving, fully endorse, but perhaps you are better to stay at an alternative hotel and taxi-in each day for the treatment.

Room Tip: pool or sea facing rooms, otherwise you're at the mercy of the car-park.
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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 reviewResponded 30 December 2013

Happy that you enjoyed the de-tox center, Atmanjai, and were attuned to the benefits thereof. During the 'high-high' season our booking company adjusts the rates depending on the occupancy, just like the airlines and we do the best we can to accommodate everyone.

Be well,
STARR

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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Additional Information about 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
#7 Family Hotel in Rawai
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rawai
Price Range: £28 - £234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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