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Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Rawai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 February 2010

We have stayed at friendship beach for holidays for many years now, we cant stop going back, The American owner "Head of Maintinence" is the nicest most relaxed resort owner you will ever meet.
The staff are long term some have been there for more than 6 years, theres not a constant turnover of new faces, which is very comforting, especially in a country which is constantly changing.

Highly recommended if you have children its very safe and the staff will always help with the little ones, and there is always other children to keep yours company.

The bar is right on the edge of the beach with beutiful views, we were relaxing watching the board surfers, its open till late every night untill the bar is empty in fact, the staff can make any cocktail or mix you desire. and will always join in for a bit of banter.

Extremly hard to find relaxed atmosphere, but with an air of efficiency, i love it and hate to tell too many people in case its fully booked when we want to go.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2009

This review is many months overdue. I traveled to Friendship beach back in January/February 2009 and stayed a few days with a friend. I was very impressed with the property and the staff. The rooms were simple, but comfortable and clean. The salt-water pool was beautiful, the perfect place to lounge around and cool off when needed. The staff and owner were incredibly helpful with suggestions of nearby places to visit and things to do. Our breakfasts at the resort, right on the beach were amazing. We were always greeted warmly and and often recognized for our 'regular orders', which they would bring without us even asking as soon as we sat down.

This resort is definitely off the beaten bath and away from the hustle and bustle of Patong or even Kata Beach...and the much better for it. Staff were always willing to go above and beyond to accommodate...the chef even firing up the kitchen long after it had closed when we came back late one night hungry. The beach is beautiful, but it is unswimmable. We walked up the beach aways and the resort definitely keeps their beach clean compared to stretches further down which were private residences. I would definitely recommend this resort for those looking for a wonderful oasis with staff that treats you like family.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

If you could have a "Cheers" hotel in Thailand, this would be it. Friendship Beach is perfect for those who want homey value for their money. The rooms are comfortable, but not luxurious. The pool is a good size, the restaurant food smells amazing. The restaurant appears to be quite popular with the locals as well, and every weekend there is live music. They have tons of repeat visitors and even some long-term residents.

At the detox center, you get a sense that the staff really care about helping you through the detox experience and seeing you improve your lifestyle on a permanent basis. Again, a very value based center where the furnishings and outfittings are comfortable, but not luxurious. However, it is a place where they are constantly improving their services, and evaluating their services based on viewed effectiveness.

I've been twice and would very willingly go back again. Two words of advice - if you're afraid of mosquitoes, you might want to ask for a non-Bali style bathroom. Two, if you go for the Ultra Detox program, be prepared to be very busy being moved along from one treatment to the next.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

Visit Atmanjai Wellness Centre at Friendship Beachfront Resort for the best, professional service in detoxification. Reluctant to leave thios oasis, you will depart feeling and looking your best physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is exactly what I needed for my body, mind and spirit. I feel absolutely amazing. Thank you Atmanjai.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

Looking for a quiet, convenient, picturesque, boutique sized and styled hotel with a great pool and easy-going atmosphere, I was recommended this by Capt. Gordon of River Rovers (www.riverrovers.com) as a place where several of his previous clients and contacts had stayed and which was highly recommended. I couldn't agree more. It was absolutely perfect for me. Great pool, and poolside, with adjacent restaurant and bar, all on the beach. I took the top rated apartment located right next to the pool and overlooking the infinity pool to the view through the palm trees beyond to the bay and offshore islands. Apartment was well equipped with fully equipped kitchen, large fridge, effective aircon, lounge chairs, two TVs, outdoor tables and chairs under cover, large bedroom and Bali-style bathroom. The description of the apartment in the website was spot-on. At 3600 TBt per night the value was also good. Easy and discreet access direct from the car-park. Hotel located approx 2 km south from Chalong roundabout, so your own transport or a taxi is necessary. Friday eve was excellent live music and many local ex-pats descend on the venue for the party. Also live music on the Sunday which we had all to ourselves for a brilliant dinner under the stars. The resort was fairly quiet throughout the week, but livened up during Saturday and Sunday when local families and kids visited for the pool. The hotel is run by Starr an ex-pat from USA and the restaurant by another American. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and certainly the 2 breakfasts and a dinner I had there lived up to the reputation. I had originally booked for 3 nights and planned to decamp to Patong for the last 3 nights of my stay, but this place was so good I stayed there my entire week visit. I'll be back!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Director at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2009

Thanks, Steve. I know it takes time and great thought to compose an epistle like that and it is greatly appreciated. You will certainly have generated business for this little establishment.

I would truly like to thank you for your words - and, it was great to have had you with us.

Wish I could report that we found your keys ---

Best personal regards,
STARR

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Reviewed 4 June 2009

I recently stayed at Friendship Beach Resort while completing a 10 day de-tox program at the adjoining Atmanjai. I found the setting to be most tranquil with absolutely stunning views out over the water. The resort has a very relaxed feel, and the staff were always willing to help, in true Thai fashion.
The owner/manager is American, as I believe is the chef, meaning the place runs efficiently and apparently (I was de-toxing, so did not indulge) the food is very good.
A small resort, meaning the pool area never gets too busy, at least not when I was there, and I always felt very comfortable and at ease there.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

I have stayed at this resort more times than I can remember. It resides in a fabulous location on the waters edge which provides cooling sea breezes. Rooms are situated amongst beautifully tended tropical gardens, all a stones throw from the sea .The staff are extremely friendly ,speak reasonable English and are very attentive. The Management is American so whilst everything about the place is Thai, the catering and day to day procedures are under his watchful eyes. Prices have always been very competative. Within the last year a well appointed detox centre has been established which is proving to be very popular. If you are looking for a peaceful friendly relaxed holiday this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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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
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rawai
#8 Family Hotel in Rawai
Price Range: £24 - £106 (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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