I stayed at the At Panta just before it changed management from Pacific International where I would assume from previous reviews, the international standards were more stringent.
The At Panta's layout is set about a picturesque traditional lakeside Thai villiage complete with tropical flora, vines & vibrant water plants. There are exotic water features, fountains & quite possibly over 100 brown Koi or some sort of fresh water trout that reside in the lake that can be fed with packs of pellets from the staff. The design is quite unique & offers something a little different from your standard accomidation.
The main lake/lagoon resembles the Chinese Gardens lake in Sydney & gives the hotel a tranquil zen-like feel. The grounds are peacefully quite with most noise being made by the sound of running water from a number of various sources. Many reviews have mentioned previously that the distance of the At Panta as being a fault but this is more of a luxery than not on Phuket Island, as it is far from the seedy red lights & blarring loud go-go bar music of Patong beach & makes for a much more civil atmosphere.
The former Pacific International obviously chose such a site for its distance from Patong beach rather than trying to compete with faceless establishments that offer much the same thing. The beaches near At Panta are more suited to the less 'chaotic' crowd, after all, Pacific International did name this hotel the Pacific International Resort & Spa & had catered to a different clientel interested in relaxation.
I had arrived here via an airport transfer service which was painless from the start. To be greeted & ushered into a leather seated Merc van & had ansered every question that was asked.
The staff at the Pacific prided themselves on top class service & the Pacific here were well regarded as such. From the 24hr security guards at the manned-gate to the door usher who greets you at the bottom of the stairs leading to the main reception, sadly this may have changed due to new management.
The food at the restuarant was a little pricey but it is the quality & value that patrons should be looking at & not simply price as there are possibly hundreds of cheap eateries on Phuket who can cater to tighter budgets. With this in mind, the food was excellant & any requests to the kitchen were done so without incident.
Overall, I would struggle to fault the former Pacific International. I am dissapointed to hear that possibly its standards have dropped & the staff dispersed. On the whole, i would thoroughly recommend the At Panta for its beautiful atmosphere & distance from the undeserible charateristics of Patong Beach.
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- Also Known As:
- At Panta Thalang
- At Panta Hotel Thalang
- At Panta Phuket, Thailand