We stayed at Mai Spa Resort in January 2011. We booked via Agoda - at the time we thought it was a little expensive, but not having anything to compare it to, from the photos it looked good value. When we arrived, we were shown to our sea view room (as booked), however this was in the main (older) block and the room was downstairs. What no booking websites show are the new block of rooms - which we discovered are cheaper, at $75 per night. We can't comment on these rooms, as we didn't see them, however they were brand new stone villas.
There are a few things to note when booking at Mai Spa -
Firstly, if you get one of the older rooms in the downstairs block - bring ear plugs, as the lovely wooden floorboards (that are in all the promo pictures, but not in the downstairs rooms!) are the worst soundproofed floors we have ever heard. In fact there is no soundproofing - the floorboards ARE the ceiling and you can hear... EVERYTHING!
Secondly - these downstairs rooms are directly next to the beach...which is great, but then because of the lack of soundproofing you get to hear the pack of beach dogs that seem to be fed by the Mai Spa staff - barking very loudly right next to your room. All night long!
Thirdly - compared to the Mango Bay Resort, where we also stayed, the rooms are overpriced for what they are. The facilities, the rooms, the linen and towels, the main entrance into the resort - are all not as good as the Mango Bay - and the prices aren't that different.
And finally the room security is non existent - no safe and the only way to lock the door is with a padlock that doesn't seem to secure the door in any way, meaning you end up lugging valuables around all day. For a $90 a night hotel, you would be forgiven for expecting more.
On a positive note, the location on Long Beach is great (at the quieter end), the breakfasts are very good and plentiful, and the staff were incredibly friendly and willing to help.
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- Also Known As:
- Mai Spa And Resort
- Mai Hotel Phu Quoc Island