13 January, 2009

Hotel Review: Amari Coral Beach Resort in Phuket

Phuket's Patong Beach where one can easily find cheap massages, barbequed sweet corns, cheap necklaces and probably future wives.

Back in October when Bearbear was having his autumn holiday, we took the opportunity to go island hopping. From Singapore, it only takes about 2 hours to fly to Phuket.

Phuket is the largest island of Thailand, approximately the size of Singapore. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea.

This time we chose to stay at Amari Coral Beach Resort which is located at the quiet end of Phuket’s most popular beach, Patong.

Amari simply blowed my mind away from the moment I set foot on the resort until I left. I was there for a short break (approx. 1 week) with Petty and Bearbear. We stayed in one of the suites overlooking the smaller pool. The room was clean. The staff were ever smiling and willing to assist you.

View from our suite overlooking the smaller pool.

On the day we checked in, to my disappointment I noticed that the hand shower at the bathtub didn't work. A couple of light bulbs also needed changing. But all this was fixed as soon as I called housekeeping.

A room with a view. Shame for the f*cking weather.

Ocean view is abundant in Amari. Every room here has ocean view!

The hotel is tucked away, sitting on a hillside away from the busy Patong main beach. I personally think that staying in Amari is just perfect - you are away from the noise at Patong main beach but you are also near enough to get there.

Getting a taxi from the hotel will cost you Baht 200 one way (USD 5.70) which I think is a bit pricey for such a short journey. But then you can always walk to Patong Beach. It's only 5 mins away!

However, this hotel is not good for disabled people and guests with babies. As it sits on a hillside, there are lots and lots of steps to walk! It will be a problem to push baby stroller all the way to the breakfast table.

Very calm and clean water. Good for a dip. But some people choose to fish instead.

On the plus side, the hotel is beautifully landscaped, planted with lots of tropical flowers. At night, when the lights are on, the beauty of the hotel property comes out. This is, I must say, one of the most romantic hotels I've stayed in.

Amari also plays with your senses. Scented oil made from lemongrass, lavender, jasmine and eucalyptus are placed in all the public toilets and changing areas. I was so impressed by it all I even bought a few bottles of scented oil and a burner to bring home. You need a burner to burn the scented oil.

Hotel's poolside food is excellent but choices are quite limited. After staying here for a few days we were forced to repeat our orders.

The hotel food is excellent. You must try La Gritta Italian restaurant. It's pricey, even by European standard, but the setting by the sea is worth every penny of it. It's so romantic it makes you want to weep for the sheer beauty of it all.

Looking at the jetty from a distance.

To top it off, the hotel has a jetty which is within walking distance. Don't be put off by the walking distance - it's just a gentle walk. It's a must for hotel guest. There are deckchairs on the jetty and there is a bar too. From here you can jump into the sea or do a bit of snorkeling.

I'm quite impressed by this jetty. Not crowded here as most hotel guests are too lazy to walk the distance from the hotel.

One word of advice - do not rely on the hotel for entertainment. The lounge singers at the Lobby Bar were not so good during our stay there - giggling nervously while singing. One gets the impression that they're so amateurish. Oh, but then, if you need 'real' entertainment you can always go to Patong where there are lots and lots of go go bars with endless supply of hot girls.

Patong's night life (credit to Boon and Thing)

In my next post I'll show you more pics of Phuket seen through the eyes of a 5 years old. Stay tuned.


Monica said...

Wow Angie! nice shots...I love all the pics you took! can't wait for your next post :-D

Monica said...

oh btw, you've been tagged! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Looks like Phuket has slowly regained what it lost before the Tsunami.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pix! I've only ever been to Bangkok. One of these days/years, when we're financially stable and the hubby can take a vacation, we might head to Phuket(sp?) or Koh Samui, or one of those non-Bangkok places :) until then, I'll just admire your pix :)

Anonymous said...

That looks beautiful. And the food, it's got my mouth watering. I would love to visit there. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You're so blessed to have that vacation! Phuket is one Thailand destination I've not gone to, and it remains a dream. With the pixes you've shared, I've gone to part of it, thanks :)

Angie R said...

Hi folks thx for dropping by!
With its beautiful beaches, seafood restaurants and vibrant night life, I almost forgot the tsunami that took place here back in 2005. If tsunami is your concern when travelling to Phuket then you can safely stay in Amari as it's the 'tsunami-safe' zone due to its location on a hillside. Gallivanter is right - Phuket has slowly regained what it lost before the Tsunami.

I went to look for a hotel called 'Holiday Resort' located quite near to Patong Beach. My hubby and I used to stay there during our early days travelling to Phuket. The hotel is nowhere to be found. Taxi driver told us that it had been completely wiped out by the tsunami. I hate to think what'd happened to the cute and ever smiling waitress who used to serve us fried seafood noodle in the hotel.

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Heaven on earth ! R there homes with private beaches ? That's what I'do if I can scrape the dosh together n built my dream home there ;-)

Thanks for sharing the beaut pix. It's a nice change from the gloom of winter in NL. I was borned in Sg btw.

Bearbear's pix of the fish does look like it's alive n kicking ! A national geographic photographer in the making u hv there, angie !

Angie R said...

Hello Dutchie, there're lots of holiday homes with private beaches for sale in Thailand and they're quite reasonably priced. It's my dream too to own a holiday home there. Pls leave me a link so that I can visit you too. :-)

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Hi Angie, sorry I dont hv a blog. Sounds like u n ur family r settling nicely in Sg. Did it take u long to adjust to the heat & the crowds in public places ?

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Hi Dutchie, still trying hard to adjust to the heat and crowds in SG. Thank goodness there is something called air-con and swimming pool! Seriously, it's so crowded in SG. What's the government going to do about it?

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Hi Angie,

Sorry for this late reply .. the heat n the crowd r reasons enough for hubby not to want to live there but I do missed it very much. It's not too bad if one can hang around one's own neighbourhood with adequate amenities, I can live with that.

U probably know that european dudes likes to DIY around the house of hv a hobby - both lacking in Sg bec there people go for instant satisfaction ? I wonder if ur hubby has that experience ?

When time comes for our trips abroad, hubby tries to steer clear of Sg *sigh*. He always remind me to see as much of the rest of the world n soak up different cultures. He has a point I suppose.

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Hi Dutchie,

I begin to like SG as days go by. All my expat wives friends think this is a very woman friendly place. We can get domestic help at reasonable rate; SG is clean & safe & full of activities for children; Last night we went for Night Safari. It is a wonderful experience that we can't get elsewhere.

Thank godness hubby is not someone who likes DIY. But he does find SG plastic, a 'fine' city full of restrictions imposed by the authority. I feel the same but I can live with this. My only complaint is that food is too good in SG. I can't lose weight! :-) Angie

GagayMD said...

wow! Phuket, i think, would be a great summer hang-out stop..hmp!?!?

you have great photo shoots here too!


Angie R said...

Hi Gagay, it is indeed a great place to hang out. It's a bit commercialised now. Thanks for dropping by!

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The Amari Coral Beach Resort is located at the far Southern end of Patong Beach Road and make a right turn at the sign after you cross the small 25 meter bridge.

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