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“If we could go anywhere in the world right now, it would be back to the Radisson Plaza” 5 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   44/5 Moo 8,Sakdidesh Road | Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand   |  
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“If we could go anywhere in the world right now, it would be back to the Radisson Plaza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

After reading the report from the person in Vancouver saying that the hotel is not up to standard then we were a bit sceptical. How wrong we were, and in fact I can only say that we must have been staying in a completely different hotel.

On arrival at the hotel, the lobby is bright, spacious and very welcoming and we were greeted by friendly smiling faces and a much needed cold towel and drink. Check in was very smooth and within minutes we were on our way to our room, being taken there by a member of staff who gave us a run down en-route of where everything was located and when we got to our room, how everything worked. Our luggage arrived a few minutes after us.

We quickly unpacked, showered and headed out to explore the resort and have some dinner before settling in for an early night. After a few Happy Hour cocktails in the lobby bar, served by the ever smiling and helpful Pavina we headed down to the pool bar. We didn't realise they were just about to close up for the night but they still served us with a smile, took our order and stayed open until we had finished. There was no urgency or feeling that we had to hurry.

We then headed back to our Ocean view room which had been turned down while we were out with flowers on the bed. We are intrigued by the comment about a room which over-looked the highway. Most of the rooms have either a pool or sea view with some overlooking the pool villas, but they all face out to sea. Some of the corridors in the main accommodation blocks from which the rooms lead off overlook the main road into Cape Panwa but it can hardly be described as a highway.

After a good nights sleep in an amazingly large, comfortable bed we headed down to breakfast in Aqua, the resorts main restaurant. Breakfast is well worth the 600++ Baht. There are five different cereals, lots of fresh fruit, yoghurts, freshly squeezed fruit juices, hot Asian selection, cold meats, cheeses, bacon, sausages, your own choice of eggs from the egg station, hash browns, french toast, different potato dishes daily, pastries, croissants and loads of different freshly baked breads and rolls. Breakfast can certainly set you up for the day!!

Unfortunately, the first few days we were there the heavens were open constantly and it was very humid and sticky. We took the opportunity however to relax and completely chill out and treated ourselves to a Spa Package. The package worked out around £90 but for this we were treated to hours of sheer bliss. We started off with a foot scrub, then an all over body scrub, a chocolate wrap, an Indian head massage, a Swedish massage and then a hand/foot massage, I have never ever felt so relaxed and chilled. After showering, we headed to dinner in Aqua. The menu is quite extensive with an excellent choice of Thai, Asian and International dishes. We can highly recommend most of the dishes as we tried most of them but the Nasi Goreng, Panang Curry, Spring Rolls and Chicken Satay were definite favourites. The food for a hotel of this rating is not expensive. We would spend an average of £15 per night per person which was 2 courses and at least 2 drinks.

Miss Poland was in the hotel during our stay for a photo-shoot, and although we were aware of their presence never ever felt as if they were in the way at all and it was very interesting to watch.

We dined in Azur one evening which was absolutely fantastic. The food and service were exceptional. We did spend about £90 this evening but the biggest cost was the wine. This cannot be helped though as wine we find is expensive throughout Thailand as it is imported.

The pool and garden areas are fantastic and once the gardens are fully establised will be stunning. One of the benefits of the pools are that they are not chlorinated so no constant red-eyes.

Tom from the pool bar is a character and very charismatic and as mentioned earlier Pavina is fantastic. All of the staff are excellent. Very friendly, helpful, efficient and professional. Greg, the General Manager and Kimberley, the Media/marketing manager are always on hand to help with any queries and requests.

We were upgraded to a Pool Villa for the last night of our stay. WOW!! We recently spent our honeymoon in a Pool Villa at the Sala Samui but the Radisson is much much better.

We could write a book about our stay at the Radisson. We cannot fault it in anyway and would rate this as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. We have already booked to go back in March next year, cancelling plans to travel to Koh Samui.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2009

Heving spend may trips in Phuket and having been staying at many place from Potong, Kamala, Karon, Kata, this is the first hotel I saw the uniqueness.
When i first arrived that thi property, the lenghty long privagte beach with white sand is probably the stunning point of Radisson Plaza Panwa Beach. this is the first time I saw lengthy private beach in Phuket
My children ensoy spending time in the chindren pool and the kids club.
The environment of this hotel make me feel living in natural and intouch unlike some hotels that when stay, it is like a theme park probably because of the privacy of the beach.
In the afternoon, when i walk on the deck of lower pool the color of the pool match with the color of the sea making a magnificent senery.
The pricing is quite cheap as I bought it on package deal.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

My wife and I stayed there because of the low rates but it was a mess. The rooms
face the highway, the beach is muddy not sandy, the hotel is surrounded by garbage and construction sites with rotting rubber trees. The food was
processed, nothing fresh, and you have to take an unlicensed taxi the staff
recommend or one of those little red go cart taxi things they
have in phuket. The aquarium is not far away but that was a 20
minute visit and then there is absolutely nothing else to do or see
anywhere near the place. we tried going for a walk but there are wild
dogs in the trees around the hotel that attack you. We checked out
and went to Laguna on the west coast where we felt safe and the
beaches were sandy. we ended up paying only 30 us dollars more per
night there.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

This beachfront resort is only two months old so you feel like you're the only one there. No rowdy kids running around, just you and your mates. Lots of sundecks and lounge sofas around, fantastic place to chill when the atmosphere is right.

Located at Cape Panwa, it offers fantastic views of the Andaman sea from the pool and most rooms. Resort consists of four-storey blocks and beachfront standalone suites.

The beach however isn’t fanstastic for swimming, but is made up for with the exclusivity of the area. No random hawkers or massage ladies, just unobstructed views of the deep blue sea.

Amenities are of a high standard, with complimentary LAN and wifi in all rooms. One green function that's highly commendable is the air-con gets cut off immediately once the sliding doors to the balcony open.

Staff were willing to please, nothing was too much of a hastle. From repairworks to 5pm checkout request, it was always a yes. Most rates however don’t include breakfast, which is additional 600++ per head.

My group were orginally booked to stay at Cape Yamu, but decided to go with Radisson as we found a super good deal last minute and were extremely pleased. I should think it’s a better location that Surin or Kamala beach as Panwa is only a short drive to Phuket Town and Central Festival/Tesco/Big C for meals and supplies, yet still far away from crowds.

Go while still its new.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

I checked in at the Radisson on the first day of their soft opening, being the first checked-in guest. So it's understandable that there are still a lot of last minute touch up going on.

Stayed at the Ocean View room. The huge balcony provides a breath-taking view of the Andaman Sea. Room size is large, with separate toilet, bath, shower, dressing desk and a heavenly king-size bed.

The hotel has its own private beach and since it's located in a bay area, the sea is very calm, unlike other beaches in Phuket during this time of the year.

The Talay spa is very very nice, each treatment room is located in a thai-style cottage. Price is fair, compared to other 5-stars establishments on the island.

While I didn't stay at the villas, I get to have a tour of them. The beds in the ocean villa are facing the Andaman Sea so that's the first thing you will see when you wake up. The only downside is that the plants used as privacy screens are still growing so you can pretty much see your neighbor's room at this point. But the hotel points out that this should be fixed in the next 2 couple of months as they grow really fast.

Hope I can return to this gem soon.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 44/5 Moo 8,Sakdidesh Road | Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Spa Hotel in Cape Panwa
#6 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort features 211 guest accommodations in contemporary Thai décor including spacious Pool Villas, three free form swimming pools, a children’s pool with waterside, a well-being spa, fitness center, complimentary non-motorized water sports, and free wireless access throughout the Resort. ... more   less 
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