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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach Hotel Cape Panwa
- Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach Cape Panwa