Our 1st review, Jul 27-30 2012 Room 2314 Sea View King
About us: First time in Thailand and first beach resort holiday. Last vacation before our first child arrives later this year. World travelers, around 30 years old, two dogs and married for 366 days. Without further ado....
Greeted fabulously. The lemon grass drink on arrival was a big hit and we went back for another glass every night. Shown to our room quickly and met with a surprise bed and bath full of rose petals (travel agent had informed of our 1 year anniversary it seems). View was splendid and completely of beach as oppose to beach and lobby.
Room: had just two bottled waters on arrival; corrected on the spot but then each day we only received two more. I was expecting 6 biased on reviews and for the benefit of my beautiful (pregnant wife) I took to taking 4 more off the cart as I walked by; problem solved. Bedding was great; slept wonderfully! Best thing about a new resort, goes without saying really but everything was crisp and new. Some green touches for the environment (and energy bill I'm sure). I saw reviews saying the rooms were small; they seemed fine to me and we enjoyed our time hanging out in the room. REALLY wanted to try out one of the loft rooms but ultimately there was no need to splurge and we spent that money instead on a John Gray tour (great!)
Shower had great pressure but cycled from hot to cold for no apparent reason. The biggest downside of our stay because we also managed to get sunburns and a constant temp would have been nice!
Breakfast. Pro: Served a range of food to meet international taste. Fresh juice, fresh fruit, good pastries, friendly staff, hot breakfast and Frozen Yogurt. Con: They never could get my eggs right. I might be an egg snob but I expect to be able to say "eggs over medium" and get hard white/runny yoked fried eggs.
Lunchs/Dinners: Enjoyed it and had the Chefs Recommendation on the last night. No complaints at all. We don't drink mixed drinks these days so no reviews there.
Pools were nice and never crowded. Gym was very nice. Upstairs lobby was wonderful. Beach was a bit rocky and often far from the water due to tide but private, large and if you wake early.... had a magnificent view of the sunset. Also fun to explore the crab life when the sea was out, just bring water shoes or strapped sandals.
Staff was all very helpful and gave my wife a magnificent bouquet of roses made from banana leaves on our last night there during our anniversary dinner. I didn't catch her name but she did a great job making these and we brought them home to India to enjoy them longer. We got many great reactions at the airport holding them. They were always quick to get us answers to our questions; even if a bit was lost in translation.
Spa: Never visited so no review.
Area: The hotel is far from the crowds. When I asked about an ATM I was told 5km away. Rent a car if you plan to go out and about often. Or even just for a day.
Would I visit again? Yes, but we will likely try a different resort next year to gain perspective.
- Also Known As:
- Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort Cape Panwa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the tranquil setting of the stunning Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort. Located just 10 minutes from charming Phuket Town, our brand new 5 star resort is set in the secluded Makham Bay, with its own private beach and spectacular views of the Andaman sea.Explore our unique heritage where Sino-Portuguese design meets modern comforts. Revel in our array of stunning guest rooms complemented by thoughtful touches and premier bedding. Our suites are spacious and opulent, all with bay views and most with direct access to a semi private pool. With 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre, kids club, Thann spa, tour desk and a Recreation Manager, filling up a day with activities is little issue. The hotel is catered with a pool bar, an all day dining restaurant, Mosaic, a cafe, lobby lounge and an Italian beachfront restaurant, Patio. Naturally room service is available for 24 hours. Wi-fi is complimentary for all guests throughout the hotel. ... more less
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