Lovely resort hotel but lacks in areas.
My wife and I have just returned from 6 days in Phuket, 6 days of which we spent in a beachfront hotel at the Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
Having been regular travellers to South East Asia, we had done a fair amount of research as to where to stay, somewhere peaceful and quiet, away from the crowds.
We had arranged for a private transfer from the Airport and was greeted by a friendly driver (holding up one of those signs at the airport after the baggage claim). Everything was pretty easy and coordinated, so had an easy 40 minute drive to the resort. On arrival, check in was a tad slow but fairly easy, the usual cold drink was offered and quite refreshing.
The lobby is impressive - with huge ceilings, and a view that expands out to the main swimming pool and the ocean beyond. The atmosphere was very relaxed, summery, and modern. (New resort)
Great - very spacious, and the view looks out towards the main pool and the ocean. The big double sliding doors can open up so you can sit on the enclosed balcony. The two queen beds were enormous and oh so comfortable, the bathroom was equally as impressive with a huge shower. All the amenities were there as you would expect.
Everything about this resort is water! There is an enormous main pool and a just as big secondary pool with various sections. Surrounding the pool are the obligatory palm trees and the deck chairs. Further down near the beach side restaurant is the infinity pool and the resorts own private beach and sunbaking area / deck chairs etc. Best of both worlds really with the ocean beyond and the all important cocktail service!
Food & Drink
The dining options are great at the Crowne Plaza because you have a choice of Italian, Thai or other traditional western style food . The main restaurant serves the buffet breakfasts in the morning, this however is where the hotel lacks in service, make sure you are seated either early in the morning or attend after 9.30am as the place is struggling to cope, not enough staff were on hand to cater for the rush. The Egg Station where they make you anything you want was particularly lacking, one morning they had only one young lady cooking who clearly lacked any real experience, not totally her fault but she could do with some extra tuition in the art of cooking eggs. Also, if you like bacon with your eggs, you have to ask for it as it always seemed to be hidden away under the cook top for some reason.
The menu items for lunch / dinner etc contained a mix of Western and Thai food.
Being a little far from all the normal goings on in Phuket, there is nothing in the way of bars or restaurants around the Resort, we did however find a gem of a restaurant approx 10 minutes away at the tip of Cape Panwa, the Laem Panwa Restaurant, choose your own fresh fish and prawns as you walk in, so cheap to dine here, $60 - $70 for 4 with drinks. Get a cab from the stand outside.
Fitness & Activities
The gym is great and managed to get some exercise in, also has Kayaks for a paddle around the bay. Definitely recommend.
Great new resort that is perfect for lazing about by the pool or beach, I'd go back here again but please fix up the breakfast shemozle.Less crowds, better value, and the rooms are great.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort Cape Panwa