What a joy to return to Mom Tri’s Boathouse for our 5th time! Four of our visits have been in March, with one stay in April last year. We love the fact that the hotel is situated right on the beautifully clean, white, sandy beach. Each time the weather has been superb, with idyllic beach and sea conditions. We see beautiful fish when we snorkel close to the rocks, on the left side of Kata Beach, facing out to the little dollop called Pu Island. Kata must surely be one of the loveliest beaches in Phuket .We are totally hooked now and can’t wait to return to The Boathouse, where the waves lap gently, not too many metres away from one’s breakfast table.
Somehow the staff there operate as one big happy family. Their team work is admirable. Most of them seem to have a working knowledge of English and can’t do enough to please their guests. They have an extraordinary work ethos .The General Manager, Mr Louis Bronner, is French and has excellent king-pins in key positions. The P.R.Manageress, Lisa Sol, is a vibrant and creative Dutch lady, who speaks excellent English and is at home in German too. We noticed how popular the hotel is with Scandinavian citizens too. Lisa went way beyond the call of duty, helping us plan outings and tours in the area and proving a wonderful source of information. Her Boathouse web site with photos and details of Special Offers and Long-Stays is not to be missed.
Kuhn Jarinee, the charming Thai lady who manages the Front Office, is highly competent and is loved and respected by all. What a fine ambassador she is for the Boathouse! No wonder she has served the Boathouse for over 20 years! We managed to book effortlessly and pay for our stay ,before leaving Cape Town, thanks to Kuhn Jarinee’s expert on-line assistance. We also accepted the transport she offered to arrange. What a treat for us oldies, to step off the ‘plane in Phuket, after our very long journey from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Singapore …….to find the smiling Boathouse driver waiting to welcome us with bottles of iced water and chilled napkins and to cheerfully shoulder our luggage for us.
We have grown to love the beautiful, smiling Kuhn Aporn at the front desk. Instead of relaxing at home on her afternoon off, she spent 2 hours trying to have an ear ring repaired for me in Phuket town. Another staff member who went way beyond the call of duty, was a fine young gentleman called Thawat ,who drove my 81 year old husband to a medical appointment, using his own car when he was off -duty. It is no wonder that so many guests refer to the Boathouse as their Other Home and return year after year. We too now regard it as real Home from Home!
We find the superior rooms in the Boathouse quite adequate, spacious, clean, quiet and comfortable with excellent mattresses and plenty of hanging space, drawers and sufficient hangers! A rare treat in hotels! The bathroom is fully functional, with a good shower over the bath and a handy little pull-out washline for one’s “smalls” (or “Large,” after the Boathouse chef’s excellent choc chip croissants! ) Take your own hairdryer, if you don’t want to stand in the bathroom styling your hair with the pull-out kind which is quite breezy on fine, fluffy hair!
We appreciated the fast-boil kettle with daily rations of tea, coffee and creamer and the tasty fruit left in our room, not forgetting the two bottles of complimentary water. The bar fridge was most useful for keeping our snacks cool. There is a 7 Eleven just up the road. I purchased top -up airtime vouchers for my mobile phone there too. We found good shopping bargains in the little streets close to the Boathouse.
We do so enjoy the Boathouse breakfast buffets ,with plenty of healthy options as well as decadent treats from the hotel bakery .It was great being able to have freshly -squeezed fruit and vegetable fruit each morning. The carrot, ginger and celery juice definitely helped my husband get back on his feet after rigorous oncology treatment last year.
Having the Bangkok Post delivered to our room, was another much appreciated perk as we were eager to assess the Red Shirt situation in Bangkok, our next stop. Coming from South Africa, we are very security conscious. One of the things we appreciate most about the Boathouse, is the lovely safe feeling we enjoy there. We noticed how many ladies feel free to come on their own or with another lady friend .We met some widowers who also come regularly and enjoy the warm, caring atmosphere. In our 5 visits we have never missed a single item from our room, nor from off our chairs on the beach. It was strange for us as South Africans to accept that we could actually leave our belongings on our chairs on the hotel’s private beach, swim and snorkel for 2 hours and return to find our things still there! The staff who are known as Beach Boys, under Kuhn Ning’s enthusiastic direction, pampered us with fresh towels, chilled fruit and iced water all through the day. How wonderful not to have to pay extra to hire chairs and join the bun fight on the rest of the beach where chairs were packed cheek by jowl !
Most nights we ate at the little Thai Food restaurant, alongside the reggae bar on the beach and enjoyed the tasty,traditonal food which cost us a mere R25 in our currency! We also found the food and service to be excellent, just across the road from the Boathouse at a restaurant called The Two Chefs. For two special culinary treats, we loved the whole grilled seabass at the Boathouse. It is a romantic, under- the- stars, candlelight dining experience not to be missed. Sheer magic!
Another memorable, unique experience for us, was to accept the offer of free transport to travel to the Boathouse Regatta, further north, for another mouth-watering extravaganza. Not cheap dining for us, but excellent value, with our table on the quayside ,under the stars, surrounded by snazzy yachts, in a glittering Marina with live music and a pulsating vibe. We dream on ...and look forward to March 2011.....
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