I've been to the Adamas a couple of times now & have already booked to return in April, which says it all really.
I would recommend that you pre-arrange the hotel vehicle for an airport pickup - it's only 10 mins from the airport, but the taxis there are a hassle - they are like a mafia and it can cost you 500 baht or more.
The drive from the airport is through local villages, with some small shops, and a bit of padi field & past a fancy villa.
There isn't much else close to the hotel - so it's quiet. There is an abandoned hotel to the lefthand end of the bay, which isn't pretty if your room faces towards it.
Arrival at the hotel is impressive, with friendly and attentive staff who whisk you through to the expansive sofas, overlooking that bay. The main building is all open plan, with a bar and lounge. The rooms are divided into two main parallel wings, plus the fancy individual beachfront pool bungalows. The design is modern Thai, with bright cushions and interesting light features hanging from the public room ceilings.
There are many water features throughout the resort and the grounds are beautiful - this attracts much birdlife. The main pool is huge and has branches (?) or riverlets that snake through the grounds and run along the bottom of the main room blocks - this means if you want you can have a pool access room, with your own sunbeds. Great if maybe you are a really active lap swimmer.
Rooms are spacious, with dark wood floors & furniture. The balconies are huge but have only one bench seat - this has cushions but means that you need to sit sort of side ways (or if there are 2 of you, facing each other) which means you can't really appreciate the beautiful bay view comfortably. There is plenty of room on the balcony for 2 lounge chairs.
On arrival, you often find towels sculpted cleverly into an elephant, which will no doubt charm younger guests a great deal. A fruit bowl is also provided of good quality & with linen napkin, cutlery, plate. The mini bar is in a huge dark wood cabinet, whose doors are shelves for a selection of different types of glass. There is also a proper kettle, mugs etc, although the tea/coffee provided is of the cheaper quality: Nescafe instant + Liptons yellow.
The bathroom is lovely - glamorous glitter tiles on the floor and a huge handmade bath-for-2, which has coloured glass mosaic in it. There is a sliding wooden panel, which means you can have open plan bathroom/bedroom - for example, to watch the TV from the bath! There is also a beautiful separate shower with a glass door and combination of the mosaic and black tiles and rainfall shower. The bathroom freebies are good quality with an excellent fragrance. Different from the typical things you are given. I particularly like the mini dressing room, which has a swing door opening to both the bathroom and to the hallway. It has open plan closets with enough space for the most well dressed guest, sliding drawers, space for many many pairs of shoes! The sink is a big stainless steel bowl on a black marble counter.
The pool area is great, with many beds and some upstairs on a sort of mezzanine about the beachfront restaurant. The beach itself is not for sunbathing, as it is huge and too shallow for swimming, although it's nice for a walk when the tide is out. Food at the restaurants is of a very high standard and the staff are very attentive. Breakfast stands out for its quality and international variety of foods, including real coffee from an italian machine. If you ask, they will even make you espresso. This main restaurant is lovely but perhaps lacks a little atmosphere, although you can dine on the terrace outside if you are smoker or if it's a cooler evening. The beachfront restaurant is quite romantic at night, with the giant swinging lanterns and the chairs under the trees. All food and drinks are quite expensive, as it expected from such a standard of hotel that is in an isolated position.
To economise, as other posters have said, one can walk along the sand at low tide to the beach resort of Nai Yang, which has anything a holiday maker could want really. So maybe stock up on cold drinks & put them in your fridge? Similarly, there is a shuttle bus provided a couple of times per day into Patong (horrible place, but very popular to buy fake goods etc & the more seamy side of Thailand including a lot of seamy tourists).
If you are on a family holiday or want to do lots of activities, you could use Adamas as a base, as it is not far to many interesting places & you could hire a car or arrange tours to pick you up.
The staff are friendly and helpful and most speak English very well. They provide the right kind of atmosphere for this hotel - laid back but of a high standard. Room cleaning is spotless.
Recommended (but don't tell everyone!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing heaven awaits you...Welcome to Imperial Adamas Beach Resort, Phuket. Adamas luxury Phuket resort is designed for sophisticated travellers wanting to rejuvenate body and soul. Imperial Adamas Beach Resort, Phuket is located on one of the most secluded beaches of the island, Nai Yang. Our luxury Nai Yang resort accommodation features stylish contemporary Thai decor set in lush tropical garden and coconut palm tree groves, just a few steps from the beach. The Imperial Adamas Beach Resort 3000 m2 infinity swimming pool that winds its way round the resort is a true highlight. Our guests can enjoy the timeless Thai traditions of healing and massage at our Nai Yang Beach spa. Relax and rejuvenate mind and body at the Adamas Spa. ... more less
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