Since this is my first ever honeymoon vacation, I did a lot of research to find the best hotels and resorts in Phuket since my wife really wanted to go there. After 2 months of daily research, I ended up choosing The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket. That was the best decision I have ever made! I always wanted the best in terms of location, romantic atmosphere, cosy and spacious room as well as delicious food, and we got it all here.
We arrived at Phuket International Airport around 5.00 pm. Before we took the taxi, we went to the tourist information centre and asked them about the cheapest transportation to our resort. They were very helpful as they gave me some advice about the taxis in Phuket. They told us to take the meter taxi on the far right after the exit of the arrival hall as it is relatively cheaper compared to other transport. The metered taxi was a toyota altis and it was very convenient along the journey to our hotel. We paid around BHT700, which was BHT100 cheaper than other fixed rate airport taxi.
It took us about 1 hour to reach the resort. It is well away from the busy Phuket town and quite secluded, which what I really wanted for my honeymoon. My wife fell in love with the resort at her first sight. The sunset view at the Siray Bay and the lights from the villas got her captivated. She kept on praising me for choosing this resort. From that moment, I knew our honeymoon going to be perfect. We were greeted by a staff at the counter named 'Masami' who was very friendly and helpful. She explained about resort's facilities and restaurant, from opening hours to what can we expect from each of them. We were given the map of the resort as well to make our lives easier to go around the resort compound. She definitely gave us a good first impression!
We we were escorted to the buggy at he side of the lobby by the staff. The buggy driver, known as 'Ti' was very cheerful and always had a smile on his face. We laughed a lot on our way to our room. We can feel he is genuinely trying to make us feel like home. Since the compound of the hotel is very huge and hilly, it was quite a journey from the lobby to our room. The buggy ride really adds up to the uniqueness of this resort. Oh yeah, we booked a Deluxe Sea-view with Pool Access for 4 days and 3 nights with daily buffet breakfast. Ti helped with our luggage and wished us a pleasant stay. We never felt so welcomed before. Our room was room 2417, spacious and cosy, just like the in the pictures on the net. Everything was nice, accept our view to the sea was restricted by the roof of a sala villa. Otherwise everything from the room to the pool attached was fantastic.
The next day we requested to change our room. The staff at the counter was Masami again. She was very helpful in looking for new rooms and even escorted us to our new room. We were given room 2219. The room is at the corner of the block and has its own balcony by the pool. The view to the sea from the room was stunning and unrestricted. Very romantic. Heavenly bed, as the name suggests, is heavenly. We had good night sleep during our stay. We loved the room so much!
We had our buffet breakfast at the Seasonal Taste restaurant. The opening hours for buffet breakfast is from 6.30 am till 10.30 am. The variety and the taste of food prepared exceeded our expectations. What surprise us the most is the daily menu. We never thought Westin would change the menu every morning! The ambiance was great, the seats were comfortable and the food was nice. What a great way to start our day.
The resort has 3 swimming pools, namely Horizon Pool, Splash Pool and Prego Pool. Unfortunately, the Horizon Pool was under construction during our stay. So we only managed to swim at the Splash and Prego Pool. The gym opens 24 hours a day but we did not had a chance to go there. The wifi are provided for free at all public areas. From resort's website, they mentioned the wifi service in the room is provided but with a price which is charged daily. I have read several complaints in the reviews regarding this as a 5 star hotel should provided free internet access anywhere within its compound. To our surprise, we were provided free wifi in our room! This is how a 5 star should be :)
The Heavenly Spa
As a SPG member, we were given 30% discount on the heavenly spa. Even though the spa was very soothing and relaxing, I do feel the price is a somehow expensive. Since my wife really wanted to experience the Thai massage, both of us went for 1 hour heavenly massage and was charged BHT4000++ after tax. Put the price aside, the spa experience was wonderful.
The are several restaurants in the hotel but we only went to The Seasonal Taste for breakfast and EEST for dinner. At the EEST restaurant, we had our candlelight dinner. The food was nice and the price is quite reasonable. The ambiance was OK and could be better.
As a conclusion, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket has really given us a memorable and perfect honeymoon. We will definitely suggest to our friends and family about this resort. If we do come back to Phuket in the future, we will certainly return again to Westin, our 2nd home!
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