The rooms are nice, good bed, fast internet and great that they offer free dvds for watching movies. The beach looks very beautiful, but we were never able to swim in the ocean, because the waves are much higher at Mai Khao Beach than at Patong, Kamala or Surin beach.
The gym is ok, little bit small, but the equipment is good (Matrix). The pool is lovely, has nice ocean view. Unfortunately most of the pool towels are old, have stains and are of bad quality. Cool that you can play table tennis, billiard, boules, darts and use the trampolin and bikes free of charge. The hotel is located about 15 minutes from the airport and a taxi costs 500 baht.
When you exit the hotel to the left there is a small grocery store (2 min walk) and to the right there are two small restaurants with cheap Thai food (3min walk). Unfortunately there is no hotel shuttle to Turtle Village Mall Mai Khao Beach (has some boutiques, Swensen's ice cream parlour and a good but expensive supermarket). So either you have to take the overpriced taxi (500 baht) or walk along the beach for about 45 minutes if you want to go there. Patong is very far away and the hotel shuttle is very expensive (650 baht per person, roundtrip).
If you have kids I can also recommend you to visit the Splash Jungle Waterpark (about ten minutes with taxi, 400 baht).
The hotel food was delicious and reasonnable priced. The breakfast buffet was excellent. Unfortunately there are many flies, so not good for eating breakfast outside. The hotel doesn't want to offer complimentary drinking water to the guests at the restaurant. They prefer to sell their drinking water for 60 baht ++ (four times more expensive than at the local Thai restaurant in front of the hotel). At the poolside restaurant they told me that they don't offer a free glass of drinking water and at the main restaurant they brought me some, but the waitress told me that "free drinking water is not good for you"!!! They also tried to cheat me, they charged me for the buffet 699 baht, although it just cost 599 baht. Terrible service!
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