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“Relaxing, clean and friendly staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Aquamarine Resort & Villa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   17/38 Moo 6, Kamala Beach | Kathu, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Kamala
Melbourne, Australia
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“Relaxing, clean and friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We spent 8 days at this hotel as part of a "getaway" deal which included a dinner and an hour massage each. The room are clean, spacious with cable TV . Not that you will spend much time there as Phuket as so much to offer. Don't use the shuttle, go to Kamala, rent a scooter and be free!
The pools are big, clean and the staff is really friendly.
The massage included was amazing. Really relaxing.
For dinner, I would recommend going to the city,or just at "pooma" at the bottom of the hotel on the beach.
Overall a great deal, wish we could have get another week at the same rate.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

There is a lot of good and some challenges with this place.
Staff, really nice people especially Nid in the restaurant and the singer and guitarist who played every night. They made our time
Location, at the top of a hill which makes for very good excise and sweat! It will cost you to get around unless you walk to kamala so you need to build that into the budget. They have free shuttles but timings aren't great
Room, typical style, abit worn but fine
Food, good but for some reason they main menu in the blue cafe is small. We asked to order from the room service menu which had heaps more Thai options and that was fine. Free brekkie was included and was ok. Some mornings was really busy as they had big bus loads of Korean tourists
Facilities, three pools which where all nice. Especially like the one by the cafe. We did the batik and vege carving classes. They where fine just a shame the teachers didn't speak great English so I don't think we got the most out of the classes. They have a mini mart which was handy as the nearest 7/11 was at the bottom of the hill. Prices what's you would expect for a hotel

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

its magnificent place that you can spend you romantic vacation
everyone in this resort is helpful,and kind
i want to say that the food in the resort is the best then outside so i recommend to eat in the resort better
cheep in everything, excellent in everything also
just its place is far from paton city,and there is no privet peach
again its important to know food,service,transport, is very very good
distance from airport mmm yes its fa
rooms have amazing magical see view
stay away from insects at night outside your room

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We have just returned from our 8 day stay there - our observations are there is not enough free shuttle buses to Patong, only 1130 and 1730. It cost us 400-600 baht to get to Patong one way. After 8 days it cost $AUS250 in taxi fares!!. The taxis but not metered and you have to barter with them. There is a huge problem in Phuket with the taxis and their excessive charges. This is my second visit to Phuket and 8th to Thailand - I will not return to Phuket - very disappointed with the overall attitude and service on the island. The resort had excessive charges for laundry and internet access, the beds are extremely hard, and staff had poor command of English. The resort is isolated so you do need to use taxi's and there is not enough free shuttle buses. However, the views are lovely. Surin, Kata, Freedom and Karon Beaches are stunning - you are better off staying there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

I loved this resort. We had already been in Rawai for a week before we got here and we are about to check out after 12 nights. My days have predominantly consisted of long days by the pool gliding into two for the price of one cocktails at 3pm. I have very much enjoyed banter with the staff, who in typical Thai style, find fun in everything. Some reviewers have criticised the staff for not speaking their language - my suggestion to you is, have a holiday in your own country where there will be no language barrier. We took the opportunity to learn a couple of words of Thai, much to the delight of the locals.

What we loved: amazing views, fantastic pool area including swim up bar and big umbrellas. Great breakfast and restaurant. Shuttles to Kamala Beach and Patong. Little restaurant on the beach across the road, Poomah (meaning crab), they speak little English but lovely people.

People we loved: Pookkie in the restaurant, speaks good English and a very nice lady. Ton, a very quiet but lovely chef who cooked our eggs every morning. Make him smile, it's worth it. Mr Lilly, seek him out, you'll love him, housekeeping. The bell boys, we loved them all especially Mr Bean (nick name given by his colleagues because he makes mistakes :) housekeeping girls, so lovely and full of fun. New in reception, very friendly and helpful. The gardeners were always polite although we could only greet them as we don't speak enough Thai.

Problems we had that became opportunities to meet great people: air con broke down twice and repaired instantly, thank you Mr Lilly. Bed was too hard, mattress topper applied instantly. Locked ourselves on the veranda, beware of pressing the lock button when opening the door, thanks again Mr Lilly. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not the place for the infirm or disabbled.

We look forward to returning one day.

Linda and Terry (Mamma and Poppa) room 4209

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I stayed at the Aqua Marine Resort in August. I wasn't sure what to expect as I have read quite a few bad reviews, however my experience was a positive one. The staff were very friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived. Everyone greets you around the complex and will do anything they can to help you.
I wouldn't recommend going to Phuket in August as it rained a lot during our stay. In fact I have never witnessed such downpours in my life! However on a plus side, as it is out of season it was quieter and there are more bargains to be had when shopping.
I really liked the location of this resort. It is about a 15 minute walk into Kamala Beach. Yes it is on a steep hill but you get stunning views of the bay. It is quiet and relaxing but also a good base to explore the surrounding area. There are many fantastic local restaurants close to the hotel and our favorite was Rock Fish. The food there was amazing and the view was stunning. Don't eat at the hotel as it is expensive and the quality is so much better out in Kamala or on the way into Kamala.
It can get expensive taking taxis everywhere. We went into Patong and Phuket Town for example. However if you want a quiet week mostly based at the hotel and Kamala beach then this will suit you.
We had a few shirts and suits made with the hotel's tailor who is very professional and loves to chat!
We had a 3 hour spa couples treatment which was lovely. It included a full body massage, facial, body salt scrub, steam room and jacuzzi - for about £50 each! You can get massages on the beach for a much cheaper price too.
Our room was ok - a basic Thai style room. It was very clean. We had a deluxe sea-view room but we couldn't make the most of the balcony/view due to the rain.
Breakfast was a buffet style with plenty of choice.
The pools are nice. Make the most of happy hour to get drinks at a normal price otherwise it is expensive!
My tip would be take a trip to a secret beach about a 15 minutes taxi ride away called Laem Singh. Great restaurant on the beach there! Very picturesque.
I think that Aqua Marine was good value for money. If you want a 5* luxury resort then this isn't for you.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Superior, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

We just spend 4 nights at the Aquamarine Resort & Villa. The whole stay was very much enjoyable. The hotel was great, the staff was very friendly.
The hotel is located just outside of the town at Kamala beach. If you are eager to join the busy nightlife of Patong etc this might not be the location for you. But if you want something a bit more quiet while still not far away from the many attractions of Phuket this is certainly a good choice. We rented a car during our stay on Phuket so getting around was not an issue for us. At THB 1000 per day for a Honda Jazz we found this very reasonable. We rented the car rig h t at the airport.
The hotel is build on the hill. Between the various buildings there is large height difference. But hotel staff is always there to drive you up the hill with one of their golf carts. The view over Kamala beach and the bay is just stunning. You can enjoy this view from the restaurants, e.g. during breakfast, from the swimming pools and from the rooms.
The hotel has a nice restaurant as well as a Blue Sea Cafe. There is a small minimart, business center and a few small other shops as well. Close to the lobby theire is a bar which had happy hour late in the afternoon as well as late evenings.
The swimming pool also had its own bar.
We stayed in one off the villas. These villas were beautiful. The rooms were large, nicely decorated and there was a large balcony with a beautiful view over the bay.
The bathroom also was huge with separate rain shower and large bath tub.
In our package internet was included. But based on the descriptions on the login screen this might not be the case for every one. Various packages were offered.
Breakfast was good. There was a selections of both western and Asian food.
All staff at the hotel, at the reception, the restaurant, the front desk.......was very friendly.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 17/38 Moo 6, Kamala Beach | Kathu, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Kamala
#9 Spa Hotel in Kamala
#14 Luxury Hotel in Kamala
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Hotel Class:4 star — Aquamarine Resort & Villa 4*
Number of rooms: 202
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