We had very high expectations after reading all the reviews and booked 3 nights in the private pool villa, but in the end we were slightly underwhelmed. Service was attentive and the check in area is beautifully decorated with a nice view.
We were driven down the hill to our villa, but even though it's very spacious, the layout was a bit strange with a very large open kitchen without any cutlery or dishes and a sort of a bar area with the sofa pushed against it. It reminded me of some sort of timeshare condo instead of a luxury hotel. The bedroom area is more stylish with a large open bathroom with double sinks. Compared to some other similar resorts we've stayed in we expected something more stylish. It was certainly nice and comfortable, but not amazing. The air conditioning was rather noisy as well.
Our main disappointment was the lack of privacy. Next to the outside doorway you can look straight into the bedroom, so that anyone walking along the path could look inside. We ended up keeping the curtains closed, which defeats the purpose of a "private" villa. You could also look down into the pool area from the raised main path so we could not relax in the pool without people walking by and looking into the terrace area. This would probably be less of a problem for the other villas, so we were unlucky to have the location at the entry to the parking area.
We rented a car and it was possible to park on the private road which was very convenient.
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant on christmas eve and was pleasantly surprised that we could order a la carte and not obliged to take the christmas dinner as at many other hotels in Thailand. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Service was good also. We had breakfast had the same restaurant, but found the buffet rather simple and nothing like the selection at the Renaissance where we stayed before. I missed having fresh juice and even the asian selections were just ok.There was little variation the three days we were there, so it was fine for a light meal but nothing to look forward to.
There is a book and dvd library which we enjoyed, although some of the dvds are obviously pirated copies. Ok for Thailand but not really fitting for a five star resort... We considered using the spa, but the location next to the main parking wasn't particularly enticing and we preferred to go to the beach instead.
Upon check out they confirmed if we had not left anything in the room, and they found a battery charger for my camera that I had left plugged in. That left a good last impression, so the service is definitely top notch. Too bad that our private villa was anything but.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small and Intimate, nested on the heart of a hill overlooking the Andaman Sea. The Villa Zolitude, hidden in the hillside exotic jungle. Whilst tropical oasis has an air of rustic charm, it is as luxurious and sophisticated as you could wish.Each exclusive cottage is an exotic fusion of earth and Moroccan luxurious touch; a level of sophistication, stylish in accommodation and service that vividly contrasts with the primeval environment. Game drives and excursions are arranged to meet the wild life at close quarters and guests can explore their own roots, the pearl of Andaman. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Zolitude Hotel Chalong
- Zolitude Hotel Chalong
- Villa Zolitude Resort And Spa Phuket/Chalong