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Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   55 Moo 6, Kok Kloi, 82140, Thailand   |  
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“Fantastic hotel but...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I stayed here in August end. Here is what you need to know:

Room: We were in a Garden View room and it is really nice. Big bed, big bathroom, great furniture. The TV was a bit small for the room though. 32 inches I think.

Ambience: Great ambience, well decorated hotel, a stones throw away from the beach. Great pool.

Staff: EXCELLENT! Friendly, helpful and always looking to help.

Food: Pretty good. Great variety. I'd give it 4/5.

Spa: Pretty good. Clean, great atmosphere.

CONS:
Location: This hotel is far from Phuket. No other restaurants or other hotels within walking distance. The beach is great for sun bathing but the waters there are rough and the sea bed rocky, so if you are looking to swim in the sea, this place is not for you.

Seclusion: When we were there, there were maybe 4-5 other rooms occupied. Since there are no other hotels nearby, it can become very lonely. The beach is empty.

This is a good getaway but it can get lonely.

Room Tip: If you like a good view, ask for a room on a 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Passed by this place on my bicycle ride. So later on I had a stay at the pool suite for 3 nights. The room is in a nice deco though but just didn't expect there are other rooms above this pool suite. Not a major problem though, as I would enjoy spending time at the big pool.

The restaurant Natai is worth trying. Try to get a table on the beachfront with the sliding door open.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

So happy that the chef was creative with glutenfree food options, as this is usually problematic when travelling in countries where this is not commonplace! Staff were courteous and always happy to try and please with a smile. Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had a fantastic 6 days at the Maikhao Dream Resort and Spa. Right from the time we reached the hotel till the time we left, we were taken care of very personally by the staff, at the reception, at the restaurants. In particular, the Front Office Manager, Pornthip and her team welcomed us and helped us organize various day trips while we were there. We felt very much at home and welcomed at the resort. The pool is amazing. The restaurant is good and we were served very graciously. In short, we had a relaxing holiday at the Maikhao Dream Resort and Spa

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Just returned from 7 night stay at Maikhao Dream Resort and Spa. My wife and I needed a relaxing holiday and break since our last visit to Phuket 21 years ago.( honeymoon )
MyThailand holidays advertised Maikhao in the Adelaide papers so we decided to try it out.
It was a dream come true !!! Absolutely "spoiled " during the whole stay. Just what we wanted for a relaxing holiday. The facilities were amazing--beach fantastic and secluded--very very friendly staff--excellent meals and reasonable price,
Had a great experience with the eco-tour run by staff where we did kayaking--wonderful lunch--bike ride to local fishing village and organic farm ( supply fresh fruit and vegetables to resort )--trip to waterfall and temple plus a wonderful thai massage and complimentary drink to finish off the day.
Our room was absolutely fantastic with personal pool and spa plus very spacious and very well serviced every day.
An invite to general managers cocktail evening was a very pleasant surprise and the sunset from the bar was to die for.
In summary---if you want a relaxing holiday--want to be spoiled--away from mad crowds--enjoy excellent facilities then this is the place to go.... Thanks My Thailand Holidays for advertising Maikhao Dream Resort we are planning a return visit next year.

Room Tip: Go for a pool terrace room ( couples ) Excellent family garden rooms as well.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed her for 2 nights, a very nice property and hotel with beautiful beach front access. Our basic room was clean and lovely, and the property is beautiful and exactly as pictured online. Service was good. My only complaint is the whole place was empty, I am talking only 3-4 other guests there along with us. Kind of creepy, but great if you love the privacy. The main Thai restaurant and rooftop bar were closed "for renovations" while we were there, although no visible work was being done, they were just locked up. I suspect they can't afford to keep it open with so few guests. The remote location meant we were limited to eating at the one other restaurant on property for all meals, not much variety there. We walked down the beach to the local Thai restaurant for dinner as others had recommended, and had a great meal on the beach in a very casual and clearly local spot. If the place were operating at a more normal and bustling pace, this would be a great hotel. Worth a try if you don't like crowds and prefer a smaller hotel.

Room Tip: Upper floor rooms will have a beach view, ground floor rooms won't be able to see it through the...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 April 28, 2013 via mobile

We had a three day break planned as part of a 3 week trip to Thailand and we were excited by the prospect of staying at the Maikhao Dream resort. But it turned out to be a big disappointment, mainly due to the shocking standard of service, which is well below our previous experiences in the Far East and a long way off what would be required at a 5 star resort.

It started well enough, an efficient transfer from the airport in a 7 series BMW and a warm welcome at reception.

Then it started to go pear shaped.

Our room was unacceptable. A strong sewerage smell from the bathroom, a faulty safe, An unstocked mini bar, no toiletries and no table and chairs on the balcony. Hardly ready for a new guest and no one has signed this room off as acceptable to allocate.

I made my way back to reception and to be fair,the front of house manageress ( who was excellent throughout our stay), came back with me, apologised and quickly arranged to move rooms to an upgraded pool villa. (I got the impression that this wasn't a one off and recent TA reviews confirm my suspicions)

But the rest of our stay was just disappointment after disappointment. As per previous recent reviewers, service at breakfast and lunch was appalling. No eye contact from staff, no awareness that we were even there. Constantly having to ask for standard things like a pot of tea, etc. No one attending the pool bar.

I have never witnessed such a set of unmotivated staff in all my travels. What is going on here?

If it wasn't for the efficient front of house manager and her team, and the beauty of the location and well kept gardens this would be a one star review.

What a sad state of affairs the Maikhao Dream is in. As others have said, you do hope they can sort it out.

Avoid until they get their act together.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 55 Moo 6, Kok Kloi, 82140, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Takua Thung District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Takua Thung District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai 5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai is situated on the sandy shores of Natai Beach, Phang Nga. A boutique 56-room beach resort features 5 room categories with partial or full seaview and pool views. Elegantly designed to reflect traditional Thai architecture and decor in a modern style. It offers 5 Star luxury facilities for long summer holidays, weekend family getaways and romantic honeymoons. ... more   less 
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Maikhao Dream Resort Natai Hotel Takua Thung
Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai Phang Nga Province, Thailand

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