My boyfriend and I stayed at the Merlin beach for two weeks in November; it was our first time to Thailand and we loved it! We had a superior room over looking the pool access rooms which was lovely; all we could hear from our balcony was the fountain at the end. The rooms were well sized and comfortable, looked after well, the air conditioning was great and much needed. The superior rooms do not come with a free safe – you can hire it for 80batt a day, alternatively there are free safes located in reception.
The pool and grounds was lovely, the three pools were great. One word of advice is if you haven’t got to a sun lounger by 9.30am latest you’ll have trouble finding one – they get reserved very very early!! Whilst we were there we say three weddings which were amazing to watch, truly beautiful! One of them even had a baby elephant come out to bless the wedding! The Thai ladies on the beach are great, all very friendly really cheap. For a Thai massage it costs 300 batt for an hour, which works out about £4.30!!! I tried the Merlin Spa which cost a lot more and to be honest there wasn’t really that much difference! The ladies on the beach are also great for getting your laundry done!!
The beach is rocky, but it is great having your own beach, because patong beach can get really busy during the day! As people have mentioned before, the Goodview restaurant at the top of the stairs by the beach is great, the food is so cheap!! We went there nearly every day for lunch. The hotel food and drink is very nice, but they add a 10% service charge and 7% tax to everything so worth bearing in mind.
The hotel being located outside of patong didn’t bother us in the slightest! It costs 200batt each way. Our first night in bangla road was a bit of a culture shock and it took us a while for everything to sink in, i.e. lady boys, ping pong shows, really old men with young thai ladies and the smell of sewerage, but once we sat in a bar with a cocktail watching everyone go by we decided that this is what we love about experiencing new cultures and places, so went to Bangla road every night after that!!!... but it did make it even nicer returning to the merlin beach which was surrounded by peace and quiet.
My only niggle was a couple of nights we were kept awake by screaming aussies drunk, slamming doors and shouting at the tops of their voices which reminded me more of being more in clubbing 18-30s hotel!! I’m only 22 and like to go out and enjoy myself but at the end of the day there is such a thing as respect for others!!
We did lots of excursions whilst we were there, like the fantasia show, elephant trekking, James Bond island, phi phi island and horse riding - a great way to see the island and great fun! I was a bit worried about the weather before I left because every website said heavy showers, but luckily during our two weeks I think it drizzled on and off for a couple of hours and it didn’t bother us in the slightest because it was so hot and humid and compared to England’s weather in November, that’s nothing!!
Overall we had a great time in Phuket and would definitely like to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Merlin Beach Resort is a deluxe and luxurious hotel, situated on its own secluded Tri-Trang Beach (3 km. from Patong Beach). Low-rise buildings sitting along the private beach amongst 12 acres of swaying coconut palms and tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merlin Beach Hotel Patong
- Merlin Beach Resort Phuket
- Hotel Merlin Beach
- Beach Merlin Resort
- Beach Merlin Phuket Resort
- Merlin Beach Phuket
- Merlin Beach Resort Patong, Phuket