I have only ever written a few reviews, however I could not return from this holiday & not tell people about this fantastic resort. First of all my wife & I would like to thank each & every member of the Merlin Beach Resort staff who made our holiday, well just made our holiday really.!!
So we arrived at the resort after driving through what seemed like a monsoon.! (rainy season) mid June, to be greeted by the reception staff who sorted our check in very quickly & with a cocktail & a smile. We were taken to our room which had a view of the swimming pool & the sea which was amazing even though it was still raining. We ordered room service as we arrived late & it was a great first impression of what was to follow.
From the next morning onwards things just got better & better as the sun was shining & every member of the resort staff greeted us with a smile. Breakfast was great (buffet) & the egg chefs looked after all your eggy needs.! After that we met our holiday rep who sorted all our excursions & asked if all was well with the resort. Yes we replied but the only critisism we have is that the room had a slight foisty smell to it when we arrived. Well the next thing we knew we were being shown different rooms all over the resort to see if we would like to move, however it would seem the smell was just down to the lack of use & actually dissapeared after the next 2 days. We decided that the view from the balcony was too good to miss so we stayed put.!
The resort staff didn't rest at this & treated our room to some nice smellies that sorted it.
Ok so we tried every restaurant in the resort & did not have one bad experience, with each visit accompanied by a discount card which ended up giving us up to 30% discount at the last few meals. The resort itself was very clean & the gardens well cared for. With a short walk to the beach that was beautiful & had sea view massages at either end. The little Tiger restaurant to the left of the beach up some steps is also well worth a visit for drinks & food, especially at sunset, with totally stunning views. The swimming pools are exceptionally clean & with a swim up bar was a welcome break after sunbathing. There are 3 pools in total which all looked fantastic however we only used the one with the swim up bar. Free Wifi in the lobby was handy & also much easier than buying wifi for the room which was a bit hit & miss unless standing on one leg in the shower with ur device held above ur head. Happy hour every evening in the lobby bar 6pm-8pm with cocktails at £1 we tried them all..!!
If you like a bit of adventure & nightlife then Patong is only 10mins free shuttlebus ride away.
Some reports say these buses get busy, well we found that there was no problem getting on the free bus because if it was full then they sent for back up & as for the return we just picked up a tuk tuk for a few quid.
While your in Phuket you have got to go and see Phi Phi islands & also go elephant trekking all these trips are well worth the money & don't forget your camera.!!. We also went to the Simon Caberet (ladyboy show), it was really good & there were a couple of funny acts that we're still laughing about 3 weeks later.
Anyway back to the resort, even at the end of our holiday on checkout, which can sometimes be long winded at some hotels, they made short work of it & still with a smile. They even gave us an envelope with all the chitties we had signed for pool drinks etc.....
So if your thinking of a holiday in Patong then the Merlin beach resort is the one. It looked far nicer than most of the other hotels we visited to collect people on excursions. When we return it will be back at the Merlin.!!
Hope this gives a little insight to this resort for whoever reads this..!!
Signing off with thanks.... Room 3205 16th-29th June 2013. :)
- 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