The resort has an absolute beautiful setting, with villas covering a hillside facing the sea. The rooms look nice both inside and out, and it's easy to imagine how wonderful this place must have been in its heyday.
Initial impressions aside, it seems that the Budget for maintainance has been slashed terribly. There are supposed to be shallow pools separating individual villas, but they are dry. Outdoor tubs in some rooms have become little cesspools of tadpoles and mosquito larvae, if they can be seen through the algae soup.
Our room was satisfactorily clean and very nice. The indoor tub seemed slightly dubious in terms of both hygiene and functionality, but all doubts were put to rest when we encountered a centipede in the tub. We decided that the rather large tub would be better used as a place to soak our dive gear, so it wasn't totally wasted.
The coup De grace of sorts was the water supply trip the next day. Right after I took a dump. Disgusted with both the place and myself, we decided to hit Patong, after washing up with the bottled water we thankfully had from the day before.
The one saving grace about this place is the service. The night we checked in, I realised that I had left the passports in our transport, which was creeping away in the heavy evening traffic. I managed to sprint after the van (traffic was that bad) and caught up after 400m or so. To my pleasant surprise, the bell hop had trailed me on his bike, and happily gave me a lift back to Indochine without charge.
The next day when the water supply cut off, the staff made up to us, by opening another room late in the afternoon after our check out in the morning. They also allowed us to use the pool, although that was the least they could have done after the disastrous morning.
The other saving grace was the bed. It was really top notch and the only hotel bed which made me wish I has the exact same brand of mattress back home.
Still, this place is probably a goner unless it gets a huge injection of funds. The rot appears to have started some time back and shows no signs of abating.
Give it a miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Living: Perched on a lush hill overlooking Kalim Bay, Indochine Residence Villas combines the exclusivity of a private residence with amenities from the adjacent resort. Indulge in 200-degree ocean views and spacious living. These extraordinary villas are stylishly designed featuring original artwork, expansive living and entertaining rooms, and gourmet kitchens. Bedrooms offer private baths and spacious outdoor terraces and courtyards for lounging and entertaining. Soak in spectacular views from private Jacuzzis and plunge pools. Layouts range from Gaya studio suites, two and three bedroom pool villas and a four and six bedroom residence. Sophisticated and stylish villas to complement your lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Indochine Residence Hotel Kathu
- Indochine Residence And Resort
- IndoChine Residence & Resort Phuket, Thailand