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Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   27/1 Soi Mittrapap | Friendship Beach, Rawai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83130, Thailand (Formerly Friendship Beach Resort & Spa by iCheck Inn)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Rawai
4.5 of 5 stars 238 Reviews
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“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

My husband and I were there for just over 3 weeks on a training course. We had a spacious deluxe room which was comfortable, well furnished and always kept very clean; in fact the whole hotel area was very clean. It's a peaceful, relaxing place right on the beach - ideal if you want to be away from the madding crowd. If you haven't got a car or a bike, however, there's not much around that's within walking distance other than a 7/11 mini-market and local night markets twice a week. The staff are friendly and helpful. I've held off giving this place a 5-star because the restaurant menu lacked choice. We were full-board (brunch and dinner) and brunch rotated between two sorts of spread. If you didn't want eggs, there were no bacon or sausages and they didn't offer to get any in. The food is always freshly prepared but the lack of variability wore us down. There is, however, a rather good little cafe less than 5 minutes walk away that kept us going with good coffee and sandwiches.

Room Tip: Go for the Deluxe rooms rather than the Superior. They are however doing major renovations on the o...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, August 11, 2012
Thank you for your comments. You happened to stay with us when we were in the process of changing our menu from unhealthy to healthy and it was somewhat limited. However, the fare has been greatly expanded since your visit and, although we won't be offering obvious unhealthy foods ( iodized salt, meats with chemicals added, refined sugar, etc.), I think that now you would be pleasantly surprised.

Blessings to you,
STARR
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed here for 8 nights in July.

We had booked a 'superior' room, which was clean but very basic and dark and it also had a strange smell of mould. The ceiling was blackened in parts and the bathroom was ok, but didn't feel private and again had a mouldy ceiling. The poorest thing about the room was the bed though as the mattress must have been rather old as there were lots of lumps with the frame sticking through when lying on it, making for interrupted sleep each night. We did see some of the other rooms by the pool and those did look far better.

The pool was nice and large although it's not just for hotel guests, but anyone can come along and use it for the price of a coconut juice and there were lots of locals in the pool. Curious policy.

Sadly too, smoking was common around the pool. We were staying here to partake in a programme at the excellent Atmanjai, which is in the same complex and we had expected a no smoking policy, but were very surprised to find that smoking was accepted on tables outside rooms, around the pool and in the restaurant area. It's the year 2012, and smoking went out years ago with most hotels around the world banning it from restaurant and pool areas, but this resort still needs to get its act together on this score.

The staff are great! They are friendly and efficient and always smile and say hello to guests.

The view from the pool area is stunning. So many colours and hues and different moods depending on the height of the tide.

The beach is not at all swimable as there is a narrow band of sand then the mud begins and on the mud are all sorts of things you wouldn't want to stand on. However, with a decent pool it would be issue, were it not for the fact that at weekends especially, the pool was full of locals and not hotel guests.

The restaurant had a great menu and my wife loved eating the healthy and tasty food on offer (that is, when someone wasn't smoking and causing filthy smoke to drift across the pool area). The restaurant could be improved though, by getting rid of the alcoholic drinks altogether and over time gain a fantastic reputation as a place to go to for a complete health kick, with great raw foods, fantastic juice combos and of course, absolutely no cancerous smokers destroying the mood and health of others.

If we came here again, we would check on the smoking policy first and book rooms by the pool rather than the 'superior' rooms.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Thank you for your response. We have never had comments like yours before and to be aware of your concerns makes us more responsive to your remarks.

Next week we are starting construction on the building you stayed in and it will be no more. All our other rooms are rather up-scale and the new building will reflect this same ambience.

Best wishes,
STARR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here during our visit to Phuket in July 2012.
Positive comments:
-the resort is amazing! It's well kept with courteous professional staff, right on the beach. We stayed in the ocean front room and felt like we were in paradise. The balcony opened onto the beach and the private bathroom jacuzzi had a large window that also opened onto the bay. It reminded us of our honeymoon in Hawaii.
-free WiFi
-safe in room.
-great location if you just want to chill out and relax away from crowds and a hectic pace.

Suggestions:
-we were there in off season and were unable to order some items that were in the off season menu. Perhaps during off season - a sheet or chalkboard with the menu that is updated daily indicating the food items that are -or- are not available.
-a "do not disturb /service please" sign for the room doors would be a nice touch. We received a knock and "housekeeping" alert before the cleaning staff promptly opened the door and entered the room. Once they saw we were not ready they left, but some guests may be caught in an uncompromising position.
-I did not ask and should have, but I wasn't sure if the hotel had mosquito nets available upon requests for guests.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
We aim to please and it appears we have succeeded. Thank you for your suggestions, they were 'right on the mark.' We look forward to your return. Wonderful people write wonderful reviews.

Blessings,
STARR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I have been staying at Friendship Beach on all my trips to Phuket for many years. I normally come here 3 - 4 times a year for 5 - 7 days per trip. Each trip seems to get better and better. The atmosphere is 2nd to none. I highly recommend this venue for 1 and all.

Room Tip: The pool side rooms are my favorites
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
How rewarding it is for all the staff to receive reviews like this. It justifies all their efforts and is a reflections of their caring and personal service. I know you have the means to patronize five star resorts and it is with great thanks that you come back again and again. Blessings to you and your family.
STARR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We planned to stay one night in Phuket but ended up staying 3! The hotel was SO relaxing with a great atmosphere, fantastic views, good quality food and lovely staff who helped us to arrange our ferry tickets and find accomodation on Phi Phi. The swimming pool was great, very clean and was never too busy. The rooms were just what we needed - simple and clean with aircon. The hotel is not far from Hat Nai Han with its beautiful views and many great places to eat in the evening. Freindship Beach is great value for money!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, June 15, 2012
Thank you for your comments and for your extended stay. We welcome you back at any time. Blessings to you -
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Read my review on my blog!
http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/friendship-beach-phuket/

and more about Phuket here - http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/phuket-thailand/

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
Thank you for your treatise confirming that we are succeeding in what we set out to do: relaxed atmosphere, clean and semi-upscale with an unbelievably friendly staff. It’s heartwarming that you felt at home.
Blessings,
STARR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

After travelling around Thailand for a month, Friendship Beach was my favorite stop. As a lot of other people mentioned, this is a great location, inexpensive, with a fantastic staff and some full-time guests. This is the kind of place where the more you put in, the more you will enjoy it. For instance, recommend that you meet Starr (who is usually around), the staff and some of the more long term residents. They will be happy to chat with you, make you feel at home and help you get the best vacation possible. In fact, after doing a 3 day scuba diving trip, I came back to relax/write/think and enjoy the staff and guests. Also, the little bay outside the property is great for kids as the water only gets about 2-3 feet at high tide and stays that way for hundreds of feet off the beach.

Bottom Line: Starr and his team create a laid back and guest friendly atmosphere where I felt more like a friend (no pun intended). Highly recommended

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SeasideResort, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
We strive to avoid the classic impersonal atmosphere of 5 star resorts maintaining, rather, a joining together of friendly guests in a casual atmosphere. Your comment: “making one feel like family” makes our day.
Best regards,
STARR
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Address: 27/1 Soi Mittrapap | Friendship Beach, Rawai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83130, Thailand (Formerly Friendship Beach Resort & Spa by iCheck Inn)
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Phuket Town > Rawai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Rawai
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Rawai
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rawai
#4 Spa Hotel in Rawai
#4 Family Hotel in Rawai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre is your very own private hideaway located on the south east coast of Phuket Island. Situated right on the beach, our comfortable 30 rooms and suites offer exceptional value in a stunning location and are just a stones throw from the resort's pool and secluded beach.The hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chalong Bay and is the perfect location in which to explore the Andaman's famous archipelago of islands.Located on beautiful Chalong Bay.Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre has a spa and private beach and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The 30 air-conditioned rooms feature a minibar, satellite TV and private hot shower and are just a short walk from the beach and boast a high ceiling, tile floor and Bali-style decor. All rooms at Friendship Beach Resort & Spa come with a fridge and a personal safe.Central Shopping Mall, Tesco Lotus Mall and the Home Pro Village Mall are a 10-minute drive from the hotel. It is a 25-minute drive from Patong Beach and a 45-minute drive from Phuket Airport. On-site parking is free. Atmanjai Wellness Centre offers spa treatments and detox programs, as well as oceanside yoga classes. Guests can lounge by the outdoor pool, enjoy the garden or unwind with a massage.The hotel's restaurant offers al fresco dining, serving up Thai and Western favourites. It is open daily from 07:00-22:00. ... more   less 
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Friendship Beach Waterfront Hotel Rawai
Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre Phuket/Rawai

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