Hi. We are a couple with 3 children ages 14, 10 and 8. We are choosing between The Chedi or Sawasdee Village in Phuket for our trip this May. The Chedi was initially my first choice but I was put off by the mixed comments from various forums. Unarguably, it is in a good beach location but comments like "rooms are old and tired" and "far (at least 15 minute walk) from other dining options and dining in The Chedi itself is costly" "steps galore" are making me change my mind.
Has anyone stayed at Sawasdee Village? Their webpage shows beautiful rooms. Are they as beautiful (and clean)as they look in the photos? I know they're not in a beach location but it seems to me from what I've read that it is a 5 minute walk to the beach and they are near other dining and shopping establishments. Seeing its a resort enclosed within walls, Does it feel cramped inside the resort? I like the feeling of gardens and open spaces. And would you recommed the garden view or the pool view rooms?
How does Kata beach compare to Pansea beach where The Chedi is?
My considerations for choosing a resort are:
1. rooms with character that are beautiful, comfortable, clean and well equipped.
2. well managed, well maintained with good service.
3. convenient to other dining or shopping options and activities.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.