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Phunawa Resort
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We recently stayed at the Dewa Resort and found it to be very enjoyable. We were very pleasantly surprised at the size of our apartment. It made the stay even better. Service was wonderful and the staff could not do enough for us. My only negative comment would be that even though it was only 5-10 mins walk from Karon, at night as women we did not feel safe walking to and from the resort, of course you can always get a taxi but we found that the ones in Karon Beach were more inclined to charge too much. It was always 300 THB to and from Patong Beach but at Karon they wanted 200THB just to go a very short distance and to our surprise they were unnegotiable. Even though Dewa resort has only one restaurant, we found it was all we needed for the short time we stayed. All in all no complaints

Room Tip: All suites face the pool which is nice
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Cheryl B
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LillianCarpenter, Manager at Phunawa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us, Glad to read that you have had a pleasant stay and we look forward to be of service to you again in the near future.
Warmest regards from all of us at Dewa Karon, Lillian

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Price for the standard is great.
Private balcony, good size rooms, kitchenette etc.
Perfect for a couple or even a family if you select a different suit.
Breakfast can get boring, i stayed here for 3 weeks and the breakfast is the same everyday. It never changes.
I do not advise booking the tours at reception, one should rather book them in town where the price is reduced by 60%.
Parking is a problem, the traffic internally must travel in a one way around the perimeter yet so too must occupants park their rentals in the same road.
Beware of the kitchen taps, they're not fastened correctly and swing back only to break the glass in your hand. Will only happen once then you'll remember to steer clear.
All in all i will return to this resort since it was such a peaceful and enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank Amoslws
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LillianCarpenter, Manager at Phunawa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Glad to read that you have had a peaceful and enjoyable stay with us. Sorry to read about the swinging kitchen tap which we have gone around to tighten now. We appreciate your feedback regarding the breakfast offerings as well and will look into changing some of the items daily. The prices we charge for the excursions are standard prices issued by the supplier and we only select the trusted suppliers who have liability insurance covers for their customers, offer reliable service as well as boats and vehicles that adhere to safety standards. I would only advise that there are many "fly-by-night" suppliers who offer cheap tours with no care for safety standards around. If all goes well, everything is fine but if something goes wrong, the savings is not it.
Hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Warmest regards from all of us at Dewa Karon, Lillian

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Three friends and I got the Penthouse Family Suite. It was a flash offer on Agoda & it probably was around S$ 120-150 a night. Huge modern living area - 2 sofas and a nice LCD TV, AC was very cold, well equipped state-of-the-art kitchen, standard size refrigerator, induction surface and a built in oven, we fully utilized those - the room did not come with breakfast, but who needs hotel breakfast when you can cook almost anything? The bed rooms were big and bright, master bedroom had an attached bathroom with hot tub! Power outlets, EVERYWHERE! :D

The first impression you get the moment you get into it was CLEANLINESS. Yes, it was so clean you forgot you're in Phuket. The beds are great, good quality pillows too! The suite itself is almost 60% glass paneled, so you have to remember locking them if you plan to let the wind in. There is also 2 sets of draw curtains, so privacy isn't compromised. There's even a study area, so if you plan to work..

Service is awesome, front desk SPEAKS ENGLISH. There's almost no communication problems. Housekeeping & room service was good, the ladies are really polite. The room service food menu was reasonably priced and tasted great! Our check-in was a breeze, the reception area is a nice chilled area with sofas for you to wait at, they serve you a nice cold plumy beverage while the arrangements are being made. You're also allowed to use the phones in the reception area for local calls, we used them to arrange our day trip to the islands.

The hotel surrounds 2 pools in the middle, which was a nice touch, good clean water, subtle waterfall feature and there's a restaurant/bar within the area. Hotel has only a small number of units, it has that cozy feel, and you don't really have to worry about much security-issues. If you drive, you can just park alongside the road in front of your unit.

Due to the design of the buildings, there isn't any elevator within the establishment, our suite was situated on the top floor, we had to climb 3 flights of stairs, but we're good. If you have walking difficulties I suggest you opt for a ground floor unit.

The hotel is situated along the Karon beach stretch, it's about 10 mins walk to the beach. The area is not rowdy and is suitable for families or people who wants a good night's rest & clean beaches. It is also a relatively close drive to Patong district. If you plan to book your stay here, I suggest you either Drive or ride a scooter. Walking can be too much of a hassle.

The overall stay was splendid, the only gripe was all the roof top jacuzzis were algae ridden, so pent house or not, you're not getting the full treatment. But who needs a jacuzzi when the beach is round the corner? There's some construction going on beside the hotel, but it's not really a big deal.

It's a great place for a crowd of 4-5, just remember to grab cheap booze from the duty-free country you're coming from. Liquor is Phuket may be a little expensive, beer is ok.

Worth it. A considerably cheap option for an expensive experience.

One last thing, they provide great scented shower gels and shampoo, and they are served in Porcelain holders. Yes, you heard porcelain.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Matthias C
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LillianCarpenter, Manager at Phunawa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Wow! Thank you so much for writing a thorough and positive review for us on Tripadvisor. Much appreciated and thank you for the wonderful compliments for the staff and the facilities too. We do aim to please and when that gets recognized, it's very motivating. Our apologies for the rooftop area which is the next phase of our operational plans. Next time you plan a trip to Phuket, drop us an email and mention that you have stayed with us before to get the best returning guests rate.
Warm wishes from all of us at Dewa Karon, Lillian

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

The hotel is a bit off the road and we did have a bit of difficulty finding it at first as we arrived at night, but once we arrived we were immediately quite happy with our choice. The reception was lovely and staff were friendly. As it was a very warm evening, as we checked in they brought us some ice cold fruit juice which was a nice touch.
As we made our way to our room we walked past the restaurant and swimming pool and at night everything is lit up and looked really pretty. There was 3 of us staying and we had a 2 bedroom apartment. We were impressed by how spacious, clean and in good condition the rooms were. I was in the second bedroom myself and the bed was huge! The hotel provided use of an umbrella and torch in the room and there was also free wi-fi. They were also happy for you to take pool towels to the beach and water was restocked in the fridges daily.
The walk to the beach was not too far and not a problem for us, but is probably a bit unsuitable for people travelling with young children, especially at night when the road is not very well lit. Although i think the hotel did offer a taxi and bus service.
The breakfast buffet was enjoyable, there was fresh fruit everyday and a chef to make your eggs just the way you like! We never really ate at the restaurant as we sampled the delicious local cuisine every night and we welcomed the walk back to hotel after a night out!
There was construction going on at neighbouring site but we were not affected at all and barely noticed any noise.
If you are down at the beach and wanting a massage, try find a lady called Moon...massages and pedicures were well worth the money!!!
All in all a wonderful stay in Karon Beach and the hotel was great value..would definitely return!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank weemunkey
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LillianCarpenter, Manager at Phunawa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay with us at Dewa Karon. We are very happy to read that your stay had been a success and we are most grateful for the compliments you have accorded us, which is most motivating for our team.
We hope you will find time to visit Phuket again in the near future, and please do not hesitate to contact us directly for future bookings.
Warm wishes from all of us at Dewa Karon, Lillian

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This hotel is nice and new. The rooms are spacious and clean. The service is good. However the location is nasty. Its down a road which we always drove past when in Taxis or Tuk Tuks. To make things worse, its located right next door to a water treatment facility which left the place smelling rank on regular occasions. One night whist having a few drinks outside with friends we had to move indoors as the smell was becoming repulsive.

The breakfast buffet is ok - only ok. If it isnt apart of your package, its a rip off paying around $15 sgd when you could get a lot better elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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LillianCarpenter, Manager at Phunawa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2012

Thank you very much for posting a review for us on Tripadvisor. Appreciate that whilst you do like the rooms and the overall service provided but you do not fancy the location on the hillside. We do regret the discomfort caused from the occasional smell that wafts through and it is something that we are looking into resolving. That aside, we hope you will allow us another opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.
Warm wishes from all of us at Dewa Karon, Lillian

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