I visited the resort within 5 days of opening. The resort grounds are a comfortable size, with it proving very easy to get around from the restaurants to the beach to the pool bar.
The hotel was very empty due to being open only a few days. However, service was absolutely superb, in spite of most staff being new to their roles. I was escorted to the room for in-room checkin, and bags were delivered very quickly. At the bar service was instantaneous, and they were very good at timing when to approach me for a glass refill. At breakfast time, coffee was frequently replenished and 3 checks were made by the server to check I was happy with the food.
I stayed in a loft swim up suite. It was a two floor suite that was incredibly spacious. Whilst it was well designed the only critisism would be that with its size, there was too little in the way of decoration - This made the room feel a little bare (But this is a MINOR critisism). The ground floor contains the living areas (With 40 inch flat screen TV - Decent range of channels from around the world). There is a separate dining area with dining table + 6 chairs, Tassimo style coffee maker (But no milk!) and a WC. All furniture was of very good quality; very solid and robust.
Upstairs was the main bedroom with a king size, very comfy bed, another flatscreen TV (Approx 32 inches), and a work desk. There is also a walk-in wardrobe with huge amounts of space (More than enough for a family for over two weeks). The bathroom connects to the main bedroom and is huge! It contains a spacious walk in shower as well as a separate Jacuzzi bath (Which size wise may be better described as a hot tub!). Should you so wish the whole family will comfortably fit in there, The only drawback is it takes about 30 mins to fill as it is so big, and also the water pressure is a little on the light side.
The patio is small, but does contain a double bed size lounger (Which takes up most of the available space!). A set of steps leads into a swimming channel, which in turn leads onto the pool and bar.
The beach area is tidy, although in places a narrow strip of sand. However it is very pretty with a number of palm trees to shield you when you've had enough of the sun.
I only ate breakfast at the hotel. The continental selection was buffet style, with hot food being made to order. As breakfast selections go it was good, with all food being fresh and juices being pressed from fruit, not out of a carton.
Whilst I can't make a comment on the overall atmosphere of the hotel due to too few guests, it is a well designed hotel, with service focussed staff how really wish to please. If you are looking for a quiet Phuket break it is in a great location. Getting to Patong is possible, but it can take up to an hour as you will be having to get from the east side of the island to the west. However I found it to be a welcome break and would thoroughly recommend it to those looking for a family or romantic break away from the tourist hustle and bustle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the tranquil setting of the stunning Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort. Located just 10 minutes from charming Phuket Town, our brand new 5 star resort is set in the secluded Makham Bay, with its own private beach and spectacular views of the Andaman sea.Explore our unique heritage where Sino-Portuguese design meets modern comforts. Revel in our array of stunning guest rooms complemented by thoughtful touches and premier bedding. Our suites are spacious and opulent, all with bay views and most with direct access to a semi private pool. With 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre, kids club, Pawan Panwa Spa, tour desk and a Recreation Manager, filling up a day with activities is little issue. The hotel is catered with a pool bar, an all day dining restaurant, Mosaic, a cafe, lobby lounge and an Italian beachfront restaurant, Patio. Naturally room service is available for 24 hours. Wi-fi is complimentary for all guests throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Cape Panwa