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“Tsunami didn't stop play here”

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Panwa Boutique Beach Resort
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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“Tsunami didn't stop play here”
Reviewed January 10, 2005

We spent two weeks at the Panwa Beach Resort from 21st December to the 3rd January 2005. The hotel was clean and well run. We did have a balcony and sea view, if you looked sideways that is. The food and service were excellent throughout our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times.
Ah the tsunami? Well, we felt the earthquake, but it was not violent, just rattled the aircon ducting really. No damage to the hotel at all. Later we were enjoying our breakfast, overlooking the pool and beach, when it struck, apparently... The first we knew of it was when we tried to book a taxi and were told that we were restricted to the hotel. On investigation, it seemed that the main wave had partially flooded the rooms at the beach level and the kiddies club, but that was it. No guests were injured, though there had been a couple of lucky escapes.
The hotel management closed the beach in case of further waves for 2 or 3 days for guest safety. All excursions by boat, or to other islands were also cancelled for a few days. At no time was there any shortages or disruptions to the hotel's running.
While the safety restrictions were in force, we took the oportunity to visit the national parks on the island, hike up to waterfalls and do some elephant trekking, which we had on our agenda anyway.
When the boat trips reopened, we were on one of the 1st trips out to Phang Nga bay to James Bond Island etc.
I would certainly not change my plans to visit the Panwa Beach Resort. It has proved to be one of the safest places to stay in Phuket and apart from some damage in Patong, Phuket is open for business. Enjoy!

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Daniale L, General Manager at Panwa Boutique Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 5, 2017
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback to Panwa Boutique Beach Resort.

We shall take all of your comments to discuss among our team for a further improvement and solution, please rest assured that we shall keep up our work to always satisfy our valued guests.

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Property: Panwa Boutique Beach Resort
Address: 5/3 Moo 8, Ao-Yon Bay, Khao Khad Road | Wichit, Mueang, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Cape Panwa
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
#9 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Panwa Boutique Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The tranquil Panwa Boutique Beach Resort is a hidden gem situated along the natural beaches of Panwa in Phuket. This hideaway resort has a laid back tropical ambiance and exclusive seafront setting far from the well trodden west coast beaches, a sanctuary where guests can relax and rejuvenate amidst unspoilt natural beaches. Concept of boutique traveller in mind with a focus on service, guest get free WiFi, and free mini bar once a day and replenished on a daily basis. The sheltered beachfront overlooking the distant bobbing boats of Chalong Bay has pristine sands and gentle waves all-year-round making it a secure haven for romantic couples and families. The contemporary guestrooms have Thai décor highlights creating a warm and inviting space to unwind in style, just a few steps from the glistening resort pool and white sands. Offering numerous venues for dining and drinking, Panwa Boutique Beach Resort will tempt your taste buds with fresh seafood, authentic Thai cuisine and international delights. Be pampered from head to toe at our spa, explore the shopping malls and boutique stores in town just minutes away and embark on an unforgettable boat trip to many spectacular islands and beaches offshore. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Novotel Beach Resort Panwa Phuket Hotel Cape Panwa
Novotel Cape Panwa
Accor Cape Panwa
Novotel Phuket
Phuket Novotel
Panwa Boutique Beach Resort Cape Panwa, Phuket

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