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“Great Hotel- Pity about some of the guests”
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By The Sea
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Great Hotel- Pity about some of the guests”
Reviewed March 1, 2011

Nice hotel,friendly staff,super pool and good location with plenty of eating options if required - the hotel, three beach restaurants and another on the road near the view points over the bay. Our tripped marred somewhat by the boorish, drunken behaviour of many of the Russian guests who were there - drinking (i do not exaggerate- a least a litre of vodka each per day),singing,slamming doors,swimming in the pool outside of permitted hours and leaving their detritus on the beach. The staff need to get a grip- not really the Thai style- or it will ruin this as a venue.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

In Phuket you will find that hotels are not actualy on the beach but would have to cross the road to get to it. This Hotel was actually on the beach and with 37 fantastic rooms. Very big, with own kitchen fridge. The rooms are so big that a family of 4 could easily stay in these rooms.Balcony overlooking the sea and Islands Views. The beach is a mixture of coral and sand but beautiful, difficult to swim in the sea as full of rocks but it didn't stop us. Blue sea, sand and quiet. It is very quiet. There is not much to do around here so would need to venture out. We hired a scooter and ventured to various other beaches and restaurants around the area. The Hotel food is very good quality, but although we weren't looking for a party scene we had itchy feets and wanted to explore the island and the Scooter was the best way. On the beach they have two very good quality beach bars serving Food, drinks and music ! Nice way to wind your evening on the beach with a cold beer and spicy prawns. If you want you could also have a massage or hire a scotter from the beach bars. They also organised trips to phi phi islands etc and i would recommend definitley going to the Islands. The price ofered to us was reasonable but cheaper than the quotes we were getting on research with other travel companies.

People, you gotta stay here to appreciate the quality and bliss of Phuket.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Prey Veng, Cambodia
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

We heard that Phuket is terribly crowded and touristy, but this getaway spot was a perfect spot for relaxing. The apartments are absolutely clean, and we could watch the sun set over the water from our bed. Lovely pool, and delicious buffet breakfast. You can't really swim in the beach water just outside the hotel because it is so rocky, but we LOVED the free bike and kayak rentals!! Being able to kayak in the blue waters and bike around the cape was our favorite part of our whole trip to Phuket.

Also, if you turn left and go down the beach a bit, there are 2 seaside food stands with amazing thai seafood curries!!! Very inexpensive too.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

By The Sea is a lovely beach resort with a pool and it's own chunk of private beach right outside. It took about 45 minutes to drive from Phuket airport to the hotel and cost around 800THB - travellers be warned, Phuket is considerably more expensive than most other places in Thailand so don't be too surprised by the high travel costs! The hotel is quite out of the way so if you're looking for a party scene then this probably isn't the place for you. However if you're like me and you don't mind the peace and quiet but still want things to see and do then this will work nicely for you.

Upon arrival we were given a free upgrade to a superior suite which had a kitchen area with fridge, hob, sink and cupboards, a dinning area with a huge dinning table and chairs, a living area with a tv and sofa, two ensuite bedrooms - a master bedroom with a larger bathroom including a bath and access to the large balcony, and a second bedroom, still considerably well sixed with plenty of storage space and a nice ensuite with a shower. The suite was decorated to a nice standard and was very clean and comfortable. The room was perhaps wasted on us as there are only 2 of us but would be perfect for a family or a group staying together.

The hotel itself has a nice sized pool with an attached kiddies pool and jacuzzi area right next to the open air hotel restaurant where the breakfast buffet is served and you can also order lunch and dinner. The breakfast was good - usual fare of cereals, fruits, cooked foods, etc. The hotel has access to it's own chunk of beach which runs right in front of the pool and restaurant so you can eat you're green curry while watching the sun setting on the sea or you can alternate easily between having a dip in the pool and having a dip in the sea! The hotel has a gym area - which we looked at and it seemed small - but you're on holiday so don't even think about going to the gym! As well as providing a laundry service which was pretty cheap - around 10THB for 1 pair of underware - the hotel also provides a laundrette where you can wash and iron you're own clothes. I think it was around 10THB to wash a whole load. This is excellent if you're travelling on a budget or just like you're clothes washed in a certain way.

Staff we very friendly and helpful at the hotel. Thew restaurant and bar staff were great and brought us cocktails to drink while having a late night swim. There is a front of house manager who speaks really good english so look out for him.

As mentioned in the title the hotel is a bit out of the way but as mentioned in the post it does offer a lot. Also if you walk down the little strip of beach you will come across a few beach bars and restaurants which we ate and drank in and had a really good and affordable time. If you do feel like venturing out to see other parts of Phuket it will take between 20-30 minutes to get to places like Kata and Karon beach. We went to Kata beach and although the beach was nice, it was absolutely packed with tourists and there were burger joints everywhere - it was like being in Tenerife...

I would recommend this hotel as we had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. There are things to do and see in the surrounding area but it may be a bit quiet for the more party-inclined folk.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sunshine Coast
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

Stayed here for a week in early October, stayed in a top floor 2 bedroom apt.
Hotel is in a quiet residential area, we were the only couple who stayed for a full week in the hotel. We had the pool and the restuarant to ourselves most of the time
Large Apartment, lots of room for a family with 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen
Large balcony with great views. Aussie travellers will love sitting outside watching the sunset. Hotel has a great restuarant, breakfast buffet had everything you could want.
Ate away from the hotel a few times but ended up just eating here for most of our stay as the food wa so good and the kitchen staff were great fun.
Only a couple of the staff spoke good english which didnt seem to cause too much of a problem as long as you took your time to explain what you needed.
We hired a car which I would recommend if you are going to stay here but still want to see everything in Phuket, its just too far away from the tourist areas to pay taxis etc.
Hotel does have a daily shuttle bus to Phuket Town which I would recomend as the streets in Old Phuket Town are not easy to negotiate unless you are a local.
Stay here if you want a good, quality, clean affordable hotel in a quiet non touristy area.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

i was there in late april this year; i love sea, sand and beaches and the place gave a fantastic view in the morning and totally different view later in the evening...it's like i ve been in totally different place...

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

We stayed here on our first trip with our 16 month old daughter. The hotel is in a loverly spot over looking the water on the beach. The room are great size and we were upgraded due to our first room air cond not working. As others have said the rooms with a small kitchen is great if you want to prepare any food. The breakfast was ok with everything you want in a fantastic location next to the beach. We had tea at the hotel one night which was average and preferred the meal next door at the Novotel hotel.
The one comment l have for people travelling with family is that this hotel is isolated and no place to take a stroller out for a walk other then on the road (Not that busy so was ok). The other issue that the pool and restaurant is at the bottom of a really steep hill which you could not take a stroller down. As others have said you can ask to be taken down by the security guard in the golf buggy.
Great place to get away from it all for a couple but would not suggest it for a family.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: By The Sea
Address: 7/6 Moo 6 Soi Bor-Rae | Sakdidech Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — By The Sea 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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