We stayed here for 9 nights in mid October. It is indeed a very pleasant resort. We stayed in a junior suite. It was modern, clean and spacious and beautifully cleaned each day. The villas did look great but a bit too much privacy for me. We arrived about 10am expecting to sit around the pool for a few hours waiting for our room – but it was available straight away which was wonderful as we were exhausted after our long journey to get here. We had made a special room request and were given exactly what we wanted – thanks Lillian! The reception staff are the busiest I’ve seen but always gave us full attention in a friendly and professional manner. The resort has 2 pools, with pool towels available – in addition to the 2 beach towels found in the room. It has 2 gyms, a small exchange library and 2 community use computers – although good wifi is available free in the rooms. It has one main restaurant, a bar and a bakery. Breakfast was always delicious and we had a very tasty meal there one night. Our deal included a massage which was delightful. You can borrow DVDs and pushbikes for free – which we did on several occasions. There is also a free shuttle to and from Phuket Town or Patong each day but book well in advance as it only takes 10 people a trip. You will be very glad to get back to the tranquillity of Dewa.
The resort is very spread out which meant a bit of a walk to reception/restaurant. We were more than happy to have this enforced exercise but if you have mobility issues, you might want to get a villa close to reception.
The airport is very close to the resort but you hardly ever hear a plane but here’s a fun thing we did one day. Walk, or ride bikes, down to the part of the beach where the planes come in. You can literally stand under the flight path as the planes come in to touch down. They are sooo close. We took lots of close up pics of the planes.
Nai Yang beach does have a bit of rubbish tossed up on the shore, apparently due to monsoon season. But hey, Thailand does not have a “Keep Australia Clean” policy and the beach is a LOT cleaner than the cities and towns. The sort of ‘chaos’ you find on the city and town streets is just part of the rawness of Thailand. If you don’t like it, stay in the resort – it’s pristine there!! The actual sea tho is something else. The sand in the sea is clear of any sort of rubbish and is clear and warm. The Nai Yang Beach district is within short walking of the resort is charming. You wend your way down a meandering and picturesque road which has plenty of restaurants and bars and tailors and massage spots and mini marts and dogs. We tried a few restaurants where you can have a meal with beer for about the AU$10 mark. Our favourite was the Octopus. You can sit out on the beach at all the restaurants and watch the sun go down. Ahhhh! One restaurant that touched our hearts was Bank Restaurant – down at the far end. We had fish cakes there where dad had caught the fish, mum cooked them and daughter served them. They live at the restaurant and dad goes out fishing from the beach in front of the restaurant. How Thai is that?
Dewa is situated within the only National Park in Phuket and borders 4 beaches including Nai Yang beach. This seems to be a favourite place for families to come for picnics. We rode the bikes up and down the park, taking picnic lunches and enjoying many quiet spots along the beach. We were also privileged to be there during the week long Vegetarian Festival and WOW the procession that came past the resort was amazing – can’t describe the sound of the crackers!
If you turn left when you leave the resort, you come to a market where the locals shop. It’s not far. Amazing. Stock up on fresh fruit and veg, eat unusual hawker food – ever tried a Thai hot dog? - and plenty of fresh fish and meat if you are self catering. Over the road from that is a Hindu temple and continue up the road a bit further and you’ll come to Nai Yang itself. There are heaps of mini marts along here that are much cheaper than the mini marts along Nai Yang Beach but the road is very busy. You can also get to this main road along the national park road. It’s a longer distance but not so busy. We would ride up with our bikes (some with baskets) till we got to the main road, then one of us would stay with the bikes while the other went to get supplies, then back to Dewa. If you want to get heavy supplies like bottles but are scared of riding in the chaotic traffic (that’s me), this route is the way to go.
If you want a quiet, good quality resort, Dewa is definitely a place to consider!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Integrating both resort and residential living, Dewa Phuket with its 34 pool villas and 62 one and two bedroom residences,offers the perfect retreat for the discerning traveler seeking a tranquil, tropical beach holiday amidst true Thai hospitality. Complimentary hi-speed internet & wifi, 24 hours room service, kids room, fitness room, Spa, jacuzzi, laundry service, bakery, library, close proximity to Blue Canyon Golf Course, airport and marinas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dewa Phuket Nai Yang
- Dewa Phuket Hotel Nai Yang
- Dewa Phuket Resort Nai Yang Beach