Well, the first PLUS "service" that both myself and my spouse received from Dewa Phuket was through email. Because we wanted to stay in Patong in the initial part of our trip, we tried our luck by emailing Dewa Phuket to ask if it was possible to arrange a pick-up from our hotel in Patong to Nai Yang knowing that Dewa offers free transfer to Patong on Saturdays and Sundays. They agreed to pick us up and it's complimentary. And this email was replied within just one working day, simply amazing.
Van arrived on time at our hotel in Patong and drove us up north to Nai Yang. Driver was decent but didn't speak much English. Not too bothered, we enjoyed our drive along the coast and soon arrive at the hotel lobby. It's not the typical 5-star lobby you may expect but it's simple and nice. We were greeted with 2 glasses of the "purple" juices and check-in was easy. All the details were ready and within minutes, we were shown to our room.
First impression as we entered the room, Wonderful. 2 day beds placed at one side of the garden and a good sized private pool on the other. Right in front of us is the sliding door leading into our room, which was spacious and tastefully designed.
Room was tidy and welcome flowers we placed on the front table and at the open air bath. Also had a welcome card placed on the table from their Resort Manager, Lillian W. Carpenter.
After exploring our room for the next 15 minutes, we realized that the unit allocated for us had limited privacy. We requested for a change and was immediately arranged. We were transferred to another room and settled in the room for the rest of the afternoon.
Enjoyed the private pool, the bath, open air shower, soft and comfy bed and pillows and not forgetting the lcd TV. The plus is reception is extremely good. Picture quality of cable tv is excellent, unlike the 4-star hotel we stayed in Patong.
We spent our evening at the beach. Quality of the water and sand was pretty good but the the beach directly in front of Dewa phuket was too deep (steep and under current strong). We had to walk further down the beach for a dip where the sea seems calmer. There is a stretch of local bars and restaurants, which serves good local food for a fair price (Not as cheap as I thought for a place like this, but affodable for sure).
As the restaurant is located around 800-1000m away and the stretch of road leading back to Dewa was dark, we decided to rent a scooter from this lady called Paew (she operates at one of the shop near the restaurants) for only 250 baht (full 24 hours). Very friendly and helpful, you could probably get some cheap tours from her too. Please check the price first of course!
We started our following morning at the breakfast area with many choices to pick from. You can select from local to american breakfast, well presented and quality was good. Sitting outside the restaurant made the breakfast even better, sunny and windy. We shopped at the in-house mart (they sell beer the same price as 7-11) and later borrowed a couple of DVDs from the reception. One tip, because of mart closes at 6pm (if im not mistaken), there is also an alternative 100m away, a local mart.
Did almost the same thing over on the second day and left the hotel after 2 nights. Overall experience is good. If you are looking for a place to "Ooohhmmm" or relax, it's highly recommended. If you're looking for a place for excitement and activities, Patong is still the place to go. It's too far if you are thinking of travelling from Nai Yang to Patong.
Sidetrack a little, we actually stayed in Burasari at Patong, which we find is also a good choice. Fairly priced and it's in the middle of everything!
Other recommendations - If you would like to sign up for day trips of tours (Eg. Elephant trekking, fishing, ATV etc), please don't buy it online. It is way too expensive. Spend some time surveying and comparing prices between the local booths, they could give you 2/3 or even half the price posted on the internet. Also, the trick is, sign up as many trips as you can with just one person and you'll get yourself a bargain.
We paid 6000 baht for 2 person for
1. An hour of ATV ride
2. An hour of elephant trekking
3. Full day fishing trip
4. VIP tickets to Simon carberet show. You do the math!
Have fun in Phuket! We enjoyed our trip very much and hope you do too!
Attached are some picture of Dewa...
- 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