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Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Ranked #11 of 132 Hotels in Karon
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“magic staff and unbelievably relaxing”
Reviewed May 2, 2006

We have stayed at the meridien 6 times and we love it.
You can't really explain to anyone what a great place it is to stay.
We took advantage of the discount meal deal last time and the food and the prices were excellent. We love just lounging around on the beach- Relax Bay.
The lifeguards and the few Thais that wander around are very friendly and we know many by name.
The room service and the way you are treated is indescribable.
Everyone makes you feel welcome and the true test of how good the meridien is, is the feeling that you don't want to leave.
We are going back this year and we suggest that you do yourself a favour and go too!
Good things to do apart from eat and drink are:
* a trip to the cashew factory and the world of Jewellery
* Go to Fantasea
* Go to Simon Cabaret
* Eat at the boatshed and the Savoy
*Go down south to experience true Thai food
* Experience the great hospitality of "chicken" in his stall on the beach
*play Golf at the Phuket Country Club
* Go for a ride on a long boat
Contact Dom Marchidean- great Tuk Tuk driver who will take you anywhere.

There is so much to do in Phuket and the Meridean is such a great place to do it from.
The setting is magnificent!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed April 29, 2006

We have just come back from the most wonderful holiday in Le Meridien (not the Yacht club) Phuket.

It is simply the best resort! I have read numerous reviews on the website prior to selecting the hotel to stay and we chose Le Meridien based on the reviews and friends recommendations.

What can I say, everything was just perfect.

The rooms are large and spacious, even though the resort is about 20 years old, the rooms and the premises are maintained very well. When we have arrived we were given a twin room (two separate beds), but were promised to be upgraded to a larger room two nights later. Even though it is a drag to change rooms, I thought it was fun to be able to experience staying in two different rooms.
The room service was superb; they attended to our room twice a day. The rooms are cleaned very well and are left spotless even after we have been in the room after the first service of the day.

We have stayed in the Ocean deluxe room, it was good but I thought that we would look out onto the ocean, in this case only throughout the pool. That was ok since the pool area is very nice.

The pools were very large and properly segregated so you never feel like there are people swimming around you. There was a separate pool for the kids. The hotel was fully booked out but there was just enough people to feel the atmosphere and never too crowded.

The gym was excellent. I am a bit of a gym junkie and never expected to have such a wonderful gym on a holiday resort. The weights room was very well stocked up with everything a serious weight lifter would need. They also run classes each day – 3 in the morning and one in the afternoon. Stretching and aerobics, as well as daily aquacise class in the pool. The classes are run by the loveliest local gym instructor. God Bless him, he is very motivating and smiley. I saw quite a few people working out on the excellent treadmill and step machines before breakfast. There are also plenty activities (at no extra charge), like archery, scuba diving lessons, mini-golf , Thai boxing etc.

The breakfast buffet was good , but not exceptional. It had everything on offer you may need for breakfast but the food was the same each day. That was ok since we didn’t want to stuff ourselves, since the lunch in the café, having a cocktail while your toes are in the sand is an unbelievable experience. There are about 6 restaurants with most wonderful food on the resort. There is a Thai, Italian, French, European and Japanese food on offer. The Italian (surprise for us) was simply fantastic and Thai food was also very good. They also have various buffet style nights in the separate restaurant on the beach. We have mostly eaten at the resort, since Le Meridien is very secluded from the main area of Patong. We have ventured out to eat in Patong, but mostly couldn’t be bothered since it was nicer to stay in.

The beach is almost half a kilometre long and we enjoyed our morning runs there. Since the beach is exclusive to Le Meridien it is very nicely maintained, there are heaps of reclined seats for sunbaking with plenty of shade (remember to put sunscreen on!).

We have also indulged in the resort Spa. We had two treatments for couple at 9,500 baht for 3.20hours for two of us (massage, facial, reflexology etc). It may seem expensive, but back at home you would pay at least twice as much for treatments.

We have done a day trip to Panga Nga and saw the most wonderful performance at Phuket FantaSea
(--). I highly recommend it.

Enjoy you holidays, Phuket was a wonderful place for a holiday.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed April 16, 2006

We visited the simply superb Evason Resort during Easter last year and vowed to return to Phuket again after our amazing stay. We decided however to follow the TripAdvisor recommendations and book the Le Meridien for this years holiday instead. Although we enjoyed our stay, we had mixed feelings about certain aspects.

The standard of the rooms were our biggest disappointment. We booked the deluxe sea view room and expected it to be just that. The room looked tired and in need of renovation with chipped and scratched woodwork and stained, 'damp smelling' upholstery. The only saving grace was the excellent bathroom with its huge walk-in shower.

The food at the hotel was good (especially at the Italian), although not exceptional for the price. The breakfast was expensive (£25 for 2 adults and 1 child) and uninspiring with a poor selection of fruit, cereal and breads.

Being a Brit living in Thailand, I know just how good the Thai service and hospitality can be. Service at the Le Meridien ranged from average to good in comparison. The most friendly person was the maid - who always had a huge smile and a friendly word. In contrast, some of the pool waiters really looked as though they did not want to be there..

With the negatives out of the way I can move onto the positives. The biggest plus point for this hotel is the range of activities it offers - particularly for families. The Penguin Club is excellent and kept my 8 year old daughter fully occupied with a great selection of fun activities including Batik painting, scuba diving lessons, jewellery making, competitions etc etc. The staff there are fantastic and cannot be praised enough.

Now onto the star of the whole week... YIM YIM the baby elephant. He entertains the children (and adults!!) during his daily visits with tricks, kisses and swims in the sea with hotel guests. He also visits The Penguin Club for snacks in a morning and loves all the attention.

The beach at the hotel is beautiful and spotless, with soft white sand. The only downside is that it is not really suitable for snorkelling and there are many BIG waves! The older kids however loved it.

We were also lucky enough to be at the hotel for Songkran (Thai New Year) celebrations. In addition to the great festivities put on by the staff during the day, we were treated to an excellent gala dinner with a great thai show and firework display in the evening. Although we thought initially the evening was expensive (almost £100 for the three of us without drinks), we enjoyed every minute.

Would we stay at the Le Meridien again?? Probably not, with the simply wonderful Evason Resort being in the vicinity.. The standard of accommodation there far, far outweighs that of the Le Meridien for more or less the same price. If however, you want a great family holiday with loads going on look no further than the Le Meridien - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed April 3, 2006

We returned here for the sixth time for the last two weeks in March 2006,but this was our first since the Tsunami.We stayed as we always do in a room with an ocean view and eat some meals in the hotel and some out.Since the wave,the whole of the spa has been rebuilt and now comprises a really luxurious 12 treatment room centre.I have used the same masseuse there for 6 years..Anong who is one of the best practioners i have ever come across.In fact i would say she is the main reason we keep coming back.The spa,the rooms, the pools,the people and the beach remain top class.In fact the beach seems to me to be better than ever.Very good sand, good clear water,good sitting areas and few of the usual downsides of beach life around the world.Even the water scooters do not seem quite so bad as previously and are kept at a reasonable distance away.We thought there might have been wave damage to the grassed sitting out areas between the pools and the beach,but all is as before with lots of space under palm trees which gives the hotel such a feeling of spaciousness.
The only downside we found was the standard of the food.Breakfast is sensational and a really good buffet with everything you can imagine on offer,but from then on everything went downhill fast and was really very expensive for what was on offer.We came to the conclusion that the management are trying to do too much.The japanese restaurant was quite good but expensive.The Italian was OK but the Thai restaurant was frankly very poor.It was expensive and very ordinary food.If you want Thai,the best bet was to eat in Patong at the Savoey.On the front at the far end.Much cheaper and outstanding food.You can eat cheaper still pretty much anywhere,but it wont be as good.Elsewhere in the hotel,we eat at three of the themed buffet nights,each of which the same group played the same songs but in different rigouts!The raw materials at each buffet were OK,but everything that was supposed to be hot was tepid or cold and fairly tasteless.Beef for example was raw to the point of being inedible.In all a complete waste of money as demonstrated by the absence of diners.We eat three times at Sam's Steakhouse in the Holiday Inn in Patong which was seriously good and at the Boathouse about 20 minutes by cab away to the south.That was very very good and an example of what can be had in an hotel.Expensive,but well worth a visit.We eat down there twice and intend to stay there for three or four days next year.
Starwood have recently bought the Meridien chain and thay need to get down there to get stuck in..There is so much going for this place that we shall be back(as long as anong is there!),but we were left with the impression that the dining needs a wholesale overhaul.Maybe reducing down to two top class restaurants(one inside and air conditioned,one outside) and raising the standard sky high.This is NOT a cheap holiday and few people seem to come here wanting a cheap end of the market deal.Right now we thought the dining resembeld a holiday camp product.We would eat in out of choice all the time,but unless things improve when we go again we shall be eating out all the time.The management need to go to see say the Shangri la in singapore and have a look at the buffet they put on each thursday night for S$88 per head.It is simply light years ahead of what they try to do here,but achievable.They need to look at Sam's steakhouse and match the quality achieved there and then look at the Thai cooking at the Boathouse.More expensive than the Wang Warin in the hotel but each evening we went down there it was packed(compared to the wang warin which was virtually empty every night in two weeks).
So a great deal for Starwood to work on.I hope they succeed as the lovely staff deserve better. I want to keep returning for one.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed April 3, 2006

Having regularly used Trip Advisor in the past, we thought it was time we returned the favour! We have just returned from a fabulous,relaxing 10 days at Le Meridian. The hotel was absolutely everything we could have hoped for and we agree with the previous reviews. During our trip, the hotel was only half full and this did effect the atmosphere at night a little, so if you are looking for something a bit more lively grab a tuk-tuk into patong where you can find just about any form of entertainment you may like! We never waited long for a ride from the main road outside the hotel and paid 100 baht maximum.

The hotel spa was reasonably priced and an amazing experience. You also must grab some bananas from breakfast to feed yim yim, the resident baby elephant. We had the opportunity to go swimming with him in the sea which was incredible! The beech is fab and the hotel spotless. The staff are very friendly. We would encourage more people to return to Thailand - its an amazing experience. If you are thinking of booking this hotel and have any queries, please email us - we would be more than happy to help.

  • Stayed March 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2006

We just returned from the Le Meridien after a 4 night stay. We throuroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others. Our room was spacious, clean and all functions worked well. My only complaint about the room would be that you could hear the footsteps and furniture moving in the room above ours, but that wasn't too bad. We stayed on a Travel Industry discount with a relatively small budget for our trip so we can comment on how to do things on a tight budget while staying at the hotel. We ate many of our meals in Patong city. Many people wrote and said the TukTuk's were easily available by walking up the hill to the main road. We found we had to wait several minutes for one to dive by and see us or we occasionally caught vans leaving to return after a drop off. We always paid 100 batt each way to and from the city although most asked 150 or 200 starting price. There is a restaurant also just ourside the hotel gate that we ate at a few times and it was about 1/2 the price of the hotel. Near that restaurant is an office with taxi service we negotiated to 700 batt for a return trip to the airport. From inside the airport they ask for 650 batt but go outside to the metered taxis and you'll pay 450-500 for a private nice taxi ride to the hotel. The beach was wonderful and the water very clean. We did an hour of snorkeling along the north side of the beach but visibility wasn't too good and although there were fish to see, it wasn't terribly impressive....but very convienent for a quick run. We hope to go back again someday to this wonderful hotel and like others have said, you won't regret NOT staying in the busy area of Patong if you're looking for relaxation.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Hong KOng
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2006

What a fantastic hotel. It is located between Patong and Karon Beach on its own private cove, so you are close to the action if you want it but can have peace as well. It's very cheap to get around to nearby beaches/resorts etc by Taxi and the little tuk tuk's.
The rooms were spacious and airy. We had a sea view room that looked out over the palm tree's to the beach.
The pool is huge and if that isn't enough they have a lap pool as well. They also offer a range of classes at the gym if you can be bothered. Beach is very clean and only the hotel guests use it even though all Thai Beaches are public places. Range of watersports available.
The restaurants are varied, Japanses, Thai, Italian, Beach restaurant, Cafe. The buffett breakfast was very nice and you sit overlooking the pool area.
Make sure you go to the ladies on the beach for a massage, I went everyday, its cheap, they are very good and you lay looking out to the sea, Heaven!!.
All the restaurants serve good food but the Japanese was excellent.
A nice restaurant at Kata Beach is The Boathouse, it's well known so make a booking in advance.

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Property: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Address: 29 Soi Karon Nui | Karon, Muang, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast 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:
#1 Business Hotel in Karon
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#5 Spa Hotel in Karon
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#6 Family Hotel in Karon
#10 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#14 Romantic Hotel in Karon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 470
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is located on a lush cove on Phuket’s southwestern coast with a secluded 500-metre pristine white-sand beach. One of very few hotels on Phuket where guests can enjoy a tranquil secluded beach right next to the hotel without the need to cross a street or walk some distance. Le Meridien Phuket Beach offers 470 renovated rooms and suites. Enjoy a complete range of sports and recreational facilities with two oversized tropical swimming pools, shaded kids pool, lap pool, 6 tennis courts, 2 air-conditioned squash courts, 9-hole mini-golf, basketball court, and a dedicated on-site LM Family Kids Club (04-12 yrs) offering fun, creative, and educational programmes. All non-motorised watersports at the Resort are free for guests. Le Spa, awarded 'Amazing Resort Spa' at the 2013 Thailand Spa and Well-Being Awards, offers pampering treatments and luxurious programmes designed to rejuvinate and refresh the senses.There are 10 restaurants and bars offering the world's more popular cuisines. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is only 5kms away from Patong and Karon, Phuket's main entertainment and shopping districts and is a 90-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and 5 kms from the shopping and entertainment district of Patong. ... more   less 
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