A mate and I stayed at the Westin Siray Bay Reosrt and Spa after looking at several other high-end hotel options. We had read some of the less favourable reviews on Trip Advisor before we made out booking, but went ahead anyway on the premise that there is no place that everybody will consider perfect. We were impressed beyond all expectations, from our arrival to our check-out.
The hotel is nestled on a very fine piece of estate, away from the hustle and bustle that most people associate with Phuket. There are three infinity pools and very good amenities including a gym, a games room and good restaurants and cafes. The quality of the food was very good, especially the buffet breakfast, which had a wide variety of food and drinks. There have been a lot of comments on this site about the difficulty in getting around the property because of all the hills. This is true - it is very steep to walk even short distances but we called the buggy most of the time and each time it arrived within minutes of our call.
We had a deluxe room perched near the top of the hill so our views were spectacular. The room was great and the heavenly beds were very comfortable. The bathroom came with a separate toilet and also included a bathtub and the heavenly shower. The window pane between the bathroom and the room is clear, but there is a screen that you can lower with a control so there are no privacy issues. The deck attached to our room was quite spacious. The air conditioning in the room was a little peculiar as the reading on the temperature does not adjust itself immediately when you adjust the temperature. The toilet also smelt quite strong when we first arrived, but the smell went away on the second day.
The pools were excellent and very relaxing. Beach-sized towels are available everywhere and there are plenty of sun chairs and loungers littered around the pools. The staff also come around with iced water and Evian mist sprays so there's no worry about cooling down even if you don't go into the pool.
I note however, that we rented our own car so we were able to get around Phuket easily - this turned out to be a great idea because we had a lot more choice when it came to food options. If you do not want to eat hotel food everyday or find it too expensive, then having your own car will solve this problem (though Phuket Town is NOT fun to drive around in!). Although the hotel has its own private beach, it is not the postcard-perfect kind of beach that we commonly see on advertisements for Phuket. There are very sharp stones and shells in the water so you have to wear these special water shoes (which the hotel provides in a hut on the beach) to walk in the water or you will get really cut up feet. The water is not great, but it's unlikely to give you any diseases. Once again, if you have a car you have the option of driving to other beaches. You can also arrange an island-hopping tour with the hotel for a very reasonable price - some of the beaches that they take you to on this tour are beautiful and very remote, and it is here that you will find pristine beaches with white sand and turquoise water.
Overall the service was top-notch. We were greeted by very friendly staff everywhere on the property, which makes a huge difference when you're on holiday. We were very relaxed the whole time we were at the Westin. We ate and slept very well too. The estate is very quiet and great as a getaway to unwind and put your feet up.
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Siray Bay Resort And Spa Phuket
- The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket Hotel Phuket Town
- The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket Phuket Town