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“Staying at The Happy Elephant Resort was a delight - we miss you Kapow & Stella!”

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The Happy Elephant Resort
Melbourne, Australia
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“Staying at The Happy Elephant Resort was a delight - we miss you Kapow & Stella!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

My partner and I dropped in a week before to see whether there was any availability as we were about to embark on 6 weeks of Muay Thai Boxing (just 5 minutes walk away at Rawai Muay Thai). We were met by a lovely lady who assisted us with our query and we booked on the spot. We also met the owner Andre and his wife and felt that we had made a good choice. Initially we had booked a one bedroom apt and we were very happy with how clean and modern the apt was. The only point with this apt was it was across from reception and since we were having naps between training we did find it a little noisy and open to seeing in and outside.
However due to a leaky pipe in the ceiling (as the owners have just renovated the upstairs apts) we had to move from our apt to a pool side villa. Andre and his staff were excellent and very apologetic for the inconvenience but we were very pleased with the result as we ended up in a big and more private accommodation. Andre also said that we didn’t have to move back when the apt was fixed as he wanted us to be comfortable.
Along with the lovely assistant at reception, Andre, his wife and little their little boy Chico we also became very friendly with the other staff who cleaned our villa and the surrounding property. This property is well looked after and the staff are friendly and fun to talk to albeit in broken Thai/English. The rooms are clean and everyday and they even wash up your dishes! We found that 90% of the people that were staying here at the time were also training at Muay Thai schools in the area, this created a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere as we all were training pretty hard and needed to rest at times.
The other side of staying at this property was that we became very close to the most loveliest puppies, Kapow (Andre’s pup) and Stella (Kapow's sister and Andre’s brother’s pup) these two kept us entertained and it actually felt like we were home. There are also two young kittens “Black” and “Grey” that like a snuggle! However, if you don't like animals they won't bother you.
The location of the property is excellent if you’re training at Rawai , its also only a 10 minute scooter ride to some of the most wonderful beaches Nai Harn was my favorite. There are supermarkets, restaurants (Cashew Nut is across the road and the staff there are wonderful), massages and a hairdresser all within close range of the resort and the pool is wonderful. Our time at the Happy Elephant sadly had to end but we’re planning on visiting again next year, we miss everyone. Andre and his team were always willing to assist, nothing was ever a problem. Total customer service, with a smile!

Room Tip: If you want total peace and quiet I would choose one of the villas by the pool. Most of the apts are...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Great place. rooms clean and good size. nice pool, free wi-fi (although signal hit & miss at times). Great location to explore some of the quieter parts of Phuket - Rawai, Nai Harn etc.
Its a bit further to the busier resorts if you are looking for that.

Right beside the Rawai Muay Thai club and a few great restaurants close by in particular gearing to healthy options eating. In all a very well run place, friendly location and thoroughly enjoyed stay.
The manager also arranged some tours and travel plans onwards in Bangkok. Much appreciated!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Doha
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is a great place in Rawai. It's a lovely base to go exploring from, providing a serene alternative to the horrors of Patong but with enough at hand locally to stay entertained, well fed and lubricated. It's very handy if you are interested in learning Muay Thai as there are several training camps nearby. The rooms are exceptionally clean and all come with a tv, fridge, hot showers etc. The beds are about as comfy as any of them ever are in Thailand! The pool is beautifully clean and well maintained, with comfy loungers to laze in if you fancy a break from one of the nearby beaches. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Squamish, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

We rented a room for thirty days, and we enjoyed every minute of it! The staff and the owner did everything to make us feel comfortable and cozy. We'd love to go back there!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

Nice place to go to be away from the mass amounts of tourists in other areas of Phuket (like Patong, Karon & Kata). Close enough to be able to arrange tours (sea kayaking, etc.) from... most places would pick me up from there even though it was a little further away. The people that run the place are very nice and speak English (also Italian and maybe other languages). It's about a 20-30 minute drive to Phuket Town or an inexpensive taxi ride. I recommend going to the Big Buddha and also Wat Chalong which are both not too far from here. Great value for the money... I was in a single room for about 2 weeks. There are 2 restaurants on the same road as the restaurant. Also a small market and internet place across the street. I recommend Siam Cottage. They're very nice there. There's also more places to eat within about a 10 minute walking distance into town, where there is also a bank. Also a night market (I think 4p-7pm) in the other direction also about a 10 minute walk away. The room has a small safe in it, but best was the bathroom has an enclosed shower with hot water, which isn't always common to find in the more affordable accommodations in Thailand. A nice added touch was they had a guy at the front gate at night which made me feel safe.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2011

I stayed in this resort for about 5 days. It was a very nice and quiet place. The place was clean. The service was good. People understood English. Food is available in nearby restaurants. Try the one with the "open air" ambiance. It was awesome there. The only major difficulty we found was transportation since it is quite far from the main tourist attractions. But managed by booking transportation facilities along with the tour packages. This is a wonderful place if you want a great getaway! When you are in a taxi and you want to reach this place, say 'near Rawai Muang Thai". We initially had trouble identifying the place, but people recognized immediately once we said near Rawai Muang Thai.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: The Happy Elephant Resort
Address: 88/17 Moo 7, T. Rawai, A. Muang, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Phuket Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 210 Specialty Lodging in Phuket Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Happy Elephant Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is located between Nai-Harn Beach and Rawai Beach. Swimming pool close to villa pool side. It is a nice place and quiet. So absolutely private. ... more   less 
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