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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Happy Elephant Resort Phuket/Phuket Town