Stayed here with some family members for a short beach getaway for a birthday.
The resort is located approx. 2.5 km (1.6 mi) on a private road from the main N-S highway on Phuket island. Once at the highway, it is approx. 5 km north to Sarasin Bridge (to the Thai mainland), 10 km south to the airport, 35 km to Phuket town and 40 km to Patong. A small cluster of restaurants and shops, including one which also offers scooter rental, is located about 500 m from the entrance of the resort. The closest grocery/convenience store is at Turtle Village, a small shopping mall located about 2 km from the resort, near the highway.
On a secluded stretch of beach, gorgeous resort, perfect for an intimate getaway.
Well appointed rooms as you would expect from the Renaissance brand, great attention to detail - multi adapter faced power points take different shape international plugs, replenishment of bottled water and toiletries, etc. Great selection at the breakfast buffet. Crepes and fruit smoothies made to order was a pleasant surprise. Marriot Rewards members get free broadband wifi with their reservations.
Unless you plan on spending most of your time at the resort, which is not a bad idea in itself... there is not much in the vicinity by way of shops/restaurants/sights.
That being said, those that want to enjoy a more 'exciting nightlife' by heading into Patong or Karon/Kata beaches would have to rely on their own transportation, or deal with the taxi mafia that has a stand conveniently located at Turtle Village. Fare to the airport (10 km away) is set by them at THB 500. No amount of haggling will lower their fare. Compare with approx THB 300-350 by meter and including tolls, from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Sukhumvit area in BKK, at least 3 times the distance.
The resort offers 3 scheduled trips on a minivan to Patong daily, fare is THB 350 per person. We rented scooters and I made the ride to Patong and back twice, each on 2 consecutive days - I do not recommend this for the novice rider - although road conditions are fine, with a dedicated lane for motorbikes along most of the highway.