This hotel is amazing! I recently stayed at this resort during November 2012, and stayed in one of the villas. And I couldn't have loved it more.
We arrived to the hotel via cab since we came to the hotel straight from the hotel. Make sure you tell your cab driver exactly which resort you're going too, because there's 3 different hotel right next to each other, and the cab driver may get a little upset if you tell him the wrong one. Also, this resort is definitely located far away from all the shopping and food. It takes at least 30 minutes to get anywhere else that you may have planned for your trip, so plan accordingly! Anyways, we arrived at the front desk and they helped us with the bags while we checked in. While we were waiting for all the paperwork to be done we sat in the waiting area where they walked over with wet towels and a iced tea to cool us down from the heat. So considerate! Afterwards, we hopped onto a golf cart and they drove us to the villa where they helped place all the bags into our suite. The suite was so amazing! We got a 2 bedroom-2bath suite, which included a fully stocked kitchen with all the supplies you would need to cook. They provide you with free large bottles of water every day, so you don't need to worry about drinking the tap! Each room has a different setting for the AC, which is very helpful since not everyone loves to be freeezing cold when they sleep!
We also had a backyard area which lead into a pathway of the North Pool, which had a beautiful view of the beach! The beach is literally about 20 steps from the pool, amazing! And sometimes the baby elephant at the resorts will visit everyone at the pools. So cute! Make sure to bring your camera! While at the pool the workers are always kind enough to bring you some ice water because of the heat, and sometimes they'll bring you some fresh fruit.
If you are staying in a villa or a room with a fully stocked kitchen, buy groceries in town. There is a local market within the area of the hotel, but the prices are tripled what you can find in the city. There are restaurants within the area of the hotel as well, but you're basically paying US prices for American meals. Not much of a deal!
Visit the stands located near the beach, they have some thai food for real cheap! I believe it was only 80 baht for some Pad Thai, and it was delicious!
Pay attention to the colored flags before entering the water of the beach, my sister and I didn't realize what they meant the first day, and we went in when the flags were red, and let's just say.. it was a tough time..
If you can't find anything on tv to watch, you can always rent movies from the fitness room. They have a pretty decent selection!
Definitely try not to spend your whole trip at the resort. As amazing as it is, it's the Americanized version of Thailand. If you want to experience what Thailand is really about, spend the day going around, shopping, eating street food, and meeting new people! (I'd probably try to limit the organized trips and just try to find your own way around!)
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