First off, this is an amazing hotel. It is a five star resort and completely up to standard. That said, as a family we prefer to splurge on quieter, and not so expensive five star resorts. The hotel is lovely, and service is great. For our tastes, the decoration and style is too "busy." Just too much going on--it gives a more crowded and stressful impression than we enjoy in a holiday. The restaurants are also very, very expensive.
The swimming pool (at least the children's part) was really fun for the kids as it had plenty of shallow areas and a waterslide. In my opinion the continuous fountains made too much noise. You could not hear or see the beach although you are very close to it, so it wasn't quite that total relaxation that you hope for in a hotel of this category.
Again, these things could be expected in this kind of hotel, in this location. The Marriot rooms and service were top notch. They also have one of the best kids clubs I have seen, so if you like your kids to be there (we don't) it is a great place. However for our tastes as a family we prefer a quieter location, more spacious and relaxed décor, and at least some more reasonable food options.
Turtle Village is nearby--a short (3 minutes and free of charge) shuttle ride from the hotel lobby every 15 minutes. There are more reasonable restaurant options, shopping, and a grocery store available there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is set in lush tropical gardens, with 17 kms of natural beachfront. Fifteen minutes north of the airport, our Phuket resort's grounds comprise 265 spacious rooms including 13 suites, all facing towards the Andaman Sea. Facilities include eleven restaurants and bars, Thai cooking school, three magnificent pools, full-service Mandara Spa, on-site turtle shelter, shopping arcade, activities-packed kids club including on-site turtle shelter. The fitness center includes two tennis courts, yoga sala. Golf available nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Phuket Hotel Mai Khao
- Jw Marriott Phuket Resort And Spa
- Jw Marriott Mai Khao
- Marriott Phuket
- Phuket Marriott
- JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Mai Khao