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Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Kamala
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“Perfect oasis for our honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2010

We stayed in a pool villa at the Ayara Kamala Resort. When we arrived we were greeted with a welcome drink and some thai flowers before we were driven by their charming Tuk Tuk to our pool villa. (601). Our villa was decorated with beautiful fresh flowers.

The standard of the villa, the view, the pool and the sunset made this the perfect place for us to unwind on our last three days of our honeymoon.

The standard of service we received was great. I needed to get hold of some allergy medicine and the butler arranged for us to go to a chemist. We were driven there with her in the hotel's shuttle and she (the butler) translated from english to thai so that I could get the correct medicine.

The butler also arranged for tickets and a free shuttleservice to and from the Phuket Fantasea and when we wanted to go out to eat in Kamala town.

We had a spa package and we definitely recommend the spa for other guests.

If we have anything to put our finger on it would be the breakfast, which was a little limited on selection, especially different types of bread and meats. Also they were not very good at restocking when things ran out . But they did cook egg of your choice and the staff were very friendly.

Ayara Kamala is located about 3,5 km from Kamala beach so you have to go there by the hotels Tuk Tuk or private transport. Hence the resort is very private so if you are looking for a lively place it is not the right type of resort for you.

We would recommend the pool villa since the resorts main pool area is a little on the small side and the "beach" is not really a beach.

If you want a romantic luxurious getaway with stunning views one of the pool villas will be your perfect choice. It was ours!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2010

We booked Ayara Kamala Resort and Spa - http://www.ayarakamalaresort.com/ which is rated as a five star hotel. We arrived with welcome drinks and towel and we got into our room within 15 minutes of registration.

We found that the communal pool area is a let down. It seems cramped as it’s right where the restaurant is and hasn’t got enough space for sun beds. Plus it hardly gets the sun nor does our balcony where our sun beds are. But we did ask to be moved and thankfully they gave in to our request after I have to tell them the story about my boyfriend wants to be in the sun in order to be tan like me rather than just a disgruntled couple who isn’t happy with the room.

The rooms were large and beautiful. It provides everything on toiletries etc. They do have a spa which unfortunately we haven't tried as we were aware we could get cheaper massages etc outside of the resort.

The breakfast served every morning is fine not great. Thankfully they've changed their background music to something soothing and instrumental rather than listening to Backstreet Boys and Aqua's Barbie Girl a few mornings before. Whilst eating and looking forward to a great day, an instrumental music is rather suited to that mood which I'm sure you'd agree.

They have complimentary rides to Kamala Beach and Patong. We have taken advantage of these a few times. The only bad comment I can add on this, is that we asked to be picked up from Patong one afternoon and they completely forgot about us. Thankfully we got our phones and the resort's number and they told us to get a tuktuk on the way back and they'll pay for it. Once or twice we had to book our own taxi as the complimentary rides were fully booked.

The receptionists or the local people who work here need a lot of English training. As a five star resort catered to Westerners and tourists, English is the medium of language normally widely used. We find that we have to repeat and break down the language into simplest and basic words of English in order for them to understand our request. It was slightly frustrating as service comes out very poor compared to all the places we’ve been.

The resort has a lot of potential but they need to address the communal pool area as it doesn’t really look like an appealing place to hang out. The main clientele of this resort is pretty much aimed at Koreans etc. Therefore they didn't really consider Westerners who would like to be out in the sun to enjoy the heat and weather.

The staff needs to be trained to speak better English.

The Christmas decorations on reception and the communal area made the resort looked tacky with different shades of neon colour. Careful selection and better taste is required to keep the resort looking chic and as a proper five star resort.

Beach is NOT a beach at all so do not be fooled. My boyfriend had to go through 250 steps (from the bay) just to get back up to the resort! They said that someone can take orders in the “beach” but no one was there at all. They were understaffed at the highest peak season of the year and they apologise for it daily. It was getting boring.

This resort works well for people who don’t sunbathe. People who only wants to stay in the room. People who only wants a room only whilst they venture out all day. But for the price they charged us at £180 per night with Agoda – it was a bit steep and ridiculous considering it was way below the standards of what we expected.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2010

Do not pay attention to the other negative reviews! This is a great resort!

Checking out of another hotel @ 12pm and arriving early @ Ayara Kalama for check in at 12:30pm (check in is usually 2pm), my girlfriend and I were greeted by two Thai helpers who took our luggage from the taxi and prepared it to be moved to our room.

We were then directed to the lobby by them and on our way was kindly intercepted by a lovely young lady who guided us there for check in. She was our butler and assured that she would cater to our every request. Her english was quite good.

We then received welcome drinks (virgin mojito's) and some jasmine arranged bouquet. We waited for 1 hr for our room to be ready and in that time we checkout out the pool and restaurant and our butler explained the resort's amenities and services of which stood out, a laptop which could be borrowed (free of charge), free wi-fi and a scheduled bus to kamala and patong beaches. she also explained the attractions and events that were on at the time.

when our room was ready, we were directed to a shuttle which they use for transport around the condominium. yes the seats are wooden but not at all uncomfortable for the whole 5 mins necessary to get to our room! even for the elderly, children or injured (i have back problems) as so pointed out in other reviews!

the rooms are spectacular for the price! absolute comfort! king size bed, flat screen tv with cable, huge bathroom (very very clean!), balcony with 2 tanning beds and outdoor table and chairs for dining if tempted. the view was amazing. room 502 was further up the hill and so we were above a few other villas. aircon was sensational after a long day in the muggy heat! no problem at all with the rooms. the only thing that might take away from it is the fact that our room adjoined another through a wooden door which doesn't really trap all the sound out. unluckily for the other residents, we were the louder couple ;P (i think they messed around with our electricity because one night it turned off and on for 20 mins)

we made plans to visit a local market after settling into our room after check in. we arranged for a free drop off and pick up (after 1 hr) offered by the resort. after 52mins at the market, we waited for nearly 2 hrs for the driver who didn't show to pick us up. we then badly negotiated a tuk tuk to take us back to ayara for 200 baht! our butler affirmed that the driver returned to pick us up and claimed that he couldn't see us.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa
Address: 22 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Rd, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kamala
#3 Spa Hotel in Kamala
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kamala
#9 Family Hotel in Kamala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sleep, eat, indulge, explore and rejuvenate at our homely resort in our naturally private setting, along millionaire’s mile located south west of the treasured island of Phuket. Through using the traditional and authentic craftsmanship of Khun V, this wonderful promontory paradise has been converted into a magnificent hotel consisting of 42 rooms and villas sprawling the hillside down to the private rustic beach. His Swiss educated daughter, Masha, blends her Thai service foundations with some of the Swiss touches she picked up studying abroad to deliver a unique and harmonious style service culture. All the rooms and villas are designed with the concept of ‘Ayara’, corresponding with the nature of ‘elephants’ that are gentle and kind and of course, need their space to rest. They are decorated contemporarily and traditionally, from stylish black tiles to luxuriously marbled bathroom floors, to wooden and earthly tones. Our restaurant maintains quality local ingredients with delightful homemade recipes as well as including a few of the normal favorites from around Thailand and the rest of the world. We’ve got the gym, the spa and a private rustic beach, everything you need to feel comfortable. So, whether young and fresh or mature and experienced, Ayara Kamala provides you with our local founded atmosphere whilst our international touches amaze and surprise combining on a personal level a unique harmony, nowhere else found.Our noble ‘Kamalians’ strive to make sure you obtain that unique warmth in this promontory paradise. ... more   less 
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