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Paresa Resort Phuket
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Kamala
Certificate of Excellence
New York, NY
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48 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“Amazing. no other words to describe.”
Reviewed August 24, 2011

I can't think of many complaints about our stay at Paresa. My husband and I spent 3 nights in an Aqua Suite on our honeymoon and thought it was the most beautiful and luxurious hotel we could have asked for.

The service was impeccable. Everything was so clean and new in our room and in other areas of the hotel. The restaurant where breakfast is served is wonderful--I had three amazing breakfasts and had great conversation with the wonderful staff. We also had two very romantic dinner at the restaurant.

I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone.

My one complaint is that due to its secluded location, you need to take the hotel car to and from town and this tends to be expensive.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 30, 2011
Thank you for choosing us for your honeymoon and that it was a romantic and special holiday for you both.

I look forward to welcoming you back for your anniversary!

Regards
Scot
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2011

Paresa was an absolute bliss~!!
We stayed in an aqua suite with a stunning view of the Andaman sea. We requested for a suite with absolute privacy that didn't have other suites looking down into ours, and Paresa delivered! When we first arrived, we were taken to our room in a buggy so we thought that we were really far from the restaurant, but it wasn't that bad of a walk at all.
The view from our suite, the restaurant, main pool, gym, etc. was breathtaking every time.
It was a bit inconvenient to go anywhere in town, but you can rent a scooter for a pretty decent price. Kamala beach was a total disappointment because it had a lot of trash everywhere and the sand was really coarse. But we stayed in Kata the first half of our trip so we got all the swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing out of our system before we checked into Paresa. Also, if you need to pick up anything from a mart (toiletries, snacks, drinks, etc.), it's best to do so before you go up to Paresa.
I'm not big on working out while on vacation, but the gym at Paresa has great equipments and a very inviting view. So take tennis shoes with you just in case you get inspired to work out.
If you decide to arrange your own transportation from the airport to hotel, make sure you have Paresa's address/phone number because a lot of taxi drivers don't know where it is.
Overall, we had the best vacation, staying in Kata a few days then unwinding at Paresa to complete it magnificently!
For couples looking for a quiet/romantic retreat, I highly recommend Paresa!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 24, 2011
Thank you so much for your review and fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We are working with the local authorities and other hotels in Kamala to ensure the local beach is kept in pristine condition. We will also be launching a private beach in front of Paresa for high season.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Regards
Scot
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

Having read the glowing tripadvisor reviews before we arrived, we were somewhat disappointed by Paresa as it did not live up to the standard of service or provide some of the amenities which we were expecting. In the interests of writing a more balanced review, we thought it would be helpful to set out the pros and cons of our experience for other travellers:

1. Pros

(a) The clifftop villas have a spectacular view of the ocean.

(b The basic rooms like the Talay suite are spacious.

(c) The room service menu offers an extensive range of Italian or Thai dishes which are generally well executed.

(d) There is a reasonably good library of books.

(e) Wifi is available in the resort.

(f) The spa is excellent.

2. Cons

(a) Some bathroom amenities which you may expect as standard in a resort at this price point are not provided so don't forget your toothbrush or razor as you will be charged for this.

(b) The resort is set in very hilly terrain and there is a significant amount of climbing to get from the villa to the dining area or the spa. This is not ideal if you have young children or if you are old and not particularly mobile.

(c) Service is patchy - there are a lot of staff on duty but you get passed around before your request is understood and dealt with. Again, this is disappointing in a resort at this price point. For example, when we rang one of the "angels" to ask for shopping suggestions, no ideas were forthcoming except to try Patong which was tacky and run down. When we tried to order room service, it was clear that not all the dining room staff were familiar with the Italian menu. More effort should also be made to maintain the cleanliness of the place. We noticed our plates from room service were left overnight on the floor outside the room till 11am the next morning.

(d) Construction of a large villa estate is taking place next door to Paresa and the noise can clearly be heard from the dining area during the day. This mars the tranquillity of the restaurant when you are at breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Thank you for your review of your stay and all the positives on the suites, views, Italian and Thai menus and spa.

As you mentioned our resort is not designed for children and is more a quite retreat, we recommend using our buggy service always if you don't want to wonder around the resorts hills.

Sorry the shopping in the main Patong town and the large shopping center there were not suitable, we recommend this as a first stop as it is the largest shopping area.

I have as always shared this valuable feedback with our teams to continue to ensure we offer the best experiences and hope that we can welcome you back so that you can experience Paresa at its best.

Regards
Scot
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed here due to another hotel not being able to accommodate us (and paid all the additional costs)! And thank heavens they did overbook, because Paresa is the most amazing place we have ever stayed!!!!!!!! The service was impeccable! Our angels were willing to help us with advice and booking of tours (and I'm sure would have done anything for us if we had asked!). Unfortunately we were not able to taste the breakfast here, as we left too early each morning, but Paresa made up breakfast boxes for us that were waiting ready at reception each morning. The view from the resort is simply breathtaking. We had decided we didn't like Phuket after staying in Patong, but staying here made us realise that true beauty and service still remains in Phuket. This resort is right on the side of a cliff and all the rooms are built around the trees and vegetation! The rooms were amazing!!! The private pool and balcony looking out to the ocean was beautiful. The whole room (or should I say villa) had glass on the front so you could see out onto the cliffs and ocean (even the toilet was surrounded by glass). The room was truly awesome. The food at the resort was also AMAZING, in fact, the best I had in Phuket - and probably my whole trip!!!! I had for lunch the coconut and chicken soup- it was sooooo full of flavour and very authentic!!! For dinner I had a pumpkin risotto served in a carved out pumpkin!!! It was also full of flavour. My friend was also impressed with her gnocchi!! It was a melt in your mouth experience and probably the best I have ever eaten!!!! The pad thai, the brownie dessert and the strawberry and white chocolate tiramisu was also yummy!!! I would say this is the best resort we have ever stayed in. The privacy, the service, the views, the food and the tasteful and impeccably well designed and spacious villas make this resort the closest thing to heaven!!! Thanks so much for such a great stay :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Jessica e fantastic to read that you had a truly heavenly Paresa stay with us and that our villas, dining and Angels delivered a WOW experience for you.

I will pass this on to our team and look forward to welcoming you back.

Regards
Scot
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 15, 2011

"Angels" at Paresa were very helpful! They tried their very best to make our stay memorable (i.e. I didn't make reservation for the inifinity pool dinner in advance as I didn't know my schedule before I arrived Phuket, yet the staff were still very helpful and rushed to prepare us this dinner. Its quality was nice! ;) But still I would encourage you to book it before you went there.) Excellent service. I just felt like in heaven. Apart from that, the facilities were very nice. I stayed at Talay Suite...Even though it was the "lowest" class among the suites..to me..that's just good enough! Look forward to coming back to Paresa someday! A place worths staying at least once in a lifetime.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 16, 2011
Thank you for choosing Paresa and I do hope you can experience it more than once in your lifetime.
Great to here you enjoyed the Talay suite which are very large, maybe next time you could try the Aqua Pool Suite which I am sure you will enjoy even more.

Regards
Scot
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Our stay was indeed heavenly as Paresa puts it. We were looked after by the team of its wonderful staff, each exceeding our expectations, attentively and pleasantly. The hotel is beautifully designed and fun to go around (you'll know when I mean when you get there). Our aqua roomn was spacy, well designed and face the beautiful Andaman sea (I think all rooms do actually). Would also def recommend the infinity pool dinner for any couple, food is great and most importantly, the view and the experience. Watching the sunset with my bf had been one of our most romantic moments together!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 9, 2011
It was our pleasure to have you both staying with us here at Paresa.
I am glad you enjoyed your Aqua Pool Suite with its private pool and views along with the Infinity Pool Dinner which is uniquely Paresa and very romantic as you said.

Regards
Scot
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

My wife & i spent our 11th anniversary at Paresa. It was our first trip to Phuket and found Paresa to be an excellent getaway for us. The food, although slightly pricey, was very good (especially Thai cuisine). For couples, i highly recommend the infinity dinner by the infinity pool - spectacular views of the sunset on the Andaman Sea and great food again. The Acqua suite (room 242) was fine, except for slightly obstructed views of the sea from the private pool. There was a leak from the ceiling upstairs and no hand bidet in the toilet, but the staff took care of this right away. The staff were great, from our arrival at the airport, to the hotel transfer, front office, buggy, restaurant, room service - everyone was so friendly & courteous! They even took care of a couple of special requests i made on the annniversary day without any problems. I guess the only way our experience could have been better is if they had upgraded us to one of the 'better' villas, which would have been great since the staff told us it was at 40% occupancy while we were there. All in all a great place for those looking for some quiet, 'private' time!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paresa, General Manager at Paresa Resort Phuket, responded to this review, August 3, 2011
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and that you had an enjoyable stay. I agree with you that the Infinity Dining experience is something special especially for an anniversary.

We look forward to welcoming you back and being able to upgrade you for your return stay.

Regards
Scot
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Property: Paresa Resort Phuket
Address: 49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand (Formerly Paresa)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Kamala
#2 Spa Hotel in Kamala
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kamala
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kamala
#4 Family Hotel in Kamala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Paresa Resort Phuket 5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paresa Resort, "Heaven of all Heavens," is a truly unique hideaway-style luxury resort surrounded by lush tropical forest on Kamala's "Millionaires Mile." The breathtaking location is paired with uninterrupted Andaman sea views, two coveted restaurants serving genuine Mediterranean and authentic Thai cuisine, an award-winning spa and personalized Bespoke Experiences offered by our own adventure guides. ... more   less 
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