Bangtao Beach Chalet is very pretty indeed. 10 small bungalows built around beautiful gardens with fish ponds and a small swimming pool. Inside, the bungalows look most attractive but there is a distinct lack of usable 'surfaces' as every table has some kind of artefact upon it. Plants, lamps, fancy tissue boxes, folders etc., with no dressing table and nowhere to put 'stuff'. The bathroom is the same, with three shelves stacked with towels, hairdryer, dispensers for soap and absolutely no place to park a spongebag! The shower is over the bath and does not have an adjustable head. Consequently, the water sprays with some force, all around the room and there are two tiled, slippery steps to negotiate to get out of the bath once you have flooded the bathroom. I gave up on showers and had baths!
As others have said, the beds are hard but that is typical of Thailand and you get used to it. What concerned me was that the bungalows are built in a straight line with windows of adjacent bungalows aligned, and there are windows on 3 sides. I was sitting on my bed reading and noticed that the man next door was doing exactly the same thing. For privacy you have to close all of the curtains and blinds which makes the room very dark.
The view from the front of the establishment is a grey breeze-block wall, such a pity as the beach is the other side! To access the beach you walk through the grounds of Bangtao Lagoon Bungalows, just to the right, which only takes a couple of minutes and is hardly onerous, but lack of beach frontage for the Chalet means no private sunbeds so you always have to pay to rent a sunbed if you want to sit on the beach.
The Beach Chalet staff are generally pleasant and the ladies who serve in the restaurant try very hard to please. However, although breakfast is supposed to be served from 7.00am to 10.30am, on two out of our three mornings, when we arrived at approximately 8.00am, nothing had been put out ready. On our first morning there was a buffet of sorts and you could help yourself to fruit, toast, cereals, yogourt and so on. Subsequently the buffet wasn't provided and every item was delivered separately, did we eat too much on the first day I wondered? Extra tea was brought as requested but the request for more toast seems to have been lost in translation. Furthermore, they simply cannot do boiled eggs.... eggs were brought to the table warm, but still raw inside, taken away and returned (same eggs) still raw. I had to demand a freshly cooked one to replace an opened but raw one, and was made to feel that I was simply asking for too much.
One sour note marred an otherwise enjoyable short stay..... When we arrived after a 5 hour drive from the south we were sat down in reception and given a 'welcome drink' of fruit juice whilst we rummaged through bags for vouchers, passports etc. As I was waiting for the check-in formalities to be completed, I picked up an album from the small coffee table (remember, all surfaces must be covered with clutter) entitled 'Wrath of the Tsunami' which I thought would be interesting as my last visit to Phuket was shortly before the Tsunami. Unfortunately, what I picked up was the cardboard slip case and the album slipped out, knocking my empty glass to the tiled floor whereupon it broke. On checking out I found that I had been charged 100Baht for the breakage. So petty. Then I was asked to write (something complimentary?) in the Guest Book!
So, to sum up... a very quiet, tranquil retreat away from the bustle of busy Bangtao Beach. Delightfully attractive garden setting complete with helpfully labelled plants and a friendly resident frog living in the in/out room sign, but.............
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- Also Known As:
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- Bangtao Beach Chalet Phuket/Bang Tao Beach