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“Relaxing resort away from the madness of Pattaya”
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Rabbit Resort
Ranked #2 of 445 Hotels in Pattaya
Certificate of Excellence
Southsea, UK.
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“Relaxing resort away from the madness of Pattaya”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing resort away from the madness of Pattaya then this is your place. However if you do want to go into Pattaya its only 15 mins away by bus or taxi.
The cottages are spotless and with the antique furniture such a great change from standard hotel rooms.
Breakfast is a buffet with plenty of choice of good quality cold and cooked food.
Wendy the resort manager could not do more to make sure our stay was perfect.
Will definitely be staying there again on our next visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I stayed at the resort andmy wife and lhad a fantastic Stay. The personalised service was indeed a great touch. The management went out of their was tofix our ticket issues. Thank you very Much to the Rabit resort staff and management. µe×t time I am in ThailandI will definitely stay their and with my new born son.

Happy family from Dubai.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

I wanted to stay near the beach without going too far from Bangkok, so I tried Pattaya and was very happy that I found the Rabbit Resort. It has its own little section of Jomtien Beach and has lush, tropical grounds surrounding the pools and the villas. You would not know that you were in an urban area. It was a most relaxing experience. Rooms were spacious and spotless with good aircon. The restaurant has both Thai and Western food and was consistently very good. But the best part of the resort was the service! Everyone on the staff, headed by Windy, was friendly and helpful and truly contibuted to Thailand's reputation as the Land of Smiles. The owners, Paisan and Deborah, were friendly and caring and have established a wonderful resort.

Room Tip: I had an upstairs room and I think I preferred the balcony to a lanai.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a 6 night stay at the Rabbit Resort. As mentioned many times in previous reviews, the service is one of the best we have had anywhere - puts many 5 star hotels to shame. The English of the general staff can be spotty but everyone is so attentive and eager to please that communication is not a chore. In any case, Wendy is everywhere at all times and speaks perfect English, so communication with staff is unlikely to be a problem.

We stayed in one of the bungalows right off of the adult pool - the pool was literally on our doorstep and we pretty much lived there. Despite the proximity, our bungalow and terrace still felt private and secluded due to the trees and shrubs that shielded them from the pool. The room was a good size and the bathroom was large with a great outdoor style shower. The bed was large (think it was king size) and comfy. There were 3 pillows, all different textures and thickness so that you could choose which one you wanted - I chose the fattest one but they were all perfectly fine. I am neurotic when it comes to cleanliness, especially given that I don't wear shoes in my home and notice the tiniest speck of dirt on the floor wherever I go. The floor of our bungalow was clean enough to eat off. I can't remember ever being this impressed by a hotel room floor.

The breakfast had plenty of variety - not as extensive a spread as a 5 star hotel, but this is to be expected given that the latter operates on a much larger scale and caters to many more guests at one time. Every morning there was at least one completely new dish (that was not repeated in the 6 days we were there) and many others alternating on a daily basis. The breakfast breads and pastries were fresh and the cooked dishes were also of a high quality. Nothing was ever left to run out and all items were continuously replaced right up to the 10am end time (breakfast is served 7-10am), so that even if you sauntered in to breakfast at 10am you would still have the full spread and nothing would be stale or dry. The back bacon that appeared on alternate days should get a special mention - thick succulent slices of real bacon with the fatty rind, just like you get in the UK. The coffee was sublime.

Some people have mentioned the location as being inconvenient which I find strange. The hotel is on a road that is closed to traffic, so yes, you do have to walk a little to get to a big road where you can get tuk-tuks and such if you want to get to Pattaya city centre, but the walk is no more than a very leisurely 10 minute stroll along the beach. We took a stroll along this walkway every day to go to the 7-11 at the end of it to get booze to drink on our terrace and other little things like sunblock and snacks. We found the location perfect and very convenient for all our needs. I suppose this is because we had no interest in Walking Street activities, so maybe if that is what you are coming to Pattaya for, you shouldn't stay here... Horses for courses and all that.

There are a few things that are less positive, but really, in the grand scheme of things pretty minor:
1. The same dish ordered for room service is more expensive than at the restaurant. For example, the Mixed Appetiser platter is 220 baht in the restaurant but 240 baht if you order to your room. Similar markups for all the other dishes. This is something I just can't understand, especially given that you still pay the same 10% service charge on your total bill for room service AND your also pay a 50 baht per trip delivery charge. The differentiated price and delivery charge, I have never encountered at any other hotel I have stayed in (I have travelled extensively for business and pleasure for many years, and have stayed in a wide range of places from family run B&Bs to 5 star hotels and luxury boutiques) and I find it really quite disingenuous. You also get charged to get ice to your room. All these little things, although not significant in terms of amount, makes you feel taken advantage of, and I think the bad-will generated by this more than offsets any extra profit the Resort might make...
2. The private section of beach belonging to the Resort is very crowded. The deck chairs are arranged in rows, very close to each other, as one might expect to see at a sit-down concert or show. We saw plenty of hotel guests occupying those chairs, so clearly this is not off-putting to some, but for us, we really couldn't see how this was in any way an attractive way to spend time. Luckily, this is more than made up for by the lovely adult pool which is never crowded, has a good range of sunbeds in sunny and shaded areas and is free of children - bliss! The pool is surrounded by vegetation and makes you feel as if you are swimming in a lagoon in a jungle. The beach, however, is good for massages (you should not be paying more than 200 baht for a one hour Thai massage and 300 baht for an oil massage) and hawker food (all manner of deep fried stuff, totally yummy and we did not get sick once).
3. On a couple of occasions when we were having dinner at the restaurant, we felt the service was a bit slow due to there being too many guests for the number of staff. For example, they took our used cutlery away after our first course and didn't bring new ones with our mains so we had to ask them for cutlery, but the staff were so busy we didn't get it for quite a while and had to remind them once before we got them.. At breakfast however, the service cannot be faulted. Used plates are whisked away as soon as they are done with, and the minute you have have drank your last drop of coffee you are asked if you would like another. The attentiveness is very impressive indeed and it would be amazing if this could be replicated at evening time.

Overall, I feel the negatives are very minor and very few, and the positives far outweigh these. In the whole of Thailand we think this is the best place to stay, not just in Pattaya but including other areas as well, such as Phuket, so on all our future Thailand trips we will stay at the Rabbit Resort.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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newport beach, CA, USA
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Been here before and before and before. Always a delight. Treated like family. Asked and cared after. 20 feet to put my feet on beach sand. Water clean and swming roped off. Even it's own beach area! Come!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stayed here for 5 days recently and it was wonderful. Pattaya is a crazy place but rabbit resort in Jomtien is so peaceful and relaxing. The staff are the most attentive I have ever come across and the service second to none. The room was fab, truly Thai and very spacious. Breakfast and the pool area both great. Would definitely return here, 5 stars.

Room Tip: Ask for an upstairs room as the balcony is great
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

This review is different. Why? I am writing this review from not just a travellers point of view but from an Indian Traveller's point of you.
First, all the positive points people have written about this resort are all true. So I will not mention them again to keep this not long. I would call this place the best in whole pattaya.

It was my second trip to Pattaya, and first visit to this resort. I went with my wife ( French ) and a firiend and his wife ( Indian ). We all are in our mid 20s.

Price: In Indian Rupees it may cost 6000 Rs for a day. Which is pretty affordable considering in India such place will not cost less than 12000 Rs. And even if you are lucky enough to find a place like this at that cost, then the location will not be this good.

Location: This place is located at a very peaceful palce, on a peaceful street. From 10 to 5 you have to walk ( 100 mts ) till the resort as the road is close for vehicals. Mostly tourists in this resort are European, Russian, "Westerners". Everyone here expects peace. Even in one of the swimming pools it is written clerly to be quite. In or around the restauarant no one is loud, if you talk loudly, you are bothering other people. I am just saying this that being Indian I feel that some Indian people talk loudly and they dont realize that they are loud. Even if someone gives us a "look", we dont get it at the first place. Sorry if this offends any Indian, its just that I faced this.

Other Pros:
If you wish to go to Bangkok after checking out then Rabbit Resort can get you a taxi, it costs around 1800 Baht. Other taxis will take not less than 1500, and you will need to haggle. So its best and most convinient to take taxi from the resort.

To go to Coral Island you can take a private boat from the beach around the resort for 2300 baht. If you are in couple than thats the best option as you can go and come back at your convinience. To go with other tourists is like, boarding the minibus in India. So it depends on your budget. Though Coral Island is no fun. Just the scuba diving is.

On the beach there are people trying to sell stuff. But they are very nice and friendly, if you say no to them they wont bother you again.
Food hawkers around resort are cheap and sell delecious hygenic food. Dont hesitate to try.
Full body massage you can get just in front of the resort on nice clean sheet on the sand, just for 250 - 350 baht. Resort has in house spa as well, obviously it will be little more expensive than outside.

You will get a private beach chaise, you can order food and drinks from the hotel. But the service gets over by 6 and you have to leave the chairs as well.

Cons ( which I assume some people may not like ) :

There is no night life in or around the resort. (e.g. music, party, drinking etc. ) Dont expect the ambience like other beaches/places of Pattaya. The beach around resort gives you peaceful walking area, totally safe. In late nights, grab a drink/beer from minibar in your room and roam around.

Restaurant closes at 10:30. Not many vegetarian dishes, neither in breakfast nor in the menu. Though you can tell the service to make it Not Non Veg.

If you order food in your room than they charge you 50 or 80 baht extra. ( Per trip ) it means that if you order a dish and they deliver the dish in room, and later you ask for a coke then they will charge you 50-80 baht again.

Drinks in the minibar are more expensive than in the restaurant.

Room Tip: R2 and R1 are the closest to the pool, restaurant and the beach. Its a good points as one doenst nee...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rabbit Resort
Address: 318 / 84 Moo 12, Soi Dongtan Police Station | Jomtien, Pattaya 20150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chonburi Province > Pattaya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Pattaya
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pattaya
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pattaya
#2 Luxury Hotel in Pattaya
#7 Business Hotel in Pattaya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rabbit Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rabbit Resort is a lovely, historic Thai village with only 49 beach villas. Our "Old Thai Theme" is enhanced by using reclaimed wood, handmade fabrics and antiques. The last of its kind in Pattaya, we are directly on Dongtan Beach less than 10-15 minutes from downtown Pattaya. No expense was spared throughout the resort in order to offer the best environmentally conscious development. Enjoy our private forest, tropical flowers, jumping squirrels, dancing butterflies, and exotic wild birds. If you love nature please stay with us next time. ... more   less 
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