This was my first time to visit Thailand, on the 19th November for 2 weeks. When we arrived at the hotel, we advised that our room had been upgraded to a sea view room, a very pleasant surprise. This was a single storey building, with a wonderful view over looking the beach and gardens.The room was spotlessly clear, the bed was extremely comfortable with crisp fresh clean bedding. There was a mini bar, which was well stocked and not too expensive. Everyday there were 2 bottles of drinking water provided free of charge. Additionally there were towels provided for the sun beds, all towels and bedding were changed every day.
Although our holiday was on a bed and breakfast basis, there were facilities to eat ate the hotel during the day and in the evening. Apart from breakfast we did not eat in the hotel, however, a number of people chose to do so and the food was beautifully presented. We had a drink a few times at the hotel bar, the staff were friendly, think it was about 90 bhat (£1.80) for a small beer, there was a happy hour early evening when drinks were cheaper.
The hotel is situated a little bit out of the main town, but a 10 minute walk, or a taxi ride (100 bhat) will soon have you in the centre of the town where there are lots of shops and restaurants to visit. Our favourite restaurant was Sand and Sea (be careful as there are 2 restaurants with this name). The one we visited was on the right hand side of the road, near the Gold Elephant, 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The food was amazing and the dish of chicken fried with thai basil leaves was amazing and a large beer was only 100 bhat, £2.00.
Another regular place to eat and drink on the beach was Peter Bar - I will review this separately as it deserves to be mentioned.This bar, a bit like a Goan shack, was about 150 yards along , on the right hand side from the hotel.
If I was asked is there anything the hotel and it's staff could have done to make my stay more enjoyable, my response would be no, it was perfect and would highly recommend it.
The only downside is we flew Premium Class on the Thomson Dreamliner, this was disappointing and not worth the extra cost. The person sitting in the window seat almost had to climb in to the seat as the arm rest was too big, as it housed the entertainment screen, there was very little room left to manoeuvre. There was a foot rest attached to the seat which only supported the backs of your legs and your feet were left dangling uncomfortably. The seats did not recline sufficiently, so you were virtually trying to sleep sitting up, not brilliant on the 13 hour return flight. Also the food on the return flight was disgraceful. I have passed on my comments to Thomson but am still awaiting a response.
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