Patong town / beach is a pretty dismal hellhole unless you want girls popping ping-pong balls from where I shan't say. It's really nasty and low-grade, and we're NOT snobs (take a look at my previous reviews.) But we chose the Blue Ocean despite reservations about Patong town because we were on the road over Christmas and we wanted to take a break from our usual guesthouses and pamper ourselves a little bit - and since our intention was mostly to stay in, use the spa and ignore the outside world, this served exactly that purpose to a tee. Although - even within Patong the location is poor - close to the furthest southern edge. Although, when I think about it, the further the better maybe...) The rooms are large and brilliantly presented; the bathrooms and showers a thing of glory; the restaurant food is moderate rather than exciting, but breakfast was substantial, varied and flexible to demand - and I always think this the real test of a hotel's food. The pool is nice, sheltered and a good size for a small hotel, and there's a nice vibe. The spa / massage services are utteraly BRILLIANT - a match for the best treatments you'll get in the UK at e.g. Thermae Bath Spa - for a fraction the cost - totally professional and informed. They were able to pick up, unprompted, on fading sports injuries - a real sign of knowing-your-stuff. Although far more expensive than the street-shop massages these are in another class. Highly, highly recommended; and the service and general ambience was a delight. Really, really happy with this place in general - we don't normally go this far up the hostel / hotel scale but we really feel we got value for money and had a nice Christmas because of it. One notable gripe - we got fleeced by an inept / criminal minibus-to-airport firm as we were leaving (not booked through the hotel), who were an hour late and we were panicking. I'd checked out and I asked the receptionist to help sort it out. She charged me 20 baht for every phone call she made, and proposed no notable alternative to help us. I know this is only 45p and I'd technically left but after I've just paid 6000 baht of spa costs to you and I'm panicking about missing my flight this felt really mercenary; it undermined otherwise universally excellent service. Hmmm. Sad final impression after a brilliant stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Ocean Resort is located at about 5 minutes walk to the Patong Beach, and about 10 Minutes to the main city center - Bangla Road, and the Popular Jungceylon Shopping Mall. It is just close enough to Patong's Main Charming Attractions, but far away enough from all the hassle and the noisy areas of Patong. Blue Ocean also offers excellent Indian Cuisines, as well as great delicious selections of Thai and European ones. Breakfast has a nice variety. High Speed Internet and Free Wifi can be enjoyed from the rooms as well as the Public Areas of the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Ocean Hotel Patong
- Blue Ocean Resort Patong, Phuket