Travelled to Banthai on a Virgin holiday flying with Thai Air which was a very pleasant experience. Found Thai Air very good on all aspects and the agent in Thailand for Virgin, Pacific World provided an excellent service, with transfer to and from the hotel in air conditioned limo just for the two of us, and even checked us in for return flight avoiding the queues, all this on a standard booking, so well done Virgin.
Check in at the hotel was very efficient and our request for a double bed as opposed to twins was granted with no problem. We were escorted to our room and everything explained adequately. We had a superior room and were on the top 4th floor right at the end with a lovely view over the pool. All room facilities were good and excellent maid service, and evening turn down and room sprayed each night for insects. We found the room very quiet and the air-con worked well, which was much needed.
The pools, of which there are three were very relaxing and we always found sunbeds, although some people seemed to think they had the right to reserve beds for the time they were there by fixing their towels to the beds with bungee bands. I think these were people staying in the ground floor deluxe rooms. However as stated we didn,t have any problems as we alternated between beach and pool and going out and about.
We found the drinks very expensive at the hotel, at least twice the price of outside bars, but found this to be the norm amongst the beachfront hotels,as they add 10% service and 7% tax to everything, so we tended to use the side street restaurants, which were very good and a lot cheaper. It,s a shame the Banthai don,t make their bar and restaurant prices more realistic as they are never busy and the restaurant looks very nice.
Found Patong very expensive in general having been told Thailand was cheap, but I think the exchange rate didn,t help; we were getting 48 bahts to the pound which made a bottle of local singha beer £1.50 to £3.00 depending where you drink, and a meal ranged from £20 to £40 with drinks. Patong is a very lively place and never stops, so returning to the hotel was Instant Karma!
The breakfast room at the hotel is excellent and caters for all nationalities, with cereal, fruit, juices and smoothies, eggs cooked to order, bacon, beans etc, many dishes we didn,t fancy, cold meats and cheeses, even suchi, and we were always greeted at the door by a lovely thai girl in traditional dress and a smile to match; Sawasdee!!
Overall a lovely hotel with excellent service and a tranquil setting amongst the hustle of Patong beach.
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- Banthai Beach Hotel Patong
- Banthai Beach Resort And Spa
- Banthai Beach Resort & Spa Patong, Phuket