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Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in Rawai
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72 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Our home in Phuket...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2011

After visiting the place for three times, we can say that this is really our home in Thailand. Great and clean rooms, nice beach to stroll with the kids (swimming could be a challenge because of the tides), food (local, international) is amazing (usually our kids a picky, but not here...) and above all the staff (specially Starr) are the main reason to stay...

  • Stayed November 2010
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
It is people like you that we strive to attract. Over 50% of our clients are repeats. We don't spend a lot of money on advertising and thus keep our rates low. It was a pleasure to have had you with us once again. We will keep 'your home' at Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort intact for your next visit. Be good to yourself and stay well. As Will Rogers once said: ". Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco."
Blessings,
STARR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

I have lived locally for many years and know the resort well. But I have never taken part in a detox process before - this was my first very sceptical try. I have to say that I was absolutely amazed at the helpfulness and professionalism of all the staff; nothing was too much, ask and it was made so. Fantastic. I didn't eat for 5 days and at no time was I hungry - what an experience. I met some really lovely people on the course, and as a bonus lost some 7 kilos. The big bonus was how well I felt at the end.

What a superb experience, wish I had tried it earlier. I would advise anyone thinking of coming to Atmanjai 'don't delay, take the plunge' you will be so glad you did. I am still a mainline cynic but in this case I am converted.

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank KenFergus0n
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, September 3, 2011
Your experience was enhanced by the fact that you were a "cynic" but obviously that got turned around. Others have experienced the same. The Atmanjai de-tox/wellness regimen is truly rewarding if one enters without reservation into the program and experiences its total effects. We're so pleased that you enjoyed and benefited from all we have to offer - it was you who made the effort and you that got the results - it was really all up to you. Thanks so much for your kind epistle.

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STARR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed at The friendship beach resort for 18 days as part of a detox package at Atmanjai detox and well being centre which is part of the resort. I can't say enough about the quality of this place. the staff were superb and incredibly friendly and the facilities were clean and well maintained. Food was great (when we wern't fasting)and the atmosphere was ideal for a relaxing detox holiday. Collections to and from the airport were efficient and free of charge and the prices for treatments in the Atmanjai spa were of great value in relation to the superb therapists who were simply first class. This is an outstanding resort for fasting and detox, but would also satisfy people looking for a nice quite and romantic break in Phuket. There are three teat rooms which literally face out directly to the small beach with stunning views. The pool is a recent size (approx 18 metres end to end ) and very well maintained so it's good for swimming and or just relaxing. The resort is small and quiet but made by the enthusiasm and quality of the staff. They are like one big happy family there and we will definitely return here again. A wonderful place.

  • Stayed August 2011
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, September 3, 2011
With comments like this, it makes our efforts all worth-while. We strive to maintain a family atmosphere at the resort and Atmanjai and the Thai staff is very good at doing this. It really is easy when we have customers like you and your appreciation will be passed on to the staff. Be well, take care of today, tomorrow you can do the same.

Best,
STARR
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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

Me and my two daughters (8 and 1) spent the whole month of July at Friendship Beach... it was HOME. The place is absolutely safe for children and the staff couldn't be any friendlier towards my girls. They helped me hire a lovely local babysitter and it was the best value of it all. My baby was loved and taken care of during the day so I could also enjoy some "me" time and time with my older daughter. We took a 2 bedroom apartment which was spotlessly clened every day by friendly staff. The food is excellent whether Thai or Western and now with the addition of the Atmanjai detox spa, it also has great choices for healthy eating as well. They are doing constant upgrades and upkeep of the place, common areas are always tidy. This place has it all for a single, couple or family vacation. We will be back there on our next trip to Thailand for sure.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
What a joy to have had you with us. Our main function, outside of tending to the guests, is maintenance and upgrading which never ends. It is really quite fun and your appreciation of the tidieness of the rooms and cuisine are well noted. Our Atmanjai Wellness Center is going great and we are beyond capacity and will be building a new kitchen to expand the already-to-big menu and better aclimate to the 'raw' and 'fresh' food demand. The staff and I were sad to see you leave but, if you don't go you can't return.
STARR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

We had two poolside appartments which were beautifully furnished , spacious and during our stay were kept immaculately clean by the efficient and friendly staff. The whole resort was meticulously cleaned every day . The swimming pools had shallow "playpools" as well as the full size one for competent swimmers .Food was just amazing - cooked upon order and delicious . Breakfast a real treat -lots of choice and served always with a smile !Fruit juice was sqeezed fresh on ordering - try it - you won't be disappointed ! Prices were very very competitive .We had a hire car so visited a few nearby tourist attractions - Big Buddha - free to go in ! The Zoo - an experience indeed . Elephant trek through the jungle , Gibbon sanctuary , local markets - beautiful beaches , We found it a perfect place for a family holiday - not rowdy , relaxed ,with welcoming staff ready to help and keen to please . Added pleasure of onsite massage /detox - what more could anyone want?

Room Tip: not a noisy resort - rooms accurately described .
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Your comments make what we are doing here all worthwhile. Thank you for your kind comments and observations. I don't think you will find a friendlier staff anywhere and with both a Thai Chef and Western Chef we get many kind comments and reviews such as yours. I don't know of anywhere else in Phuket that you can get Eggs Benedict made to order and not out of a box. Many blessings - we hope to see you again in the near future.
STARR
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Vlissingen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2011

We like this resort very much because:
-it's not crowdy
-most tourist are in Patong
-such nice food
-good swimmingpool
-nice staff
-good massage and Spa
-rooms a bit dark, but clean

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, June 19, 2011
Dear Aatje, I'm so glad you enjoyed staying with us. Your review sums us up perfectly - we are a small, friendly resort and our focus is on enjoying taking care of people. Hope to see you back here on your next trip. Starr (Owner)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2011

Resort is really nice, small with warm atmosphere. Nice clean accommodation and swimming pool. All staff very friendly and helpful. Only big disappointment for us was beach - as our guide said - flat mud. You can not swim there never, regardless the tide. Water is highest to you knees, stings. Beach is dirty, full of trash. So if you want to be at seaside and do not mind swimming only in pool, I would recommend this hotel to you.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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StarrFriendshipBeach, Owner at Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre, responded to this review, June 19, 2011
Dear Veruka, thank you for posting a review and recommending our resort. To further clarify on your feedback the bay is shallow and when the tide goes out, the seabed is exposed for a few hundred meters. This makes a wonderful opportunity for families to explore and to watch the local people fishing and hunting for sealife. Swimming is ok when the tide is in, for those people who enjoy waves and deeper water there is an excellent swimming beach within 5 minutes drive, and we are happy to help you get there. Rubbish is washed onto the beach each day by the tide. Sadly it comes from wherever it was thrown in the ocean. We have our staff clean this every day to ensure that guests see Thailand at it's best. Thank you again for all your positive comments about Friendship Beach Resort.
Starr (Owner)
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Property: Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre
Address: 27/1 Soi Mittrapap | Friendship Beach, Rawai, Phuket 83130, Thailand (Formerly Friendship Beach Resort & Spa by iCheck Inn)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Rawai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Rawai
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Rawai
#6 Spa Hotel in Rawai
#8 Family Hotel in Rawai
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rawai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre is your very own private hideaway located on the south east coast of Phuket Island. Situated right on the beach, our comfortable 30 rooms and suites offer exceptional value in a stunning location and are just a stones throw from the resort's pool and secluded beach.The hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chalong Bay and is the perfect location in which to explore the Andaman's famous archipelago of islands.Located on beautiful Chalong Bay.Friendship Beach Resort & Atmanjai Wellness Centre has a spa and private beach and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The 30 air-conditioned rooms feature a minibar, satellite TV and private hot shower and are just a short walk from the beach and boast a high ceiling, tile floor and Bali-style decor. All rooms at Friendship Beach Resort & Spa come with a fridge and a personal safe.Central Shopping Mall, Tesco Lotus Mall and the Home Pro Village Mall are a 10-minute drive from the hotel. It is a 25-minute drive from Patong Beach and a 45-minute drive from Phuket Airport. On-site parking is free. Atmanjai Wellness Centre offers spa treatments and detox programs, as well as oceanside yoga classes. Guests can lounge by the outdoor pool, enjoy the garden or unwind with a massage.The hotel's restaurant offers al fresco dining, serving up Thai and Western favourites. It is open daily from 07:00-22:00. ... more   less 
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