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Smile House
Ranked #37 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Rawai
Reviewed January 4, 2011

We (myself, husband, sister-in-law) shared a two-room bungalow for 11 days at Smile House over the Christmas period. We loved the quiet, rural location overlooking hills in Rawai, but also the ease of driving to the best beach in Phuket (Nai Harn) and local sights near Chalong (Wat Chalong, Big Buddha). Phil and Wendy were very helpful hosts, and were also able to dish up some fantastic English breakfast food - I recommend the bubble with sausage especially! They were also happy to recommend things to do each day. Going to a day spa was an excellent idea, as was the tour to Phi Phi Island they recommended and organised for us (at a discount price!). The bungalow was great - the rooms were airconditioned and comfortable, and the place was very clean and kept clean every day. The gardens are spotless and the pool is the best thing possible after a long international flight or at the end of a sweaty day of sightseeing. It was exactly the experience we were looking for and I don't think I'd stay anywhere else in Phuket, especially after having visited the busier places on the west coast. The only downsides were that you either had to organise day trips or taxis everyday, or rent a car/motorbike, as there is nowhere to walk to - but we found the driving in Phuket suited us and renting a car worked out well. Also the room we had did have cable TV, but not the best reception, so perhaps this would not be the best place if you like to watch a lot of TV on your holiday. Besides these minor things, everything else worked out really well and I'd definitely recommend Smile House to family and friends.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 26, 2010

We stayed a couple of days at Smile House, Wendy and Phil were fine hosts and very helpful. They are very laid back which fits in with the resort. Such a pity it rained so much, so did not get to see the beaches etc in their full glory. The pool is lovely and the gardens are well maintained. All very good value for money....

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank samanthafreeman
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Reviewed November 24, 2010

Smile is the perfect balance of luxury and unpretentiousness

Located between Rawai and Chalong, this is definitely the nicest part of Phuket island we saw (and we did a fair bit of driving around the south of the island). There seems to be a larger number of expats here, and it's far less busy then Kata, Karon and Patong. Finding the big smiley face signpost, and then driving down the little road past some houses, you enter a very relaxing and quiet environment.

The resort consists of nine modern bungalows around a really nice pool set amidst beautifully maintained gardens, and the bungalows are spacious and clean. Equipped with fridges, quiet air-con, and finally a bathroom where the shower is separated from the sink!

In the past we've never really worried about what the staff would be like, but spending the week in the care of Phil and Wendy has perhaps changed our outlook a little! Very friendly, a bit of banter, and full of local knowledge about what to do, where to eat, that you can trust. We had delicious breakfasts every morning including the famed GB sauce! They may have been running Smile for a few years now, but they obviously still care passionately about it and their guests.

We had a lovely time at Smile, and wholeheartedly recommend you do the same. It's also very good value.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank benandki
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

We spend 2 nights at the smile house and had a perfect stay there.
We arrived in Phuket town at 11pm without any reservations made in advance. So we were really lucky with the perfect service provided. The guys doing a great job and were helpful and friendly at all time.
Rooms are big and clean (although we had a small bug in the bathroom), the pool was just in front our bungalow. Location could be better, but nice beaches and internet cafes are nearby (2-10 min by motorbike). During the night it was pretty loud cause of many insects, but fortunately they did not find the way inside the room.
Altogether I definitely would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kiljanovic
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

We were at Smile House for a week at the end of August.If its peace and comfort you want,with 5 star service then this is the place for you.The owners,Phil and Wendy are very friendly and helpful,as are the staff Moo and Ta,.Also a big thank you to Alee our taxi driver who took us everywhere we wanted and more.And we must not forget Eddie and Susie of the canine entertainment staff,buy them a bonio and they are friends for life!.Go there you will love it.A tip for Phil....move this to Bed and Breakfast....Its much too hidden here.Cheers Dave and Joyce

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank beanthere
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

We found Phil and Wendy friendly the rooms were very clean and comfortable, excellent value for money and altogether a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank sambell_llf
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

Stayed here for 18 nights in 2008 but only just getting round to writing the review DOH! This place is heaven on earth and Phil and Wendy the owners are salt of the earth, we felt like part of the family, they really make you feel special and go the extra mile which makes Smile House stand out from the rest. The food is resonably priced but not the cheapest around but you know it's fresh and Phil is an excellent chef (loved the freshly caught fish we BBQ'd) It is a little way out from the town and beach but it is so easy to get around and cheap to hire cards or mopeds but be warned the Thais drive like maniacs!! shopping good, loads to do round Rawai, beaches amazing, nai harn beach prob one of the best and it was only 5 or 10 min drive from Smile House. Travel round the island, do the piu piu island boat trip for sure, and go with an open mind and lastly whatever you do don't ring the bell in the bars or be persuaded to get a "Bin" which is a bar tab coz you'll end up spending a fortune while your having fun and not realise (yes we got caught out lol) All in all one of the best holidays we've all had and we hope to return to get married and rent out the whole of Smile House as it the perfect resort in our eyes. Enjoy and send our love to Phil and Wendy they are the nicest couple we've had the pleasure in meeting (oh and wendy's mum!) :o)

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Thank blossomhillbilly76
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Additional Information about Smile House

Address: 8/20 Moo 4 Wiset Rd, Rawai, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Rawai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Rawai
Price Range: $39 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Smile House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smile House is a collection of one and two bedroom bungalows surrounding a large pool all set in beautifully manicured tropical gardens. ... more   less 
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