A group of 4 19yr olds, we stayed here for 2 nights on a recent trip. We found the whole experience to be quite eerie.
The hotel- lobby, corridors- is uneccesarily large and coupled with the tiny number of guests, gave a bit of a horror-movie feeling to the place. We ran into nobody in the corridors, at nighttime ours were the only room lights on, and for 2 nights we were the only people dining at the beautiful beach-front restaurant. The rooms, though, are clean, fresh, spacious and lovely. If you like peace and quiet then you'll find it here, but it really was unnerving.
The hotel is right on the beach, but swimming is out. The tide is out most of the time, locals said there were rays about and the water was a bit polluted. Everybody reccomended we swam elsewhere, so we had to take a day trip to get any beach swimming in. Having said that, there are some locals that offer a reasonably priced half-day trip to Banana Beach, Coral Island which was very pleasant with quite good snorkelling. Also, the hotel pool is FABULOUS, so this is another swimming option.
The food offered by the hotel is lacking- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mostly quite disappointing, although the cocktails are great. Both mornings, although having gone to breakfast well before finishing time, there was almost nothing left to eat.
The actual Chalong area is very very quiet, with not a lot to do. The reception staff were helpful in booking ferry trips and the like, but you really have to leave Chalong to do much.
Overall the physical hotel and pool were lovely, but location, beach access, eating and atmosphere were not. I would not recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Chalong Beach Hotel Rawai
- Chalong Beach Hotel And Spa Phuket/Rawai