Maybe we shouldn't have come after the idyllic Koh Yai Noi...and this isn't the most commercial part of Phuket . First impressions were friendly but a bit shambolic; they were trying to set up for Christmas Eve. The roof terrace was a real non-starter- deserted and windy with half finished lighting draped over the chairs. The "pool" was two very uninviting footbaths [think of the disinfectant dips in public swimming pools]. Our bathroom too turned into a human dip after we both had showers.
Enough wingeing- we went downstairs for delicious cocktails only 80 THB in happy hour. The management gave us a free upgrade to a sea front room with balcony [much needed to dry out stuff]. Breakfast was adequate and curiously muted - it's definitely not a hotel to meet fellow guests [ although some might say this is a good feature!]
The position is good- nice walk through parks to the lovely beach. If you fancy a pool dip it doesn't seem to be a problem going into the Marriott or the Twin Palms next door- no one else was in the water when we went. There is a great choice of restaurants on Surin beach all of which are beachside - the Catch Club is brash and expensive [ think Russian oligarchs] but we particularly enjoyed Twin Brothers ; fresh fish Thai style and charming staff.
Full marks to the hotel for sorting out repatriation of our daughter's iPod !
In the end we really enjoyed Surin and Benyada was friendly and very good value for the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Benyada Lodge, a small boutique, situated at Surin Beach, well-known for soft white sand and peace. An easy drive from Phuket Airport following the signs to Surin Beach. From Patong we are an easy and scenic drive along the west coast and only 10-15 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Benyada Hotel Thalang
- Benyada Hotel Surin Beach
- Benyada Lodge Phuket, Thailand