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... very easily! Final day we went to the Tiger Temple. This was so cool! Ended up going and seeing the biggest Tigers and they are huge! Their paws made my big toe look like a thumb tack! We also had a buffet lunch there which was really nice, filled up on burgers an chips before having loads of cake!! In the afternoon we went to see the Big Buddah at the top of Phuket island that looks over the Island. When we ...
... between soaring limestone cliffs. Some of the cliffs were covered in thick jungle and I couldn't help thinking Phi Phi would have made an excellent location for a film.......maybe about a beach. The journey on to Phuket took just over 2 hrs but once again, the ride was smooth and comfortable. We sat in an inside cabin that had air conditioning and fairly comfy bucket seats. A film was also showing but nobody thought to put on ...
... me enough to get to a doc. The next day I got up and went to the hospital. They ran some tests and kept me there on IV for two nights. I told Cory to head to Chiang Mai without me because I didn’t know how long I would be held up and might just have to meet him in Singapore before Bali. I ended up feeling better in time to go to Chiang Mai so I hopped on a boat to Phuket then flew to Chiang Mai. I would definitely go back to Phi Phi some day. ...
... some fierce looking older ones. Next into a bay where we can (I don't) jump off the boat into the clear beautiful water. To be surrounded all around by the rock faces was (I keep saying amazing but I'm not sure how else to say it) beautiful! Then they went a little more snorkeling I a bit tired too much sea and sun makes Judith tired girl.. I also find like in Fiji too much sea sun and sunscreen make Judith a very itchy girl as I feel a reaction rash coming up on my arms. We head off to ...
... crew as they said it was nothing to do with them and to go to immigration. GREAT, real helpful. We told them they would have to come speak to immigration with us as we were stuck in a loop with no one willing to help us. It took a while and the pilot eventually telling the cabin staff to find out what was going on before these forms eventually appeared. I have no idea if they came from the airline or the Thai immigration and I couldn’t care less, I was ...
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I cannot believe that this website only gives the Chedi 3 stars. If this is not a 5 star resort, then I don't know what is!
We stayed at the Chedi in early April 2005 and were absolutely delighted with our trip. Everyone from Daniel the general manager to Chuk the waiter were courteous and pleasant to deal with.
Beautiful beach, huts a bit tired
We stayed at the Chedi in March for a long weekend. The beach is incredibly beautiful - the water so clear and warm. Hardly anyone was on the beach - massage ladies & drinks sellers outnumbered the guests!
Was a little disappointed with the huts - the one we had was in need of a bit of maintenance. I agree with a previous reviewer about the expense of the hotel taxi service - if you walk down the hill, you can get a meter taxi (much cheaper than the hotel version). The food and drinks were quite reasonably priced.
Hope the tourists return to Phuket soon....they need our tourist dollars!
The Chedi is a beautiful hotel right on, one of the nicest beaches in phuket-Surin Beach. When you are here-you will forget that most of Phuket is horribly built up. We had a deluxe room, but were able to haggle for a beach front bungalow-for an extra $50 per night (this was during their low season april-october). The room was beautiful. Very comfortable and the second bedroom was nice to relax in. The food was so so. The Thai food wasn't very good-quite bland. I wish there were more choices on their menu. Breakfast buffet was quite nice. One nice thing about this hotel is that it is located right next to the exculsive Amanpuri hotel-you are welcome to use their restaurants, except their staff will keep reminding you that you are from the Chedi. The Chedi has a golf cart to take you to and from the Amanpuri. The Amanpuri has a great Thai restaurant (also have an Italian one)and well worth the visit. In the evening you will hear wonderful noises coming from the lily pond by the reception-you won't believe that frogs can make so much noise.
We normally aren't "beach holiday" people, so we booked 14 nights at the Chedi with some trepidation. However, we had stayed at sister hotels in Bali (The Chedi Ubud and the now rebadged Serai in Chandi Dasa), so were emboldened by previous great experiences with GHM hotels.
We visited The Chedi at Easter 2003 and had a lovely time. Within 1 day it felt we had been there for a week! The hotel is not flash / fancy, unlike the Amanpuri next door, but it had everything you need and the service was fantastic. The Chedi was great value, and the beach one of the best, if not the best in Thailand. I only hope it is on the road to recovery after the Tsunami.
The "romantic" place to be
Just returning from this marvelous place!
One of the best intimate and lovely "small" hotels of the island...
Far from big resorts, a lot of stairs to climb, but isolated in the heart of vegetation with unique view...
So not a family place but the best romantic hotel of Phuket!!
We love it
We stayed at the Chedi for 5 nights in August this year (2004) and it is a fabulous place.
My husband and I spent 3 days at the Chedi in August 2004 and we only wished we could spend more time there. We received a warm welcome on arrival and continued to be extremely impressed with the hospitability of the staff. The resort staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs but were never intrusive. It was the rainy season of the year when we went and the resort was not full. I estimate the ratio of staff to guest at that time to be approximately at least 2-3 to 1.
My husband and I stayed here in August 2000. It is a truly exceptional hotel. Beautifully designed on a private beach, the hotel is an oasis. The only other hotel to share the beach is the Amanapuri which is about 4 times as much. The Chedi is equally beautiful at a fraction of the price. We had our own private bungalow, beautifully decorated with an ocean view. There isn't anything immediately around the hotel, you have to get a taxi into town, but we ended up spending most evenings in the hotel since the food was great and it was so peaceful. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, we cannot recommend this hotel enough.