Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
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Sawasdee ka from Phuket, Thailand
From Myanmar, I traveled to Koh Samui an island southeast of Bangkok. A friend had invited me to come and offered to treat me there. After taking three 10 + hour bus rides and staying in different guesthouses every night in Myanmar, a holiday at the beach sounded heavenly. At first, I was turned off by the busy tourist commercial streets lined with bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, massage pallors, night clubs, ...
... the got ready for an excursion to Phuket town in the afternoon. Wasn't a whole lot there other than lots and lots of shops! Had a look around, got a little drenched, ate a lot of pizza, and stocked up on a few beers for back at the hotel! Nice relaxing ...
... we were using. In the evening we found a bar that had a happy hour. We tried some local beer called Chang, which one of the expats in the bar told us was lethal. We realised it was a strong lager. We order dinner of Thai food, 'little bit spicy' which for us was very spicy. After a lazy day we happily headed back to the hotel to get ready for use long trip to the islands ...
... and made coconut cream and milk for sale (no cans here). Then other stalls that make the curry pastes to sell just in big bowls, other sell fruit and vege already cut up to use in cooking....(just like Mr Safeways ready to cook vege that I think how lazy not to peel your own carrots and potato.lol. ) watching them cut them up so fast. Then there was the meat and seafood section the one I noticed was no smell, go to the Vic or Springvale market and I gag through ...
... so we had to seek out bargains the
best one being a less flashy Thai Restaurant where they had the usual array of Thai and
Western food but had a special on Thai dishes, what is what we wanted so that
was great! All main dishes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Thalang
My husband and I stayed at Dusit for 5 days at the end of Oct 05. We travelled and booked our package holiday from Hong Kong where we'd been holidaying.
Exceptional Service, Great Stay
Arrived at the Dusit after a long flight, check in was painless, greeted with flowers and a cool drink. Very nice reception and lobby area.
Stayed in 302 with a sea view. Would say the rooms are very nice indeed, some people thought out dated but our certainly wasn't.
Eating at the resort was relatively expensive. Top tip is to use local restaurants such as Tatonka and Lotus (both who will pick you up with a complimentary service) and Aloma seafood which is down the beach towards the Laguna Beach (very nice)
Excellent stay. Service is impeccable. Angsana spa is wonderful and a must in my opinion. Bliss package of 3 hrs is heaven.
Location is great if you want to aviod the local nightlife in Patong and relax around the pool by the day.
Was really nice, there is alot of construction going on though and can be rather noisey. Also they only have one pool that fills up with heaps of screaming kids so not the best place for a quiet romantic get away. You can't really relax by the pool with the building noise and the kids. Breakfasts were great and beach lovely, would stay at laguna again but maybe look at Sheraton. The Evason great for a quiet romantic get away.
Good service, very child friendly
Had a good stay at the Dusit Laguna. The service is very friendly and personal, something that is unusual in a large hotel. The property itself is nice, right on the beach. Nothing extra-ordinary if you have seen other resorts. The spa is very nice. The massage we had was comparable to Banyan Tree at 2/3 the price.
The hotel is very child friendly which was a big deal for us as we have a two and half year old and a five month old. All kids meals, including room service were free, which was a sweet surprise.
The Thai restaurant is outstanding. The only problem was that hotel cars are very expensive. Unless a local acr is organised in advance, you will have to pay through your nose. Transport to the other hotels in the Laguna complex is free through ferry and bus.
We stayed there in late Jan 05- it was very quiet due to lack of tourists however we loved this hotel. The location, staff and food are all wonderful. Only complaint was that our room was not very large.
We stayed at the Dusit Laguna for 12 nights in August 2004. Our party of 6 included two teenagers (boys aged 15 and 17), two women in their 40s, one in her 70s and one man in his 50s. Without a shadow of a doubt this hotel was the best we have ever stayed in and it deserves its place as a Leading Hotel of the World. The staff were very friendly, helpful and professional. The service, including room service and laundry, were prompt and efficient. The beach was glorious (red flags meant no sea bathing but we expected that in August). The rough sea doesn't prevent you from doing watersports as they move them to the lagoon. The pool was excellent - very clean, plenty of sun loungers and shade if you needed it. The food was outstanding in all of the restaurants. Yes, it's pricey by comparison to local restaurants but well worth it. The breakfast buffet was lovely (it was free for us as it was low season). Of all the hotels at Laguna Phuket, this one is the best in our view. We went to all of the others using the boat or the shuttle bus. The food was great in all of them but the Dusit has the edge. It also has the best position because it faces the beach and there is a breeze - it is much hotter and more oppressive in the hotels that are further from the beach. If you can afford a sea view room then upgrade to one but all of the rooms are nice. It's certainly not for those who want lively nightlife but there's plenty of activities to get involved in. Our sporty boys were never bored - they descibed all the facilities as great and "a bit like Center Parcs". I suppose a club/disco somewhere on the Laguna complex would have been the icing on the cake for them but that's the only thing they missed! The little touches like umbrellas in the rooms are nice (it rained really hard one day but, again, it was to be expected in August). Ditto the kimonos, slippers, fresh fruit, flowers on your pillow. We definitely plan to return at some point.
Well what can we say about this beautiful, luxury hotel. We stayed there for two weeks in October 2004 for our honeymoon. It was perfect. Hotel was well looked after, all the staff were friendly and helpful.
We adored it
We went in May 2004 and had a fantastic time. The grounds were beautiful and the swimming pool really quiet. We weren't able to go into the sea as there were red flags up (the time of the year).
Our reservation didn't include breakfast but as it wasn't high season the hotel threw it in for free.
The only drawback was that the food in the hotel was quite expensive but if you walked down to Canal Village (5 mins) there was a little cafe overlooking the laguna which did nice food which was cheaper than the hotel.
Let's cut to the chase, this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in. The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and rightly justifies its place. I have stayed in a number of these hotels but the Dusit is a cut above, even in this illustrious company. The Dusit Laguna is one of 4 hotels in the Laguna complex on the North West coast of Phuket. You can move from hotel to hotel by boat across the lagoons and eat at any of the restaurants on the complex. I had a quick look round the other hotels and I felt the Dusit was the nicest. The closest was the Banyan Tree Resort, but that is considerably more expensive. The Sheraton looked in need of a lick of paint and had no atmosphere even though it rated one more star than the Dusit - but the hotel that could have been anywhere. The other hotel was the Dusit Beach Village (I think) but I never visited it.