Marriott's Phuket Beach Club
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Days 1 & 2 - The long flight
We departed Newark, NJ mid-day on Friday March 22. The flight was long...14 hours direct to Tokyo, followed by a 3 hour layover, and 7 more hours into Bangkok. We arrived near midnight on Saturday (12 hours ahead of EST), and spent the night in the Airport Novetel. The girls were in heaven with the …
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Ah vacation! August and September were hectic with the chaos of negotiating a move to a new apartment. The good news is we no longer overlook a shopping center or endless construction including the building of a new hotel across the street. Any view we had when we moved in would be totally gone except …
This morning, just as the previous day, we started off with the conference session. This went on until noon and then the conference was officially closed. After that, we had a quick lunch at the Coffee House, which was reserved entirely for our fleet.
With that, I …
Today started off very early for me. I guess I was the only one to follow the time table which has been arranged. When I arrived at the breakfast hall, I was the first and similarly when I walked into the conference room, I was the first as well. Perhaps, tomorrow, I would not go in that early and adjust my timing accordingly.
Today was a relatively long day for me, starting from the KTM Komuter Train ride from home right up to my room in JW Marriot, Phuket. The journey started at 11 am and only ended at around 7 pm, Thai time.
There was a delay at KLIA as the flight wad delayed and again a long queue at the Phuket International Airport. The Immigration …
How has this resort rated in the past?
This is a HUGE resort. Awesome pools an plenty of events. It is near the airport, but a bit far away from some other sights. Good location if you want to go north to mainland.
Biggest negative is the resort food. Very expensive an not the best make for a bad combination. We had a rented car, so ate outside for all meals, but it would have been nice to stay on the resort a few days without feeling robbed.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott's Phuket Beach Club Mai Khao
Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Phuket Beach Club Mai Khao
At first I wanted to write a terrible review-so noone else would come! But my wife wouldn't let me. This was absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever been. Lush, tropical-total class. The people were the nicest I have ever encountered.
We stayed in one of the two bedroom villas. The resort is absolutely wonderful. The staff very helpful and friendly. The facilities are superb. Housekeeping is first rate. The villas are very well appointed with a full kitchen as well as laundry facilities. So if you are looking for a little home away for a few nights, this is a great choice.
Everything was perfect or almost perfect. We stayed there for a week in November 2004. We were met at the airport with bottles of cold drinking water and wet towels. The villa (actually it was a spacious two-bedroom apartment on the first floor) had a big living room with a terrace and an open plan kitchen. Both bathrooms were on-suite, the larger one had both a bath and a shower cubicle, the smaller one - a bath. The smaller bedroom had only one bed when we arrived but we phoned domestics and got a second bed in 5 minutes.
Excellent in Every Regard
My wife and I have been to a lot of places and this resort is the best.
Of the Marriott Vacation Club properties, which we have visited (over 20), this one had the best service and was the most classy. That is saying a lot, as we have loved all the other resorts a great deal.
The people are what make this resort so unique. They are reverant to their guests and people we enjoyed getting to know.
In the last few years we have stayed at many top beach resorts and hotels around the world. From the reviews we read we were expecting the Marriott Phuket Beach Club to be comparable to a Ritz Carleton or Four Seasons resort but the property just does not measure up. The rooms are nice but nothing compared to the suite we had at the Bangkok Peninsular, for example, which cost less than the over $400 per day we paid with service and taxes at the Mariott. There was nickle and diming like charging almost $8 for renting stale movies (free at both Peninsulars in Hong Kong and Bangkok). The Spa was excellent but some of the treatments were priced the same as top US resorts, strange in a country with low labor costs, while others were reasonable. Staff was annoyingly persistent in trying to get us to listen to a time share sales pitch.
May 2004 me and my wife visited this resort. Even though we married in 2003 and were on honeymoon, this was the vacation we imagined our honeymoon could be like. So we see it as a late honeymoon. But a very nice one.
Great Place to relax
A great place to relax the service is absolutley first class we had a slight probelm with our dinner reservation on the frist night but this was sorted so quickly and with no fuss you could not ask for more.
The rooms are lovely especailly the bathrooms.
My daughter loved the kids clib which was complmentry for most activities.
The beach is a classic long stretches of sand with very few people but it is difficult to swim from in the rainny season.
A small word of warning don 't stay here if you want to be close the action of Patong the hotel is approx 35km from the main strip. But if its a very relaxing quailty resort you are looking for don't hesitate.
As we are based in Thailand we have stayed in this resort on a number of occasions and have always been extrenely impressed.
Stayed in the villas for 1 week here and have to say that its the most fantastic place I have every been to. The level of service was amazingly good. The pools, restaurants, spa, sports facilities were all great. What sets it apart though is the style and setting of the resort (right on the beach) and the staff.
I have stayed in a number of 5 star hotels, but this one has been the best so far. The service is excellent, I almost never had to ask for anything. The rooms were spacious and beautifully appointed. While it seemed that this was a bit more for honeymooners, there were some families- the hotel had all sorts of activities to keep them busy. The hotel is about a 45 minute drive from Phuket City...secluded and away from the thick of things. I would recommend it for those who truly want to relax. (p.s. for those who need some excitement, the concierge arranged a wonderful scuba trip- including lessons).