Marriott's Phuket Beach Club
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott's Phuket Beach Club Mai Khao
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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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Phuket Beach Club Mai Khao
Heaven on Earth
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.
The condos are beautiful. Dark wood, luxury appoinments. Housekeeping leaves fresh orchids everywhere each day. The resort is large-but don't worry. Pick up your phone and call for a buggy and a resort employee shows up with a golf cart to take you anywhere you want.
The resort is surrounded by a national park so no other resorts are nearby.
2 beautiful pools that get to 8 feet deep! But, if you have children, 1 on the pools has a segregated area for children that prevents them from getting to deep water.
1 hour massages on the beach are...$8.00!!!!!
Restaurants are great!
I put on some pictures, but you have to see it to believe it!
We will be back next year!
Great to see Phuket recovering
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.
One of the only draw backs is the choice of restaurants and their menu being rather limited.
My son loved the pool which has a slide. The depth varies without warning in the childern's pool, so watch out if you have a young one.
The beach is absolutely stunning. It goes on for miles and you feel as though you are the only ones there.
If you are into golf - get a round in at the Blue Canyon. One of the best courses I have been to.
The Spa is rather expensive even by resort standards. So, if you are looking for a massage, get one at the beach at less than a tenth of the price!!
On the whole - A winner!!!!
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.
Pool was great, with a spa and a little slide for children, 30 metres from the sea. The great thing was massage - under palm trees, best relaxation ever, highly recommended, only 300 Bhat (4 and a half pounds) for a whole hour. From time to time free fruit were brought to everybody near swimming pool.
Delicious food. Our favourites were - buffet breakfast in cafe Marriott, noodle bar in cafe Marriott or pizza at the swimming pool for lunch, dinner in one of the hotel restaurants (we really enjoyed piano music played by a Thai pianist in Marriott cafe in the evening and guitar songs in Italian restaurant Cuccina). Twice, when we returned late to the hotel, we got pizza in Cuccina as a take-away, as the restaurant was almost closed.
Nice cakes in a coffee shop. The bar at the swimming pool was also good with a happy hour - half price for all drinks.
We liked Jim Thompson shop - bought there many nice T-shirts and other little things.
The territory of the hotel is so well looked after that we felt all the time that we were in a very special place. Beautiful plants, paths, fountains, fire on water in the evening. The service was absolutely great.
We liked that our hotel was away from other hotels - one evening we went to Patong by a hotel shuttle mini bus and didn't like it - too crowded.
Also we went on a tour to James Bond Island for a whole day, very interesting. Another day we went to Central shoping centre in Phuket town, everything there was so good and cheap that at the end we had to buy two suitcases to put all our purchases in!
Loved it all!! Would love to come back!!!
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.
Disappointing and overpriced for what one recieves
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.
The hotel is very pretty and spacious but service was mediocre. The grounds were a bit scruffy - a water pond on the way from our room to the lobby was green and stagnant. Our room was not made up until late in the day. Dining room service was lacadasical and inept although the food, once it arrived was good. The waiters' ability not to make eye contact or notice that someone was trying to get their attention ranked with the that of the most indifferent New York city waiters. With the exception of the helpful and informed concierge desk the staff hardly comprehends English and either out of shyness or mispercieved politness does not comunicate that it does not understand what one is requesting. Although the non-waitstaff appears willing it is obvious that they are undertrained and undersupervised. To get such simple requests as having the strangely supplied (in the tropics) thick duvet replaced with a light blanket required several tries. This is the first time in several years of travelling that we have been really disappointed with a resort or hotel.
The late honeymoon
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.
After spending a week in Bangkok, we took a very affordable flight from Bangkok to Phuket. The hotel seems part of the J.W. Marriott, and you can enjoy all the amenities of that resort. Making your stay a free and automatic upgrade. You are welcomed Hawaiian style with a ring of flowers put on your neck. The lobby is very nice, and it gives you a grande welcome.
The resort is stretched, and thos little golf cars function as the resort's taxi service, to help you from the lobby to your room and back.
As mentioned by others: the resort is far away from the rest of the island. That could be a plus or a minus. We saw it as neither one of those. We used the free shuttle several times to get to Patong or the main city. Since we saw Bangkok for a week, we liked more the hotel then the buzy life of Patong and the main city. But we used our time there for shopping for groceries. Prices there are far below the shop in the resort, and they have more options (including local options).
Phuket is more expensive then Bangkok and Marriott is more expensive then the rest of Phuket. But it is still very affordable to european standards. The restaurants at the resort are very nice: good service, quality of food and nice romantic location. One evening there was a buffet with specialties from all over Thailand and a show, I could recommend that one. Real specialties, in top notch quality, and not changed for the visitor (so some are not less spicey then your should expect).
The pools are wonderfull. It is a joy to spent your vacation there. Even though the pool of the JW Marriott is more grande, we stayed mainly at 'our' pool. The JW Marriott pool has more kids then the other pools. The service is great, at moments there is complimentary water and fruits.
There are enough activities when you would be bored, or the weather might let your down (rainy season). We learned to cook and mix alcoholic drinks.
This is our best hotel experience so far, and on our list to visit again. Recommended!
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.
One of the best anywhere in the world
As we are based in Thailand we have stayed in this resort on a number of occasions and have always been extrenely impressed.
The resort is next to (but seperated from) the Marriott Hotel and is only a couple of years old.
The resort is in very good condition with beautiful gardens, a large number of on site facilities and private beach. The resort consists only of 2 bedroom villa's which are beautifully laid out with good views and are all exactly the same so there is no chance of getting a poor one. The villa's are slightly seperate from the main hotel and have there own gardens and pool so have the benefit of access to all the hotel's facilities but with an added exclusiveness. The service as you would expect is first class - friendly and efficient.
Visitors need to be aware that the resort is situated on it's own, 30 minutes away from anything else on the island. This appealed to us but could be inconvenient if you want to explore the island. However, the resort does provide shuttle services to major towns and car hire is very cheap.
We travel extensively and have stayed in many 5 star hotels in many parts of the world but this is definately our favourite location, especially for relaxing.
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).
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Travel Blogs from Mai Khao
... Railay East and Railay West. After a very confusing check-in, we finally made it to our room. This is the only hotel in all of Asia that we have been asked to pay for our entire stay up front. Most hotels want you to pay at the end of the stay, and most hostels or guesthouses want you to pay night by night. Since we didn't have many options, and they weren't going to budge, we gave in. Our room is pretty ...Railay, Thailand jesseandzoe
... nights playing traditional thai games, meeting lots of similar travellers and enjoying the festive atmosphere. On our last night here we went to one of the most popular shows on the island; Simon Cabaret. We weren't dissappointed. Maybe not up to the same standard as the Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas but by god they made up for it in pure effort. A very entertaining night and a great way to end our time in Phuket and the west coast of Thailand.Phuket, Thailand ruairioc