Laguna Beach Resort
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so initially we're here for Benoit's Iron man70.3 Phuket race..
and I am going to try and do my open water scuba dive ticket..
so, realistically we're not really relaxing, and probably will spend the most time apart on a holiday that normal couples do..lol..
aim: not to die/drown,
and to eat as much thai food as possible..
outcome; achieved!!! yaaaay
It was all down to this day.. Ben's year of 382hrs and 6629km of training for the year. Of swim bike run, working towards his 70.3 ironman! (yes an next year is going to be even more) crazy i know!
unfortunately I didn't get to see the full race as I went for my last dives, but I saw the start and swim before I had to go. Ben's aim was …
... A Fish!! A fish ! I can really see a fish! '. ... So that's a relief I thought , at least there are some fish....slightly suprised at SAMs shock to see fish at a world famous dive sight but there you go , overall extremely pleased both him and lily were having an amazing time and the early start plus cost had been worth it. I was expecting some drama or other , that was to come later. We spent an hour flippering about and saw all sorts of fish. The kids ...
... I chose the latter, stuffed some earplugs in and eventually dropped off to sleep at around 5.30am (through sheer sleep deprivation), woken only a couple of hours later by a very keen Russell Jarvis. Our crew so far was Keith the Skipper, Gary the budding Yacht Master and Mally who ran things back at the East Anglian Sailing school and was out to join Keith for a couple of weeks sailing. Mally turned out to be 60 which Russell and I couldn't believe after she disclosed ...
... Alf who needed one, one of the Chinese tourists in the bus knew a little trick with a lighter and got the lid off for him. Back at the resort the restaurant was closed so we walked across the rd to the Sugar Cane restaurant...yum I had garlic and pepper prawns and mango with sticky rice for dessert. One thing their fruit doesn't seem as intense a flavour as ours, I also found this with the cantaloupe for breakfast. But a yummy meal and back to bed as it was 11pm. Days temp ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Laguna Beach Resort Thalang
The Laguna Beach Resort is one of five hotels that flank the three lagoons in this 3km long upscale hotel complex on Bang Tao bay. (The other hotels are the Dusit, Sheraton, the upscale Banyan Tree and the poor cousin Allemanda.)
Great holiday with teenagers
What a great hotel. Stayed for the last week in September with 3 teenagers, 2 eighteen year olds found plenty to do. The 14 year old quickly found others his age and spent all his time with them. The staff were so friendly and helpful, rooms great (worth getting the rooms with beach views).
Lots of cheap seafood restaurants on the beach near the hotel, but the hotels food prices were still reasonable.
Pool area with waterslide a great bonus. Excellent band at night in the bar
Quality staff and great place for families.
My family and I stayed here the last two weeks of August 2005 and we couldn't have had a better time. The staff were extremely friendly the facilities were great and the kids club a godsend.
Fantastic value for money, great freindly service, nice rooms, lovely people, great facilities what more can you ask for.
We are returning here next year for sure, the first time we will have revisited any place and int the last 4 years we have been to Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia and here, speaks volumes.
We have just returned from a week here and had a great time. The check in was very efficient, you are greeted with a drink, cold towel and presented with a small flower garland. The rooms in my opinion need a bit of TLC especially the bathroom which was a bit grubby. However, the relaxing tranquillity of the place and the friendliness of all the Thai people, whether in the hotel or the beach huts make you soon overlook these small things.
Just spent 8 nights (2-10 June) at Laguna Beach Resort, one of 5 resorts in the Laguna Beach area.
We went in the summer holidays with our three children aged 4- 15 and we all had such a special and exceptional time there. No it is not cheap to get there but it is once you are there .
I stayed for 2 weeks at the Laguna Resort on Phuket. It was very quiet - but that's the holiday I wanted. I did a few trips around the island and if you want lively - then Patong is the place I must say that Phuket is a lovely island and the weather (I went in February) was 35C - brilliant. It was a bit humid but that's expected and there were surprisingly few mosquitoes. But if sunning yourself isn't your thing there is absolutely lots to do on Phuket so you'll never be bored - from elephant rides to visiting the islands (the James Bond Island trip is essential). The people are so nice and the food is gorgeous and reasonably priced. The only expensive thing is wine. 2 years ago I went to Barbados and I have to say Phuket beats it hands down. It is like having a vacation in a really different culture that has retained its authenticity, but with all the mod cons at hand. A great place - but next time I'll try staying in Patong and see if I can keep up.
Wasn't the best
The main fault was everyone coming to use the pools here from every other hotel in the bay. The location was superb, the staff couldn't do enough for us-so friendly. Great for the kids, they loved the elephant(hotel pet). For those wanting the ultimate in luxury try the Banyan Tree, this place is so tranquil and luxurious.
Laguna Beach Resort was nice but wasn't the best.
One of my friend has adviced me Laguna Beach Resort, but I think I won't... We are totally dissapointed with he things that we faced during our stay... At first day, as we entered the deluxe room of the hotel, we found a watermelon seed in one of the white unused towels, we found an underwear of an unknown person in on of the drawers in the room... Other than these even though we asked for a pair of slippers, we received them after a 5-hour-period when we called them again... Above all the lady who brought the slippers came into the room without asking our permission as if she is one of our neighbour or a close friend... When all the problems written above were explained to the guest relations, we received a wonderful basket of fruits BUT two black dotted napkins accompanying it... All of these might be very slight problems but if you stay in a 5-star-deluxe holiday resort you have the right to ask for those details... 2-star hotel can also serve you the bed, the room and an average service but details make the difference between a five and a 2 star... Here we are talking about a 5 star deluxe hotel having insects in the room... Overall the service was poor and the reception was confusing but Phuket itself was marvellous...
We have travelled to many places around the world with our children but this is the hotel they like the best. The reason is that it has the best childrens club and activities we have ever encountered bar none. The club has its own clubhouse and swimming pool plus a whole raft of youth leaders who take the kids and put on loads of activities - 1 every 45 minutes - throughout the day to keep them interested. Not just cooped up with a video, really good things. They even brought a little elephant in on some days, they went swimming, they did crafts, treasure hunts, beach games, exploring, temples. It was really great. The hotel is beautiful - liike a lost city from Indiana Jones. The swimming pools are all like that - sort of themed and you can swim through tunnels and arches. There is also a fantastic adult activity programme - all included. Swimming lessons, sailing lessons, windsurfing, art, parasailing, tennis.... The rooms were large and well furnished and you had a large patio with a day bed on it. The bathroom was great with a shower and a sunken bath - more temple theming. There were a number of restaurants but you could easily walk down the beach to some local ones.