Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa
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... and i got back into my wetsuit and gear. The new instructor (name escapes me) was very good and experienced as well, so i was looking forward to getting feedback from her. We waded out to sea, in the midst of all the beach folk lounging around, and once deep enough we started looking for a spot where we could kneel on the floor. The waters were rough and my mask kept fogging up so i could not see well and needed to clear it often, at least i got good at that. The rocks hurt the knees, ...
How would you feel if you went down to 75 feet below the surface? I don't know about you, but it felt so cool to be down so deep. We accomplished our Deep dive which is needed for the Advanced Dive Course. We left Phuket around 6:00 am, and arrived at the dive site at 9:30 am. I was in the first group and we dove for 28 minutes. There ...
... while the lovely Apple tidied our rooms. She's such a treasure. I went for a swim while Paul vegged in the room for an hour or so, then we decided to head to the night markets in Phuket town this evening....until I rang the concierge to book the taxi. I asked what was at the markets..." Oh, everything!" Just food or other stuff? "Oh yes food, cat, dog, snake, turtle, CD, DVD, sunglass..." Now, it may be just me, but I lost ALL interest in the ...
End of the second week of training I am feeling alot stronger. Most days training follows a similar format of warm up, stretching, pad work with a trainer followed by punches and kicks on the heavy bags and then drills to improve technique. Since Wednesday I havent been practicing my kicks as my hip flexors have been really tight so I have been doing alot of stretching and they seem alot better ready for week 3. It ...
... I think our guide appreciated our confidence which we gained back home frequently visiting the reef because he had a hard time with the others. Some people refused to get in the water and most would not let go of the boat. The guide even had to get in to show some people how to kick with their life jackets on because they did not know how to swim. No one else actually swam out to look at the bommies or other coral. ...
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2nd time at Mangosteen and still love it!
We have stayed at the Mangosteen two times, one during high seasond and one during low season. We love the hotel, the staff, the rooms the SPA. It middle of no where but you can go to town with either shuttle bus or by own car with excellent drivers!
It even looks better then on their pictures on their web page! We highly recommend this place to everyone! And while you are their donīt miss the SPA and their great treatments!
We stayed at this hotel to relax. And its the perfect spot. The staff are all polite, happy to see you and help in any way. The manager was always around checking things were up to scratch.
This place is out in no where land. You are held virtually captive. And you pay for it. If you want to do anything you are going to pay NYC prices. They provide a van to the cities for $10.00 each way. Remember this is Thailand things do not cost nearly this much. The receptionist who spoke great english is wearing braces. This should be your first clue that someone has to pay for them. The food is good but not great. A chicken curry rice bowl cost $7.00. The rooms are spacious and has a very mexico feel; tile, thatched roof, etc. The shower is outside, you are completley hidden but it felt like you were taking a shower at a pool. The pool is beautiful! You can swim around the restaurant island. This is a great place for honeymooners. Not so great if you want to go out on the town or do anything except stay on the hotel grounds. We picked this hotel because of the tsunami and wanted to ensure that there would be no damage. And since the hotel sits on top a hill out in now where land it was completely safe. Overall it was a great place to relax so much so you cold fall into a coma.
This is a lovely venue, set in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of much of Phuket. However, the property has 40 rooms and only around 30 sunbeds by the poolside.
I stayed at the Mangosteen with my girlfriend back in November 04 for 4 nights. We had the Royal Jacuzzi Villa, the most expensive but worth paying the bit extra. You are the highest of all the villas, with a great view and an outside jacuzzi bath. The whole resort was beautiful, very relaxed, friendly discreet staff. The room was huge, at least 30ft high ceilings, cleaned thoroughly and re-stocked every day.The place is just like the pictures on their website.The food in the restaurant was very good although slightly more expensive than the average restaurant in Phuket.The pool was rarely busy, a very nice infinity pool with staff on hand to cater for drinks etc etc. The main thing I noticed was the amount of staff to guests, they were their to serve, but very discreet and not imposing whatsoever.As mentioned, the hotel is on a hill some distance from any real life, but that's not what it is for, if you want that then go to Patong Beach.This was the last 4 days of our trip and was just what was needed, a very good quality, small resort that really did pamper your every need.The beach is only a free 5 min trip that leaves every hour from the hotel and beach.Would I recommend this resort, absolutely 100%, you will definately not be disappointed, just pay that bit extra for the Royal Jacuzzi Villa!
Worst dining experience....
The hotel and it's surrounding is wonderful, but I unfortunately experienced the worse dining experience there. This can happen in any place, but when I have informed the hotel manager by e-mail, the only excuses I got were insulting replies. Problems can happen, but it is common business practice to at least acknowledge the complaint and suggest some kind of compensation (free coffee or free desert, etc...)
Our 6 nights in early November were exceptional. There is no digital altering of the pictures on their website - it is as pretty as it looks. The staff were wonderful and the owners eager to please. Our Royal Villa with the jacuzzi on the balcony was huge and luxurious. Being able to wake up to a spectacular sunrise from our bed was a delightful experience. Food was excellent, spa treatments divine and pool was incredible. We particularly loved our 4 a.m. swim under the stars. Do plan to do the John Gray Sea Canoe Tour as it was the best day trip we did during our entire stay in Bangkok, Phuket and Hong Kong. Just one note - the Mangosteen is off the beaten track but close enough to the action to take it in as we wanted. If you're looking for relaxation in delightful surroundings without the craziness of being among throngs of noisy tourist attractions, the Mangosteen will be ideal. It was certainly ideal for us!
Everything to the rooms, the view, the pool(beautiful!), the food, the massages, the hammock on your own private porch, - it was all so wonderful. We had a great week. Make sure to go snorkling/swimming at Phi Phi Island. The water was so clear and the fish were eating bananas out of our hands. The monkeys come down out of the trees. What pictures! The owners of the Mangosteen are so helpful and will help you arrange any excursions for dinner out, shopping, snorkling, ect. About 10 min. away is one of the largest gem stores in the world. You will get a tour of them making the jewelry. The store is big! Be warned, you will want to buy! Go either in April or September and you can eat the mangosteen fruit- delicious!( It is seasonal) Remember not to drink or brush your teeth with the water. The resort provides you with bottled water in your room. I spent one day sick because I forgot and brushed my teeth with the water. It is very hot and humid there, but the Mangosteen was well worth the trip!
Loved the Mangosteen!!!
The Mangosteen is fantastic!! We stayed here for 6 days during the Christmas Holiday and could not have been more pleased! The rooms are beautiful with gorgeous views. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the beach is a 5 minute, hotel-provided, drive away! The area is secluded, and provides much opportunity for romance, but children staying at the resort were also having a good time. I highly recommend staying here!!