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March 17, 2014 (Day 1) - 31 hours later after our departure from San Francisco, we finally made it to Phuket, Thailand. We left LAX at 7:15 AM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 where we later arrived at SFO at 8:30 AM. We then left SFO to Tokyo at 12 PM where it was an 11 hour plane ride. We arrived at Tokyo on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM where we …
... sell us blow guns and bows/arrows, they sold more adventurous things like parasailing and jet-skiing. For parasailing, they would rig the person up standing on the beach,
attached to a boat in the water. When the boat took off, they got pulled up into the sky...with one of the workers dangling from the rigging behind! That guy would then climb up above the person's head and chill out up there for the duration, helping to steer the parachute and to
... packing. Genelle was sorted before breakfast, which meant she had time to do the nails and a final shopping run.
Checkout at 11.30am goes without a hitch, Oz's mate is there with the little bus and at 12 we're off to the airport. The trip is very fast, by that I mean up to 140km an hour, he absolutely belts along. But, he needs to, it takes ages to get there and we arrive and blend into the buzzing, pushing, urgent crowd trying to get through the security to our check in ...
... off to see Siray Island, there is a Westin hotel located there and that's all I knew. On the map it mentioned a Sea Gypsy Village and the Cape. We followed the signs for both and found nothing! We did go off road down a rough road, passing lots of signs in Thai with red writing which I thought was a 'Keep Out’ sign, probably was as we stumbled across a large group of men and women all drinking by a graveyard. One man seemed quite aggressive and I glanced at Martin ...
... I say nice as in not attractive but nice mannered) - you come to see elephants? Want to feed them? Oh yes my he/she friend - we did indeed. "She" leads us around then asks if we want to pet the snake....Oh yes there was a snake in a cake and a big one at that. I mutter to Gem to not look (she dosent like snakes) but its abit late as she jumps back. More warning next time is required I fear. We are presented with a little bowl of bananas for the elephants and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Phuket Patong
If you want to stay at a nice yet economical resort, this is definitely the place to stay! Hotel is beautiful! And only a 5 minute walk from the beach. While you are not around the nightlife, it's only a short cab ride away. This resort is at the end of the strip but has everything you need around it. Not to mention the breakfast that is included is a buffet breakfast that has everything you can think of. The service was amazing and I couldn't ask for anything more! A must stay!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Phuket Patong
we stayed at the novatel resort in april 2006 and enjoyed it immensely! the staff were courteous and the room was lovely even tho we didn't have a fantastic view. the grounds and the restaurants were perfection. the workers down near the beach are working hard to get the promenade looking good again after the tsunami and when i next visit phuket and patong beach, which i definitely will, i'm sure it will look great.
We have just returned from a great 3 days stay in Phuket at the Novotel, Phuket Resort.
The resort is set high on a hill on the northern end of Patong Beach. The room was clean and well stocked with all the essentials. Our glorious view was north from the hotel, but many rooms also face south along Patong Beach. The good sized balconies are wonderful of an evening. Staff here are fantastic. They are all friendly, happy, and go out of thir way to make your stay enjoyable. I recommend you get the breakfast included in your stay. It is nothing short of amazing. We have stayed in many hotels in Asia but this one's breakfast is close to the best ever. Our block of rooms had wifi access, if your into that sort of thing - handy to send those emails back home. Three tiered pools are great, there is nothing like a pool with a view!!!
Novotel Coralia Phuket.. Awesome!!
We stayed at the Novotel from the 9th November to 16th Novemver. All i can say is what an awesome hotel! The breakfast was outstanding, the rooms were beautifully decorated, the three tiered pools were stunning. I have nothing but praise for this hotel and would really recommend the Novotel to anyone from the young to the old, single to couples. It is situated on a small hill which is perfect as it is slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Patong beach. I will definitely stay there again when visiting Phuket.
My husband and I were only here 3 days but we wished that we could have spent more time here. Loved the orchid on the pillow each evening when we returned to the room. The pool was fabulous and the hotel was right on the beach. The staff was helpful and friendly. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. We loved the breakfast each morning. Just down the hill from the hotel there is a great little restaurant called Zaab on the beach. The best food we had the entire time we were in Thailand (20 days).
I stayed with my family at the Novotel Coralia Resort for a week in July 05 and we could not have been happier with the resort. The Novotel has a great location because it is far enough away from Patong Beach to be quiet and relaxing (no hustle and bustle, nightlife) but only a short ride in a tuk-tuk (or a long walk if you're fit) to go shopping or have dinner, which we did several times. Another great thing about the Novotel's location which I don't think many people think of is that on all of our tours, we were the last hotel to be picked up in the morning and the first one to be dropped off at night, so we wasted no time sitting on tour buses.
Stayed there for a week. Very nice hotel with excellent location and views. Staffs are very friendly and helpful. The Thai Restaurant offers great food and is very nicely decorated.
After the tsunami
we stayed 5 nights in march 2005. patong was still recovering from the killer wave and the hotel was not very full. heard figures of 30% occupancy rate. found staff extremely friendly and helpful, food and drinks inexpensive for this type of hotel. nice view from pool or lobby and from your room if you happen to have a seaview room. rooms were clean and comfortable but maybe need some refurbishing. only one restaurant was open (2 closed) maybe due to low occupancy. hotel is located on hillside and that means lots of steps and no elevator. definitely not for wheelchairs or if trouble walking. might stay there again.
A bit disappointed
On the website and tourist books (we booked whilst travelling) this hotel looked great. Its high on the north end of Patong which is great and totally unaffected.
Its just a bit old and tired. The three tierd swimming pools are wonderful but the resturants (ones closed) were empty and the place was just a bit too quiet. The rooms are dated and really need updating and you can really tell. We had to upgrade as the deluxe wasnt at all. Views are wonderful though.
We tried to look past the fact it was a 'Novotel' but it lived up to its disappointing tired reputation.
I wouldnt go again.
Spent 8 nights at the Novotel Coralia Phuket in April 2004. This was our second visit to Patong Beach. Resort about 2.5 km from main shopping area, set on a hill with a commanding view of the bay area. Three pools on different levels, all with magnificent views of the bay. Lush grounds as you come to expect in SE Asia. Rooms have seen better days and in general need a makeover. Anyone suffering from ill health, or with mobility problems, look somewhere else, as the hilly nature of the resort presents guests with many steps from top to bottom. We had 200 steps from main street to our room and we were in a central location. Great breakfast buffet but other theme nights were dissappointing. Seafood restaurant has won awards but in 8 nights we couldn't see any diners there at all. Would stay somewhere else if visiting Patong again.