Thavorn Beach Village & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOakwood at Cambridge Court Baltimore
This hotel was a treat for me, it was pure luxury and uber expensive compared to what money can actually buy here. The cottage on the beach front was bliss with patio doors opening onto the beach and big beds on the beach to relax on and so so peaceful with a view of Patong beach and also the city lights up at night so great setting.
My only problem was that the room had a bad smell to it.. the drains!! It got so bad at night with air con circulating it around I hardly slept and complained 1st thing. About 2 hours later someone came to look (so in the meantime couldn't use the room), they said they would change our room and we packed to move expecting a same cottage somewhere near by.. but they were trying to move us to a room with an ocean view and it was bigger!! NO thank you isn't the whole purpose of a beach cottage so that I am on the beach.. a view isn't good enough..
We spent the best part of an hour trying to sort this out and eventually we got another cottage. What I am really disappointed about is the was this was handled, still haven't had an email from the management as I had to ask for money back because 1 night was a complete waste, they offered a free taxi to airport costing 1000 baht, but the stay cost 12,000 baht and the fact the smell in the room was so bad this wasn't a good compensation.
I cannot fault the hotel itself, but due to the way this was handled I wouldn't stay here again, especially since I only had 2 nights and half of this was wasted on sorting the room out.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Oakwood at Cambridge Court Baltimore
Had the best time ever- want to go again!!!
We stayed at this fabulous hotel in april 2003 for our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect. We are wanting to go back and were just wondering if anyone who had stayed recently has enjoyed their stay as much as we did!!! I cannot imagine anything being below par at this wonderful hotel! Seems to be mixed reviews? Our experience could not have been better, the food was excellent- although we didn't have breakfast often- we preferred a coffee and coconut biscuit in the pool bar and the fresh fruit kebabs brought to you by the staff early in the morning!!! The standard of food at the pool bar was superb- I particularly remember the 'fish and chips' they had on the menu with a lime and coriander mayo- a fab twist on the well known english version!!
Look forward to hearing from some other guests and then hopefully book our return trip!!!
This hotel/ Resort was the most beautiful place i have EVER stayed.
From the time we arrived at Thavorn the service was so incredibly welcoming and willing to help with any of our needs.We had a complimentary taxi from the airport which was there to meet us with a smile and take us to our resort without a hitch.
We checked into our room which was unbeleivable! Bathroom in two sections including private spa bath, marble from floor to ceiling throughout the room and fresh flowers placed floating on water next to the sink. Attention to detail is definaltely their forte here.
The POOL... The most fantastic Lagoon pool with little bridges to swim under, gorgeous manicured gardens including Frangipani trees and flowers of various kinds.Cleaned everyday at 9am and maitenance kept up throughout the day as needed. Very Impressed.
Including everything from Waterfalls to Volleyball nets, this pool has everything you can imagine and more!
The view from the hotel onto Nakalay bay was serene, very quiet and yet only 5 minutes by TUK TUK to the bustling town of PATONG Beach ( Main Tourist area). There is a swim up bar where you can have lunch or enjoy a glass of wine or Pina Colada in a coconut!
Comprising of 3 Restaurants with a good mix of cuisine to choose from and not too pricy for a resort. The inclusive buffet breakfast was the largest selection of cuisine i have seen including a private chef to make you an omelete fresh in front of you with your choice of ingriedients.
Staff here were very friendly and helpful ,we can't say enough to thank them for such a great service.
We are a couple in our late twenties, early thirties who specialise in Hospitality management in Australia so it is not easy to impress either of us when it comes to our own field, and this place exceeded our expectations in every way.
I strongly recomend this Hotel to any age group, couples or families alike. Very Romantic feel but does have plenty of activities for the kids.
If you have any questions on this hotel please feel free to email us as we are happy to help .
We stayed there for 7 fantstic nights.
Great place to stay in the Patong Beach area
We enjoyed our stay at the Thavorn Beach Village and Spa Feb 27th through March 4th, 2006. There are "nicer" hotels in Phuket but the combination of location to Patong Beach, view, lagoon pool, private beach and price made this a great stay for us. The hotel is located far away enough away from the "maddening crowd" of Patong Beach, but close enough to make the lure of Patong Beach accessible. We stayed in the Ocean View Villa room 5207 and found the room large and pleaseantly appointed. There was no problems with ants during our stay. We enjoyed the lagoon pool and it was cleaned every day. The private beach was nice and there was hardly anyone out on the beach, unlike the crazy crazy crowds on Patong Beach. It was nice NOT to have the "vendors" and hawkers constantly bothering you while you were on the beach. We ate at the hotel restauarunts all five nights and found the food good. Given the pleasant setting (2 nights of dinner served to us at a table on the beach) it didn't worth the hassle to go into Patong Beach. The staff was sincerely friendly and helpful. We were not scheduled to leave the resort until 6pm on Saturday March 4th and reception desk waived the late departure charge. My only criticism is that facilities have some minor repair issues, but they don't detract from the overall condition of the resort. When this resort was built it might have been a premium resort, but now has become a bit outdated compared to today's "modern" resorts. But if you are looking for a a place to relax and enjoy some of the charms of Thai hospitality then this is a great of choice.
The Thavorn was our favorite place in Thailand. The staff was wonderful, fun and helpful. The pool and views are amazing, the pictures don't really capture how nice it is. I would suggest staying in one of the rooms that connect to the pool, or are a balcony above the pool. They have huge bathrooms, huge balconies and a lovely view. The included breakfast could not have been better. The location is perfect because it's a close taxi ride into Patong, but far enough away to feel secluded and not have all the noise.
We are a couple in our late 20's who like to have a good time, but also enjoy quiet relaxation. The Thavorn was perfect for us. Great restaurants on site, beautiful clean rooms, etc. We can't say enough good things about the Thavorn! You can lay on the beach or by the pool, enjoy the swim up pool bar....etc. Have fun! We'll definitely be back.
Overall, the place is OK.
The grounds and facilities are really nice. The physical layout and vegetation are beautiful. Being on an isolated beach was wonderful since there weren't people hawking stuff like on Patong Beach. The location is only a short tuk-tuk ride away from busy Patong.
The hillside villas would have been wonderful, if they were maintained better. Ours (#5207) had lots of ants all over (making the welcome fruit plate unappetizing). There was a big gap in the doors to the outside, so the A/C was insufficient in keeping the rooms cool except at night. The jacuzzi on the balcony, although private enough since it was away from the cable-car area, would have been nicer without all of the ants crawling around. The bed is very firm, which caused our backs to ache -- which was fixed by a nice massage (see below). Access is annoying since only one of the two cable-cars was working.
The breakfast buffet was adequate, but my wife got sick one day from eating it. The Thai restaurant at beachside is decent, but over-priced (compared to the Patong restaurants).
The spa is a bit expensive and only OK. We were able to find a great place in Patong which was much cheaper and gave much better massages.
BTW, the free shuttle to Patong town runs only 3 times a day (10am, 3pm, and 9pm), so you'll end up taking a tuk-tuk anyhow.
We won't stay here again since there are plenty of other choices on Phuket.
Stayed at Thavorn Beach Willage and Spa over the weekend and cannot believe how dirty the pool was. There was mould growing on the side of the pool and the bottom of the pool was covered with a layer of dirt. The room was nice but food and drinks at the hotel was expensive and quite ordinary. Quite close to Patong beach so its easy to go out for meals and shopping.
We stayed here for 2 weeks in July. It would have to be one of the best resorts I have stayed in. The room was delightful, the pool huge, and the staff were great - expecially our cable car guy on the night shift. The food was pretty good as well - we ate in about every 2nd night - although I would not recommend room service if you are staying on a hillside room. It takes a while to get up there and the 1 night we had room service the food was cold. It was very quiet when we went and I am not sure if this was because of the Tsunami or it was just the off season - but it was lovely nonetheless.
Just a short tuk tuk ride to town. The resort has buses at certain times of the day that will take you to Patong and bring you back.
Will definitely return there again.
We stayed in Thavorn for 5 nights before going on to Phi Phi island. We absolutly love the Thavorn ideal for a romantic getaway, our room was spotless and with a jacuzzi on the balcony with fantastic views. The pool is a shallow freeform pool which is massive! and very nice!
We found the food to be average and a little expensive compared to thai standards but we ate out most nights as patong beach is only a short tuk tuk ride away!
All staff were fantastic 5*!
We would definatly return in the future!
Well appointed suite, adequate service (not up to normal Thai standards) but oh the food. Terrible. Tried a breakfast and a lunch, equally bad. Great incentive to find good local restaurants.
Traditional Thai Accommodation
This is a really fantastic hotel positioned on its own beach in a beautiful location. The Thai style villas up the hillside are a welcome change from the egg box style hotels littered across the rest of Phuket. You can walk to your room up the steep hill or get the furnicular. Given the heat we stuck to the furnicular!
The rooms themselves are large with one of the most fabulous beds I've ever slept in. It was absolutely enormous and so comfortable. The rooms have orchids scattered around them when you arrive (including in the toilet of all places!) and were kept spotlessly clean throughout our two week stay. There's a minibar, good sized bathroom with separate bath and shower, robes and slippers are provided and the views from the balcony across the bay are really beautiful. You can get poolside rooms if you pay extra where you can jump straight off your patio into the pool. Personally I preferred our hillside room with the jacuzzi on the balcony.
The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly with smiles on tap. Thai hospitality reigns and you really feel like your comfort is important to them. This all starts with a delicious fruit cocktail on arrival and an incredibly painless check in process. You sit and relax with your drink while they bring any paperwork to you at your table. It really couldn't be easier.
There's a spa as part of the hotel which we didn't try as you can get massages much cheaper in Patong. This isn't the cheapest place in Phuket by any means but it is very luxurious. The restaurants do great food and were never crowded when we were there. You can expect to pay a similar amount for your meal as you would at an average restaurant in England. Unless you're really pooped after your journey though you'd be better off getting the free bus into Patong and eating there. It's just so much cheaper. The hotel also does snacks in the middle of the day and drinking water is provided free in your room.
The swimming pool is supposed to be one of the biggest in Thailand and I can well believe it. It's free form and an incredibly tranquil place to lol around during the day. Towels and sunbeds are provided and there's also a swim up bar. Aquabeds give you a massage in the water and there's a couple of nets to play water games with. The whole hotel complex is full of tropical plants and the environment feels very natural and uncontrived.
I'm sure there's lots more I could say about this place but to sum up if you're looking for somewhere with a bit less of a package holiday feel then I would highly recommend the Thavorn Beach Village.
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