Before I recap our last day in Phuket, Thailand, I will be reviewing some of the companies we dealt with, hotels we stayed at and airlines we took during our trip. Our last day in Phuket was one of the most memorable days of my life, tied very closely with our last day in Bangkok. Before I wrap up the trip (I mean I have to by the time we leave for Greece in May) I wanted to share my review of our stay at Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach.
Our tour package included our Phuket stay at the Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Let’s just put it out there from the beginning… This was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. Our welcome started with water, cold towels and fresh fruit. After a quick flight from Bangkok, it was the perfect start. Upon checking in, we walked to the edge of the lobby to see the Andaman Sea. It was gorgeous. Overlooking the infinity pool that fades into the ocean, I was certain we would be enjoying every minute we were at the hotel.
We were driven to our hotel room with our bags to an ocean view suite. The second we opened the doors to the patio, I was extremely taken back. A large jacuzzi looking out across the blue waters? I actually messaged my friends and boss to inform them I would not be coming back with a view like this. Every single day, we woke up and fell asleep to the soft waves. Watching sunsets from our patio will be some of the highlights of my life, highlights I will always remember.
The room we stayed in was the Jacuzzi Villa thanks to a killer deal we received through Affordable Asia (review to come next week). The bed was large and comfortable. The room was extremely spacious. The walk in shower included a rain shower and beautiful woodwork throughout the room. Most often, we left the patio door open anytime we were in the room. The weather was perfect and we could not get enough of that ocean view. This was one of the first times we went on a trip and really enjoyed what the hotel has to offer.
I have learned over the years that the most important thing about a hotel is the location. Novotel does not disappoint. Not only is it right on the beach, overlooking the ocean, it is extremely close to main attractions and beaches. The infamous Patong Beach is a short walk along the beach or an even shorter taxi cab ride. All boat landings for our tours to the islands was always less than 15 minutes away. Every morning, we enjoyed the wide spread continental breakfast as well as an outside dinner, next to the beach one night. The best part however? The one hour massage we booked on the beach. I fell asleep for half of it because after a belly full of fresh fruit, the ocean in the background and a Thai massage, how could you not? Honestly, I think the worst thing I could say about the hotel was that one night we heard very loud frogs for a few hours. Otherwise, the room, views, service and food definitely earn the hotel an A+ in my book!
Tell me: What is the most important thing to you when you book a hotel?
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