Onto my second stay in Thailand, in today’s post I’m reviewing my experience of our one week stay in the beautiful Movenpick Resort & Spa.
THE LOCATION LOWDOWN: Even with hours of tripadvisor scouring behind you it can still be tough to find the perfect spot in Phuket. I wanted somewhere with great pools, beautiful grounds, & close to the beach if possible with all the amenities and a touch of romance. After a gruelling search of just about every hotel in Phuket, I narrowed my search down to the Karon Beach area, quiet but with still plenty of places to eat, drink & wander. Nestled away from the hustle & bustle of Patong, The Movenpick Resort & Spa is the perfect alternative if your not so much of a party-goer like myself or if you have a family and are looking for a bit of R&R. It was low-season when we went so there wasn’t a ton of tourists but I would imagine it has a good bustle in high season! Situated about 50 minutes from Phuket airport, the Resort can be easily reached by taxi for between 800-1000 baht. The taxi’s & tuk-tuks in Phuket are unfortunately heavily monopolised so you’ll pay a pretty penny to head to nearby Patong or Kata but they are only a short 10-15 minutes away. Expect to pay 400 baht for a short trip!THE ROOM: We stayed in a romantic deluxe villa/chalet by the coconut pool which was huge and such a treat to stay in, we didn’t feel cramped at all! I love chalets because you feel a bit more secluded from other guests and like you’ve got your own little private house, complete with a front porch to privately bath or eat at. However the resort offers all types of accommodation including standard rooms & serviced apartments with sea views as well as chalets of different sizes so its extremely family friendly. The bathroom was also really big with separate sinks for you & your other half, a bath, shower & outdoor shower with space to hang clothes. The room came with all the standard amenities you’d expect of a 4* establishment as well as a massive fruit selection on arrival (bigger than pictured) which was topped up daily and a most convenient full size iron & ironing board. We never had a problem with the aircon thankfully and that insured we had a really good sleep every night and again the beds were comfortably firm with plenty of pillows (which you could choose from a selection of four different types of pillow FYI). The chalet was decorated with gorgeous traditional thai touches, however it would have been nice to see a little more of this decor continued into the bathroom though! Overall a great standard of chalet.THE FOOD: The resort had a little something for everyone in terms of the food & drink frontier. Included in our stay was a lovely breakfast buffet stocked full of fresh breads, pastries & hot food & fruit, plenty of choice to keep a whole resort going. The hotel has four restaurants/cafes with a mix of atmospheres located mostly at the beach front. Of course, in-resort services are always that bit more expensive but we did try the Brazilian churrasco restaurant ‘El Gaucho’ which was a total hit. We got the signature dish, (or should we say dishes) which was a selection of meats cut from the skewer onto the plate one after the other by the chef. A brilliant eating experience one-upped by the amazing sunset view, it was definitely in my top 3 best meals ever. The tenderest most deliciously succulent meat that I surprisingly devoured & even asked for seconds(the chicken & sirloin was my favourite)! Considering I’m not really a big meat-eater, it was a pretty big deal. The roasted pineapple rolled in cinnamon sugar finished off the dish, was the perfect ending.THINGS TO DO: Once your done lounging around the pools theres also a few other things to check out in and around the resort. Right outside the hotel is the beautifully winding Karon beach which is clean & has great sand, however as it was raining most of our trip we didn’t really get to enjoy it to it’s full potential. From this side of the hotel you have a few options, theres a market next door, but its over priced so I wouldn’t recommend but theres some good street food venders out front of it. You can walk from Karon beach to Kata beach & Kata Noi beach(Kata Noi is lovely) if your really determined & don’t mind an hour walk. Theres lots of restaurants down there too! In the other direction you’ll find the main street which is more lively with bars & lots of seafood restaurants, massage parlours & a temple which holds a market on tuesday & saturday. A few things we didn’t check out personally but that are worth mentioning – the resort does have a gym & a beautiful looking outdoor spa, and one of the pools offers free diving lessons which is pretty cool.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: In terms of service & staff I think the Moevenpick deserves 5*, the receptionists were always prompt, we got a golf cart ride straight to our chalet with our luggage on arrival, and maintenance was also really quick and beds were sometimes made twice a day! Also in general the management of the Movenpick seem genuinely caring, in the week we were there it was the resort’s anniversary so they held various religious ceremonies for the guests including getting a blessing from a buddhist monk if you wished! Also the hotel supervised a group of underprivileged kids into the resort to have some fun in the pool which I thought was really kind and a great way to help the community. The grounds were so beautiful and well kept and the location next to the beach is a major plus. However I would recommend going in high season or the start of low-season in May as the rain held us back.
Overall the Movenpick is a great all-rounder resort and is definitely the best place to stay in Karon! T.
Disclaimer: Trip was paid for by me at a media rate.