Sat by pool at Marriott in scorching hot (33C) sunlight and the heavens open so decided to let you know my thoughts so far.
Nice enough hotel but too big in my opinion.
Check in was not 5 star service at all. Left to find our own room which wasnt difficult but at most other 5 stars they take you to your room and explain the amenities and how things work. We decided to take upgrade to pool access room which worked out about £25 extra per day. I think we made the right decision we are in block 3 and out pool area is very peaceful.
Ate at MaMa Greetings on the beach last night. Amazing Penang Chicken and Green Curry. Friendly place but was dissapointed that they only had one bottle of red wine in stock ! A half bottle at that.
Breakfast this morning was good. Lots of choice. They make you sign a check for breakfast showing the price at 1883 THB but I was reassured that this would NOT be charged to our rooms we have breakfast inc in our rate. Why you have to sign for something you have as part of your rate I don't know.
Drinks here are 3 times the price as they are on the beach so we won't be bothering with hotel bars or restaurants as our room is about 50m from the beach where there are about 10or so great little rustic bars/restaurants.
Not sure if this place is official 5 star but for service I would say its not 5 star Some staff are very friendly some are quite grumpy such as the two miseries in the gym this morning.
I am glad we chose The Marriott though but probably only for the fact we have the brilliant little restaurants on the beach.
The beach is simply stunning by the way.