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JW Marriott or Ramada?

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JW Marriott or Ramada?


I have spent hours weighing up the 2 resorts so I am hoping someone can help please.

Hubby & I are planning our 1st trip to Khao Lak (but 4th trip to Thailand since 2008) in mid November.

We have stayed in Phuket the last 3 times (Katathani twice, Holiday Inn Busakorn wing villa twice & Merlin Beach once) but we want to go somewhere different and less touristy.

I want a great beach, an awesome pool, not too many kids and restaurants near by.

The ramada is cheaper (basic rooms both hotels) but I really want to see the huge pool at the Marriott.

Has anyone stayed in both to compare?

Thanks in advance


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1. Re: JW Marriott or Ramada?


i think you have answered your own question in that you want to see the pool at the jwm.

personally have stayed at the jwm and not the ramada,and yes the pool is huge ,the rooms are probably one of the best in the area,it also has a very good quan spa.

there are a few beach restaurants and a couple of more at the entrance to the hotel and after that you will need transport into town where as at the ramada you have a lot more variety of restaurants etc in the bang niang area all within walking distance.

it really is a decision that i think you have to make on the location either walking distance to town or more secluded with a very large pool.

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2. Re: JW Marriott or Ramada?

Have a week in both - that's what we are doing next year !!! Had 2 weeks this time at JWM this year - it's amazing , but secluded , so if you want more shops/ restaurants the ramada is a good choice - you won't be disappointed with either .

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3. Re: JW Marriott or Ramada?

Pics from our last stay at JWM at https:/… and from visiting friends at Ramada at https:/…

In November the beach restaurants near both resorts should be open but there are more dining opportunities within easy walking distance at the Ramada than the JWM where you will need to catch the shuttle or taxi if you want more.

The JWM is bigger and more facilities and the direct access rooms into the "river" feeding into the huge main pool are excellent. The ground floor lanai rooms and the more recemt jacuzzi rooms at the Ramada are great too.

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4. Re: JW Marriott or Ramada?

I agree with nipnip, why don't you split it up, first week in the JWM to relax then the other at the Ramada where you are more central for a better choice of restaurants.

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5. Re: JW Marriott or Ramada?

We stayed at JWM last year and then went back to La Flora where we had stayed before. La Flora is next to the Ramada and I prefer the location there as there is more going on than at the Marriott which is secluded. Having said that though, I did love the Marriott and would go again just for a few days though.

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Thank you for the tips everyone. Trying both is a great suggestion.


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