Being concerned about sharing a bus to the hotel we ordered the Mercedes, on our return home we used the mini bus which is modern, extremely comfortable, well equipped and more than adequate.
We had an idyllic 2 weeks stay and ate out only once. The superb quality and varied types of food at the different restaurants would be difficult to improve on and set menus change daily. Food presentation in "The Top of the Reef" is superb as is the friendliness and service it reflects a 5* privately owned restaurant rather than a hotel restaurant. Food is of consistently wonderful quality and beautifully presented, there is a set menu and a la Carte.
For carnivores and sea food lovers, don't miss the weekly buffet barbeques at Cafe Andaman; there are alternative dishes available on these evenings. The excellent buffet breakfast is also served at Cafe Andaman and offers Western & Asian dishes like all meals there.
The hotel operates, if chosen, a pre purchased meal ticket system offering up to a 30% discount on buying10 set meals. these can also be utilised against a la carte selections. Effectively a set meal was reduced in price to just over $10, unbeatable value for the choice and quality.
Every member of staff is extremely helpful and obliging without exception. The attention to detail and quality is reflected throughout, especially by Jean-Marie Vallee, the food & beverage manager who was in every restaurant at every meal during our stay. Tim, the front of house manager/concierge has a wealth of knowledge and puts himself out to help and advise. Our maid, May?, must be singled out for keeping our room so spotless.
We took a long tail boat trip to Coral Island and thoroughly enjoyed the scuba diving and fish feeding so much we went again with the hotel the following day. This was a far better organised and a less expensive trip although for fewer hours which in fact gave us more than sufficient time there.
The sea at the beach suffers on occasions with incoming debris on the tide. The hotel makes every effort and succeeds in keeping the beach clean & tidy. The beach Bamboo Bar serves decent snacks and drinks, is typically relaxed with such friendly service. The number of beach beds was more than adequate and the beach pool well sheltered out of the sun in the afternoons. The main pool is excellent and very clean.
The Light House is a relaxed bar with the excellent band who play at the Andaman Restaurant earlier in the evening making a good buzz. The happy hour drinks can be called for one by one if asked for and purchased in happy hour time.
We upgraded to a suite overlooking the ocean. The linen is excellent quality and the bed supremely comfortable. The room we were originally allocated was also excellent, the bed and linen of similar quality.
What more to say? This is a quiet hotel away from noise and bright light night life, if this is what you seek just go and have a fabulous time, you won't be disappointed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world's most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the villa is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms and exclusive swimming pool. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated suites and pool villas. Thailand's premier luxury chain of Villa and Serviced Apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Panwa Phuket
- Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket