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    All reviewsphuket townfree shuttlehigh tidequiet beachpoor wifibeach baskettop floorthe hotel's restauranthotel managerexplore the islandper daytwo bedroom suitehotel offersnice sizeliving areanice swimming poolbeach towels
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    Reviewed 27 March 2012

    My mum, aunty and i visited the hotel by the Sea for the first tiime.. We were very plesed with the rooms which was very spacious, the staff were friendly and down to earth the manager was brilliant she was very hands on the beach was a private one and was fantastic.

    Would we stay there again? YES and i am recomending this hotel to all my friends if you wan't some time out not to worried about shopping then this is the place to be.

    See u soon Hotel By The Sea.

    Sharon from Perth Australia.

    • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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    3  Thank sharon a
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    Reviewed 21 February 2012

    I was looking for a quiet place to do some work and hang at the beach and By the Sea was perfect for me! The rooms are lovely -- especially the balcony overlooking the ocean. I fully appreciated the full kitchen, and the pool and direct beach access were both great! Free wifi in the rooms is a bonus. It's a little isolated in Cape Panwa with mostly families staying there, so definitely a mellow place. I actually tried to extend my stay but the prices had gone up out of my range. I fully recommend and look forward to returning!

    • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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    5  Thank Erin M
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    Reviewed 19 February 2012

    Booked for a long-stay. What a beautiful hotel.wonderful views of the bay. Good quiet beach. Great breakfast. Staff make you feel part of the family. They can't do enough for you. Hotel is super clean. Beautiful flowers everywhere. Where else can you get a knock on the door and anonymous flowers appear ? Never mind the towel swans and puppies on the bed after a long day of diving ? Small touches of special everywhere. Didn't want to leave. Would definitely return. Thanks to ALL the STAFF.

    • Stayed: January 2012
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    4  Thank kennymct
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    Reviewed 30 January 2012

    This hotel has some great pros and some off-putting cons to consider, but overall for us was wonderful. First off, it is very far away from the main touristy areas such as Patong or Kata beaches. For us, this was wonderful. It meant peace and quiet. There are also some great beach front restaurants/bars nearby where one can take in the spectacular landscape of Chalong Bay, and the restaurant at the hotel is a really great dinner spot (though the breakfast buffet was sub par.)

    We were upgraded to a two bedroom suite, which was more than we needed but certainly appreciated. Our room was very clean, though a bit dated. I can't imagine being in a room near the top of the hotel, as there is an imposing walk uphill before even getting to the stairs. The staff was helpful in booking our island hopping tour (not to be missed, by the way), accommodating our very early/late airport transfers, and even packed us a to go breakfast upon departure, as we left at 5 AM.

    The main problem I had with this property was the beach itself. Most, if not all, of Phuket beaches are tidal, meaning they are not as accessible during low tide. The problem with Cape Panwa Beach is that the beach is only swim-able at the highest of high tides, and is a muddy/rocky mess during low tide. The beach itself is also fairly rocky and a bit on the dirty side. We didn't swim much, and were lucky that the tide was in when we wanted to be in the water, so it worked out for us.

    If swimming and walking down a powdery beach is what you are looking for, this is not the beach for you. But if a brisk walk while taking in the views of the bay are what you're after, this is the spot. Overall the rooms were clean but somewhat dated, the staff friendly, and the hotel does have a good number of places to eat/drink around it, even being as isolated as it is. If a quiet beach retreat with wonderful bay views is what you're looking for, I would highly recommend By The Sea. If you want a more stereotypical white powdery beach, I recommend you look to one of the more touristy areas like Kata or Karon.

    Room Tip: I would ask for a room that you don't have to walk upstairs to get to, though I think in general the hotel tries to keep guests closer to the beach.
    • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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    8  Thank Kyle B
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    Reviewed 24 January 2012

    We enjoyed our 5 nights there immensely, We were upgraded to a lovely big two bedroom two bathroom apartment on arrival with an amazing view out to the ocean. There was a terrific balcony which ran the full width of the apartment which was on the 4th. [top floor]. There was a adequate kitchen but no utensils at all. But when we brought this to their attention every thing we needed was soon provided, We had a great buffet breakfast each morning at the restaurant which was only a step off the beach, The beach was very calm but found it best to swim in the morning as the tide goes out after lunch which then exposes quite a few rocks, The free shuttle bus twice a day into Phuket Town was very handy for shopping as there are no supermarkets near the resort. There are two or three good local restaurants right on the beach two minutes away, good food, good price,As the resort is built on a hill from the beach it may be a bit hard for people who have a walking problem as reception is near the road [up the top] and restaurant and pool are down at beach level. I suppose this could be overcome somewhat by booking a room on the bottom level beside the pool and beach. The little lounge beside reception had a small library of book which was good and which we took advantage off. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would not hesitate to return in the future.ROY AND MIYUKI VODDEN AUSTRALIA.

    • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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