This is one of the series of 4+ star hotels on the strip of Jom Tien beach, Pattaya. The Dor Shada entrance is magnificent, it looks like a mix between a temple and and a huge old fashioned Thai style house. Staff is friendly and efficient. The rooms are big and light, the bed really comfortable. Our room had a little balcony, which is always nice. Bathroom is functional, could use freshening up, but is sufficient.
The pool areas are not really up to standard anymore; the outdoor area looks a bit run down. The pool bar is very nice, sitting in the water on concrete but surprisingly comfortable bar stools. The beach area could be great, but is not anymore. There are lots of trees on the beach, so shadow is readily available. But most of the wooden deck chairs are broken, most mattresses are torn and dirty, the area is not cleaned and newly set up at night, so it looks messy and run down. There are big bean bags in this area as well, a really nice idea, but again torn, leaking tiny foam balls and dirty. A real pity, as the area is so pretty and so much could be done to make it truly beautiful!
Breakfast is nothing extraordinary, but the spread is reasonable and looks/tastes good. It would be nice though if the person behind the egg station spoke at least the egg language in English, so that you can explain what kind of egg you'd like....
Having stayed at the Movenpick and the Ravindra, all comparable price and location wise, this one is not the one I would return to for another week end at the sea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a beachfront Paradise in Pattaya and discover the beauty of the 5 star Dor-Shada Resort by the Sea. We are located beside Jomtien's glorious white sand beach. This fabulous resort offers the perfect place to find tranquillity and relaxation yet it is just a short distance from the heart of vibrant Pattaya. The stylish resort has been designed to reflect the very finest contemporary Thai architecture and benefit from the stunning sea views. Dor-Shada Resort by the Sea is comprised of 172 rooms and 16 villa's. Facilities include 2 swimming pools and bar at the pools, Jacuzzi, Fitness Centre and heavenly Spa. The design of the chic rooms at the Dor-Shada resort skilfully draws on traditional elements of Thailand's arts presenting guests with a striking reinterpretation that meets the demands of today's lifestyle. The light and airy rooms provide a generous amount of living space for guests to relax and feel at home. The suites and villas dark wood furnishing and intriguing Asian design accents compliment the superbly appointed bathrooms, luxury bed linens and subtle lighting. The resort is set at the heart of a lush tropical garden. The expansive grounds, security, outstanding facilities, caring staff and close proximity to clean and safe private beach make this the ideal family resort. A major feature of the resort id a fabulous swimming pool overlooking the magnificent Jomtien Beach and a turquoise ocean. Guests can have a refreshing swim, lounge by the pool or simply enjoy an exotic drink at the pool or beach bar while children have fun at the Kid's Playground. Other options for rest and relaxation include the luxurious oriental-style Spa with its extensive menu of treatments and massage services. A fitness Centre also compliments the Spa that you can stay in shape while away from home. Further more the Dor-Shada Resort by the Sea is 'a Golfer's Paradise'. The resort has its own 6 hole golf course and can be used by the guests and is absolutely free. A stay at the Dor-Shada Resort by the Sea means you are always just a few steps away from a rewarding game of golf. ... more less
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