Thai Indulgence: Novotel Phuket Resort

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The Novotel Phuket Resort

The Novotel Phuket Resort is one of Patong’s most iconic resorts, due to its unique architecture and enviable location – perched on a hillside just moments away from a stunning little cove in the quieter part of Patong Beach. While peaceful, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the action packed nightlife and shopping centre of Patong. The Novotel’s motto “Seclusion without Isolation” is an appropriate description for this resort.

Our hard-working team has put together an inclusion packed Thailand holiday offer that ticks all the boxes for couples and families with children alike.

The following is our personal account of the resort and advice that can help you get the most out of your experience at the Novotel Resort Patong.

Arrival

We travelled to The Novotel Phuket from Bangkok and arrived in the late afternoon to Phuket International Airport. From here, you can arrange a taxi directly to the resort (which can be quite a process), or like us, we pre-arranged transportation with the resort. Note: If you decide to purchase the Ocean View Upgrade package for this deal, you will get a private airport pick-up as a bonus inclusion.

After about a 45-minute drive from the airport, we arrived at the entrance to the Novotel which was nothing short of spectacular. As we walked through the lobby, complete with high ceilings and gentle fans, we were greeted with a simply spectacular vista out to Patong Bay along with a welcome drink. There was a real holiday feel about arriving here.

The staff spoke English (there were a mix of Thai and French nationals working at the front desk) and after a few moments we had checked in without any hassles.

There was also some beautiful Thai Traditional music playing in the lobby.

Rooms

We were given a newly re-designed room, which was immaculately clean and had a great view out to the ocean. Really bright and fresh outlook, which is what we expected of a holiday resort in Phuket.

As you can see in this Twin Room, the feeling is of traditional Thai architecture with lovely wood finishes throughout. The view is either to the garden areas or the ocean, depending on which package you buy.

Spa Treatments

The Novotel has a well-respected Spa facility on site, as well as a hair salon and fully equipped exercise gym. We opted to get a Thai massage, and were led to a beautifully chilled massage room, which had gentle relaxation music playing and a wonderful lemongrass scent through an infuser.

The therapists were professional and were friendly – explaining what kind of pressure we wanted.

While you can get cheaper massage treatments outside of the resort, the problem is that they are often conducted in less tranquil environments and the staff are not always trained properly. So we suggest sticking to the offerings at the Novotel, where you are guaranteed quality and excellent service.

The three types of spa treatments included in the package are:

Siam Reflexology Massage: A Traditional oriental foot massage to aid relaxing and improve sense of well-being

Back, Head and ShouldersA perfect introduction to Thai massage to release strain and tension.

Thai TharavadeeThe secret Thai massage that has been perfected over two and a half centuries.

The Breakfasts

This was one of the real highlights of staying at the Novotel. Unlimited quantities of all the breakfast favourites including freshly squeezed juices, platters of local Thai fruit, cereals, muesli, yoghurt, an egg station (where you can select any type of egg preparation), waffles, cakes, pastries, noodles, dumplings and much more. All the usual delights like bacon, hash browns and sausages were also available for those wanting to indulge.

The best part was eating on the balcony, looking out to the exquisite blue sea beyond. On a sunny morning, there is nothing better!

Dinners at and around the Resort

There are a number of dining options at the resort, including a nightly Themed buffet restaurant (including Seafood, Thai, French and Italian) where you can help yourselves to all-you-can eat salads, appetizers, and main courses. The seafood buffet, usually on a Saturday night, is very popular when you arrive.

Ouffer’s Tip: If you want to try the seafood buffet, make sure you book in as soon as you arrive so you don’t miss out.

We adore seafood, so helped ourselves to unlimted servings of fresh BBQ rock lobster, prawns, squid, and fish fillets, not to mention the rest of the food which was on offer. There is a dessert station too, which makes a fun way to end the night. Cakes, fruit, ice-cream – you name it.

There is also a Thai Restaurant at the Novotel which is well worth a try as well – the food was on par with top rated Thai restaurants in Australia at very reasonable prices.

During the day, we often ate snacks by the pool – a mixture of Thai food like pad thai, or otherwise refreshing salads or grilled snapper. It is pretty easy to order food with pool staff walk by every few minutes and you can just charge it to the room.

The Sunset Bar is a great spot to eat lunch at too – as it has a twin view of the swimming pools, as well as Patong Beach as well.

Generally though, we recommend venturing out of the resort in the evenings to try some of the local restaurants in Phuket. Whether it is the fine dining experience of “Baan Rim Pa” – a spectacular Thai Restaurant overlooking the ocean,  “Joe’s Next Door” – a Tapas Restaurant sharing the same view as Baan Rim Pa, or one of the hundreds of street food stands that surround the shopping centre Jungceylon, you will never be short of food options.

Swimming Pools

The resort has three cascading swimming pools, so depending on whether you want to be in the action, or in a quieter pool, you can simply hop between them.

When we were there, they had activities in the lower pool like Pool Basketball which seemed to involve everyone from the Swedish kids on family holiday, to the New Zealand couple who were there on a honeymoon.

There is a selection of deckchairs to lounge about and take in the sun (which is intense – so wear sunscreen).

Conclusion

The Novotel Phuket is a great all-round holiday resort that ticks all the boxes. It is a great brand, in a spectacular location, and with the inclusions, it represents an unbeatable offer for a Patong holiday.

TripAdvisor Reviews:

Five out of Five Stars

“I couldn’t think of a nicer place to relax and the action starts as soon as you walk out of the resort but you don’t hear any of it. Have already told all my friends how easy it was to stay there and I will be back next year.”

Five out of Five Stars

“The view from the balcony took my breath away. Perfect location 10 minute walk to the action but away from all the noise. Couldn’t be happier will be sad to leave”

Five out of Five Stars

“Great hotel with an amazing views, three swimming pools, helpful staff, good services, very clean rooms .. well located actually its perfect hotel in Phuket and I highly recommended for couples, friends or Families”