Amari Phuket – Phuket, Thailand
by Karl Cushing | October 2016
"Set on an island no stranger to beachfront hotels the four-star Amari Phuket delivers on all the main criteria. Set in a cracking location on a beautiful stretch of beach, it’s near the main Phuket sights and hubbub yet secluded enough for quality kicking back time. The new exclusive Ocean Wing offers guests extra staying options."
THE BACKGROUND: Although it opened more than 30 years ago you wouldn’t guess the resort’s age from its impeccable look and feel. Billed as a four-star it’s a solid example of ONYX Hospitality’s great-value Amari brand, a proven hit with British guests, backed by regular offers such as ‘buy five nights, stay for seven’.
THE LOCATION: The resort occupies an enviable, sheltered spot at the other end of Patong Bay to the resort town of Patong Beach which, while easily accessible, could be light years away. Complimentary shuttles run to Kata Beach or Jungceylon Mall for retail fans.
THE ROOM: Mine was a one-bed suite in the Ocean Wing, which opened in June 2015. This collection of 183 one- and two-bed suites is serviced by golf buggies, a FIT gym and the classy Clubhouse. The property is a great bet for couples and families. The room was spacious and classily bedecked and offered kitchen and dining facilities.
FACILITIES: Nice touches in the main resort include the open-sided Breezes Spa, and the Voyager Lounge (08:00 to 24:00 daily), a chill-out space complete with showers and lockers. The Kids Club for four- to-12s (from 10:00 to 19:00 daily) offers in-room babysitting.
RESTAURANTS/BARS: Dining highlights include La Gritta, a contemporary Italian restaurant, while Rim Talay offers more international fare. For cocktails and tapas with a view, The Jetty is a nice informal spot. Samutr Bar is one of the main hosts for evening entertainment.
THE RATES: Accommodation options range from Superior Rooms from around 3,959 THB (£88.36) per night. Ocean Wing rooms start from 4,859 THB (£108.45).
THE DETAILS: W: amari.com/phuket; T: +66 2 216 3700