66/2 Viset Road, Tambon Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 Thailand
Set in a southern part of Phuket Island is the Rawai Palm Beach Resort. 198 rooms strong hotel with a standout pool (which provides all the fun you may need on holidays) is a nice option for families and those who like to have everything in one place and spend their time in resorts.
The heart and the star of Rawai Resort is a big pool where you can find everything from waterfall, bridge, jacuzzi and rain showers coming from head-shaped sculptures to swim-up bar.
There is one main restaurant and a small cafe located on an island-like place right next to the big pool. Buffet-style breakfast, typical for big hotels, had limited choices and was very crowded. They also organise themed nights every few days, with live music and/or performances, which is displayed next to the restaurant entrance.
For adults the pool and swim-up bar (which opens 10.30am and serves really funky cocktails) may be the best entertainment, for kids there is a playground and kid’s corner. If you need beauty treatments or organised tours, they are also available.
The Deluxe Pool Access room which we had includes a private terrace with sunbeds and direct access to the big swimming pool. It’s quite spacious with one king size bed or two single beds and separated area for relaxation. Entrance to the room is through a bathroom and makes a good first impression.
Even though the hotel is big, it still feels private and rather quiet in the room.
If you want to have as much fun as we had, make sure to get room 1101 – 1114 – only those have that direct access to the pool where all the fun is.
Rawai is a very interesting area, good for walks with many restaurants stretching on one street to choose from. The beach isn’t pretty, that’s probably why Rawai Palm offers a complimentary transport to 2 nearby beaches (runs several times a day).
For good sunset views head out to a nearby pier and visit a fish market while you’re there.
Prepare yourself for a very over-the-top visual experience. To my taste decor at Rawai Palm is overdone, on one hand there are lovely wooden details and furniture and on the other – vibrant & contrasting colours that surround you. Breakfast and coffee were a letdown, but cocktails in the pool and lots of fun made our stay very enjoyable.
Stay courtesy of Rawai Palm Beach Resort. All opinions and photos are my own.