We booked with the hotel directly and emails were dealt with promptly. Upon arrival we were greeted by one of our charming hosts, Phil, who took some time to explain how to get to the beach, and the location of shops etc, as well as explaining the hotel facilities, which included use of a PC and printer in reception (handy for online flight check in), and in-room wi-fi (which was a little patchy). We were escorted through reception and the hotel restaurant, which had a lovely colonial feel, to the hotel grounds. Essentially a series of bungalows around a beautiful pool, and a couple of blocks containing apartments. We'd opted to stay in a bungalow, which had a little terrace outside with tables and chairs. Inside was a living room area, with TV, couch and chair, and mini bar. Two bottles of mineral water were provided free of charge on the first day only. The bedroom contained a double bed, another TV, wardrobe with heaps of hangers, and an electronic safe. The bathroom consisted of a nice glass sink in an ante-room, then the toilet and shower together. Towels were changed daily, and pool/beach towels were also provided. The TV had plenty of channels to choose from. The hotel swimming pool was lovely, with a jacuzzi also. There was a little massage hut near the pool, and rather curiously a sauna if you're not hot enough. The beach was around a 15 min walk away, the main hurdle being crossing a fairly busy road. We really didn't mind the walk though. There's a great little laundry literally over the road from the hotel. Breakfast wasn't included in the price, but you can have some in the hotel restaurants - we had an English Breakfast one day and it was both filling and excellent, with the best cup of tea we had in Thailand. The hosts Phil and Henri are very charming, helpful, and customer focussed, and this is one of the strong points of the hotel.
One downside was that 3 out of the 6 nights we stayed there, we were kept awake until 2:30am by the thud-thud-thud of music from one of the bars on the main road. Then at around 5:30am we were awoken by the nearby mosque. Neither of these are factors under the hotel's control, but this did affect sleep quality quite significantly. The hotel would have been ideal otherwise.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Embassy Resort And Spa
- Royal Embassy Hotel Kamala
- The Pe La Resort Phuket/Kamala