The Nai Harn

The Nai Harn
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The Nai Harn

The Nai Harn might not be in its prime anymore, but with such a unique location and a classic timeless design, the resort is still extremely popular.Build on the hillside of Nai Harn Beach, it is the only resort having such a unique view on this fabulous bay. The hotel might not be exactly on the beach, but a short path will take you to it in just a minute… and what beach! A large strip of white and powdery sand ending in a turquoise blue bay (well, during the high season at least).

Open in 1987, this 110 rooms resort was originally a Mandarin Oriental Hotel, then became later Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club and recently changed to be a private resort. Overall not much has really changed since it became an independent hotel, the feel is still very relaxed and the design sailing oriented.

The best features are certainly the restaurants from which you get a unique panorama of the Nai Harn bay below with the many yachts anchored in front of the islands and hills nearby.
The rooms are not very large but each of them comes with an oversized balcony and again, these amazing sea views. The pool is also a bit small but it never gets really busy, most guests seem to enjoy walking down to the beach.
The hotel features three restaurants: The open air Quarterdeck which is under the same immense roof as the lounge bar, serving a casual selection of Asian and international cuisine as well as plenty of seafood. As mentioned earlier, this is a unique viewpoint to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner. The Promenade restaurant is more a place for a lunch, even late in the afternoon. Tables are set on a terrace just above the blue waters of Nai Harn and protected from the sun by the shade of a giant almond tree. The Promenade serves a good Mediterranean cuisine from 10 am to 6 pm only.
The Regatta is a more sophisticated restaurant mostly dedicated to seafood, but is currently closed.And of course how to miss their beautiful spa? Can you think of a better way to end a lazy day on a superb beach than having an even lazier couple of hours in a 5 star spa? I could do this all day..The Royal Phuket Yacht Club is a bit far from the other popular beaches of Patong, Kata or Karon, and it is probably why guests choose to stay in Nai Harn which has been relatively spared by construction frenzy. You will need at least a bike to explore the south of the island which is peppered with lots of nice restaurants, or a car to go around the island, which you should do at least once.If you plan to just stay around Nai Harn, there is not shortage of small restaurants on the beach itself,  some convenience stores, a tailor and even a little fruit market to enjoy some really local sweets. Not far behind the hotel, you’ll find a small hidden beach of Ao Sane, great for a bit of exploration. Then of course further south are the beautiful windmill viewpoint, the small but lovely Ya Nui Beach and no better way to end the day than admiring the sunset from Phuket most famous landmark: Promthep Cape.See here the rates for The Royal Phuket Yacht Club

The Royal Phuket Yacht Club and  Nai Harn Beach on Phuket Map

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