How is the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort?
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is a superb 5-star resort built on a hillside of Kamala, overlooking Rayee Beach, which is just a little south of the main Kamala beach, far from any crowd. This luxurious 190 rooms resort on the west coast of Phuket, offers splendid sea views from almost every balcony. Obviously, the higher the room, the better the panorama!
The first thing that strikes is a sense of space and minimalist lines across the entire resort. As soon as you arrive, your eyes inevitably catch the vast infinity pool occupying almost the whole front of the hotel. Large king size canopy beds surround the pool measuring 50 by 30 meters. Beyond the pool is ‘The Pool House’, the main restaurant serving breakfast and all-day dining with Thai and International cuisine to enjoy inside or outdoors. Next to the restaurant is a beautiful ‘Pool Bar’ with oversized sofas, perfect for spending some time in the cool breeze at the end of the day.
A buggy took us to my Club Ocean View Twin room, which was surprisingly large and like every room had a well-sized balcony offering a stunning sea view. We didn’t have the highest floor but our place offered, a broad panorama of the Kamala cove. Remember not to close the glass door behind you entirely if you don’t want to lock yourself outside as we did. The room had all the amenities you can expect from a 5-star resort and a lot more, a large circular woven sofa facing a huge flat-screen TV (of course every hotel has a flat TV, but this one is larger and very well integrated into the wall) and fast Wi-Fi connection.
The bathroom area occupies two spacious and distinct rooms. One has a separate shower and toilet plus a large bathtub which is welcome after long exploration days. The other bathroom is equipped with the sink area, storage for bathrobes, safe box, and minibar. The bed is extensive and extremely comfortable with turndown service at the end of the afternoon. Some of the high floor suites come with plunge pools, but that will be for another stay.
Hyatt Regency Phuket prides itself on several outlets. The exclusive ‘Regency Club’ serves food and drinks all day for the ‘Regency Club members-only’. Its most attractive feature is undoubtedly the 25 meters infinity pool with curvy pool chairs right in the water, a great place to hang with a drink above the world below. The resort comes with a kids club and a well-equipped fitness. Next to it is the ‘Nahm Spa’, and everyone should try a spa treatment at least once, especially on those occasional rainy days!
The resort highlight, the place where we spent quite a bit of time is the Sunset Grill and the rooftop bar next to it. Phuket now starts to have unique rooftop bars too, and Phuket views can beat Bangkok rooftop bars anytime! We spent a good hour on sizeable comfy bean bags with an excellent Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, treating ourselves to a spectacular sunset above Kamala Cove, the ultimate reward after a long travelling day.
Once the sun has disappeared behind the horizon, the sky remains blue for a while and sets the perfect background for a romantic dinner at the Sunset Grill. As the name implies, the food is mostly made of grilled meat, veggies, seafood, plus the fresh fish brought at the last minute by local fishers straight from the sea. With their excellent selection of wines, this is a dinner you should have once while at Hyatt Regency. Note that the Sunset Grill only opens at 6 pm, but you can go up there anytime just for the fantastic views. After dinner, get a buggy back to the poolside for some relaxing time by the poolside. Few things to know: The Hyatt Regency Phuket is built mostly on a vast hillside, so going up and down can be challenging for people with mobility issues. Of course, a buggy will take you up and down, but it requires a bit of time to every move.
The beach in front of the hotel is not a swimming beach as under the water it is mostly rocky. However, it’s a very peaceful beach with few very charming local restaurants to get a taste of local life. The hotel provides regular free shuttles to go to the main Kamala beach a kilometre away, and there are always taxis waiting outside to take you to other parts of the island if you choose not to use the hotel limousine.
With a trendy design, Hyatt Regency Phuket offers all the facilities of an excellent self-contained five-star resort. Staff is very attentive, friendly and helpful; don’t be surprised if some even remember your name! Overall, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is an excellent base to enjoy the best of Phuket while remaining in a quiet but not isolated area.
Hyatt Regency Phuket Info
Location: Kamala Beach
Address: 16/12 Moo 6 Tambon Kamala, Amphur Kathu Phuket Chang Wat Phuket 83150
Open: 24 Hours
Phone: 076 231 234
Bookings and rates: see the rates for Hyatt Regency Phuket here
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the beach: across the street
from airport: 28 km
to Phuket Town: 20 km
to Kamala Center: 3.5 km