Nook Dee Hotel is a small boutique resort hanging on a green hillside above Kata Noi Beach, just above the Katathani Resort. This new contemporary hotel is designed for a younger generation of travellers, with lots of colors and playful elements: loungers in pools and colorful stuffed elephants sitting around the lobby or even in your bed. By the way Nook Dee means ‘Very Fun’ in Thai.
As is seems to be the trend around Phuket, the roof of every building has been transformed into green terraces with artificial grass and the one next to the lobby becomes an outdoor restaurant with very cool views. Next to this lobby, a long rectangular swimming pool with and infinity view at one end of it looks down on the trees and further the beach of Kata Noi. Everyone seems to hang in that corner with a drink in hand.
There is only one restaurant called ‘Roy-Dee’ few floors down and it gets easily full at breakfast time, few tables are available on the front terrace and as mentioned earlier, more tables can be set around the lobby if weather permits. The hotel has a spa called ‘Sook Dee’ and very small and dark fitness room in the lower floors.
Nook Dee hotel is very compact and going to your room requires quite a bit of steep stair climbing. They do have a an elevator but it only goes half way to your room, so if you get the lower levels like we did, you’ll get some exercise. As you go down and down to the lowest floors, it gets darker and darker and it feels like you are staying in the basement. It’s a bit depressing on the first day.
Once you open your door it gets better but the first this you see is a Jacuzzi bathtub facing an open space. Past the first surprise, the rooms have a nice warm design with a lot of local touches, old fashioned cupboards made of wood and red silk here and there, including your bath robe. Once you get use to the geography of your room, the whole thing works actually quite well.
On the good side: Rooms are welcoming and balcony has superb views if you are in the upper rooms. Mine was so low it was kind of limited. The rooms also come with lots of plugs and good amenities including an espresso machine. Bathrooms are beautifully designed.
On the downside: Quite a bit of steep stairs but maybe I’m getting old. There is no working station at all so you only have 2 options: enjoy your holiday because that’s what you came here for, or one of you can work on that tiny table that looks like as stool like I did. Staff seemed to be a bit young and didn’t pay much attention as 5 star hotels naturally do.