Novotel Phuket Resort at the northern end of Patong Beach offers sea views not many hotels in Patong can afford. Designed with typical Thai roofs over an imposing lobby, palm trees and greenery everywhere around three huge cascading pools, the resort is a small Thai oasis in a frantic town. You can choose to laze around the pools or walk down to the beach just across the road. This part of the beach is less crowded and often nicer than other parts, and you can enjoy beach activities or beach massage.
Novotel Phuket Resort features three restaurants; ‘Rueng Thai’ serves a traditional Thai Cuisine while the ‘Old Fisherman’, you guessed it, is an open air seafood restaurant. The ‘Coffee House’ is where your breakfast will be served as well as evening theme buffets. Don’t be shy on the rock lobsters, the steamed fish or the giant prawns!
If you stay for a while you can find other dining alternatives nearby. Go for local food or even try the food stalls by the road, it can be a lot of fun, or go overboard and treat yourself at the excellent (but pricey) Da Maurizio.
End your lazy day at ‘The Hourglass’ by the lobby, a cozy bar with some cool music and a glass of wine, or just enjoy the lobby’s amazing views of Patong bay beyond the pools.
Nightlife and shopping are not at walking distance but getting to the famous Soi Bangla, the hot street of Patong and Jungceylon shopping mall is just a few minute ride by tuk tuk or taxis. Don’t worry there are always taxis standing by.
The spa is large and has a good range of treatments. Try it at least once, as spa is so much part of a holiday in Thailand. The best is still a good traditional Thai massage in the open air salas near the pool, such a nice treat after a hot day at the beach. A small fitness room is available with a trainer, and kids are welcome with a small kids club.
Novotel Phuket Resort offers three room types: Superior, Deluxe and Family Suites, most have been refurbished with a nice modern Thai style. Rooms are not very large by Phuket standards, but have all the convenience you can expect from a four star international resort, and the views from the balconies are beautiful.
The hotel grounds and some venues could do with a new design, but the location, the large pools and frequent special offers make it a great value. The main point of the Novotel is all about the beach at an affordable price so have a look at the current rates of Novotel Phuket Resort.