How is Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang?
Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang is a beautifully designed hotel on Nai Yang Beach, a unique location on the northwest coast of Phuket. Nai Yang Beach is a great hideaway escape near the Sirinath National Park, far from the crowded beaches of south Phuket. The hotel has many great features and so many qualities we did have a lot to enjoy and discover during our 3-day stay.
Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang is on the secluded Nai Yang beach, a bay close to the airport, so you can start your holiday soon after landing, but far enough, so you don’t have to worry about planes. Nai Yang Beach is just next to a national park and, therefore, hasn’t changed much in the past 20 years. Travellers who don’t like how much Phuket has developed in the past decade will love this hotel and its unique beach.
It’s a perfect timeless hideaway, surrounded by nature and the beauty of an immense sandy bay. Locals and those who know the place love to spend time in this national park. You can easily find real Thai food from the local vendors, relax under the immense trees or play in the sea. Nai Yang Beach is as close to the original Phuket as you will ever get. It’s not isolated either, as a short walk will take you to a tiny beachfront village where you can get drinks and food with your feet in the sand.
Phuket Marriott Nai Yang has 180 rooms and a lot of room types to choose from, and since you opted for the relaxing part of the island, you probably will spend some time in it, so the best is all the pool access or the beachfront villas. Large and superbly designed with modern Thai inspiration, beachfront pool villas are the best choice as they come with a garden in front and a large covered sitting area. Unfortunately, the sea is not always visible from your bed; it would have been perfect.
Food is Truly Great
The Phuket Marriott Nai Yang counts three restaurants. ‘The Lounge’, ‘Andaman Kitchen’ and ‘Big Fish Bar & Grill’. You can also enjoy a light meal at ‘The Lounge’ near the lobby, where they serve some excellent dishes such as Hamburger foie gras and some beautifully presented Thai snacks.
Andaman Kitchen is the place where you will probably keep for breakfast. It’s a larger but cosy room with a great choice of breakfast dishes, western or Asian (go for both since it’s a buffet, spoil yourself!) And the chef makes a great omelette!
Big Fish Restaurant
The Big Fish Restaurant is the most attractive since it’s located just by the beach and most of the seafood comes from the little fishing village just next to the hotel. You get to eat the freshest seafood, and you support the local community at the same time. In the morning, you can sometimes walk to the small fishing boats and look at the catch of the day.
We visited several times and stopped over for lunch lately. We sat at the terrace and enjoyed a deliciously fresh and crispy Marriott Nai Yang Salad (grilled cajun prawns, feta cheese, pomelo, mango and lettuce with pineapple chilli dressing, 390 baht), followed by a slow-braised lamb shank (590 baht), tender and cooked to perfection. The dishes were beautifully presented, and the service was spotless and friendly.
On another occasion, we tried one dish we usually love, the sea bass wrapped in banana leaves. The success of such a recipe is to keep the fish’s natural flavour without overwhelming it, which has to be great, so only great fish will do. With just a surprisingly delicate banana leaves aroma and a light spicy lime sauce, it was so perfect we did order it again the next day. (And you can select from more than ten wines by the glass, it is a nice touch).
Quan spa is only four rooms but is designed for instant relaxation. Their wide choice of treatments is excellent (and we are not easily impressed), and therapists are genuinely skilled, with gentle but firm pressure, just as you requested. And here is a tip: their sunburn aloe wrap treatment is very efficient; you need to remember this since the sun of Phuket is a lot stronger than it seems!
The Swimming Pool
The swimming pool is immense, around 2,600-meter square. The largest part is near the beach, and it is so long that you can swim almost through the entire resort. Such a large swimming pool allows the hotel to offer a lot of pool access rooms.
The kids club is bright, spacious and colourful with a large outdoor playground and a daily choice of fun activities. It’s a real nice place where your kids will have serious fun with a dedicated team. The club is near the hotel’s central area, so you can even say hi anytime. Kids from 4 years old can join; younger than this, you will need to book a babysitter 24 hours in advance.
Romantic Beach Setting
If you come with your loved one, and it seems that most customers do, you can treat yourself to the most romantic dinner ever: your feet in the sand and your head under the stars! That’s obviously if tide and weather allow, but how can you not try! (starting 5,200 baht plus taxes).
It may sound a little trivial but in an era where every traveller comes with computers, tablets, phones and cameras, getting enough plugs in old-fashioned hotels is frustrating. Phuket Marriott Nai Yang knew that, and we were impressed (we even took a picture)! Not only there are more plugs than you can use, but they can also accommodate plugs from any country, and even better: there are no less than FOUR USB plugs on the walls, one set next to your desk and one next to the bed! How cool is that? Sure, in 10 years, it will come standard (or whatever plug we will use in 10 years), but that’s a great feature.
The hotel crew is genuinely friendly, polite, caring and always smiling; Thailand hospitality at its best: you feel instantly at home and relaxed. From the laundry lady to the gardener and the chef, people greet you with a natural smile and a Wai (the Thai way of greeting). Besides, it seems that most of the team speak excellent English.
Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Info
Location: Nai Yang Beach
Address: 92 Moo 3 Tambol Sakoo, Amphur, Talang Tambol Sakoo Phuket, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 625 555
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: see the rates for Phuket Marriott Nai Yang
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
from airport: 4 km
to Patong Beach: 34 km
to Phuket Town: 30 km
Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Map