Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach Review

Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach is a 5-star hotel with a unique location on Merlin Beach in Phuket, just a few kilometres from the busy Patong and yet in superb and quiet surroundings. Marriott Merlin Beach Resort is a large hotel built on vast land surrounded by hills and beaches.

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The overall layout hasn’t changed, and the immense pools are still as beautiful, surrounded but no less than 400 rooms. Apart from this, everything else is new: the new team is super friendly and will make you feel at home from the moment you walk in.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

The Beach

Merlin Beach

Merlin Beach

Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach occupies an immense beachfront land and doesn’t feel compact or crowded. The bay might not always be suitable for swimming, but it’s one of Phuket’s best snorkelling spots (if not the best). We also loved the immense palm trees standing everywhere above the swimming pools, creating a tropical backdrop for your holiday selfies. Each photo turns into a holiday postcard.

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The Rooms

The rooms, just like the entire resort, have been refitted with a better layout and setting, taking advantage of the space. The style is contemporary Thai with warm tones and many wood and terracotta floors. All rooms have comfortable balconies to enjoy the pool or ocean view. As usual, we checked how many electric and USB plugs we could get in the bedroom, and we had more than we needed.

Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach is a 5-star international brand, so all the amenities you can expect are available: fridge, bathrobe, slippers, dryers, safe box, you name it. An espresso machine would have been excellent, though it seems to have become common in all 5-star hotels of Phuket. The bath products are from the famous Thai brand THANN, which is a nice touch.

With 400 rooms, you can expect a lot of room types, no less than 11 to be precise, mostly pool view and pool access but also beach view and beach access suites. Those with sea views are the most popular, but there are not many, so better to book early.

The Restaurants

Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach has a nice collection of excellent restaurants:

Thai Pantry

On the first day, we tried the Thai Pantry, which serves Thai dishes with a modern touch, which doesn’t sacrifice the authentic taste. We asked for ‘spicy’ as we know that often restaurants in hotels tend to tone down Thai food, and it comes very spicily, just the way we like it.

We tried the classic Tom Yum Goong (a traditional Thai spicy river prawn soup – 280 baht) and a Neua Pad Kraphao (Wok-fried beef tenderloin with hot basil and chilli – 380 baht). It was excellent, and we could see that our neighbours were enjoying their dishes too.

DOCG Italian Restaurant

DOCG is an excellent Italian restaurant with outstanding traditional cuisine and a good wine list. We ordered a Beef Carpaccio (290 baht), Calamari Fritto (290 baht) and the dish of the day: a Beef cheek. The beef cheek was big and intimidating but surprisingly light and tender. Don’t miss a chance to try one of the cocktails mixed at the restaurant. The ‘Count’s Negroni’ cocktail was so good we ordered a couple more after the first (325 baht).

Merchant Kitchen

Merchant Kitchen terrace by the pool

Merchant Kitchen is the largest restaurant serving international cuisine, but that’s where you’ll enjoy your breakfast buffet. Of course, the seats outside by the pool are the best as you enjoy the fantastic blue and palm trees, but it gets busy pretty fast. The buffet is huge, with a bit of everything for everyone, just as we expected. And because Marriott is a holiday resort, the buffet is open until late!

You can take a break at Beach Grill during the day, a garden restaurant facing the sea. For us, it’s the perfect location for writing, and once we get tired, we swim to the pool bar, which is always the best way to get that unique holiday feeling!

The Kids Club

One of the 2 kids pools

Phuket Marriott Resort is indeed a good family resort. The Kids Club is not too big, just the right size for children to feel comfortable and not isolated. Everyone seemed happily busy with their friendly team and many activities and games. The Kids Club is colourful and well-designed, with plenty of interactive games. The kids’ pool features fun water cannons and water slides. You can also get a babysitter if you place your request one day before.


The coral house reef is beside the resort, a unique base for snorkelling and beach diving. The hotel has a dive centre, so don’t miss this chance to try your first dive! It’s easier than you think since you can dive directly from the beach in only half a day! The ‘Try Dive’ for beginners at the house reef starts at 2,900 baht, it’s a great opportunity, and you might get to see some sea turtles.

Activity center: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Diving!

Usually, even the most basic diving experience consumes an entire day. Here you can have the rest of the family enjoy something else at the hotel while you dive. Even better, make it a family experience, as kids can start as you as ten years old. How unique is this! Once you have gone through your introductory dives, you can learn further, embark on a real diving holiday, and take a scuba-diving course available at the hotel. You can even take day trips to dive at one of the great islands around Phuket.

Phuket Marriott Resort is also developing a friendly butterfly garden on the side of the hotel. Don’t go imagining a large enclosed cage with hundreds of insects. It is an open garden growing the type of plants that butterflies seek food and reproduction to come from their own will. That is still mostly a project, but it will be interesting to see it succeed.


A hotel in Thailand would not be a true 5-star without a good spa. The spa features six treatment rooms, including a couple of rooms and offers a full array of treatments: facials, body scrubs, body wraps, and couples massages. The spa is great for relaxing and helps to adjust your jet lag and is perfect after a long day of exploration or to cool down a sunburn. And as everyone knows spa is the first place everybody thinks about on an occasional rainy day, book early!

Nearby beaches

Not only the Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach has its secret beach, but just around the corner, you can enjoy more superb beaches. The amazing Freedom Beach is now famous for its soft white sand and magnificent water. If you know how difficult it is to get to freedom beach, you’ll be happy to hear that you can use a kayak from the hotel.

A little further, Paradise beach is famous for its tropical atmosphere and monthly full moon parties. Then Tri Trang beach is just across the street, so you are spoiled with beaches!

Tri Trang Beach Phuket

The garden between the hotel and the beach is a lovely place to spend the day suntanning or participating in many activities such as yoga or Muay Thai training, and easy access to the beach or restaurants.

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Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach Info

Location: Merlin Beach
Address: 99 Muen-Ngoen Road Tri-Trang Beach, Patong Patong Phuket, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 335 300
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: see the rates


Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3 pools (3,603 sqm)
Restaurants and bars: 8
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from Phuket International Airport: 41 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 3 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run and manage large international online travel guides.