A beachfront resort on Bangtao Beach
SAii Laguna Phuket is a large luxury resort set right on the sand of Bangtao Beach, on the west coast of Phuket Island. The hotel was recently renovated, and the new design, which mostly is visible around the pool area, takes advantage of the amazing 300-meter long direct beach access. With this new look and such a unique location, combined with the legendary Thai hospitality, a stay at SAii Laguna Phuket is a real treat.
SAii Laguna Phuket hotel was one of the first beach resorts built in Phuket several decades ago and had several names, Laguna Phuket Resort, and the last one was Outrigger Laguna Phuket. The new design will please both the first-timers and the returning customers. The pool area has been entirely redesigned to become a wide-open space with two immense swimming pools, the lobby has kept its beautiful wooden Thai decoration. The 250 rooms and the restaurants have also been refurbished.
The hotel is set on three floors along the beach, so half the rooms offer ocean views and the other half have the lagoon view. The hotel is immense but well designed with good signage so you won’t get lost as it sometimes happens in resorts of this size.
SAii Laguna Phuket has more than 250 rooms, so while everyone should find a room according to their budget, some rooms are better than others. The best rooms are probably those on the ground floor corner rooms facing the beach, as they have a wider terrace than the upper floors.
We stayed in an ‘Ocean View with Balcony’ on the second floor (211), and while the balcony was quite small, the view was worth it! Just look at the photo, and you will understand. It was perfect for relaxing after a swim and after photo shooting. At night, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach is very relaxing, reminding you of how lucky you are to be in Phuket, sleeping in front of the Andaman Sea!
The room is vast and elegantly decorated with terra cotta flooring and modern Thai decoration. The sitting area by the window is great to relax with the beach view. There is a dining table/working desk with plenty of accessible plugs.
The room comes with most accessories and facilities you can expect from a high-level hotel: shampoo, conditioner, body soap and lotion, safety deposit box, bathrobe, iron and iron board. However, the minibar is empty, as it often is nowadays, and there is no coffee machine. The TV is big, but we never changed from the hotel channel to a news channel. The bathtub is big and custom-designed with mosaic tiles, but it takes a very long time to fill up, so turn on your taps early!
There are three restaurants in the resort: Locavore and Bean/Co Cafe serve International, European food, open for lunch and dinner, Miss Olive Oyl serves Mediterranean, Seafood and is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Mr Tomyam, which is a beachfront restaurant, serves Asian, Chinese, European cuisine.
The breakfast buffet is beautifully presented, with an immense choice of food that will delight everyone. If breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day, you are about to have a great day! The seating is spacious and the food spreads on several counters so you can browse effortlessly. The egg station is, as usual, the most popular and there can be a bit of waiting. There are 4 big espresso machines and you can make your own just the way you like it.
The swimming pools
The swimming pools are the main attraction at the hotel, probably even more popular than the beach itself. The lower pool is immense and features a water slide, so you can expect to meet a lot of happy kids and their parents and it can be a bit noisy.
For more privacy, move to the upper pool, quiet and nice design, white umbrellas between tall coconut trees and views. The little salas are particularly attractive.
The hotel has, of course, an immense Spa, a kids club, and many water activities such as Hobbie Cat sailing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboards hotel guests can enjoy on the ocean or the lagoon behind the hotel is sea becomes rough, which often happens between May to November, the low season.
What’s around the resort?
The beach is the most attractive feature of SAii Laguna Phuket. Not many hotels on the island can afford the luxury of such vast beach access! The beach has beautiful soft white sand and the sea, while not as shallow as in Patong or Kata, is blue and always warm. Note that the sea can be rough and even dangerous during the low season. There are lifeguards on duty and coloured flags to inform visitors. You will be happy you have picked a hotel with such beautiful pools on those days!
Several local beach restaurants are just outside the hotel, offering a cheaper alternative to hotel dining, usually expensive. Beach Pig Bar is a perfect place to end the day with a drink and a sunset!
SAii Laguna Phuket Info
Location: Bangtao Beach
Address: 323, Moo 2, Srisoonthorn Road Bangtao Beach Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: 076 360 600
Bookings: check the rates here
Swimming pools: 2 pools
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from airport: 20 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 17 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 23 km
SAii Laguna Phuket Map