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SAii Laguna Phuket Review


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, mostly 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, including Laguna Phuket Resort and the last one was Outrigger Laguna Phuket. The new design will please both first-timers and returning customers. The pool area has been 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 a 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.


The room

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 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 for relaxing with the beach view. There is a dining table/working desk with plenty of accessible plugs.

The room comes with most accessories and facilities 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 a 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!


SAii Laguna Phuket restaurants

There are three restaurants in the resort: Locavore and Bean/Co Cafe serve International and European food and is 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 four big espresso machines, and you can make your own just how you like it.


The swimming pools

The hotel’s swimming pools are the main attraction, probably even more popular than the beach. 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, which is quiet and has a nice design, with white umbrellas between tall coconut trees and views. The little salas are particularly attractive.


Facilities

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 the ocean or the lagoon behind the hotel if the sea becomes rough, which often happens between May to November, the low season.


What’s around SAii Laguna Phuket?

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. 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!

Beach Pig Bar on Bangtao Beach

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!


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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saii.lagunaphuket/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2 pools
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from the airport: 20 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 17 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 23 km


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Willy Thuan
https://www.phuket101.net/
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 Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.