How is The Surin Phuket?
The Surin Phuket is a beautifully designed hotel with a long history and a fantastic location on Pansea beach. It’s also one of the first luxury hotels on the island. The name of the resort is a little confusing: it’s called ‘The Surin’, but it is in fact on the next beach called Pansea Beach‘. I forgot to ask why, however, this is one of the best places in Phuket to escape your busy life!
The location on Pansea Beach
Pansea Beach is a stunning strip of soft sand with clear water, totally unspoiled and untouched by vendors, noisy jet skis or parasailing. This is because only the guests of the hotels can walk on it: The Surin and the famous Amanpuri resort. Of course, as we all know, there are no private beaches in Thailand, but in many cases, the hotel owns the land that surrounds it, which ends up being the same.
The Surin is partly built on a gentle hillside, but the most popular cottages are those right on the beach! Of course, those come at a higher price, but once you sit on your balcony loungers above the sand and facing the amazing blue colour of the Andaman sea, it all makes sense. Just look at the photo below!
The cottages or villas are well designed and blend-in beautifully in the green tropical forest. The hotel is one of the oldest in Phuket, and it probably was a challenge to keep the design attractive along the years. Travellers are more and more demanding when they pay the high price, but The Surin managed to keep an elegant modern Thai design with all the facilities and service of a 5-star hotel. We loved the spacious bathroom, and generous luggage storage, comfortable sitting and working areas and terrace give you all the space you need.
The modern travellers will appreciate the many electric plugs in all strategic areas: near the bed and working stations (no it’s not obvious to all the modern hotels in Phuket as we found out)
Amenities are generous, free water is always expected in Thailand since you can’t drink from the tap, but free espresso is always very welcome when you plan to do some work in your villa.
The main building with its high wooden pillars standing above the iconic hexagonal black pool is often the image used to represent the hotel. This beautiful pool is not immense, but the location just by the sand makes it unique.
The Dining and Restaurants
The Surin has three restaurants: Beach Restaurant (Thai Cuisine), Sunset Cafe (Breakfast), Lomtalay (Thai food and seafood). Since the removal of the beach clubs and restaurants from the nearby Surin beach, you probably will try them all, which in a way is a good thing. We had dinner at the beautiful Beach Restaurant set on the lawn by the beach under immense coconut trees. It’s hard to get a perfect setting, and you should try it. Food was better than expected. Sometimes hotels tend to tone down Thai food, but what our food was Thai and delicious.
You can enjoy a breakfast buffet at Sunset Cafe at the top of the main building. The setting is beautiful but a little small and Thai dishes such as noodle soup or rice porridge could have been better.
What to Do Around
There is not much to do around the hotel since all the beach clubs and restaurants were removed from Surin beach. Some of them reopened on the nearby Bangtao Beach. You can enjoy the water sports available on the beach: Paddleboards, windsurf and catamaran sailing. You can also borrow some snorkelling gears to explore the rocks at each end of the beach.
Yoga is also available twice a week, perfect in this tropical and relaxing setting. The fitness room is well equipped but a little small considering many guests seem to be health-conscious. There are only two treadmills, but you can run on the beach if the heat doesn’t affect you too much.
More Photos of The Surin
Location and Rates
Location: Pansea Beach (Surin)
Address: 118 Soi Hat Surin 8, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 316 400
Open: 24 hours
Check-in: 2 pm – Check-out: 12 noon
Price: see the rates for The Surin Phuket
The Surin Phuket Map
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