Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort

We chose this hotel as it was far away from the busy Patong Street. It has a new name now - Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach. I booked this hotel with very low expectations - as long as the room looks decent and there's a pool. However, it turned out to be better than expected, way better! The Deluxe Panwa Room we booked was very spacious, it has good stable shower, toiletries, clean in-room slippers which is basically what we needed. It's the perfect place to disconnect from the world without burning a hole in your pocket.

The pool is overlooking the beautiful bay, however, the beach isn't as beautiful at Patong area. This hotel is a very affordable place to stay in Panwa Beach area. Also, check out Cape Panwa's famous Baba Nest Sunset Bar & Baba Soul Food for good quality Thai food. It is about 12-15 minutes away from the hotel by car. Sadly, the food choices is very limited - there's a cafe with cakes and coffee at near the entrance, or the standard hotel food and they only had buffet when we were there, considering that I am not a big eater I would prefer Ala Carte food, some Mediterranean food at the pool area or the not-so-good-food just across the street from the hotel at Sam's Kitchen. Apart from these options, you will need to get a ride out to town which is at least 10-15 minutes away.

The room we've booked for, came with breakfast too. There's a wide selection from Asian to Western.

Can't go wrong with Thai noodles.

The only thing that pissed me off that morning was this guy behind the pancake counter. A white guy and an Asian girl requested for pancakes - White guy got fresh ones straight from the pan while the Asian girl got pre-cooked ones from the metal cupboard behind. What racist staff is this? Why is this even by default? Both of us requested for the same thing but got served differently.

Nevertheless, he did give me new ones as I've requested that I want fresh ones too. I've also highlighted this straight to the Duty Manager, and he was really apologetic about the incident. He offered to get me new ones but I told him it's alright. Thank goodness the Duty Manager is friendly, just like what Thais are famous for!

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