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Renaissance Phuket Resort Spa manages to blend in with its green surrounding and yet also sprouts an air of chicness. The vast and airy lobby building which has turtle-shell roofs and understated art pieces looks out onto a beautiful pond and, from a distance, villas amid lush greenery to block prying eyes. On our way to a low-rise building where our Deluxe Rooms were waiting, we walked past white sands, lush bushes and palm trees.
Suffice to say that you may feel the need to take out your phone and start snapping away at the beautiful and out-of-Architectural-Digest atmosphere. Aspiring models and their aspiring photographer boyfriends (you know who you are) should have a field day, capturing sweet memories at various spots throughout the hotel. It is one pretty photogenic property.
Amply-lit with natural light through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, our Deluxe Room comes with pops of liveliness, thanks to décor in tropical hues set against the white wall. The bathroom itself is rather large in comparison to the respectable total space of 46sqm and, with a glass wall on one side to reduce the sense of confinement, you may want to luxuriate in the big bathtub even longer. The toiletry is made by Tokyo Milk to sweeten your showering or bathing routine. There are other in-room amenities that you would come to expect from a respectable guestroom and we reckon you will want for nothing, well, unless you’re very high maintenance. Some adjacent Deluxe Rooms are connected too in case you come into a big group and want to stay next to each other.
Foodies should be happy to know that the resort offers five FB outlets, each of which has their distinct appeal. Start your day with a big meal in the spacious all-day-dining Loca Vore restaurant. The brekkie spread here is really international. You can have cold cuts, gyoza and kuay tiew in one sitting while vegetarians have a good amount of choice to choose from. Have your paprika-sprinkled eggs Benedict with crab meat on crunchy toast indoors, in air con, or have it al fresco on a platfrom built over a pond to the soundtrack of trickling waterfalls and bird song, if weather permits, of course.
Takieng is a must if you love Thai food. There are some fancified dishes such as mieng pla served as whole fried fish but do go for local flavours such as liang leaf curry and stir-fried seafood noodles. They are all impressive, but with prices to match. The dimly-lit ambience make it difficult for you to show them off on IG. Ironic given the restaurant’s name, isn’t it? If you have some diet restrictions, consider Sand Box, which offers choices of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Living up to its name, the floor of this beach side restaurant and bar is filled with, well, sand.
After satiating your inner fat kid (and perhaps feeling a bit guilty about it), fret not because Renaissance is pretty serious about keeping your vacation weight gain to a minimum, having daily complimentary activities four times a day. They range from basic yoga and muay Thai to bike riding. Guests can also drop by the gym any time because it’s open 24/7 but a trainer is on standby during working hours only. Parents who want some me time can drop their little ones at Kids World where they can join complimentary activities three times a day. Then they can take a chill dip at the public pool which is literally steps away from the real waves on Mai Khao beach.
Protip#1 – You can’t say you were at Mai Khao beach unless you took some selfies with an air-plane coming in and out of Phuket International Airport in the background. The photo-taking spot is around Mai Khao Soi 4, a 20+minute drive away from Renaissance Phuket. That may sound like a lot of work but, hey, it’s not every day that you’ll get this cool photo op and it’s not every beach that has this unique activity.
Getting a little sore from all the jumping you did on the beach to get the right photo? Then head to Quan Spa for a really serene and rejuvenating session. We drifted away in bliss.
The hotel makes reaching louder parts of Phuket easier for a reasonable price (by Phuket’s standard). The hotel provides scheduled transportation for a one-way or round trip journey to three destinations — Limelight Avenue mall in Phuket Town (B250 for one way), Banana Walk mall in Patong (B350) and CentralFestival Phuket (B250).
Protip#2 – If you can choose only one, go for Limelight Avenue from where you can explore local eateries and take a short walk to Lard Yai Sunday Walking Street for street food, karaoke, live music and a myriad of products on sale. You can enjoy so many things in the area from the late morning and be picked up back to the hotel as late as 9:15pm.
Protip#3 – If you don’t want to venture far, get a 20-minute free ride between the hotel and Maikhao Plaza with stops at JW Marriott Resort Spa and Turtle Village. The shuttle service leaves once every hour and once every thirty minutes after 7pm.
Renaissance Phuket offers plenty of activities to enjoy on site but also services to facilitate your going out too. We’re pretty confident that you’ll have a memorable stay here. The almost five star reviews it has received are rightfully justified.
Renaissance Phuket Resort Spa is located at 555 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach. It’s currently offering various packages catered to different groups from young families, honeymooners to same-sex lovers. For example, Beach Escape Package for families comes with five bottles of golden beverages for adults and free ice-cream for the kids at a starting price of B4,900 until Oct 31. Go to http://goo.gl/hnwDkU or call 076-363-999 for more info.